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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  • s0303

    why is 30 rock still on…it got its butt kicked by a couple of repeats…

    happy batb is up…hopefully it will keep that number…

  • Dillan


    TSC was getting better ratings than B&TB was and that still got axed. Also, I’m pretty sure TCD is a cheaper show to produce, not to mention it doesn’t have TVD as a lead in.

  • The Old Woman

    Good bye Last Resort! Good show. It was a male oriented show running on a network geared towards Women. It should have aired on Fox or NBC. I think it would have done well.

    Parks and Rec seems to be stable! Renewal chances increasing I think!

  • s0303

    sorry…meant why is rock center still on :)

  • Just sayin

    Go Glee?! 8 million people who watched Idol turned it off. 8 million.

  • LLL


  • Max

    Hey ABC, take notice of those SCANDAL repeat numbers and the last episode of REVENGE and how that did. Notice something?

    When your former “hit guilty pleasure” show is outperformed by a repeat of the real hit guilty show, it is time to do something about it.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    So long, Crappy Singing Show #1. Next week Big Bang Theory is going to destroy you. Nerds, unite!

    Parks & Rec is doing surprisingly well in front of The Office. Common sense would dictate that for better synergy it would be better following it at 9:30, but 8:30 works for me too. I’m going to look forward to a steady lineup of Community/Parks/Office all in a row.

    Last Resort went out with a whimper, but at least they concluded the story.

  • Jackson

    Idol will be in the low 4’s next week against a new Big Bang Theory.

  • Just sayin

    Revenge has really lost it’s way. It was great last season. The writers seem to not know what story they’re telling.

  • Tea

    Go Grey’s Anatomy :) still going strong

  • Doug

    Great numbers for Scandal – much better than ABC repeats typically do. But why run a repeat out of a new episode of GA? Is its order less that that of GA?

    BATB seems to be hanging on at the CW. I was fully expecting a crash in the ratings once January rolled around, but it’s defying expectations.

    And finally, can we ban the troll extraordinaire Max? I guess it wouldn’t make business sense – he must provide 20% of the daily hits hit as he continually refreshes for daily numbers.

  • Bookworm

    Scandal’s repeat did really good.

    New Episodes of Castle and Nashville were hitting a 1.8, so that demo for a repeat is definitely a good sign. The cast still live-tweeted despite the repeat.

  • Oliver


    For whatever reason, Parks does almost as well at 8:30 as at 9:30. Probably shares a lot of viewership with 30 Rock/Community and picks up TBBT switchers at 8:30.

  • Steve-A


  • John A

    Goodbye Idol? LMAO yeah Idol ratings are horrible Lol

  • Roswell

    IMO BATB will sink low and be canceled. TCD will be canceled as well and if cult flops then it will be too. If cult doesn’t flop then HOD will be canceled.

  • Bookworm


    I’m not sure but I think Grey has 24 episodes this season and Scandal only has 22. Plus they got an additional order back in October so I’m not sure how many were filmed at that point. From the twitter talks, they just wrapped up filming on 2×14 and we are already up to 2×12, so maybe ABC ran a repeat so they can unload all new episodes in Feb (and not run short).

  • Rachel


    Hmm, TSC was axed after repeatedly pulling .6/.5 ratings. B&tB isn’t quite there yet. As fair as cost goes, isn’t filming in New York pretty expensive? I’d say they are probably on the same wavelength cost wise.

  • Steve-A


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