TV Ratings: American Idol down but still on top, Bones spin-off pilot makes solid debut


Fast National ratings for Thursday, April 21, 2011A block of reruns on CBS helped FOX maintain dominance over  Thursday night in average viewers and adults 18-49 -- despite a slight audience drop for the "American Idol" results show. Also worth noting: the special backdoor pilot episode of "Bones." The potential spin-off dipped slightly in its second half hour, but still managed to be the top performing scripted series of the night.FOX averaged 15.4 million viewers and a 8.9 rating/15 share in households, with CBS in second (8.5 million viewers, 5.4/9). NBC (4.6 million, 2.8/5) topped ABC's evening of reruns (3.8 million, 2.4/4), with the networks placing in third and fourth, respectively. The CW was down a bit from the previous week, with 2.3 million people and a 1.5/2.FOX also won the adults 18-49 demographic with a 4.4 rating, besting NBC (2.1), CBS (1.8), ABC 1.1) and the CW (0.9). Thursday hour by hour:8 p.m.FOX: "American...


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