TV Ratings Thursday: 'American Idol' Night 2 Premiere Flat With Last Year, 'Scandal' & 'Grey's Anatomy' Dip + 'Parks & Recreation' Rises to Season High in New Timeslot

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January 18th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 5.6/15 2.2/6 1.9/5 1.6/4 1.5/4 0.9/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.8/15 1.9/6 1.1/3 1.4/4 1.3/4 1.1/3
Total Viewers (million) 16.185 7.211 8.976 3.936 3.890 2.031


FOX won the night in adults 18-49 and in Total Viewers.

On FOX, night 2 of the American Idol premiere earned a 5.6, down four tenths from last night's 6.0 adults 18-49 rating but matching last year's night 2 premiere preliminary rating. Your predictions were still a bit optimistic.

On ABC, Last Resort earned a 1.0, down two tenths from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Grey's Anatomy notched a 2.9, down three tenths from last week's 3.2 adults 18-49 rating. Scandal earned a 2.6, down two tenths from last week's season high 2.8.

On NBC, 30 Rock earned a 1.3, down two tenths from last week's  1.5 adults 18-49 rating. Parks and Recreation  made its time period premiere  debut with a season-high 1.9, up four tenths from the 1.5 its last original earned.    The Office earned a 2.1, down a tenth from last week's 2.2. 1600 Penn earned a 1.2, down four tenths from last week's 1.6. Rock Center With Brian Williams earned a 1.2, up a tenth from last week's 1.1.

On The CW, The Vampire Diaries earned a 1.4, up a tenth from its last original's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, January 17, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 5.6 15 16.19
CBS The Big Bang Theory  -R 3.3 10 11.90
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.4 4 2.91
NBC 30 Rock 1.3 4 3.50
ABC Last Resort 1.0 3 5.01
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men -R 2.4 6 9.13
NBC Parks and Recreation 1.9 5 3.89
9:00PM ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.9 7 8.68
NBC The Office 2.1 5 4.15
CBS Person of Interest -R 1.6 4 9.36
CW The Carrie Diaries -R 0.5 1 1.15
9:30 PM NBC 1600 Penn 1.2 3 3.04
10:00 PM ABC Scandal 2.6 7 7.95
CBS Elementary -R 1.4 4 7.05
NBC Rock Center With Brian Williams 1.2 3 4.38


Late night ratings:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:


* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.7/7.


* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: > "> The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,> "> 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.1/5.


* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.8/6 in metered-market households and a 0.6/4 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.


* From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).


* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.



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  • Serene

    I dont think there is any possibility for a POI spinoff. And if it comes to that POI would leave the comfy Thursday 9 PM spot. Since Elementary is the new focus of CBS. They gonna do anything to get that show the proper boost since its their show unlike POI (and to get it to syndication). And POI will probably follow the destiny of Mentalist. After it reaches enough episodes for syndication they will ship it off to another night.

  • bigbrotherfan


    WOW! Thanks a lot. I guess I will watch the episodes shes in! She’s a great actress and very easy on the yes! Glad to see she’s working steadily now on a hit show!

  • David Howell

    Anyway, NBC could have put comedies like Guys with kids and Whitney At 8:00 on Tuesday rather than Betty’s.

    And lost about 20% in the demo. If Off Their Rockers was a scripted comedy, it’d still be a (very) likely renewal on NBC. It’s getting Parks and Recreation numbers.

  • Tea

    Greys still going strong YaaaaaaY next week episode will be even better you all have to see it only look at the two promo for next week :) OMG good stuff is happening :)

  • Bloop

    Scandal’s descent begins!! Sorry Max.

  • CookyMonzta

    A decent Thursday for Idol, as compared to last year. But nevertheless, here’s the reality:

    Wed.: 21.93M – 17.93M = 4.00 million
    Thurs.: 18.02M – 16.19M = 1.83 million

    That’s a combined total drop of 5.83 million, which means an average drop of almost 2.92 million per day.

    Last year’s total average viewership (19.811M Wed./18.332M Thurs.) averages 19.072 million. If the 2.92 million decline holds throughout the whole season, we may be looking at a seasonal viewership of just about 16.16 million, give or take a few hundred thousand.

    Based upon last year’s ratings, this show could be headed for 6th overall in the ratings (quite probably 5th for Wednesday and 7th or 8th for Thursday).

  • Michael

    Wow, TVD is a beast on the CW! Unbelievably steady. Although, the quality of the series has severely been mediocre, at best lately.

  • Rebecca

    I hope the cable ratings for last night are posted soon – Archer’s season premiere was great, with the Bob’s Burgers crossover (same voice actor for Bob and Archer).

  • Vance

    Yeah, TVD has been pretty steady even though the amount of teen drama has gone up 400%.

  • Tuesday Night Liars

    1600 Penn is doing really bad. I knew it would be bad but not this bad.

    Even though P&R hit 1.9 that viewership is too low to really celebrate it though but at least the show probably saved itself another season.

  • Amy

    @ chris23 The GG producers are producing TCD, so your comment doesn’t make any sense.

  • ZmaX

    TVD is great! and a repeat of TCD got the same demo as the 8th episode of BatB…that’s not very good. Hopefully, BatB will rebound when it returns next week.

    I’m a fan of Scandal, but my first reaction to seeing that Scandal’s ratings dip was excitement. Max is so annoying I kinda want the show to get canceled even though I watch. But last nights episode was good. Liked seeing how the “round table” finally decided to go ahead with the plan and how Olivia was pushed into the whole thing.
    (but comparing Scandal to Revenge is ridiculous since Revenge was up against the Golden Globes 6.4 rating)

    Plus, Revenge has even more potential for money. It airs in over 50 countries around the world (about 63 I think) It’s the #1 drama in Australia (probably not that important but still cool), Turkey is making their own licensed version of Revenge, which will be produced by Disney (ABC’s parent company) and the stars of the show have been sent to other countries to promote the show; Australia, Japan, etc. I’m not sure how much that would all add up to, but it seems like it would bringing the studio lots of money.

    The show does good enough for a 3rd season and that means a 4th season renewal for syndication prospects. and I do honestly think they would be willing to add on a 12 episode 5th season just to reach 100 episodes.

  • Ruan

    OMG! That’s incredible for “Parks & Recreation”. I’m happy. That’s a nice show. And “The Vampire Diaries” beating “30 Rock”… I’m shocked.

    As to “1600 Penn”, I’d say that’s another one that’s gotta go. “Scandal” should have done better with the weak competition.

    It’s surprising that “American Idol” held on so well but it’s true that there was no competition from the CBS comedy block. We’ll have to wait ’till next Thursday.

  • ToXiX

    That’s great for Parks & Recs. I don’t watch it personally but I’ve seen a few episodes and its one of the better comedies on NBC.

    I saw on letterman I think it was that the co creator of 1600 Penn turned down a job on Modern family for this train wreck. Lol.

  • ToXiX


    That’s the way it should be

  • Jerry

    1600 Penn is.. interesting. The concept is fine, and I actually like the show apart from Josh Gad’s character – the problem is that it’s -his- show! Someone needs to tell him to tone it down a bit. Any scene he isn’t in is a hundred times better.

  • Potato


    That sounds like more of a problem you have with the politicians than the show…

  • steven

    Am I the only one that isnt surprised by the rise for Parks and Rec?

    I fee like theres a bigger cross over between Parks and POI/Glee/Greys even though they arent comedies, then two and a half men/idol will have

  • davidwatts

    @networkman Newt happened to be at the steakhouse they were filming at so they threw something together real quick and filmed it.

    Im not a Newt fan, but that bit was funny.

  • Glover

    CW should pair The Vampire Diaries and Arrow for once.

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