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April 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Even a weak American Idol can be stronger than anything else offered during primetime on a given night. Such was the case on Thursday when Idol‘s ratings matched its series low for a results show, but nevertheless captured 14.59 million viewers. Nothing else came close. In the 8:00 p.m. hour opposite Idol, CBS came in second with a repeat of The Big Bang Theory, which drew 9.25 million. ABC’s missing placed third with 7.08 million, while NBC, with new episodes of Community (registering a series low) and 30 Rock, averaged just 3.04 million. Making things seem slightly dicier for Idol, it was unable to deliver a sizable percentage of its audience to its leadout, Touch. Commented Marc Berman, the longtime ratings columnist, “American Idol is no longer the force it once was.”