Thursday Final Ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy' Adjusted Up; 'Rock Center' Adjusted Down, No Adjustment for 'American Idol'

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January 18th, 2013

Grey's Anatomy was adjusted up a tenth and Rock Center was adjusted down a tenth among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Thursday broadcast ratings.

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 5.6 15 16.28
CBS The Big Bang Theory  -R 3.2 10 11.64
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.4 4 2.95
NBC 30 Rock 1.3 4 3.44
ABC Last Resort 1.0 3 5.07
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men -R 2.3 6 9.03
NBC Parks and Recreation 1.9 5 3.92
9:00PM ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.0 8 8.80
NBC The Office 2.1 5 4.15
CBS Person of Interest -R 1.6 4 9.40
CW The Carrie Diaries -R 0.4 1 1.14
9:30 PM NBC 1600 Penn 1.2 3 3.04
10:00 PM ABC Scandal 2.6 7 7.93
CBS Elementary -R 1.4 4 7.10
NBC Rock Center With Brian Williams 1.1 3 4.41

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • One eye

    Scandal rocks!

  • Ian

    I think Grey’s will end next year. It is my favorite show on air so I’m not picking on it, but the main cast doesn’t want to do it anymore I think. Patrick Dempsey was ready to leave last year so was Ellen Pompeo. I just don’t see either of them renewing beyond a 10th season. Also if just one leaves and the network continues, the show will drop dramatically in viewers. I think a big reason the show has fallen over the years is the cast departures. T.R Knight and Katherine Heigl being the two biggest who were major fan favorites. The show is still fantastic in quality and ratings and I hope it goes out still hitting 3’s the only way I see the main cast renewing is if ABC gives them a Friends-esque deal. I’m not saying giving them a million dollars but a huge pay increase might persuade the cast to continue. ABC definitely doesn’t want to depart with it so they could get desperate and throw a crazy amount of money at the cast. But if this means more Grey’s I will be just fine with that!

  • Scandalfan

    Yay Grey is up. GA is ABC number one drama and number one drama on Thursdays all the Networks combined well except for a few times POI gets the number one spot so no doubt that ABC will hold on to this show very tightly.

  • daddybigboi

    I think P&R went up due to Amy’s terrific performance at the golden globes! Sad the same can’t be said about 30 rock. Seriously does anyone find 1600 Penn a good show? I sure do, why won’t a new comedy succeed for goodness sake!

  • Good for idol

    That was good for idol! I only watched the last 20 minutes because my fox station was down so I watched CBS instead.

  • Bookworm

    I put that slightly on the lead in. Scandal has been doing great and though not completely lead in dependent, when Grey takes a hit there is a possibility for them to also. The fan base is extremely loyal and when back at 2.0, we kept the number despite Grey dropping from the 4.0’s. However , I think we gained many Grey fans (retention rate), then those who might not watch Grey, won’t watch Scandal. So if Grey does take a hit, those fans most likely carry over and Scandal takes a hit also.

    Grey is down .2 from last episode and Scandal is also down .2 from last episode. So it makes much sense, I don’t see why anyone is shocked or celebrating at a small dip. That was a season high, how many shows keep hitting season highs and actually staying at them? You usually fall in between and a 2.6 is great for a 10pm show.

    No worries–Scandal is still safe and definitely not up for mid season

    This is one of ABC higher rated shows for the past two weeks–only Modern Family, Grey and OUAT beat it out.

  • Celoriu

    @daddybigboi Oh, right! I was looking for some reason for P&R to get this sudden boost and I can’t believe I couldn’t figure it out. It totally was because of the Globes.

  • Mark3

    @greg parks is great!! Love the newt gingrig cameo too. But the office beat it in viewers and demo.

  • Hugh

    Hopefully Idol can continue to match last year. Could end up with a higher average than BBT.

    I think last year BBT was a 5.0 and idol was 5.6. Voice was 5.5

  • Melissa


    Petar said something nice about Grey’s Anatomy. I may faint.

    HAHAHA. That’s too funny!

  • Ultima

    I don’t know how many homes OWN reaches, but if they are in at least 85 million homes, I suspect it’s telecast of Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Lance Armstrong tonight (January 17th) and especially tomorrow (January 18th) will likely be the most-watched program (cable or broadcast) in it’s time period, or at the very least, come close.

    Idol – 16.28 million

    Oprah – 3.18 million

    So close! :roll:

  • Anna

    Not sure why people expect Scandal to dip further against a new Elementary? Scandal’s had higher ratings the last few times both shows were new. I don’t even think they share much the same audience as far as the live ratings go. Do No Harm poses more of a threat to Elementary.

    Wow, 1600 Penn is just ugly there. Do No Harm doesn’t look great to me, but it probably can’t get much worse than Rock Center.

  • Ultima

    I think last year BBT was a 5.0 and idol was 5.6. Voice was 5.5

    Live+SD – Idol 5.2, Big Bang 5.0, Voice 4.9

    Official – Idol Wed 6.2, Voice Mon 6.1, Idol Thu 5.5, Big Bang 5.5, Voice Tue 4.2

  • Ultima

    By the way TBS turns crazy with TBBT. They rerun it all the time 3 hours in prime time.

    Tuesday – 3 hours
    Wednesday – 2.5 hours
    Thursday – 2 hours
    Saturday – 3 hours
    Sunday – 3 hours

    I guess they rerun the same episodes over and over and over and over and over again. No other explanation. And this is ALL YEAR LONG. In the summer too. Its insane. TBBT is only around 120 episodes. With this airing they will air all episodes for 3 months.

    They don’t always run episodes on the weekends (usually movies); but yeah, TBS usually goes with 7-8 hours during the week of The Big Bang Theory. Takes them a little less than two months to cycle through the episodes.

  • networkman

    @larrywitness, I agree with you. The Mary Tyler Moore Show ended with 7 seasons. The network could of possibly squeezed two more years out of the show. The Cosby Show was still pulling respectable ratings and with it doing great in syndication, that show could of continued for two more years. Producers should know when to call it quits. When there is no more story to tell, they should simply stop for the integrity of the show. Allow the actors to move on to other projects. I feel Law & Order:SVU should really wrap it up. Even if the program is the highest on the network, go out of top. Grey’s Anatomy should come back for its 10th season. It will produce over 200 episodes. After that it should call it quits.

  • Steve

    Grey’s is good for 2 more seasons at least. It pulls very strong ratings in comparison to their other dramas (only Once Upon A Time sometimes beats it), and it is one, if not THE, top advertising dollar money makers. Not going anywhere.

  • Jon

    It will be interesting to see how much idol is going to fall when TBBT has a new episode next week.

  • CookyMonzta

    @networkman: You sound like me with regard to Idol, my opinion being that, should Idol’s viewership drop to the point where it nearly matches its 1st season’s viewership, they should pack it in. Clearly they have nothing else to prove, and they are at a point where the also-rans have to do a lot more work to promote themselves after the show’s over for them.

    Right now, the show is on pace to draw around 16.2 million viewers this year. At that rate of decline (from last year’s 19.07 million), Idol will be down to its 1st season’s viewership of 12.7 million by 2015, which by today’s standards would put the show at around 15th to 20th, which is quite respectable after 14 seasons. Most longtime top-5 shows pack it in when they drop below the top 15. I’d rather see Idol close up shop before they draw fewer than 10 million on too many episodes…

    …Because if some of us think it looks bad for a show that used to draw 30 million to be drawing 16 to 18 million today, imagine how bad we think it’ll look when it goes down to 12 to 13 million and continues to decline. You don’t want to keep a show on TV for too long beyond that point, especially a show that used to draw 30 million.

  • CookyMonzta


    Hear, hear!

  • HalCapone

    Both ABC and CBS have their own distinct demographic strategies. ABC seeks younger female auds with its soapy dramas while CBS seeks older male auds with it cop procedural shows–there are certainly exceptions for both networks but by an large they have each found their niches. ABC’s excellent Last Resort alienated its loyal female audience. Meanwhile, CBS’ excellent The Good Wife is trying to be both soapy drama and crime procedural simultaneously and is not getting much traction with it core older male demo. The CW plays to a younger teen audience. I’m no longer sure what the network strategy of FOX is as their juggernaut reality shows are declining rather quickly. And NBC’s strategy is anybody’s guess as they try to find an identity somewhere between football and The Voice, rather than “musty teevee”

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