TV Ratings Thursday: 'American Idol' Down But Wins Night by Huge Margin, 'Glee' Rises, 'Last Resort,' '30 Rock' & 'Beauty and the Beast' Up

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January 25th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.9/10 2.0/5 2.0/5 1.6/4 1.3/4 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.4/11 1.6/5 1.1/4 1.4/4 1.1/3 1.0/3
Total Viewers (million) 11.214 6.661 9.261 4.032 3.781 2.276


FOX won the night in adults 18-49 and in Total Viewers.

On FOX, American Idol  earned a 5.1, down 6% from last week's 5.6 adults 18-49 rating, but still the top program of the night by a whopping 65 percent. Glee returned to a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating up 35%  from a 2.0 for its most recent episode on December 13 when it followed The X Factor. Your predictions were a little pessimistic.

On ABC, the finale of Last Resort scored a 1.2 up 20% from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. Grey's Anatomy notched a3.0 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week.

On NBC, 30 Rock earned a 1.4, up 8% from last week's  1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Parks and Recreation scored a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating down 11% from last week's 1.9. The Office garnered a 2.0 among adults 18-49, down 5% from last week's 2.1. 1600 Penn earned a 1.3, up 8% from last week's 1.2. Rock Center With Brian Williams tied its season low with a 0.8, down 27% from last week's 1.1.

On The CW, The Vampire Diaries earned a 1.3, down 7% from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Beauty & the Beast returned with a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, up 17% from a 0.6 for its last original on December 13.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, January 24, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol 5.1/14 15.53
CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 3.1/9 11.50
NBC 30 Rock 1.4/4 3.84
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.3/4 2.74
ABC Last Resort - Series Finale 1.2/3 5.39
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men -R 2.3/6 8.57
NBC Parks and Recreation 1.7/5 3.89
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.0/8 8.88
FOX Glee 2.7/7 6.90
NBC The Office 2.0/5 4.19
CBS Person of Interest - R 1.9/5 10.00
CW Beauty and the Beast 0.7/2 1.82
9:30 NBC 1600 Penn 1.3/3 3.32
10:00 ABC Scandal - R 1.8/5 5.71
CBS Elementary - R 1.5/4 7.75
NBC Rock Center 0.8/2 3.73


via press note:

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," 2.2/6 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.9/8.
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: > "> The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,> "> 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.2/6.
> * From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.9/6 in metered-market households and a 0.8/5 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 with an encore telecast) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 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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  • Mark

    Guys with Kids and 1600 Penn stand no chance at surviving…

  • Ultima

    Man Idol will end soon if not this year the next or the one after its done you cannot do anything about it … Fox will not let Idol go until it doesnt make money for them

    How can you lead with that first “sentence,” but then finish with the other?

    American Idol makes FOX hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising revenue, it will continue to be profitable for years to come.

    maybe the voice is the only one that is tolerable atleast its original but idol

    Seriously?! :roll:

  • karin

    Last Resort hurting GA since weeks,unfair for the best drama..

  • Ultima

    Last Resort hurting GA since weeks,unfair for the best drama..

    Nonsense. Last Resort being on at 8pm doesn’t hurt Grey’s Anatomy just as whatever CBS airs at 7:30pm doesn’t hurt NCIS.

    Are you seriously going to argue that one of the highest rated dramas on TV for nine years is dependant on its lead-in for ratings?

  • gerry

    @ karin, everything in the 8 pm slot has been a flop in ratings, less ugly betty in its first season or two and greys has been just fine.

  • SJ


    The only season Grey’s didn’t have a two-hour finale was the one where they did the musical episode, because that took longer to shoot and so they ended up doing only 22 episodes instead of the standard 24. Otherwise it always ends with a two-hour event.

  • carla

    @Tom TSC was canned cause out of its FIRST season it was scoring 1.2 in total viewers. It finally ended with a 0.6 after scoring a series of 0.5 How can you grow from that? Hating on BATB wont bring your show back. It just makes all of you look bitter hating on a show that has nothing to do with TSC being canned.

    Hate all you want but ppl like batb and thats why it has such a strong and devoted fanbase and why it won pca by over 10 mill votes.

  • Ultima

    The only season Grey’s didn’t have a two-hour finale was…

    … seasons 1, 3, 7, and 8.

  • Wright

    The only shows on the CW that are worth renewing are TVD, Arrow and SPN.I am saying this strictly based on the ratings. I like a number of the lower rated shows too, but if the CW wants to get higher ratings then it needs to clean house.

  • William

    Never seen Scandal, but heard its a great show.. Maybe i will watch it on demand over the weekend. I havent seen Greys in YEARS- forgot it was even on lol.

  • lakersupbyten

    Looks good for B&B:-)

  • JulieDawn


    Will you please stop comparing Nina Lisandrello to Roseanne Rosannadanna. It’s not clever at all, just head-shakingly misplaced. She sounds & looks nothing like her, if all you are basing that on is a NY accent – well sorry it’s authentic, she is a native New Yorker. Perhaps you need to go back and watch some old SNL to remember what the Gilda Radner character actually sounded like.

    Oh and I’m sure you’re thrilled that BATB DIDN’T get adjusted down.

  • sfstewart

    Pardon me for asking this if it’s explained somewhere else (like another page or something). How can a show have higher ratings but less viewers?

  • Lexi

    Happy for Beauty and the Beast

  • JulieDawn


    Because the only viewers that count in these ratings are the 18-49 demographic. So a show could have (using silly examples here) 100 viewers, but if only 2 of them are between 18-49 years old and the rest all older or younger, the rating will be worse than another show that could have also had 100 viewers, but 70 of them were in the 18-49 demo.

    Sorry if that’s convoluted!

  • Doug

    Idol is still a huge profit center for Fox. Not a huge as it once was, but it’s in no danger of losing money. I’m sure Fox will pee itself later this season when it inevitably dips into the low 3s, but still, Fox has too many other holes to worry about Idol.

    One of their biggest worries though, is probably The X Factor. Not what they expected, and they’re already dumping salary (Spears).

  • Brian

    Beauty and the Beast just needs a time and day change..it has allot of life in it still to rebound!

  • brian

    Scandal is a huge hit now. Expect a syndication sale in Nov if this momentum continues.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I’m surprised BATB went up by .1. Maybe it was the car crash that did it.

    The problem with this show is they have completely ignored the conspiracy angle for many episodes now, only pushing the romance – which is just not enough to make the show work.

    The problem is that other than the company after Vincent, there IS NO reason the two of them can’t be together. All this stuff like this week’s ex-girlfriend is just thrown in.

    In the original series, Vincent and Catherine could never be together because he LOOKED like an animal. Unless she was willing to join him underground, which wasn’t feasible, they could never be together and THAT was the hook.

    In the current show, none of this applies. The “beast” looks like a regular guy except when he freaks out. There’s zero reason the two can’t be together except for the nonsense the writers throw in. The only REAL reason they can’t be together is the issue of being pursued by the conspiracy – which the writers are now ignoring.

    And of course there’s the pointless crime stories thrown in, which in turn seem to be ignored lately. And then there’s the pointless sister and father issues which are pure filler because the writers really can’t come up with compelling stuff OTHER than the conspiracy.

    The show is stupid and needs to go away. There is nothing whatever compelling about it.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Oh, and I was surprised that Last Resort actually wrapped up the entire story in the finale. That’s rare when a show is canceled in its first season, I think. Although they did it without ever explaining what the whole point was of the conspiracy, which was the only really interesting part of the premise to me.

    Still think Autumn Reeser was the best thing about the show, although I was impressed by Andre Braugher and even impressed at how Scott Speedman has become a better actor than he ever was before in things I’ve seen him in.

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