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.



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

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  • fernando

    @Max STFU, both Scandal & Revenge are amazing shows. I dont understand your hate for Revenge, what have that show ever done to you. There is room for both Revenge & Scandal on ABC. Yes Revenge ratings this season have been up & Down because the writing this season became to big for most of the fans but it is being written back to what it was in season 1, so sorry to brust your bubbles but Revenge will end up getting good ratings in the near future again.

    GET A LIFE and leave Revenge alone. Your annoying and by using scandal to bash Revenge, it’s not showing how great of a fan you are to scandal its just disrespectful.

  • Robin

    I’m glad for TVD but not happy with the quality of this season. though last nights episode was a little better


    FOX is happpy. Nothing on theier schedule pulls over a 2.5 often; exxpect FOX to be jumping over the moon. Also, the Idol beast always brings the rest of FOXs schedule up .2 or .3 for some reason. So, look for that. Bones will be a .2 higher, the comedy shows will be .2 or .3 higher. I expect the following will premiere to a 2.9 which is significantly higher tha it might have without idol viewers seeing the promotion (and settle at a 2.6 for renewal – easy renewal for FOX).
    So, if FOX can come out of this season with Bones reaching a 2.3 , the following averaging a 2.6, Raising Hope a 1.8 , New Girl a 2.3, and The Mindy Project a 1.7 (ish) , Idol somewhere safe between 4.8 and 6.4 (if there’s drama a 6.4 is definitely possible – who knows?) , and possibly bring back Hells Kitchen and let it get some 2.6 or 2.7’s . FOX will be the numebr one network…

    So, The Following must be a hit (2.6 average) and Mindy must raise (1.7ish, or 1.8) , and FOX has to get smart and realize they need to air some Gordan Ramsey ASAP if they want to be number one this season.

  • eridapo

    Per Marc B…


    AI 4.9 14.48/ 5.9 17.23/ 5.8 16.61/ 5.8 16.61

    Last Resort 1.1 5.23/ 1.0 4.79
    Greys 2.8 8.61/ 3.0 8.74
    Scandal 2.8 8.24/ 2.5 7.66

    Rock Center 1.2 4.50/ 1.1 4.27

    TVD 1.4 2.99/ 1.3 2.83
    CD .5 1.20/ .4 1.11

    POI 1.7 9.59/ 1.5 9.14
    Elem 1.4 7.27/ 1.4 6.83


    Look at the 18-34 numbers from IDOL. They’re the same as yesterday really. A strong , exceleent 4.8 18 – 34.

  • Vanessa S.

    Ah, man, I was JUST getting into Person of Interest and even bought Season 1 (delivered just last week) so I could catch up. Now they’re adding Sarah Shahi? I’m afraid this is going to throw off the dynamic that attracted me to finally get interested. It might ruin things–I’ve seen it happen time and time again.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “So, The Following must be a hit (2.6 average) and Mindy must raise (1.7ish, or 1.8) , and FOX has to get smart and realize they need to air some Gordan Ramsey ASAP if they want to be number one this season.”

    Zero chance Fox will be number one this season, but we knew that long before this season even began.

    CBS+Super Bowl+AFC Championship in primetime = 18-49 win

  • fernando


    you have taken my words, thank you have so tried of Max, with his hate of Revenge, I love scandal but it has no competetion like Revenge does.

  • Alan

    Carrie repeat did well. Hoping it does good on Monday thanks to this.

  • vince

    woah TCD is doing amazing third airing o.5 woah …Damn it LAst Resort’s audience is really old…

  • Mary 1

    Great numbers for Parks & Rec. even if against repeats on CBS. I don’t watch all the time but last night was a good episode as well. It seems the politicians are all vying to do cameos on this show. I’m now wondering if the good ratings are some after effects from the Golden Globes, a Gingrich effect (?) or maybe there’s something special about the 8:30 time slot. For example, the Betty White show gets better ratings for its 8:30 time slot than for its 8:00.

    I watched 30 Rock and that show is a bit of a mess. I’m not a huge Tracey Morgan fan so any episode where he dominates I’m not going to like. They seem to be ending this show in a weird way. I’ve got to believe Community will get way better ratings when it returns. Unlike all their other shows, NBC is for once heavily advertising its return date.

  • Jared

    The Carrie Diaries true test comes this Monday when it airs a new episode. Hopefully airing it after TVD gave it new viewers who might not have seen the premiere. I still don’t think it will be a HUGE hit..even though the pilot was pretty good.

  • JJA

    Carrie Diaries is repeating relatively well. I knew all the talk of it being a “flop” was very premature. By the way, its iTunes sales are really strong also. I see it being renewed, albeit for a mere 13 episodes (to be extended to 22 if it does well).

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Vanessa S.
    I am sure they won’t disappoint us. I think they want to try and see is there are chance for spin-off and if yes to use it.(Now is the best time when show is growing in season 2 and 3) But not a chance to risk quality of the show. If you watch this season i mean all seson long you will see that all 4 POI leads are growing and every episode is better and better. Last episode was EPIC. So Person of interest will stay example of how a drama should be written and acted. Best scripted show on TV – broadcast and cable.

    ps If you buy season 1 watch baby blue. Its hilarious and so entertaining.

  • GG

    LOL @ Scandal. So much for its 2.8, Max :P

  • David Howell

    When are networks going to realize you can program against AI now?

    CBS always knew that. NCIS was AI counterprogramming back when AI was *huge*. It actually gained through seasons 1-3, and rallied again in seasons 6 and 7. Now TBBT is proving the point all over again.

  • GG

    LOL @ Scandal’s second half hour 2.5, MAX! HAHAHA :P

  • Rachel

    The true test for TCD is next Monday. Who knows, maybe the people that viewed the repeat were the same people who watched the premiere. There’s no way of knowing. CW shows usually stay the same or go down in ratings so I think the writing may be on the wall for The Carrie Diaries. We shall see.

  • Pete

    1600 was already dead when Obama got re-elected.
    Anyway, NBC could have put comedies like Guys with kids and Whitney At 8:00 on Tuesday rather than Betty’s.

  • networkman

    Did Newt guest star on last night’s episode of Parks & Rec? That is another problem I have now with the show. Are these true politicians or now are they wannabee actors. Too many now just seem to want fame and rub elbows with the Hollywood elites. I’m surprise Sarah Palin didn’t guest star yet.

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