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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  • Jay

    hopefully a lot of people have sampled the Carrie Diaries. Watched the pilot and it was surprisingly good. The CW needs more shows with good writing.

  • Hmm

    That’s really not that bad for the third showing of TCD pilot. 1600 may be dead now.

  • ClamCam

    Seems that AI hurt GA, Scandal keeps getting strong numbers..2.6 at 10 PM? That’s beyond great and now it truly deserves the title of “sleeper hit”.. Shonda did it again!

  • Geraint (Wales)

    Parks and Recreation back to normal next week when CBS is all new.

  • lola

    yes SCANDAL

  • Bookworm

    Scandal is down a bit from the Series high but it is still up in general and holding onto the gains. I’m totally happy with the show and the rating! I know ABC is trilled–this is their highest rated 10pm show. The retention out of Grey was 91% (pretty solid), only sucks Grey wasn’t a little higher. I would have thought it did better since POI wasn’t on but I assume that might be the affects of Idol.

    Either way, great news for Scandal.

  • I Love TV!

    0.5 + 0.4 + 0.6 for The Carrie Diaries… Does that mean anything?

  • s0303

    parks and rec did really good…maybe they should air it at 8…

    good for tvd…carrie diaries for a third airing did great..

  • Felipe Nikita

    yay TVD!

  • weirdfeline.tumblr.com

    Yay 4 Parks n Rec!

  • Kerry

    Bad News Bears for 1600 Penn…

  • dantas

    TCD repeats are equaling B&B originals on the CW. That can’t be good


    Those are good numbers for Idol even though CBS was in repeats. It always usually falls after premiere night and it didn’t fall that much. Those are good Idol numbers.

    Honestly with ABC Grey’s/Scandel have proven to be a great combo. Hoenstly what ABC should do next season is move Grey’s/Scandel up an hour early. Have Grey’s at 8pm and use Scandel in the primo 9pm slot. IMO it needs to use Scandel as Grey’s eventual replacement and then launch a new show out of Scandel. Scandel IMO is THE BEST SHOW ON TV. It is a riveting rollarcoaster ride.

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  • omabin

    I am surprised that Idol held up that well. Parks did amazing, it is a certain renewal and nothing else at this point. 1600 Penn is a goner as I suspected already.

    The CW had a good night with tvd higher than the fall finale and with carrie diaries repeating almost equal to the pilot. I know a lot of people likely watched the pilot again, but still if you sum the 0,6+0,4+0,5=1,5 from all the airings, so that is a lot of sample there. If half of that watches it regularly on mondays, it will rise and be renewed. Let’s see what happens.

    ABC did great. Grey’s held on reasonably well despite Idol and Scandal is still the highest rated 10pm drama. And to think that 2 month ago I was really scared for the show, wondering if it would even get a full season order

  • Juan

    Sad that grey’s is down, though I’m sure in finals it will at least be over to a 3.0, which isn’t really that down against a 5.6, scandal still doing fantastic numbers for 10

  • Guy

    I think Scandal got a 2.8 in its first half hour and a 2.5 in its second, wouldn’t that translate to a 2.7?

  • s0303

    about time to think about pulling 1600 penn…1.2 with the office as a lead in…yikes…

  • Rebecca

    If I’d known TBBT was a rerun last night I could have recorded 30R instead. Good for Parks…that’s still low but if it’s their season high then that’s good. Great show, deserves to get more viewers. Still enjoying 1600 Penn and glad Office is ending. Still watching but ready to stop when it stops.

  • Stormy44

    Shouldn’t Scandal be a 2.7 based on rounding? I think that is where the final number will be.

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