'Community' Ratings: Season 3 Midseason Premiere Solid For NBC

03/16/2012 12:11 pm ET

The darkest timeline is over: "Community" is back on NBC and with solid ratings to boot. According to NBC, the midseason premiere of "Community" brought in 4.9 million viewers at 8 p.m. on Thurs., March 15.

The return of Greendale's Human Beings bested the premiere of ABC's "Missing" in the coveted 18-49 demographic. The new Ashley Judd series premiered to a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and 10.6 million viewers total. "Community" pulled a 2.2 rating in the demo. In the 18-34 demographic, "Community" beat "American Idol" from 8-8:30 p.m. "Community" averaged a 2.8 rating while "Idol" pulled in a 2.5. "American Idol" had 15.5 million viewers total.

In the Thursdays at 8 p.m. timeslot, "30 Rock" at times performed worse than "Community." The timeslot is a tough one with "American Idol" on Fox, "The Big Bang Theory" on CBS and now "Missing" on ABC. It's important to note there was no "Big Bang Theory" on Thurs., March 15, CBS aired the NCAA tournament. In its new timeslot at 8:30 p.m., "30 Rock" earned a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and 4 million total viewers, higher than it had been getting at 8 p.m.

Following "Community's" benching, fans took to social media and flash mobs to show their support for the show. Comedy Central recently announced a syndication deal with Sony, the studio behind "Community," that will bring the misfits of Greendale to Comedy Central in 2013.


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