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American Idol's Thursday debut held steady with last year's numbers.

After posting its lowest regular-season premiere ever, Idol pulled in 16.2 million viewers and a 5.6 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, down just a tenth from last year's Night 2 bow. The episode slipped just 7 percent from Wednesday's debut.

ABC was second for the night, led by Grey's Anatomy (8.6 million, 2.9) and Scandal (7.9 million, 2.6), which were both down.

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On NBC, Parks and Recreation (3.9 million, 1.9) grew four-tenths in its new 8:30 p.m. timeslot, matching its highest rating since November 2011. It's also

Parks' biggest audience since last January and NBC's best rating in the slot since March 2012. The rest of NBC's comedies were down, with 1600 Penn (3.04 million, 1.2) slipping 25 percent.

8 p.m.
The Big Bang Theory (R) 11.9 million (3.3); Two and a Half Men (R) 9.1 million (2.4)ABC: Last Resort 5 million (1.0)Fox: American Idol 16.2 million (5.6) [8-10 p.m.]NBC: 30 Rock 3.5 million (1.3); Parks and Recreation 3.9 million (1.9)CW: The Vampire Diaries 2.9 million (1.4) 9 p.m.
Person of Interest (R) 9.3 million (1.6)
ABC: Grey's Anatomy 8.6 million (2.9)NBC: The Office 4.1 million (2.1); 1600 Penn 3.04 million (1.2)10 p.m.
Elementary (R) 7.05 million (1.4)ABC: Scandal 7.9 million (2.6)NBC: Rock Center with Brian Williams 4.3 million (1.2)