March 02, 2012 8:55am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Awake' Premiere Delivers Timeslot Growth, 'Idol's' Top 13 Selection Wins Thursday
The selection of the top 13 gave American Idol a 18 percent boost among adults 18-49. Fast affiliate ratings have Thursday's two-hour results show (and Fox) earning a 5.3 among the demo and 18.3 million viewers.
Well behind Fox in second place was CBS, which had a block of repeats (with the exception of Rob) for a 2.1 adults 18-49 showing and 9.5 million viewers. Rob brought in a 2.6 in the demo, a series low, dipping 12 percent with the softer lead-in.
NBC usurped ABC's block of repeats for third place, averaging a 1.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.7 million viewers. Comedies 30 Rock (1.4), The Office (2.5) and Up All Night (1.6) all dropped a tenth of a point in the demo, while Parks and Recreation held onto last week's 1.7.
At 10:00 p.m., the series premiere of Awake pulled in a 1.9 among adults 18-49 and 6.247 million viewers. It topped the hour in the demo, but it was up against repeats of The Mentalist and Jimmy Kimmel Live. The score marks a non-sporting high for the time slot, which last saw scripted fare get a number that high last May. It topped Prime Suspect's Thursday debut by a tenth of a point and The Firm's 1.4 rating for its Sunday premiere -- the latter taking a sharp drop when moving to Thursday.
ABC's block of repeats brought a 1.1 among adults 18-49, while CW's own encores averaged a 0.4 in the demo.