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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  • tommy

    second most highest rating for Scandal
    Scandal is on fire very fun episode last night

  • Oliver


    Why would NBC want to kill their highest rated renewable sitcom?

  • Ron

    @Karin actually it was going up against suits.

  • Petar Ivanov

    So PoI is #2 CBS drama but already #1 CBS dramas on rerun. This season is only drama that hit 1.9 on rerun and other reuns are 1.5 +. Only one time after begining of the seson rerun lowe than that and that was on sunday.(not on its time slot)

  • Dan

    No 1600 Penn leading off the night would give lower ratings to both Parks, Office, and Community. Its better to start with a slightly higher rated show like Community.

  • jesse

    That’s really good for Idol. If it can avg 4.5-5.0 that would be very good.

  • Crete

    Cadê os haters que estavam latindo que Scandal ia cair hein? Calixtando…

  • Tony ^_^

    @Max: Because no one other than yourself cares about the nonsense of “Revenge vs. Scandal”. Both shows are getting renewed.

  • Ram510


    I could see why NBC would want to try to give 1600 Penn the best shot they can to succeed but it’s clearly not catching on and done. At least with Community they can try to get good enough rating to strike up a deal with Sony for syndication. 1600 will never make it there, Community can

  • Jane

    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

    @Abc123. They are being averaged. And take into account the first two are half hours.

  • Oliver


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

    1600 Penn is already dead, it doesn’t matter if it gets crushed.

  • Petar Ivanov

    TBBT reun against AI is 3.3…..just saying.

    BBT will KILL and eat Idow with WIDE margin. And in the and of the season BBT reruns witll tie Idol.

  • chrisss

    @ Oliver

    I’d imagine they’d just pull 1600 Penn and replace it with Save Me. (if it’s ready to be aired?)

  • MikeS

    Scandal has built it’s own audience.

  • Rob

    1600 Penn is pulling Community type ratings

    Which, sadly for NBC, is actually a good thing.

  • Kirstie

    “Cause I Knew You Were Trouble When You Walked In, So Shame On Me Now, Flew Me To Places I’ve Never Been, So You Put Me Down Oh”. Everyone go buy Taylor Swift’s hit single “I Knew You Were Trouble” on itunes today!

  • peter

    great for P&R
    scandal are doing great but MAX the competition is not the same
    fighting against NFL is not easy for anyone for me ABC move to put revenge on sunday was risky and i think they know what to expect

  • Ultima

    And in the and of the season BBT reruns witll tie Idol.

    The ratings for The Big Bang Theory will go down as the season continues due to better weather/DST.

    As evidence, take a look at basically any 8pm sitcom, ever.

  • Ram510

    Not necessarily, Last Resort isn’t preventing Scandal from reaching new highs and GA is still solid

  • Trish

    There are some commentators on here that are just so dum. I feel like slapping some of ya for the dum things you guys post about.

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