'American Idol' Hits Season Low Ratings on First Hollywood Week Episode

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Still, the show powered Fox to a Thursday win, as CBS’ CSI and ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy also marked season lows.

Fox easily prevailed on Thursday night with the inaugural Hollywood installment of American Idol.

Idol was down 4 percent week-to-week, for a series low on Thursdays, but still put up a 7.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 21.7 million viewers while Bones (3.3, 10 million) was eked out a second place finish in the 9 p.m. hour behind a new episode of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (3.9, 10.3 million), which was down 9 percent week-to-week to tie its season low. CBS’ CSI also hit a nadir at 9 p.m., averaging a 2.8 rating with 12.6 million viewers to tie its season low, while NBC’s The Office (3.6, 6.9 million) and Parks and Recreation (2.6, 5.1 million) gave NBC a third place finish at 9 p.m.
On the CW, Vampire Diaries was second for the night among the net’s target demo of women 18-34 averaging a 2.0 rating, while Nikita (1.0) was flat week-to-week.
At 10 p.m., CBS’ The Mentalist (2.9, 14.7 million) won the hour followed by ABC’s Private Practice (2.7, 7.3 million) and NBC’s 30 Rock (2.3, 4.6 million) and Outsourced (1.7, 3.6 million), which was down 6 percent week-to-week for a new series low. Nevertheless, 30 Rock and Outsourced have now delivered NBC’s top-four demo ratings in as many weeks for the 10 p.m. hour. Of course, that’s a measure of how poorly the network’s previous 10 p.m. show (The Apprentice) was performing.