"Hannibal" draws even with last week's soft premiere
"American Idol" rebounded from a string of declines for the second night in a row on Thursday, drawing the night's top numbers and handing Fox an overall win. Meanwhile, NBC's new "Hannibal" held steady, thought its rating remained low, according to preliminary numbers.
Fox drew first place in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic with a 2.7 rating/8 share and in total viewers with 9.8 million. Both of its primetime offerings rose in the demo, starting with "American Idol" at 8 p.m., which climbed 11 percent from last Thursday for a 3.1/10 and grew 12 percent in total viewers with 12.7 million. "Glee" the following hour jumped 20 percent from its last original airing three weeks ago, posting a 2.4/6 and taking 6.8 million total viewers. The episode has drawn news media attention because it depicted a school shooting.
CBS, which ran repeats throughout the night, came in second in ratings and total viewers with a 1.9/5 and 9 million.
Univision took third place in ratings and fourth in total viewers with a 1.6/5 and 3.9 million.
NBC was fourth in ratings and fifth in total viewers with a 1.5/4 and 3.5 million. "Community," which ran its much-anticipated puppet episode at 8, climbed 20 percent to a 1.2/4 and had 3 million total viewers, while "Parks and Recreation" at 8:30 drew a 1.5/5 and had 3.1 million total viewers. "The Office" at 9 inched up to a 1.9/5 with 3.8 million total viewers. "Go On" at 9:30 was even with last week for a 1.1/3 and took 2.7 million total viewers. "Hannibal" drew even with last week's soft premiere, posting a 1.6/5 with 4.3 million total viewers.
ABC came in fifth in ratings and third in total viewers with a 1.2/3 and 4.2 million. With the exception of "Wife Swap" at 8, which inched up to a 1.4/5 and had 4.6 million total viewers, the network aired repeats.