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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  • Dillan

    Hmm, just by watching B&TB and TCD, TCD just looks cheaper. I’m still not convinced B&TB will get renewed. Hadn’t it already hit a 0.5? Obviously TCD hit a 0.5 this week, but that doesn’t have a lead in.

  • Tom

    Wow! B&B just about made it back to its rating for Episode 5. This assumes it won’t adjust down which frequently happens. Not a great showing. Especially for a show that’s been getting a lot of publicity for winning a PCA. This isn’t going to do much for all those fans whose entire social life consisted of a pounding the voting button on the PCA website over and over like monkeys on crack.

  • Mikey O

    BRAVO ABC thats was a good end to Last Resort tied it up quite well.

  • pw

    wait to next week CBS back all new !!!!!!! by IDOL

  • Gustavo

    from 15.5 million to 6.9 is a huuuuuuuuuge fall for Glee.

  • Steph

    I liked Revenge the first season, as well, but it had gotten to have stretched kind of thin. Scandal is pretty good. I still love Bones and NCIS for my mystery kick-in. I love Glee; get a good dose of comedy and drama, along with my song and dance. Tried 30R = fail. Ditto Girls. Love The New Normal and Modern Family also good. Just my opinions.

  • Shepherd

    Wow, people really love Glee. I have the same question as Holly though. Last Resort really went out with a BANG! (More like a wimper! lol). I’ll just presume BATB gets adjusted down. Nice numbers for Scandal repeat. No surprise Grey’s was unaffected by POI repeat.

  • Mary 1

    Well I wasn’t too pessimistic because that was my prediction for Glee’s ratings, between a 2.7 to a 2.8. I do expect it’ll probably be adjusted up or down in the finals.

    Why is NBC wasting its time with Rock Center. They could put anything in that slot and get better ratings. Maybe they should just put repeats of shows that they’re trying to promote or shows where their ratings need to be improved, Even bringing back something like Up All Night shows would do better although it’s apparently against the TV laws to put comedies on at 10 PM. Another thing they could have done was put up a last season episode of a returning show like Smash to promote it for next week. I don’t think NBC has such bad shows, but they suck at promoting them.

  • Max

    LOL @ all the TBBT will destroy IDOL next week.

    Um, even if IDOL drops to a 4.0, do people not realize that is still a completely dominate performance for FOX?

    I would like to reserve my spot and say “IN” right now ahead of next Friday’s “IDOL is DEAD” posts.

  • American

    TBBT will easily beat AI. :)

  • Maxine

    Go POI. Can’t wait for new ep next week.

  • Andrew

    The Scandal Repeat was an old episode from Season 1 (1×06). It explained how the 2 main characters (Olivia and the Pres) hooked up. Now that last week the Pres asked for a Divorce, it helped people who never watched the show before to understand the circumstances of the affair.

    In conclusion, the Scandal repeat probably was not realized to be a repeat for most people who just started watching it. THat is why the repeat numbers are so high.

    As for Max, I like both shows. Get over yourself you troll and realize that both shows will probably be renewed next year.

  • Holly

    @Jeff R,

    Idol did not run over last nigh

    Thanks :)

  • OutOfSync

    the top scripted show of the night was a TBBT repeat


    AI down (even more next week) & Glee up (for now)

    NBC slate not bad (it beat the CW)

    CBS reruns tie ABC for night (interesting)


  • chris23

    ABC: Greys stable, Scandal doing good in repeats. It probably repeated so well because all of the recent added viewers and they are probably watching episodes they missed.

    CBS: Repeating good as always considering all networks aired originals(outside of Scandal) finishing #2 at 8:00 hour, #3 at 9 and #2 at 10.

    FOX: American Idol still winning nights for Fox, although I believe AI will win Wednesdays it will definitely come in at #2 next Thursday at 8:00, depending on how well the rest of the CBS lineup performs outside of BBT, Fox and CBS will be in a heated race to take the Nightly Win.

    NBC: NBC lineup will be even worse next year on Thursdays, I hope the net has some strong pilots in store for next season.

    CW: TVD stable as always, BATB up but I wonder if it will adjust down like HOD did? Even if it holds at .7 it will need to perform the rest of the season at this level or more to get a bubble or possible likely renewal. I think if BATB could get a few .8 it might be possible but not sure if that is likely to happen. I don’t follow the show but I hear a lot of changes are in store and a new character is switching things up w/ a new love triangle?! Either way I root for the CW improve.. I hope 2013-14 season will be the year of change for the network!!!

  • Ruan

    It’ll definitely be interesting to see what will happen next week when “The Big Bang Theory” returns. I also think it might beat “American Idol”, but not “crush” it as many here have been saying.

    If you ask me, I’d say they share lots of viewers, so, maybe mid-to-high 5 for “Bang” and low-to-mid 5 for “Idol”.

    What will NBC do when both “30 Rock” and “The Office” end? Although it has remained solid, “Parks and Recreation” isn’t strong enough to hold the night together by itself and “1600 Penn” will probably get canceled. And there’s also the 10:00 hour, which is laughable.

  • POI

    if BATB keeps rising it will get renewed and hod, 90210, and the carrie diaries will get canceled leaving 5 canceled show and the cw can bring 5 new ones, the originals, the selection and wonder woman with 2 more pilots as midseason premieres just like this year they can give BATB a 13 episode 2nd season to see if its ratings are good enough and nikita can premiere early and end soon so that they can premiere a new show in its place or put BATB there i think this will work for the network this way they wont anger fans and get new shows that can be hits and if 3 shows work they will be having a great year next year.

  • gary

    people met Scandal and they love it
    Scandal is fantastic
    and great numbers for glee and beauty and the beast too

  • Wright

    Glad TVD is holding steady. It’s odd that TVD would drop a little and B&tB would rise though.

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