Ratings for Thursday and Friday night contained bad news for "American Idol" and "Vegas." But Hanibal Lecter enjoyed a small lift.
Updated ratings for Friday show that "Vegas," the CBS freshman drama with Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, had the most viewers in its 9 p.m. time slot. But in the 18-to-49 age group, "Vegas" ran third to reruns of "Shark Tank" and "Kitchen Nightmares."
CBS easily won the night in total viewers. The broadcast network averages: CBS with 8.4 million, ABC with 4.3 million, NBC with 2.9 million, Fox with 2.3 million for "Kitchen Nightmares" reruns and The CW with 870,000. But ABC tied CBS in the 18-to-49 age group.
ABC had help from "20/20" with 5.5 million viewers and "Shark Tank" with 5.2 million. But "Happy Endings" had just 2.4 million fans. NBC's best showing came from "Rock Center" with 3.1 million, followed by "Fashion Star" (3 million) and a "Grimm" repeat (2.6 million). A new "Nikita" brought 1.2 million to The CW.
On Thursday, Fox won the night behind "American Idol" with 13.2 million viewers, according to updated ratings. The comparable show last year had 15.8 million viewers. In young adults, "Idol" scored a 3.2 rating, down from a 4.3 for the same show last year.
Fox also showed a new "Glee" (6.7 million) and won the night in total viewers and young adults. But CBS, which usually wins the night, was in repeats. The averages in total viewers: Fox with 10 million, CBS with 9.1 million, ABC with 4.2 million, NBC with 3.5 million and The CW with 870,000 for reruns.
CBS' best performers were "The Big Bang Theory" (11.4 million), "Person of Interest" (10.1 million) and "Two and a Half Men" (8.3 million). Even an old "Elementary" won its 10 p.m. time slot with 7.3 total viewers over NBC's new "Hannibal" (4.4 million) and a "Scandal" rerun on ABC (3.5 million). But Hannibal won the time slot in young adults, so maybe it's too early to write off Lecter on television.