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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  • Dan

    Still really good for Scandal, even though it dipped, Grey’s dipped as well so the retention was very good. Parks will definitely be renewed, a 1.9 for a Thursday comedy is great. And that terrible retention out of The Office will get 1600 Penn cancelled.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Oliver – The premiere of The Carrie Diaries got a 0.6… how is the second repeat this week getting a 0.5 “crappy?”

  • Oliver


    Because it’s after TVD. Besides, the 0.6 premiere number was awful.

  • Laura

    Thrilled for TVD, not only great ratings but 3rd in the timeslot again. How many times has it done that this season? Quite a few. Also, I noticed someone posting yesterday that Arrow was the most watched show on the CW by almost a million viewers…but Wednesday’s Arrow got 3.06 mill, and yesterdays TVD got 2.91, so it’s not even close to a million viewers ahead. It definitely was at one point, but it’s viewers have dropped since it premiered, and now it and TVD are much closer in viewer numbers than they once were. Of course the viewer numbers don’t even matter anyway, and honestly, I’m not trying to start an Arrow vs TVD war, I watch and love both shows. I just read the comment yesterday and thought it was wrong, but waited to say anything until TVD’s numbers came out today.

  • Janet Snakehole 3

    Delena season has been wonderful in ratings hasnt it? Oh wait.

    Previews showed a heartbreaking moment between Stefan and Elena, rating went up. Lets see how they fare next week because this midseason pemiere SUCKED. The show has jumped the shark.

  • Ram510

    They should just take 1600 Penn an put it on at 8 and put Community on at 930

  • Max

    The REVENGE fans are quiet. LOL. That 2.0 from Sunday night is biting hard, huh?

  • Dan

    Scandal will be renewed and when Big Bang returns new not only will it likely crush Idol but Community has 0 chance. Same for Zero Hour.

  • karin

    GA against AI,Scandal vs nothing

  • John A

    Fantastic for TVD. Its funny the 2 tough nights with Idol the CW do well compared with flops like 90210 TCD HOD and Nikita.

  • networkman

    @s3030, I agree that Parks & Rec should be used at 8pm once 30 Rock ends. It had the opportunity of being on all season behind The Office. If NBC is thinking about bringing it back, why not see how it would do leading off the night. The show must have gotten exposure from Amy hosting the Golden Globes. That demo number seems a bit inflated. It didn’t do that well behind The Office. And now going up against American Idol and Two & A Half Men and it gets a season high? I think NBC would of been pleased with a 1.6 or 1.7

  • Abc123

    CBS’s 18-49 should not be a 1.9, should it? 3.3+2.4+1.6+1.4 does not equal a 1.9. Or is it not this simple

  • RyanCanada

    @MAX like really? Scandal fans and Revenge are they same, i love both but lets be honest, Scandal has a better time slot, revenge is up against football the good wife and the fox cartoons, Scadal only has Elementry, and BTW i love both show, just being honest.

  • Ultima

    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?

    Shouldn’t Scandal be a 2.7 based on rounding?


    First off, even if it was 2.50 and 2.80, which actually would average to 2.65, that doesn’t always round up to 2.7 (5 always rounding up is something they teach kids in gradeschool to keep in simple).

    Secondly, you can’t just average two rounded numbers and expect to get the same result as the average of 60 unrounded numbers, which are then rounded to the final value.

  • Allen

    Welp, 1600 is done.

  • battye

    Was the Lance Armstrong interview on OWN on Thursday night? Any ratings for that yet?

  • Oliver


    They should just take 1600 Penn an put it on at 8 and put Community on at 930

    Agreed. Burn 1600 Penn against TBBT rather than wasting their other shows.

    Or put Parks back at 9:30 and move Community to 8:30, out of the way of TBBT.

  • Dan

    @Ram510 – NBC is more wanting to save 1600 Pen then Community though 1600 Penn would get crushed harder than Community.

    @Max – This Revenge vs. Scandal business is nonsense, Revenge faces football, Family Guy, Good Wife (barely) and cable shows. Sunday is a very competitive night. Scandal faces Rock Center (Garbage) and Elementary which is its only real competition but it was’t new last night. Both are rated well, both will be renewed.

  • Crete

    Scandal mostrando para Revenge quem é que manda na ABC. Amo!

  • Dan S

    I’m ecstatic that P&R was able to get a season high moving to 8:30pm. I know 2.5 Men was a rerun but I don’t think those 2 shows share much of the same audience. Agreed 1600 is a goner & the sooner the better.

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