TV Ratings Thursday: 'Person Of Interest' At Series High; 'American Idol,' '30 Rock,' 'Office,' 'The Firm,' 'Wipeout' Hit Lows

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February 3rd, 2012

Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC NBC Uni CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.9/11 3.5/9 2.5/7 1.5/4 1.5/4 0.9/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.7/8 2.0/6 2.0/6 1.5/5 1.5/5 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 12.025 14.098 7.407 3.641 3.653 2.237

In the first night of the February sweeps period with the 5 English broadcast networks in all new episodes, Fox topped the night's adults 18-49 ratings followed by CBS. And talk about Must See TV No More, NBC was tied on a sweeps Thursday by Univision among adults 18-49.

The Big Bang Theory's 5.4 adults 18-49 rating was down a tenth vs. a 5.5 rating last week, but for the third week in a row it topped the first half hour of American Idol (5.0) among adults 18-49. Also, its average audience of 16.38 million viewers would be a series high, if it holds up in the final ratings. Rob had a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth vs. a 3.5 rating last week. Person of Interest had a series high 3.3 adults 18-49, up a tenth vs. a 3.2 rating two weeks ago.  The Mentalist's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating was down 7% vs. a 3.0 rating two weeks ago.

American Idol drew a season low 5.4 adults 18-49 rating in its full hour, down a tenth vs. a 5.5 rating last Thursday, although finals adjustments are likely to close that gap. The Finder slipped to a 2.4 adults 18-49, down 14% vs. a 2.8 rating last week.

Wipeout had a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating matching its season low 1.8 rating two weeks ago. Grey's Anatomy had a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating, even vs. a 3.5 rating two weeks ago. Private Practice drew a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating, up 10% vs. a season low 2.1 rating two weeks ago.

30 Rock had a series low 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, down 19% vs. a series low 1.6 rating last week at 8pm. Parks & Recreation drew a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, up 6% vs. a 1.7 rating last week. The Office's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating was an all time Thursday low, down 10% vs. a 3.0 rating two weeks ago.  Up All Night's scored a 1.8 adults 18-49 ratings, down 5%vs. a 1.9 rating two weeks ago.  The Firm kept falling, its 0.8 adults 18-49 rating was a series low, down 20% vs. a 1.0 rating last week.

Update: Here's some interesting info from NBC on last night's 30 Rock.

Ratings for the February 2 telecast of "30 Rock" were apparently impacted by an episode description that matched the description of the prior week's 9 p.m. telecast, resulting in some DVRs failing to record the program though it was correctly listed as an original. NBC Research estimates that had the telecast received the level of time-shifted viewing seen in the time period over the prior three weeks, its "live plus same day" adult 18-49 rating likely would have been a 1.5 rather than last night's 1.3. NBC Research and Scheduling say correct information was issued by the network but technical issues caused some listings to inaccurately carry the same episode descriptions for January 26 and February 2.

The CW's Vampire Diaries had a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, up a tenth vs. a 1.1 rating two weeks ago. Fans might want to check out our nifty map of city by city ratings for TVD. The Secret Circle drew a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, even vs. a 0.7 two weeks ago.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, February 2, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol 5.4 15 17.12
CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.4 16 16.38
ABC Wipeout 1.8 5 5.93
NBC 30 Rock 1.3 4 3.21
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.2 3 2.72
8:30PM CBS Rob 3.4 9 11.28
NBC Parks & Recreation 1.8 5 3.65
9:00PM ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.5 9 9.64
CBS Person Of Interest 3.3 9 14.92
NBC The Office 2.7 7 5.27
FOX The Finder 2.4 6 6.93
CW The Secret Circle 0.7 2 1.75
9:30PM NBC Up All Night 1.8 5 3.76
10:00PM CBS The Mentalist 2.8 8 13.54
ABC Private Practice 2.3 6 6.65
NBC The Firm 0.8 2 2.98

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

Via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.8/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.5/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.8/4; "Nightline," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.8/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.8/5 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day DVR viewing" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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