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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  • Rob


    Much tougher position?

    NONE of NBC’s comedies draw flies. It’s pathetic and frankly speaks volumes that NBC is still forced to rely on the DOA Office for ratings.

    No one should be shocked at the ratings 1600 Penn is currently drawing and why it will be brought back. Just like Community and Parks & Rec before them.

  • Kyle

    I’m no fan of the Big Bang Theory, but if they were able to beat Idol last year, with they way they’re going this year, they’re gonna kick Idol’s you know what.

  • Flame

    So we got the usual repeat numbers for TBBT, Vampire Diaries rising and Parks & Rec doing great against Idol. I have a feeling that starting next week TBBT will tear that casting show a new one…

  • Ram510


    I agree with you Josh Gad is ruining the show and someone should be fired for casting him. I see what they were going for with him, but they missed, horribly. I like Jenna Elfman though

  • Grey

    I think many got sucked into watching the Lance Armstrong interview.

  • Dan

    Well I think NBC is done with Community no matter what. NBC can use Parks and Rec, Go On, and The New Normal as well as The Michael J Fox show to rebuild Thursdays. I have not idea what will come of NBC’s multi camera comedies but Whitney has the best chance at renewal and if it does get renewed it will be for Wednesdays at 8 maybe paired with another multi camera. In which case GWK is dead and Up All Night has been dead.

    @Ram510 and Oliver – I think NBC has been over with Community for a while and its move to midseason was a way to not order more than 13 eps this season (If it premiered in the fall and didnt get more eps it would be a sign of NBC wanting to end it, and imagine if it aired on Fridays) Cony owns Community not Universal so NBC doesnt benefit from syndication even for 16 more eps.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @I have a feeling that starting next week TBBT will tear that casting show a new one…

    Nope. Next week all thursday CBS line up is again on reruns. And than they have 4 weeks originals in a row with super bowl and Grammys weeks.

  • Laura

    @Janet – the ratings for TVD have been really good this year. Some episodes have actually been up on their season 3 counterparts. I’m not someone who associates ratings rises/declines with ships and couples, but even if I did, your argument that, in your words, ‘the Delena season’ has caused the ratings to suffer doesn’t make any sense, because the ratings have been really good this season, and the ratings average will be about the same as it was for this time last year. Some eps have been up vs season 3, some have been down, but overall there certainly hasn’t been a big decline in the ratings vs this time last year.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I think many got sucked into watching the Lance Armstrong interview.”

    Not that many. Early estimates are for ~3 million average viewers. We should see the final numbers no later than late this afternoon.

    That’s huge for OWN, but a drop in the bucket for the night overall.

  • Marcos

    TBBT repeat beat New Grey’s.. Nerds are stupid

  • TVDude

    1600 Penn might very will finish up online. It’ll probably air for a few more weeks to make sure this isn’t a fluke, but when Guys with Kids and Whitney get a higher rating in a more difficult time period, that’s not good. Didn’t the repeat of 1600 Penn do about good that last week at 8:30? Even if it finishes its order, it definitely won’t be renewed.

    Parks and Rec did really well, and unexpectedly. Strange. What a crazy night for NBC.

  • gary

    H50 2.4
    CSI 2.3
    parenthood 1.9
    Scandal 2.6

    yes, Scandal is the most watches show at 10

  • Tihomir

    LOL, I thought that Grey’s would get a high rating, the episode was amazing.

  • Oliver


    I think NBC has been over with Community for a while and its move to midseason was a way to not order more than 13 eps this season (If it premiered in the fall and didnt get more eps it would be a sign of NBC wanting to end it, and imagine if it aired on Fridays) Cony owns Community not Universal so NBC doesnt benefit from syndication even for 16 more eps.

    I agree that NBC execs want to cancel Community, but ultimately network heads are pragmatists who care about ratings above all else. If NBC’s comedy season hadn’t been a complete disaster then it would be dead, but I think it’s about 50/50 at this point.

    Community is a Sony/NBCUniversal co-production.

  • bigbrotherfan

    There is no way NBC can keep 1600 Penn. It is about one of the worst shows on the air right now. A comedy with 0 laughs. Everyone on that show is pretty unlikable and I don’t think we will ever see a first lady as hot as Jenna Elfman..ever! This show is beyond stupid. It’s right in there with LAST MAN STANDING AND MAILBU COUNTRY. NBC really can’t afford to keep losers like that and why in the WORLD is ROCK CENTRE still on the Thursday grid? why!? I don’t care how cheap it is. NBC is pretty much just handing the hour to CBS and ABC and SCANDAL seems to have a fanbse now. It’s gonna be hard for them to find a show to recover with. SEE AWAKE, THE FIRM, ETC.

    Last Resort is really bringing in some bad numbers for such a well written show! WAS that the final episode last night? I was thinking maybe ABC should air the entire final 4 episode of 666 PARK AVE. on Super bowl night. What do they have to lose? and it could act as good counter programing but then again, bunch of IDIOTS at that network.

    WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON WITH SCANDAL? I really like the show buts it’s really far fetched for a man who was shot in the head 3 times to be able to walk around, talk, argue and kiss his mistress days after that kind of attack. Are you kidding me? PLEASE DON’T let the writing slip anymore, SHONDA! That was unbelievable and what an ungreatful SOB for doing that to his wife who has done NOTHING but stand by FITZ and did whatever she could to keep him in office. I liked Fitz. After last night in the flashbacks he appeared weak and treats his wife like GARBAGE! I dont think shes the villian she is painted out to be. GET IT TOGETHER SHONDA! He’s was one of the more like-able characters. ALSO, Is Hawk written out? GOSH, I hope so! I hate his boring, bland portrayal of an otherwise what could be an interesting character. WHY does everyone talk in a fast paced monologue on that show?

  • Michael

    4 million viewers above a REPEAT of Big Bang. Yikes!
    Who’s next Nigel & Midget Mike… Charro and Marie Osmond?

  • just_now

    that difference in the demo between Parks and 30 Rock is really strange… I know Parks is more popular than 30 Rock but still… 0.5 demo but only 400k more viewers?

  • Oliver

    Also, Community will likely get a heavy promotional push by Comedy Central next fall, which could potentially boost its NBC ratings. The show seems like an ideal mid-season replacement.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Hope CBS do their job during super bowl and grammys and give POI heavy and properly advertising. In that period we will have 4 POI episodes in a row – 31, 7(after super bowl week), 14(after Grammys week), 21(Jonathan Nolan debut as director and Sarah Shahi series debut). If they can build solid and stronger fanbase we can see POI spin-off. Sarah Shahi role sound like future spin-off so CBS have a lot in stake here.(more money and one more drama hit) POI is hit and fresh much bigger and better chance for successful spin-off than one more ncis.


    IDol was not against comedy but it was against Oprah and Lance – which has been dominating in the media so I presume it got a 2.8 or so – a 2.8 that would normally be watching the other thing that the world will be talking about the next day.

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