Pop pop indeed! Community made its long-awaited return to a huge bump over its last new episode three months ago.
Thursday's episode earned 4.9 million viewers and a 2.2 rating in the adults 18-to-49 demographic — a 46 percent increase in the demo from its winter finale and a 38 percent climb over the season average of 1.6. The show delivered NBC's highest non-sports ratings in the timeslot in 14 months and biggest non-sports audience since October 2010. Community was up 29 percent in the demo from this same time last year and it also snagged a small victory against American Idol, topping the Fox series head to head in the adults 18-to-34 demo (2.8 vs. 2.5). The caveat, though, is that The Big Bang Theory was pre-empted for March Madness.
CBS: March Madness 4.7 million (1.7) [8-11 p.m.]ABC: Missing 10.6 million (2.0)Fox: American Idol 15.5 million (4.5) NBC: Community 4.9 million (2.2); 30 Rock 4 million (2.0)CW: The Vampire Diaries 2.6 million (1.2)9 p.m.
ABC: Grey's Anatomy 9.6 million (3.0)Fox: Touch (R) 8.6 million (2.2)NBC: The Office 4.8 million (2.3); Up All Night 3.6 million (1.7)CW: The Secret Circle 1.6 million (0.7)10 p.m.ABC: Private Practice 7 million (2.2)NBC: Awake 5.05 million (1.6)