TV Ratings Thursday: 'The Big Bang Theory' & 'American Idol' Fall, '30 Rock' Finale Rises + 'Do No Harm' Flops

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February 1st, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.4/9 3.3/9 2.2/6 1.6/4 1.6/4 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.9/6 2.9/9 1.8/6 1.4/5 1.3/4 1.0/3
Total Viewers (million) 14.01 9.632 7.153 4.013 4.050 2.152


CBS won the night in adults 18-49 and in Total Viewers.

On FOX, American Idol  earned a 4.5, down seven tenths from last week's 5.2 adults 18-49 rating. Glee scored a 2.1, down half a ratings point from last week's 2.6

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory notched a 5.3, down a full point and a tenth after its last original's series high 6.4 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men earned a 3.9, down three tenths from its last original's 4.2. Person of Interest earned a 3.2, down a single tenth from its last original's 3.3 adults 18-49 rating. Elementary notched a 2.2, down two tenths from its last original's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Grey's Anatomy notched a 2.8, down two tenths from last week's 3.0 adults 18-49 rating. Scandal earned a 2.7, up a tenth from its last original's 2.6 two weeks ago.

On NBC the series finale of 30 Rock earned a 1.9, up half a ratings point from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating and the series' best rating since March 2012. The Office garnered a 2.1 at 9PM and 1.9 at 9:30PM with the latter down a tenth after last week's 2.0 among adults 18-49. The premiere of Do No Harm flopped hard with a a 0.9, which is the lowest-rated in-season premiere of any any 4-network scripted program this season EVER. Your predictions were too optimistic.

On The CW, The Vampire Diaries was even with last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Beauty & the Beast was also even with last week's 0.7 adults 18-49 rating

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, January 31, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.3 15 17.51
FOX American Idol 4.5 13 13.73
NBC 30 Rock 1.9 5 4.80
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.3 4 2.57
ABC Shark Tank -R 1.1 3 4.59
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 3.9 11 13.72
9:00PM CBS Person of Interest 3.2 9 15.62
ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.8 7 8.77
NBC The Office 2.1 5 4.44
FOX Glee 2.1 6 5.54
CW Beauty and the Beast 0.7 2 1.73
9:30 PM NBC The Office 1.9 5 4.02
10:00 PM ABC Scandal 2.7 8 8.10
CBS Elementary 2.2 6 10.80
NBC Do No Harm 0.9 3 3.13


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," 2.5/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.7/7.


* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: > "> The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,> "> 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.0/5.


* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.7/6 in metered-market households and a 0.6/4 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.


* From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).


* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 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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  • Ariel

    Batb still providing awful numbers with TVDs lead-in. It would quickly fall to 0.3-0.4if renewed and moved. It is getting canned sooner or later.

  • Ron

    @Jt just because an actress is in a movie doesn’t mean people have to watch it.People watch it because it is good and If a show sucks then people won’t watch it.Simple as that.If Scandal sucked,people would have tuned out and plus Scandal is really popular and has a loyal fan base.It has been trending every episode since it premiered and it was also trending in the afternoon way before scandal aired yesterday.

  • jT

    “So. Does anyone really pay attention to movie promo stuff? And how was Kerry promoting a movie so dramatically more effective than the scores of actors doing the exact same things to promote their TV shows?”

    DJango is the mOST CONTROVERSIAL MOVIE IN DECADES!!!!!!!!!!!

    That’s how.

  • BrieK

    Did Melissa McCarthy’s role in Bridesmaids help Mike & Molly? That movie made her a star. Did the ratings jump dramatically?

    How big of an increase did The Office get from The 40-Year Old Virgin? I want numbers. Thanks.

  • Steve-A

    @JT. They were not and not the movie did not help Moesha.

  • eridapo

    Per Marc Berman (halves

    AI 4.1 12.84/ 4.8 14.61
    Glee 2.3 6.02/ 1.9 5.06

    POI 3.3 15.76/ 3.2 15.48
    Elementary 2.4 11.34/ 2.1 10.26

    TVD 1.3 2.68/ 1.2 2.47
    BaTB 0.7 1.72/ 0.7 1.74

    30 ROck 1.8 4.89/ 1.9 4.71
    DO No Harm 1.0 3.25/ 0.8 3.00

    Greys 2.7 8.76/ 2.8 8.79
    Scandal 2.8 8.30/ 2.6 7.89

  • Steve-A

    Excuse me, Baby Mama was not before, Mean Girls was, but still, didn’t help SNL

  • jT

    @ron stop it please

    Are you denying the buzz and Controversy django unchained had? Even if they didn’t see it, she was still promoting it.

  • jT

    @BrieK yes bridesmaids did help.

  • Statix

    I actually liked Do No Harm. Quite surprising. Wasn’t planning on watching it, but glad I did. Instantly liked the romantic tension between Jason and Lena.

    Shame about the ratings. Maybe they should move it to a different timeslot, because it will not survive in this one.

  • Ultima


    Just off the top of my head… Passion of the Christ. So not even the most controversial in the past decade.

  • Joseph

    @ Ultima,

    No it’s not. Idol ratings have continued to drop year by year, even you should accept that claim? Now that TBBT has returned it makes perfect sense that Idol ratings will stay in the 4 on thursdays. The Voice was steady in the 4 for the entire season. How does my statement of The Voice has catched up with Idol in only 2 years time sound asinine to you?

    Are you aware that I’m taking into account the continues drop of ratings from Idol over the years? You probably are, but choose to ignore that.

  • Sarah


    “…Bones back to thursdays? It better counter programming against greys”

    I wish it would happen, but it won’t.

  • jT

    baby mama was a flop compared to django

  • Brenda

    Oh lord people need to stop it with the Scandal conspiracy theories. People have been saying for eons that Scandal has a loyal fanbase and that if abc gaved it more promo and once people tuned in, it will take off.

    It started with the who shot fitz promo which was amazing, people tuned in and have stuck around. KW was not the star of Django, she played a bit part in that movie, stop lol.

    ABC is finally catching on and is gaving it the promo it deserves.

  • BigFlop

    mmel, i watched Scandal twice this month and I found it weak, predictable, and the worst acting ever.

  • Girls Girls Girls

    Can Ultima cry about the demise of Idol somewhere else please. :P

  • Steve-A

    So now it was a flop compared to Django. LOL. Wow, but at the end of the day, what does the reason matter? It’s holding steady.

  • Bee

    grey’s and scandal should absolutely NOT break-up. it could turn into what happened with glee and new girl last season. new girl consistently out-did glee and then when glee was taken away, new girl dipped several tenths. when glee returned, new girl rose all the way to beating it again.

  • jT

    If people missed the press tour kerry Washington went on in December, i should just give up.

    There’s nothing wrong with admitting django helped.

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