8:57am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Touch' Premieres Softer Than Preview, 'Awake,' 'Missing,' 'Community' Drop
Fast affiliate ratings have Fox's American Idol down 13 percent from last week's results show for a 4.0 rating among adults 18-49, though history shows that number will likely climb a tenth of a point or two when finals come in. As for the official premiere of Kiefer Sutherland's Touch that followed Idol, it was not as strong as its January preview (when TV viewership was almost 10 percent higher), but it easily won its hour and topped all other scripted offerings. It posted a 3.2 adults rating, down 18 percent from its 3.9 preview.
Altogether, Fox nabbed a 3.6 rating among 18-49-ers and 13.4 million viewers.
NCAA men's basketball was strong for CBS, bringing in a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.7 million viewers before time-zone-adjusted numbers arrive.
Community's second episode back from hiatus wasn't as strong as the first, dropping half of a point, but it still outpaced all other NBC shows with its 1.7 rating with 18-49-ers. 30 Rock was down 25 percent for a 1.5, though it held that same score in its second outing at 9 p.m. Up All Night hit a series low, a 1.4 rating in the demo, and Awake dropped a regrettable 25 percent to a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49. The net made a third-place showing with a 1.4 with adults and 3.8 million viewers.
ABC was mostly in repeats -- Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice -- but an original offering of Missing that started the night took a 24 percent hit. The second episode scored a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49, giving the network a 1.2 in the demo and 5.6 million viewers during the course of the night.
On The CW, The Vampire Diaries was up 8 percent with a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49. The Secret Circle held its 0.7 score, bringing the network's tally to a 1.0 adults rating for the night and 2.3 million viewers.