Primetime Ratings: 'Big Bang' Bests 'Idol' Again as CBS Splits With Fox

'Awake' sheds 20% in week two; 'Finder' up 15%
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CBS' The Big
Bang Theory
, returning from a week off, once again beat American Idol
head-to-head at 8 p.m. (5.1 to 4.5 from 8-8:30 p.m.), as it powered the network
to earn a split of first place with Fox with a 3.6 rating/10 share in the 18-49
demo, according to Nielsen overnight numbers. The network was first in total
viewers. Person of Interest was up 10% with a 3.4 and The Mentalist followed
with a 2.8, up 8%.

Fox's American
drew a 4.8 for its results show, down 11% from last week. The
followed with a 2.3, up 15%.

NBC finished third
with a 1.8/5. Awake dropped by 20% in its second week with a 1.6, but
still above what the timeslot had been averaging. Earlier, 30 Rock drew
a 1.4, flat with last week, followed by Parks & Recreation heading
into a brief hiatus with a 1.9, up 12%. The Office was up 4% to a 2.6
and Up All Night followed with a 1.7, a 6% improvement.

ABC (1.4/4) and
The CW (0.4/1) were in repeats.