James Hibberd
March 01, 2013 AT 04:49 PM EST

Were you in front of the TV last night wondering why nearly every network decided to take the night off?

February sweeps had just ended. So after four weeks of firing at rivals with original episodes, broadcasters collectively loosened their belts, took a breather and ran some repeats.

Fox’s American Idol was still in session and easily won the night, but matched Wednesday’s historic ratings low.

NBC had original episodes of Community and 1600 Penn. ABC aired another Zero Hour. All did lousy (see chart).

The night’s most interesting factoid: The second-highest rated show was CBS’ Big Bang Theory repeat with an adult demo rating that was nearly triple that of Community‘s original episode. The struggling NBC comedy — which many often assume does poorly because of Big Bang Theory — matched last week’s all-time ratings low despite its tough rival airing a repeat.

Maybe NBC can convince Morrissey to protest Community?

Full Chart:

FOX 8-10P AMERICAN IDOL #1 3.8 12,467
ABC 8-9P ZERO HOUR #7t 1.0 5,025
9-10P SCANDAL RS #9t 0.9 3,342
10-11P JKL OSCAR SPEC RS #13 0.8 2,761
CBS 8:00P BIG BANG R #2 2.8 10,693
8:30P TWO MEN R #3 2.2 8,364
9-10P POI R #4 1.9 9,502
10-11P ELEMENTARY R #5 1.6 7,722
NBC 8:00P COMMUNITY #6 1.1 2,742
8:30P PARK & REC R #9t 0.9 2,162
9:00P OFFICE R #7t 1.0 2,259
9:30P 1600 PENN #9t 0.9 2,234
10-11P LAW&SVU R #9t 0.9 3,803
CW 8-9P VAMPIRE DIARIES R #14 0.4 1,135
9-10P BEAUTY&BEAST R #15 0.3 797

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