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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  • Honey Badger

    FOX American Idol 5.1 against CBS repeats.
    what will it do next week against a new The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men on CBS ?

    I say 3.9 18 – 49 rating

  • Wasabi Steak


    Trust me it aint like BATB is that expensive to make either, it shows.
    It could go either way but the fact it did better than Carrie Diaries is a hopeful thing.
    CW is an akward position because the last 2 shows they cancelled might as well have stayed given the overall network ratings (Emily and TSC’s replacement havent faired that much better if at all) so maybe they’ll give it a chance on a new timeslot having learned their lesson to grow shows and look at other outlets of viewership.
    Most will argue it will only plummet further without TVD as the lead in, but you could also argue TVD as a lead in hanst helped at all and they have totally seperate viewership. with BATB planning to expand their permenant cast (Mohinder from Heroes will be joining full time and not a guest which is interesting given how late in the year that will be), they may re-tool the show it and give it a new slot in a second year and give it one more shot while having the TVD spin off pair up with TVD next year.

  • Gigi

    Those are good numbers for a repeat, Scandal!
    PS: Starting next week, Gladiators, we get 4 all new episodes in a row.
    Can. Not. Wait.

  • Tay

    The CW seems to really stand by Beauty & the Beast and creatively its gotten better as the episodes play out. Sure next season it won’t have TVD as a lead in but my gut tells me the CW will renew the series.

  • Billy

    I hope Idol enjoyed its two week vacation. CBS is going to knock it on its ass next week. Look for Idol to be below a 5.0.

  • TimsDale4ever

    Dang, look at GLEE!

  • frodo

    Its not like Scandal had any competition as everything was in repeats even Elementary pulled great numbers.

    But I am glad for Scandal fans, do not like or watch the show but I am glad for the actors and fans.

  • Al

    Scandal is great! My favorite network show after Nashville. Two cable quality dramas.

  • Bobby C

    Still watch Glee but the novelty of the show has worn off.


    Idol ratings are so horrible. BTW it was bound to go down it was an hour episode versus two hours. 1 hour episodes always reap lower ratings. Idol is strong period. All I will say is still I have yet to see anyone show me proof of another show in season 12 doing these numbers.

    Damn on the Scandel repeat numbers. Those are great numbers. The thing with Revenge I adored the show in season 1 and season 2 has been a dissapointment. It hasn’t lived up to the first season very much like DH was. Scandel is a hot hot show burning right now. Honestly if I were ABC next year I would move Scandal to 9pm on Thursday and Greys up one hour to 8pm. Keep them together but move them up an hour and then have Scandal lead into a new drama. Grey’s isn’t going to last forever, they need someone to take over this plum time slot.

  • Jackson

    Going against New CBS comedies + series finale of 30 Rock = 4.2 for Idol next week

  • Steph

    The Glee bump was about what I expected, but not as much as I had hoped. Still, first time back after a long hiatus, too. I wasn’t able to watch last night, darn it (family emergency) Thank heavens for DVRs..

  • Juan

    Yea go grey’s, love the show and of course it’ll get adjusted up, very sad last resort ended as it was great, the finally was pretty epic IMO, too bad it didn’t get the audience it deserved. Also wow at scandal, I think that’s huge for a repeat though very random scheduling lol, I think it might hit a new high next week

  • Melissa


    Idol ratings are so horrible.

    Yup, because in this day and age, a 5.1 for a show in its twelfth season is so “horrible”.

  • Jeff R.

    @Holly – Idol did not run over last night. I made sure to check the time when it ended. Glee did, however, drop .5 at the half hour.

  • queenb231985

    Way to go SCANDAL! The repeat episode scored higher than the series finale of LAST RESORT…..yikes! Seems like word of mouth is spreading about the show and people are tuning in to see what its all about!

  • Ari

    Go Glee!! So happy!

  • Brian J

    It’ll be very interesting to see what NBC does here next season. It’s unlikely it will beat CBS, but it could fairly easily become a strong second, even when “Idol” is on. It’s far easier said than done to get hit shows, but if just one of its shows (cough, the Michael J. Fox show, cough) does well, it will probably help the show behind it, which in turn might help the show at 10:00.

    The key is for NBC to have a stronger base at 8:00. What that might be is not clear, however.

  • David

    Max, you need to get a life and stop wasting so much energy obsessing over a show you don’t like.

  • Jason

    A Big Bang Theory repeat got 3.1 and 11.5 million against a new episode of Idol? Yup, Big Bang Theory is definitely gonna destroy Idol when it returns next Thursday.

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