By Lynette Rice
Updated March 16, 2012 at 04:47 PM EDT

Though TV usage was down, American Idol still finished Thursday as the top-rated show in adults 18-49 (4.5 rating/14 share) and viewers 17.1 million), according to early results. The competition show was down 8% from last week but apparently, 5.4 percent fewer adults tuned into primetime from 8 to 9 p.m. (Maybe folks were held up at The Olive Garden?) The results show still ruled among young adults and teens.

ABC came in second for the night with the debut of the Ashley Judd starrer Missing, which earned a 2.0/6. Grey’s Anatomy posted a 3.0/8 , a series low, while Private Practice earned a 2.2/6.

NBC was third with its comedy block. Community (2.2/7, up 47%) had a particularly good night: It won its time period among adults 18-34 and men 18-34 against Idol and was NBC’s No. 1 series for the night among men and adults 18-34. 30 Rock earned a 2.0/6, up 43% from last week, followed by The Office (2.3/6, down 12%) and Up All Night (1.7/4). And Awake? Oh man: It earned a 1.6/4, flat versus last week.

CBS aired NCAA Basketball playoffs that failed to crack the 2.0 rating threshold in adults 18-49. (I got bored just writing that.) Let’s just use the time to bag on Survivor’s Colton instead.

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