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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  • kat

    I believe Nikita was getting .7s by the end of its first season, right? BatB fell sooner, but still, it’s not unprecedented for a show in that ratings range in that time slot to make it to season 2. If BatB stabilizes at that .7 for the rest of the season, that combined with 90210, Carrie Diaries, and even HOD being in danger, could be enough to net it a season 2. It likely won’t keep it’s post TVD timeslot though. And if it starts falling in the spring, as often happens…it depends on how far everything else falls too.

  • iggy agrimotor

    Although it has remained solid, “Parks and Recreation” isn’t strong enough to hold the night together by itself

    Neither does “The Office”…

  • Ultima

    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

    The original airing of that episode only had a 1.9 rating.

    Seems like an effective move by ABC to take advantage of Scandal being significantly more popular this season than last.

  • Ultima

    GLEE BENIFITED TONS from AI and it’s still a massive failure.

    Massive failure in what way? FOX is making money with the show.

  • Ashley

    I think BAtB will get cancelled. Their numbers are not that good and with TVD as lead-in, it should be doing better.

    Can’t wait for a new episode of BBT! Idol will definitely drop to 4.5-4.9.

  • tv

    Is CWTV owned by CBS?

  • Lanie Grace

    Did anyone actually watch the finale of Last Resort?


  • Max


    Yup and guess what, IDOL will still be a hit with those numbers.

  • HT

    Why are CBS showing reruns now? They want people to get hooked on idol and not come back in a couple of weeks? Who the hell makes these scheduling decisions? You’d thinkg they’d hit hard right now during the first few weeks of idol.

  • edson

    It’s funny to see how Scandal haters are disappearing.

  • JFC

    I enjoyed the way they wrapped up Last Resort, It would be nice if more cancelled programs had the chance to do this rather than end with a cliffhanger as so many have. Not wanting to engage in fan excuse bingo, but there was no way this show should ever have been put on at 8:00. “Hey kids, come quick, the United States just nuked Pakistan, you’ll want to watch this!”

  • badboy

    It seems some people don’t or don’t want to realize the fact that the post VD slot is not some kind of reward or “best you can get” timeslot. Many shows failed there and I think it’s kind of an achievement to actually gain viewers while VD some. BATB did that twice. Put HOD in that timeslot and it will tank as hell. Also unlike Arrow BATB has a great female lead and the CW loves that.

  • Max


    I know, right? And the REVENGERS are becoming smaller and smaller by the day.

  • juliedawn


    I believe it’s jointly owned by CBS and Warner Bros – which is where the name ‘CW’ comes from.


    Its funny though remember how the buzz on Greys was growing in season 2. It was crazy buzz after its first season and then the big Denny finale. I remember ABC was scheduled to move Grey’s to Mondays out of tis DH post timeslot and it went agressive and in 2006 moved it to Thursday’s. Everyone was stunned by that and first week it beat CSI by big margin and did over 26 million. Greys was a mega phenom. Shonda Rhimes god this woman has been one of those writers I have either loved or hated. Shonda has made a ton of money for ABC. She has given them 9 seasons of Greys, 6 seasons of PP and now an emerging sizzling show in Scandel. Scandel’s buzzworthy second season is reminding me of Grey’s second season buzz it just hasn’t reached all levels yet. This show is a hot scorching show. Whtas so funny is it was so on the bubble it was between Scandel and GCB and ABC chose Scandel mainly because of their relationship with Shonda. ABC wants to perserve their relationship with Shonda because Shonda would be sought after at any network. Anyone agree Shonda Rhimes could write her own ticket anywhere on TV?

  • Ultima

    Why are CBS showing reruns now?

    Because they already aired two new episodes of their Thursday shows in January, so have to go back on repeats until sweeps starts.

    There’s 35 weeks in the season and they only have up to 24 episodes of The Big Bang Theory… they have to air repeats at some point.

  • Joe

    Hooray for Kimmel! The “Matt Damon” takeover was the funniest full hour I’ve ever seen on late night TV.

  • Ultima

    but there was no way this show should ever have been put on at 8:00.

    Primetime is for adult-oriented programming.

    If you have family shows, it makes sense to air them in the 8pm hour, but that does not mean you have to put family oriented programming there.

  • don juan

    Glee got a nice bump from American idol. it was a good episode too. the show is winning me back after the train wreck that season 3 was

  • Ultima

    Is CWTV owned by CBS?

    The CW has split ownership – 50% CBS Corp., 50% Warner Bros. (Time Warner)

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