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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  • Oliver


    I assumed they were putting Save Me in the slot opened up by Whitney/GWK, although it’s probably still early enough to expand their orders.

    Save Me isn’t quite ready, but they could easily wait a few weeks before pulling 1600 Penn.

  • Xiaomu

    Go Scandal???

  • Bobby

    Since when did this site start playing music? I like that. They are playing “Firework” by Katy Perry as I’m writing right now. :)

  • danny94

    Scandal will be back down to it’s 1.9-2.2 range come may

  • Oliver


    1600 Penn is pulling Community type ratings

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

    Series low for Community is 1.3 in a much tougher situation.

    1600 Penn is dunzo.

  • Katie

    Are you on crack?????????

  • SJ

    1600 Penn would be a good show if it weren’t for Josh Gad. Whoever gave that guy a starring role on a sitcom should not be working in show business.

  • peter

    dont know what shonda did with scandal but it is working omg

  • bigbrotherfan

    damn I was right on with my idol prediction!
    Mariah and Nicki are doin well for sure!

  • networkman

    Big Bang Theory will beat American Idol. But AI will still win the hour because it will be stronger than Two & A Half Men.

    Regarding NBC, Community is getting no love. If Parks & Rec is your highest rated sitcom and they have plans to renew it anyways, why not let it start of the night. Community should then air @8:30pm. This show hasn’t aired in months. NBC doesn’t even show repeats on Saturday and they are going to simply have it start off the night against Big Bang Theory.

  • Ram510


    I’m confused as to why you are defending 1600 Penn, do you like the show?

  • Linda

    OmG I like how this site plays music now. Thats so cool. They are playing my favorite song, “Beauty And A Beat” by Justin Bieber Ft. Nicki Minaj. Im singing so loud right now.

  • Max

    Nice music upgrade by the way. ;)

  • were123

    A Carrie Diaries repeat did as well as a B&TB original; that’s not good

  • Tanya

    Go Greys good numbers, I think Oprah took many of the viewers yesterday and the AI from greys

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  • Mi

    @Laura I think Arrow lost viewers this week to AI and to the basketball preemtions this past episode, it was down about half a milion from the previous episode, but who cares as long as it did well in the demo.

  • danny94

    MAX you cannot even compare Scandal And Revenge numbers, Revenge has to compete againest Football, Award shows, the highest rated cable show ever (twd) what does scandal have to compete with.. aN average cbs procedual and the low rated Rock center.

    Despte All this Revenge has NEVER fallen below a 2.0 something that Scandal has managed more then once!

  • bigbrotherfan

    The Carrie Diaries was horriblE! Just horrible! CW GET RID OF IT! I’d rather sit through 9 episodes of “Beauty and The Beast”! :s

  • chris23

    Pretty Nice return for Vampire Diaries.. Parks and Recreation had a nice bump..

    Carrie did great for a CW repeat, considering the original got a .6 and the repeat following it got a .4.

    I still believe the real test for the show is next Monday. I wouldn’t be surprised if it hit .7 or .8 But that is just me being optimistic. I haven’t watched the show but I root for the CW to get out of the gutter and get rid of the underperformers that should have been gone years ago (ala 90210, gossip girl).

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