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'American Idol' Powers Fox to Another Thursday Win

American Idol
Michael Becker/FOX

Justin Bieber couldn’t push "CSI" past "Grey’s Anatomy" or "Bones," while ABC and NBC hit season lows with original lineups.

American Idol powered Fox to another win last night with Idol pulling in a 7.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 21.9 million viewers overall at 8 p.m. That put the network way ahead of CBS comedies The Big Bang Theory (3.7, 12.4 million) and $#*! My Dad Says (2.6, 9.7 million), which combined for a 3.2 rating and 11.1 million viewers at 8 p.m. 

Idol was up slightly – 3% -- week-to-week and the lead-in propelled Bones (3.3, 9.9 million) past a Justin Bieber guest-turn on CSI (2.9, 13.2 million), while ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy was No. 1 at 9 p.m. averaging a 3.7 rating with 10.2 million viewers overall.    Despite the win at 9 p.m., last night marked a season low for an all-original Thursday night on ABC. Wipeout (1.9, 6.1 million) was down 14%, while Grey’s fell 5% and Private Practice (2.4, 6.8 million) was down 8%.   NBC also hit a nadir; tying as the lowest in-season Thursday ever with an original series lineup. Community (1.8, 4.1 million) and Perfect Couples (1.4, 3.0 million) tied season lows. And The Office (3.3, 6.4 million), Parks and Recreation (2.3, 4.3 million), 30 Rock (2.0, 4.0 million) and Outsourced (1.5, 3.2 million) all hit season lows.    On the CW, Vampire Diaries was up 7% week-to-week in the 18-49 demo (1.4) and total viewers (3 million), while Nikita rose 13% in the demo (0.8) and 10% in total viewers (2.1 million).   For the night, Fox was first (5.4, 15.9 million), followed by CBS (3.0, 13.1 million), ABC (2.7, 7.7 million), Univision (2.1, 5 million), NBC (2.0, 4.2 million) and CW (1.1, 2.5 million).