9:04am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory,' 'Scandal,' 'The Office' and 'Touch' Rise, 'Missing' Gets Lost
Fox saw another Thursday win with American Idol, down two-tenths from last week's results but steady with its previous fast affiliate score. The broadcast pulled a 3.9 rating among adults 18-49 and led into a resurgent Touch -- one of many series to see boosts after what has been a relatively dumpy few weeks for ratings. Touch got a 10 percent bump, pulling a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49 and giving the network an average 3.0 in the demo and 10.9 million viewers for the night.
The Big Bang Theory kicked off a night of gains for CBS. The comedy was up a half-point for a 4.6 rating among adults 18-49, followed by Rules of Engagement (2.7), Person of Interest (2.5) and The Mentalist (2.4). CBS averaged a close second in the demo with a 2.8 adults rating overall and a dominant 12.3 million viewers.
ABC was off to a softer start, with Missing dropping three-tenths of a point to a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 and a new series low. Grey's Anatomy, mostly steady, was down a tenth of a point for a 3.2 rating that still easily secured the 9 p.m. hour for the network. At 10 p.m., Scandal saw a small bump to a 2.1 demo rating, making it the most consistent midseason drama for ABC. The network averaged a 2.1 rating with adults 18-49 and 7.4 million viewers.
A steady Community started NBC's night with a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49, before 30 Rock took a predictable drop after last week's live episode. The series brought a 1.4 rating as well, leading into The Office, up 10 percent to a 2.3 rating with 18-49-ers. Parks and Recreation also grew, pulling a 1.7 rating and leading into an especially soft Awake. The struggling freshman drama earned just a 0.7 rating in the demo, a series low. NBC brought in a 1.4 adults rating for the night and 3.1 million viewers.
On The CW, The Vampire Diaries held on to last week's 1.1 rating in the demo, and The Secret Circle nabbed an extra tenth of a point for a 0.6 rating.