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Primetime Ratings: 'Idol' Falls, Still Pushes Fox to Thursday Victory

Fox beat out its competitors last night in the ratings race,
scoring an overall 4.5 rating/14 share in the 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen
numbers. American Idol fell another
14% to 5.6 this week and Bones remained
flat at 3.4.

ABC came second with a 1.7/5. Wipeout premiered its new springtime
obstacle course after last week's repeat and generated a rating of 2.0; Private Practice (1.9) and Off the Map (1.1) also returned from

CBS was one of the four networks to air the 2011 NCAA Basketball Tournament and
reported an overall 1.6/5; last year, CBS was the only network to air the tournament, earning a 4.6/11 that year. The combined rating for the NCAA Basketball Tournament on CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV was a 5.7/11.

NBC was third, finishing with an overall 1.5/5.
The network aired new episodes of the recently renewed comediesCommunity, which fell a tenth of a point
from its last new episode to 1.7, and Parks
& Recreation
, which slipped 25% from its last new
episode to 1.7. Perfect Couples came
in with a 1.2, and 30 Rock pulled in a
1.8, with special guest star Susan Sarandon. Outsourced finished the night with a 1.4.

The CW aired all repeats to end with a 0.5/2.