TV Ratings: 'American Idol' Drops From Wednesday, Gives 'Finder' a Modest Boost

Fox's competition still tops the night, despite falling another 20 percent from its Jan. 18 season premiere, while "Rob" holds strong and "The Firm" flatlines.
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A rerun-free Thursday night went to Fox with the season's second outing of American Idol.

The show dropped 20 percent from its Wednesday premiere, and 28 percent from its first Thursday broadcast last season. Still, it pulled a 5.6 among adults 18-49, making it night's highest rated program. Idol also pushed freshman drama The Finder up 29 percent from its lackluster debut. The series netted a 2.2 rating in the key demo, giving the network an average 3.9 in 18-49-ers for the night and 12.3 million viewers.

CBS nabbed second for the night, grabbing a 3.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 14 million viewers. The Big Bang Theory held steady at a 5.2, tying Idol's first half-hour (fast affiliate numbers originally had Big Bang in the lead). The second episode of Rob scored a 3.6, marking only a 12 percent drop for its handsome premiere. Person of Interest hit a series high in adults 18-49 with a 3.3 rating, followed by a rising Mentalist, which brought in a 2.9 in adults.

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Wipeout, Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice were all down from last week, giving ABC a 2.5 rating among 18-49-ers and 7.1 million viewers for the night. Wipeout hit a 1.8 in the demo, while Grey's Anatomy topped all other 9:00 p.m. series with a 3.4 rating. Private Practice tied its season low of 2.1.

On NBC, 30 Rock hit a series low with a 1.6 among adults 18-49, down 11 percent from its season premiere. Parks and Recreation managed to grow 5 percent for a 2.0 in the demo, while The Office remained flat at 2.9 and Up All Night dropped one tenth of a point for a 1.9. The Firm continued to fall, dropping 10 percent from last week and pulling in just a 0.9 in the demo. The network averaged a 1.7 in 18-49-ers for the night, with 4.2 million viewers.

New episodes of The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle were both down for The CW, with TVD earning a 1.1 in adults 18-49 and Circle pulling a 0.7. The duo gave the net a 0.9 showing in adults and 2.2 million viewers.

Thursday, Jan. 19, Overnight Ratings:

8 p.m.
Fox: American Idol (17.7 million viewers, 5.6 rating among adults 18-49)
CBS: The Big Bang Theory (15.9 million, 5.2)
ABC: Wipeout (5.8 million, 1.8)
NBC: 30 Rock (4.1 million, 1.6)
The CW: The Vampire Diaries (2.7 million, 1.1)

8:30 p.m.
CBS: Rob (11.8  million, 3.6)
ABC: Parks and Recreation (4.3 million, 2.0)

9 p.m.
ABC: Grey's Anatomy (9.3 million, 3.4)
CBS: Person of Interest (14.3 million, 3.3)
NBC: The Office (5.98 million, 2.9)
FOX: The Finder (series premiere) (6.8 million, 2.2)
The CW: The Secret Circle (1.7 million, 0.7)

9:30 p.m.
NBC: Up All Night (4.0 million, 1.9)

10 p.m.
CBS: The Mentalist (14 million, 2.9)
ABC: Private Practice (6.1 million, 2.1)
NBC: The Firm (3.4 million, 0.9)