‘Community’ Ratings Up in Return; ‘Missing’ Gets So-So Start

by | March 16, 2012 at 12:31 PM | Community, TV News

Joel McHale on "Community." (NBC)


By Tim Molloy

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) – “Community” had a good return to NBC: The show, pulled from the midseason schedule amid low ratings, delivered NBC’s highest non-sports ratings in its timeslot in 14 months and was up 38 percent over the show’s average for original episodes this season.

Airing at 8 p.m., the Joel McHale-led ensemble comedy had a 2.2/7 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. It averaged a 1.6 rating earlier this season.

NBC decided to bring the show back despite that low average, but has not committed to ordering a fourth season. Weighing in the show’s favor is its devoted core fan base and huge presence online.

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The 2.2/7 rating was NBC’s highest at 8 p.m. — aside from sports — since Jan. 27, 2011.

Versus its rating in this same slot on the same night last year, “Community” was up 29 percent in the demo — its 2.2 rating compared to a 1.7 then.

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At 8:30, “30 Rock” earned a 2.0/6 — a 33 percent increase on its average earlier this season in the 8 p.m. time slot (a 1.5) — and 4 million total viewers. At 9, “The Office” slipped 12 percent to tie a series low in the demo with a 2.3/6, with 4 million total viewers. “Up All Night” at 9:30 drew even with last week for a a 1.7/4 in the demo and 3.6 million total viewers, while” Awake” at 10 was also flat, receiving a 1.6/4 in the demo and 5 million total viewers.

Overall, the network took third place in the demo with an average 1.9/5 and fourth in total viewers with an average 4.6 million.

Fox took a predictable “American Idol”-driven win for the night in ratings and total viewers with an average 3.4/10 in the demo and 12 million. Though down 8 percent from last week, “Idol” at 8 still topped the night with a 4.5/14 in the demo and 12.1 million total viewers. A repeat of the Kiefer Sutherland drama “Touch” followed, receiving a 2.2/6 in the demo and 8.7 million total viewers.

ABC took second-place honors for the night in ratings and total viewers with an average 2.4/7 in the demo and 9 million. The night began with the 8 p.m. series premiere of the Ashley Judd drama “Missing,” which got off to a so-so start with a 2.0/6 in the demo — down 35 percent from last year’s “Body of Proof” premiere — and 10.6 million total viewers. “Grey’s Anatomy” the following hour posted a 3.0/8 and 9.7 million total viewers, while “Private Practice” closed the night at 10 with a 2.2/6 in the demo and 7 million total viewers.

CBS, which ran coverage of the NCAA basketball playoffs Thursday night, came in fourth in the demo with an average 1.7/5 and third in total viewers with an average 4.7 million.

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