"American Idol" grew from last week to push Fox to an overall win Thursday night, while ABC's "Scandal" ticked up from its so-so premiere numners in its second week, according to preliminary numbers.
Fox came in first in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers, with an average 3.2 rating/9 share in the demo and 11.8 million. "American Idol" at 8 was up 8 percent from last week with a 4.2/12 in the demo and 15.3 million total viewers — making it the highest-rated and most-watched program of the night. "Touch" at 9 stayed even in the demo compared to last week with a 2.3/6, but enjoyed a 14 percent boost in total viewers with 8.2 million.
CBS took second place in the demo and total viewers with an average 2.4/7 and 8.8 million, despite running mostly repeats. The network's sole original programming for the night, "Rules of Engagement" at 8:30, was flat in the demo with last week's season low, receiving a 2.7/8, with 8.5 million total viewers.
ABC was third in ratings and total viewers with an average 2.1/6 in the demo and 8 million. The network saw minor growth over last week with the exception of "Missing" at 8, which dipped 7 percent in the demo to a series low of 1.4/4, with 7.9 million total viewers. "Grey's Anatomy" the following hour received a 2.9/8 and 8.8 million total viewers. "Scandal" at 10 grew 5 percent in the demo over last week's modest premiere, earning a 2.1/6 and 7.5 million total viewers.
Univision took fourth place in ratings and total viewers with an average 1.5/4 and 3.7 million. "Una Familia Con Suerte" at 8 received a 1.6/5 in the demo and 3.7 million total viewers, while "Un Abismo de Passion" at 9 drew a 1.5/4 and 3.7 million total viewers. "La Que No Podia Amar" at 10 pulled a 1.5/4 in the demo and 3.6 million total viewers.
NBC took fifth place in ratings and total viewers with an average 1.3/4 in the demo and 3.2 million. "Community" at 8 ticked up 8 percent from last week for a 1.4/5, with 3.2 million total viewers. "30 Rock" at 8:30 grew 17 percent in the demo compared to last week, receiving a 1.4/4 with 3 million total viewers. "The Office" at 9, meanwhile, dropped 13 percent from its last original airing four weeks ago, hitting a series low of 2.1/6 in the demo and 4.4 million total viewers. The season finale of "Up All Night" grew 25 percent over last week for a 1.5/4 and 3.2 million total viewers. "Awake" at 10 remained static with last week, tying a series low of 0.9/2 in the demo. It had 2.6 million total viewers.