American Idol dipped again on Fox, hitting a 2.8 rating with adults 18-49 during Thursday’s results show. The episode was two tenths of a point off from last week’s Fast National and three tenths off from the finals. Glee (2.0 adults) held even at 9 p.m., giving the network an average 2.4 rating with adults 18-49 for the night and 8.8 million viewers.
ABC saw the return of its celebrity-free Wife Swap (1.7 adults). The reality show was south of its sister series’ recent return. Grey’s Anatomy (2.9 adults) saw three tenths of a point in improvement from last week, while Scandal (2.7 adults) was steady with its last original. The network pulled a 2.4 adults rating and 7.6 million viewers over the course of the night.
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The 2013 NCAA Basketball tournament saw its broadcast debut on CBS, and while the ratings are subject to adjustments, the game was only a tenth of a point shy of the comparable one last year. It averaged a 1.6 rating with adults 18-49 and 4.7 million viewers.
Across all basketball-carrying networks — CBS, TNT, TBS, TruTV — NCAA basketball was at a combined high among households (5.8 rating and a 14 share). That’s up 4 percent from last year’s haul and the highest first-night gross for the tournament since 1991.
An even Community (1.1 adults) led into a special 1600 Penn (0.9 adults) broadcast on NBC. The latter was down 44 percent from Parks and Recreation in the same half-hour last week. An Office encore led into another 1600 Penn (0.8 adults), which was at a series low. Finishing off the night with a Law & Order: SVU encore, NBC averaged a 1.0 adults rating and 3.1 million viewers.
The Vampire Diaries (1.2 adults) saw a tenth of a point uptick from last week, beating NBC in the hour. Beauty and the Beast (0.7 adults) was also up two tenths of a point, giving its best performance since January. The network averaged a 0.9 adults rating and 2.2 million viewers.
Univision averaged a 1.7 rating with adults 18-49 and 3.9 million viewers.