It seemed that when it comes to “Community,” having the show off of the air for a number of many months worked — at least when it comes to the ratings and building up fan support.
On Thursday night, the show drew a season-high 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic along with almost 4.9 million viewers, and if it stays anywhere near that level you can all but guarantee a season 4 will happen. This was up a whopping 46% from the last new episode in December, and is an even more impressive when you consider that “American Idol,” “The Vampire Diaries,” the premiere of “Missing” on ABC (which also fared pretty well with a 2.0 rating and over 10 million viewers), and the NCAA tournament were on the air. (The only normal competition that was not on the schedule was “The Big Bang Theory,” so we will have to wait until after the tournament for comparisons here.)
The “Community” return also helped “30 Rock” score a season high 2.0 rating, and NBC overall had its top-rated comedy lineup of the entire spring. Fox overall won the night with “Idol” and a repeat of “Touch,” while “Awake” on NBC stayed steady with a 1.6 ratings versus last week.
Now that the Greendale Human Beings are back airing new episodes regularly, will it be able to keep it up? Only time will tell.