TV ratings: 'Idol' leads Thursday, 'Grey's Anatomy' musical strong too


Fast National ratings for Thursday, March 31, 2011A double elimination on "American Idol" carried FOX to the top of Thursday's ratings, per usual. The post-"Idol" special "Mobbed" also did OK, while "Grey's Anatomy" got a sizable bump with a heavily hyped musical episode.FOX averaged 16.4 million viewers and a 9.4 rating/15 share in households Thursday night, leading second-place CBS (12.1 million, 7.6/12) by a comfortable margin. ABC came in third overall with 8.8 million viewers and a 5.6/9. NBC (2.4 million, 1.5/2) was well off the pace with a lineup of mostly repeats. The CW trailed with 1.2 million viewers and a 0.8/1.FOX's lead in the adults 18-49 demographic was wider. It scored a 5.2 rating in the demo, two-plus points better than ABC's 3.1. CBS took third with a 2.9. NBC drew a 1.1 and The CW a 0.4.Thursday hour by hour:8 p.m.FOX: "American Idol" (22 million viewers, 12.6/20 households)CBS: "The Big Bang Theory"...


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