April 20, 2012 8:59am PT by Philiana Ng
TV Ratings: 'Parks and Recreation' Steady in Return
Several broadcast offerings returned Thursday night after weeks off the air. How did they fare?
NBC's Parks and Recreation (3.5 million total viewers, 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 demographic) was even with its previous original in early March when it aired earlier in the Thursday night lineup. The Amy Poehler-led comedy moved from the 8:30 p.m. slot to assume the home that belonged to rookie series Up All Night, which wrapped its first season. In effect, the move boosted the time period for the network.
Meanwhile, Community (2.9 million, 1.3) dipped, 30 Rock (3.2 million, 1.5) rose slightly, and The Office (4.3 million, 2.2) was steady. Awake (2.7 million, 0.8) sank 11 percent to hit a series low.
It also was back to business for The CW's The Vampire Diaries (2.2 million, 1.0), though the drama couldn't match its previous original, hitting a season low. The Secret Circle (1.1 million, 0.5) reached its lowest demo rating yet.
Fox's American Idol results show (14.6 million, 3.9) was down 7 percent from last week's comparable telecast but was still the evening's top-rated and most-watched program on broadcast. Touch (7.3 million, 2.1) dropped 9 percent.
ABC's Missing (7.1 million, 1.3) hit a low, while Grey's Anatomy (9.7 million, 3.2) improved 10 percent from the previous week. Freshman drama Scandal (7.4 million, 2.1) rose 5 percent.
CBS aired repeats, though a new Rules of Engagement (7.7 million, 2.2) sank 19 percent, matching a series low.
Fox topped Thursday with a 3.0 rating, followed by ABC (2.2), CBS (1.8) and NBC (1.4).