American IdolAmerican Idol was the most watched show of Thursday evening.

The Fox series very nearly topped 18 million viewers with an average of 17.9 million viewers at 8pm and a 5.7 18-49 rating. However, not far behind was CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory with 16 million viewers and a 5.5 18-49 rating followed by Rob with 11 million viewers and 3.4 18-49 rating. 30 Rock on NBC had 3.8 million viewers with a 1.6 rating while Wipeout on ABC was 5.2 million viewers and a 1.5 rating. The 8pm hour was rounded off with a shocking and twisting episode of The Vampire Diaries on The CW with 2.9 million viewers and a 1.2 rating.

At 8pm medical drama Grey’s Anatomy on ABC had 10.1 million viewers with a 3.9 18-49 rating while Person of Interest on CBS pulled in 15 million viewers with a 3.3 18-49 rating. On NBC The Office had 5.1 million viewers with a 2.5 18-49 rating followed by Up All Night with 3.7 million viewers and a 1.8 rating. Supernatural drama The Secret Circle mustered 1.7 million viewers and a 0.8 rating while The Finder on Fox had 6.2 million viewers and a 2.3 rating. At 10pm crime drama The Mentalist pulled in 14.3 million viewers with a 2.9 rating while Private Practice had 6.6 million viewers and a 2.3 rating.

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