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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  • bruce

    Did any one watch Two and a Half Men last night.I think that the should have put it on the porn Channel. Definitly finnished

  • Patty

    Terrible numbers for POI in the 18-49 category.

  • Ram510

    I’m a little confuse as to way Scandal was a repeat and GA was new? Does GA have more episodes than Scandal? Either way great repeat numbers for Scandal. It’s funny cause in its first season it was getting numbers similar to last nights repeat, GO SCANDAL!!!!!

    1600 Penn was a lot better last night, but the numbers still make me think NBC should put Community on at 930 and 1600 at 8

  • frodo

    Most Revenge fans also watch Scandal thats why and are not as immature as pathetic as Max. Who should have been banned or blocked ages ago. On Imdb you can just block the trolls here you do not have that option hence why less and less people post on this board. Max is bad for business.

  • Ultima

    Terrible numbers for POI in the 18-49 category.

    Nonsense. Person of Interest repeats better than most (all?) of CBS’ dramas.

  • buttondiet

    If Beauty and the Beast remains as steady as it has done over the past few episodes, I can see it getting a second season with budget cuts.

  • Brandy

    Good for Beauty if that 0.7 holds in finals,which I doubt as someone said there was a sports preemtion and and the shows tends to adjust down.Beauty will renewed if 1. it keeps getting 0.7 or even raises highe r or 2.Cult flops,Carrie Diaries keeps doing not great/falls further,HoD falls below 0 5 ,90210 dosent get a final season or CW stops trying with Nikita to syndicate it.I still think Beauty,Cult,Carrie Diaries get cancelled and Nikia,90210 get final seasons and HoD renewed.I say VD,SPN,Arrow are 100% gaurenteed to be renewed while Nikita,90210 are 95%,HoD 90%,Carrie Diaries,Beauty and the Beast 50%.BatB fans saying its soo certain to be renewed need to 1. wait for possible downward adjustment and 2.Wait and see how it does in April after DST,.Remember SC did 0 7 too til March then dropped and was cancelled.Same thing could happen to Beauty.

  • Ultima

    I’m a little confuse as to way Scandal was a repeat and GA was new? Does GA have more episodes than Scandal?

    Yes, Grey’s has more episodes. Also, this was apparently one of the most significat season one episodes, so ABC wanted to take advantage of the recent surge in audience for the show who may have missed it the first time.



    Person of Interest repeats better than most of all dramas in American television. ;)

  • John A

    Thanks Ultima. You would think ABC Would increase Scandal to 24 given its recent succes.

  • JJA

    I’d like to think that extra .1 for Beauty & The Beast is due to Bridget Reagan. Lots of us LOTS fans miss seeing her on TV.

    We still think you’re awesome Bridget.

  • frodo

    Beauty and the Beast will get renewed, its not like CW have something better. Carrie Diaries is bombing. Emily Owens has been canceled. Cult will bomb.

    Beauty and Beast and Arrow are the only once capable of survival. Gossip is gone, 90210 will be gone, Nikita should be gone.

    Will Be Renewed

    The Vampire Diaries
    Beauty and the Beast
    Hart of Dixie

  • CharmedFan

    Glee Benfetited well….But Please 30 ROCK DESERVES MORE…That is the only comedy that makes me actually laugh out loud.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Person of Interest repeats better than most of all dramas in American television.

    POI is #1 broadcast drama on reruns this season. Only one drama that hit 1.9 twice this season. And today against all originals.

    But to be fair story of the nighr is Scandal crazy numbers. I mean for serialized drama this is insane. No metter how big/important last episode was. To be fair was against zero original competition but still this numbers for serialized drama are crazy. NCIS repeat 1.7 this week with zero competition on tuesday. I guess ABC advertise scandal like crazy. With promos everywhere etc. Impressive. Not see how even with super bowl Elementary will take that batle. CBS move with TM and Elementary start to look more and more bad move. TM was veteran show and doubt that scandal can beat it.

  • ratings need more cowbell

    Always a hoot to read the so-called ratings at 18-49 year olds and to think network execs get their panties wet over such small/poor audiences(and I mean $$$ poor). so if I were selling something and wanted people to really buy, I’d be more concerned about $$$ from a family, more so then what age group they’re in. In one 30 minute show, I counted 5 luxery car commercials. I would bet anyone that no 18-25 year old couldn’t even get approved for a loan to buy 1(unless their family has money and bought it, they won a lottery, or they inherited it) and the few that could, wouldn’t be watching tv. And when I was 18-25, on most nights I attended a frat party, studied or went out to a bar/dancing. Marketing 101….

  • Brandy

    frodo, Beauty cant survive, its already had a low of 0 5 ,same as Carrie Diaries episode two and Emily Owens episodes on, yet you say they flopped..Second, 90210 will almost certainley get a short final season ,even with awful ratings like GG.I agree Nikita should be gone, but it will unfortuantley probably ,most likley get a fourth& final season season for syndication.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Univision beat nbc….again. CBS with all reruns tie abc. Hm……..

  • Michael

    Scandal and Revenge seemed to have switched places. Revenge had a great season 1, while Scandal season 1 was modest, at best. Season 2 Revenge is becoming redundant with the material, and too many characters introduced to the A plot story-line. Season 2 of Scandal is AMAZING! They must have hired new writers because it honestly seems like a different show.

  • Oliver

    I was about to post that NBC should pre-empt 1600 Penn next week and double up on The Office for Do No Harm’s premiere…

    …but I’ve just noticed they have already quietly made that schedule change. Good job NBC’s scheduling department!

  • Rebecca

    The actress who plays Becca in 1600 Penn sure looks and acts a lot like the one who plays middle daughter Mandy in LMS…they could play sisters in something.

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