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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

Scoreboard FOX ABC CBS UNI NBC CW
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
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8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men -R 2.4 6 9.13
NBC Parks and Recreation 1.9 5 3.89
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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
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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

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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.

 

 

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • Dan

    @TV Dude – Parks was really good last night, when 3 out of NBC’s veterans (30 Rock, Community (likely), The Office) are ending, NBC will save Parks, it still has at least 2 years left.

  • David Howell

    An all-repeat CBS beat an all-original NBC in five out of six half-hours (unless Elementary and Rock Center had very odd half-hour patterns).

    TBBT originals will destroy American Idol. I’m all for anything that does damage to Simon Cowell, myself.

  • Dan

    A lot of people will just see Big Bang Vs. Idol on Thursdays, and Big Bang probably will beat Idol but I just see two mammoth shows destroying Community and Parks as well as Zero Hour which has 0 chance.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “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.”

    No chance whatsoever it did that well if early reports are to be believed.

    Fox’s scheduling guy estimates 3 million average viewers.

    http://twitter.com/maskedscheduler/status/292281689256902657

    If 1.5m of them were 18-49 (which is probably a reach), that’s ~ a 1.1/1.2 rating.

    Again, massive for OWN, a drop in the bucket overall for the night. Particularly when you figure the difference between new and repeat CBS shows is significantly more than that.

  • bigbrotherfan

    @PETAR

    Sarah Shahi is going to POI? damn. That sucks. She is by far the hottest girl on CF! How do you know? I dont see it listed on IMBD.

  • networkman

    The Office slips .1 in the demo despite having a stronger lead in with Parks & Rec highest ratings of the season. NBC has to live with this lineup for the rest of the season. But having the network come in forth behind Univision should be unacceptable. And none of the comedies should be returning next year, at least not on this night.

  • Joseph

    Do you have ratings for “Idol” broken down by half-hours??

    I suspect that a lot of people tuned-out “Idol” and broadcast networks in general at 9 P.m. EST to see the Lance Armstrong interview on OWN.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if OWN draws more viewers than any broadcast or cable network tonight (January 18th) for the conclusion of the Armstrong interview.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Do you have ratings for “Idol” broken down by half-hours??

    I suspect that a lot of people tuned-out “Idol” and broadcast networks in general at 9 P.m. EST to see the Lance Armstrong interview on OWN.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if OWN draws more viewers than any broadcast or cable network tonight (January 18th) for the conclusion of the Armstrong interview.”

    Nonsense predictions from you, yet again!

    For everyone else, feast on the half hour ratings.

    “8:00PM H/P 34.3
    LAST RESORT ABC 1.1
    THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS 3.3
    30 ROCK NBC 1.3
    AMERICAN IDOL 12 FOX 4.9
    THE VAMPIRE DIARIES CW 1.4
    8:30PM H/P 37.1
    LAST RESORT ABC 1.0
    TWO AND A HALF MEN – R CBS 2.4
    PARKS AND RECREATION NBC 1.9
    AMERICAN IDOL 12 FOX 5.9
    THE VAMPIRE DIARIES CW 1.3
    9:00PM H/P 38.7
    GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 2.8
    PERSON OF INTEREST – R CBS 1.7
    THE OFFICE NBC 2.1
    AMERICAN IDOL 12 FOX 5.8
    THE CARRIE DIARIES – R CW 0.5
    9:30PM H/P 39.7
    GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 3.0
    PERSON OF INTEREST – R CBS 1.5
    1600 PENN NBC 1.2
    AMERICAN IDOL 12 FOX 5.8
    THE CARRIE DIARIES – R CW 0.4
    10:00PM H/P 38.4
    SCANDAL ABC 2.8
    ELEMENTARY – R CBS 1.4
    ROCK CENTER WITH BRIAN WI NBC 1.2
    10:30PM H/P 35.7
    SCANDAL ABC 2.5
    ELEMENTARY – R CBS 1.4
    ROCK CENTER WITH BRIAN WI NBC 1.1

  • Perdix

    I know Fox is plummeting (even the other networks) but the PR should spin it like ABC (mostly) do.

  • Pavelsauce

    Just a question for Bill/Robert:
    When you guys get the Univision primetime ratings, do you only count the 8-11PM portion, or do you also count the 7/6c hour? I’m asking this since Univision and Telemundo have primetime start at 7/6c. They don’t give that hour to the affiliates.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Just a question for Bill/Robert:
    When you guys get the Univision primetime ratings, do you only count the 8-11PM portion, or do you also count the 7/6c hour? I’m asking this since Univision and Telemundo have primetime start at 7/6c. They don’t give that hour to the affiliates.”

    Are you sure you’re not confused by the fact that primetime starts at 8pm in the Eastern time zone and 7pm in the Central time zone for everybody?

  • David Howell

    Interesting half-hours – not for the reason they were requested, but because they show that even a TBBT rerun has a big effect on Idol. 4.9/5.9/5.8/5.8 – and that was with NBC offsetting two-thirds of the drop from TBBT to 2.5 Men with their move from 30 Rock to Parks.

    Evidently there’s quite a lot of people who, even when TBBT is in reruns, watch that and then the rest of Idol.

  • leonard

    Scandal still doing big.

  • David Howell

    Bill: according to tonight’s Zap2It listings linked through here, Univision air “Corona de Lágrimas” in the 7/6c hour. Telemundo also air something at 7 that isn’t local programming.

  • Mi

    @David Howell
    “Interesting half-hours – not for the reason they were requested, but because they show that even a TBBT rerun has a big effect on Idol. 4.9/5.9/5.8/5.8″
    AI had the same 1.0 rating point difference at Wednesday in the 8PM hour, from 5.2 at the first half an hour to 6.2 the second half hour, and there was no TBBT then..

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Interesting half-hours – not for the reason they were requested, but because they show that even a TBBT rerun has a big effect on Idol. 4.9/5.9/5.8/5.8 – and that was with NBC offsetting two-thirds of the drop from TBBT to 2.5 Men with their move from 30 Rock to Parks.

    Evidently there’s quite a lot of people who, even when TBBT is in reruns, watch that and then the rest of Idol.”

    You may be confusing cause and effect, although there is no way for either of us to know given the information we receive.

    The 8pm half hour is almost always lower rated than the 8:30pm half hour overall (it was last night 34.3 vs. 37.1), and for individual shows, since plenty of people simply start watching late.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Bill: according to tonight’s Zap2It listings linked through here, Univision air “Corona de Lágrimas” in the 7/6c hour. Telemundo also air something at 7 that isn’t local programming.”

    If that’s the case in the Eastern time zone, then my lack of knowledge of Spanish language networks strikes again.

    To answer the original question, the primetime averages we see are 8-11pm for Univision.

  • Freyja

    Didn’t care to watch the train wreck Lance Armstrong (Did anyone actually believe he never doped, cause if you did I want some of that special weed, your smoking) Or American Idol (the other train wreck)

    When are networks going to realize you can program against AI now? Glad the TVD held up good solid numbers and demo.

    Not bad for TCD even though it was the third time the premiere repeated. ;)

  • networkman

    @bigbrotherfan, you don’t think Michelle Obama is hot? lol

    Anyways, NBC is really horrible. I don’t understand why 1600 Penn couldn’t air after Off Their Rockers, 8:30pm on Tuesday. Why is their a full hour of Betty White Off Their Rockers on Tuesday? NBC could have one of the episode air Thursday @8pm. That would be great counterprogramming because this show would most likely attract a different audience than Community. Also with the poor results from 1600 Penn, Do No Harm is going to have a rough go at it. NBC should scarifice one of the Off Their Rockers episode.

    Tuesday
    8pm Off Their Rockers
    8:30 1600 Penn
    9pm Go On
    9:30 New Normal

    Thursday
    8pm Off Their Rockers
    8:30 Parks & Rec
    9pm The Office
    9:30 Community
    10pm Do No Harm

  • Nancy Mahews

    I still love the Office, but there are major problems. The office has too many characters! We do not need Peter and Clark! Fankly I could do without Nelly also. This year we are missing our core people. Dwight ineracting with Jim, Jim interacting with the whole office. not many moments between Pam and Jim that aren’t awkward this year. Any missing becasue of some boat trip to auction. Of course Kelly and Ryan aren’t there, but Peter and Clark are not needed!. It’s like sixty minutes too many people for each to get much time on the screen! The office was damaged when Michael Scott left, but was damaged when they got Robert California and Nelly. Now they’ve gotten rid of Robert California, but we are still stuck with Nelly. Last night’s episode was just ridiculous Having said that, it sitll better than 1600 Penn!

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