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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  • juliedawn


    Also BATB is a joint production with a Canadian company, which helps the financial end of things.

  • Ultima

    @John A
    Why was Scandal a repeat? Waste of Greys lead in.

    ABC has 24 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, but only 22 episodes of Scandal.

  • Ruan

    Oh, another thing. Even if “The Big Bang Theory” does beat “American Idol” next week, which is very likely, FOX may still win the hour, because I highly doubt that “Two and a Half Men” is able to do the same.

  • badboy

    Yay BATB! Goodbye HOD! #beasties rock.

  • RyanCanada

    Not alot of AI viewers stuck around for Glee, difference of 10 million, and i think soon with Scandal on the Rise it will soon top Grey’s Anatomy, as its going lower and lower every season. great episodes of Vampire Diares and BATB

  • Brian J


    I’m not sure that’s the best solution. “Grey’s” is still strong for ABC even though it’s down, and there seems to be a nice flow from that show into “Scandal.”

    If I were running ABC, I’d focus like a dog on fixing 8:00 and announce that next season will be the last for “Grey’s,” which might boost ratings and therefore give “Scandal” more of a bump. Then, “Scandal” could slide down an hour.

  • CrimTV

    I don’t understand why people are mocking Glee because it fell from a 5.1 to a 2.7. But seriously guys, the show’s last episode scored a 2.0, be realistic, the show wasn’t ever gonna hit anywhere above a 3.3-3.4, because a show doesn’t just rise 1.4 between episodes! Glee performed very well considering

  • juliedawn


    You can’t help yourself can you – completely ruining what could have been an intelligent comment by including a belittling, rude, inaccurate and unnecessary sentence at the end.

  • Once & Again

    Go Jimmy Kimmel, it was a great show. :)

    And to those of you constantly on different post wanting Grey’s to move to 8pm next season, only one question. Are you crazy? Grey’s is a 9pm show not an 8pm show, it will stay till the end on that time slot. Ugly Betty worked for some time on that slot, maybe Salma Hayek and Silvio Horta will make it work once again but now with Bastards. :)

    And please stop naming Revenge, it has nothing to do with this page. It will get renewed and all the trolls over there will suck it!

  • Paul

    Grey’s was briliant last night! Although the numbers are pretty good, it deserves more! I mean, you don’t get the chance everyday to watch a TV-series that hold your interest for the last 9 years. That’s what we called a phenomenon!

  • Bee

    HOLY CRAP. 1.8 for scandal!? that’s AMAZING. those are CBS-like repeat numbers on a network that usually does 0.7-1.0 for drama repeats. though it’s understandable because ABC even promoted the repeat! i guess they really wanted people to see how the affair started lol

    and WOAH. good for glee! that’s a huge jump from the last ep and much bigger than i expected.

  • Holly

    HOLY CRAP. 1.8 for scandal!? that’s AMAZING. those are CBS-like repeat numbers on a network that usually does 0.7-1.0 for drama repeats.

    Even if Scandal weren’t already a likely renewal, that would help it. ABC’s shows usually repeat horribly.

  • Rebecca

    If 1600 Penn sticks around, maybe it could air right after Parks – two government themed shows might do well together. The Jimmy Kimmel stuff from last night is online; Matt Damon did a great job of shaming him, lol.

  • BigBrotherFan

    WOW@ SCANDAL repeated pretty high for this kind of show.

  • BigBrotherFan

    GLEE BENIFITED TONS from AI and it’s still a massive failure.
    This show should go hand and hand with AI. Just shows people are very tired of it. If there was no AI it would of been a 1.9

  • Starship

    Lol at people thinking BatB performance would have any affect on HoD. HoD is guaranteed to be renewed, unless it falls below 0.5 for the rest of the season. It’s been getting 0.6 since the beginning of its first season, which is an indication that it would consistently perform just as well until it reaches its syndication episode numbers, also according to the network president it’s doing fantastically on Hulu and other online platforms. Beauty and the Beast might also be renewed if it stays around 0.6-0.7, but it will be moving to either Tuesday at 9 or Friday at 9. I can see the show turning into the next Nikita if it survives this season, since the CW won’t be too willing to premiere a new show on Friday, or move one of their good performers there.

  • Timmy G

    BATB is really trying to come back isn’t it? The promos are very soapy and it feels very stuck in the 80s even though it’s set in modern day. I don’t hate the show, but Mark P. obviously likes it considering how positively he talked about it recently. I was all but ready to say that it’d be cancelled but it seems to be refusing to accept that.

    Good hold up for P and R.

  • Ultima

    Why is NBC wasting its time with Rock Center

    They want a newsmagazine that doesn’t focus on true crime and human interest stories?

    While it will never reach the heights of the 90s (when newsmagazines were bigger draws than dramas), Rock Center is actually pulling decent numbers relative to its 24/7 cable news competition.

    It’s not like NBC is tight on schedule space at the moment! ;)

  • SteveO

    So happy that Glee is doing better.

    People are being so unrealistic expecting it to retain HUGE numbers from Idol. It’s a show in its 4th season, so it’s not going to draw that many new viewers. A .7 jump is good, and hopefully it has a consistent run this spring in the high 2’s.

  • mando

    PnR and 1600 will go against CBS Strong comedies.9:00 is the problem.

    Please not put Go on and TNN on that slot if they don’t get cancelled.

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