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Thursday ratings: 'Idol' dominates, 'Marriage Ref' struggles

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CBS producedurals held strong, NBC comedies held weak,  ABC’s medical soap bloc held about the same, and to the shock of no one, American Idol dominated its competition Thursday night. Idol‘s 19.1 million viewers is a slight drop from the other episodes this week; Grey’s Anatomy still hasn’t quite bounced back from its Olympic dip; and The Marriage Ref was down 1.7 million viewers since its timeslot premiere last week (and substantially down from the 14.4 million who watched its debut).

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8:00 p.m. American Idol (Fox)

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (CBS)

Community (NBC)

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)

The Vampire Diaries (The CW)

19.1

12.1

4.7

4.4 (repeat)

1.5 (repeat)

8:30 p.m. Parks and Recreation (NBC) 4.6
9:00 p.m. CSI (CBS)

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)

Kitchen Nightmares (Fox)

The Office (NBC)

Supernatural (The CW)

15.4

11.0

7.6

7.5

1.4 (repeat)

9:30 p.m. 30 Rock (NBC) 5.9
10:00 p.m. The Mentalist (CBS)

Private Practice (ABC)

The Marriage Ref (NBC)

16.0

7.9

6.0

Source: Nielsen