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'Idol,' '30 Rock,' 'Private' rise in Thursday ratings

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Broadcast primetime rebounded pretty much across the board Thursday night after last week’s ratings lows, with most shows posting gains in the Nielsens.

Fox’s American Idol (20.7 million, 6.2) was up 9 percent. ABC had Wipeout (7.5 million, 2.2), Grey’s Anatomy (10.1 million, 3.6) and Private Practice (8 million, 2.7), with Private growing the most from its last original telecast with a 17 percent gain. CBS aired NCAA college basketball regional semifinals (7.2 million, 2.5).

NBC’s sitcom marathon posted some of its highest marks in weeks, starting with Community (4.5 million, 1.8). Perfect Couples (3.4 million, 1.6) was just axed by the network, so following the Murphy’s Law of TV programming decisions, the show naturally jumped 33 percent in the ratings. The Office (7.1 million, 3.4) featured Michael Scott’s wedding proposal to Holly, followed by Parks & Recreation (5.2 million, 2.5), 30 Rock (4.4 million, 2.0) — with Aaron Sorkin as guest star climbing 18 percent — and finally Outsourced (3.6 million, 1.5).

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