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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  • Ultima

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

    The five first season episodes airing on Tuesday averaged a 2.5 rating (the premiere had a 5.0, but that was inflated by The Apprentice on Thursday).

    The ten Tuesday episodes that fall averaged a 3.9 rating.

  • GX

    Elementary – Jonny Lee Miller do not has Sherlock Holmes charisma. when he talks, he talks like he is in some competition where contestant require to talk as fast as he can to win $10000000000000000000 prize! (meh). sometimes i don’t even undersand or can catch-up to what the hell is he talk about just now.
    Elementary is really a bad bad show. shame CBS put so much hope for this disaster show. thanks by the way Jonny to kill one of my fav character – sherlock holmes!

  • gladiator

    Looks like we got another troll and he is jT. MAX is all of a sudden gone and supposedly loves Revenge and doesn’t care about Scandal meanwhile now we have jT hating on Scandal saying the same thing over and over again. My answer to his question is NO Django has nothing to do with Scandal’s success. It started rising way before that. Credit is to the Gladiators. Am i the only seeing the pattern??

  • Lisa

    Do No Harm sucked, but not THAT much. Wow.

  • Wanda Dixon


  • BG

    Forget the Kerry Washington/Django promotion… I’m giving Max the credit. LOL I didn’t even know this show existed until he started posting “Scandal vs. Revenge” Obviously, not everyone reads this board, but it does seem that it started getting more attention around that time.
    Whatever the reason, there is no denying that this show has grown. I still don’t watch the show, but it seems like people are tuning in.

  • Mayans

    @ Briek,

    NBC moved The Office to their “must see TV” thursday line-up which influenced their ratings a lot more than 40 year old virgin did.

  • Ultima

    How does my statement of The Voice has catched up with Idol in only 2 years time sound asinine to you?

    Voice, first 3 weeks…
    4.2, 4.0, 3.4
    4.7, 4.7
    4.4, 4.2

    Idol first 3 weeks…
    6.0, 5.6
    5.5, 5.2
    5.5, 4.5

    Per hour averages…

    The Voice – 4.3

    American Idol – 5.5

  • jT

    im not hating.

    Congrats scandal fans for eclipsing community fans on being the most arrogant fans on this site.

  • Shepherd


    “Sure. Steve Carrel in The 40 Year Old Virgin and The Office.”

    Do you happen to know any examples of this happening with a non-comedy/ drama? Just curious.

  • Ultima


    Also, I do realize that Idol will continue to decline. However, The Voice is also declining (it was down 14% from season 2 to 3).

  • badboy

    BATB being rock steady while others lose including TVD who lost 500k viewers. Cancel Hart of Dixie and put BATB on Tuesday.

  • eridapo

    In yesterday thread I said how long would it be before the major nets (CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX) saw CW like numbers and consider themselves lucky…. Well Do No Harm’s premiere achieved CW type numbers this time around… Now I’m just waiting for the NBC press release telling me how well it really did ;)

  • BigFlop

    ABC is obsessed with G’s A and Scandal, this is the reason why others ABC shows have flopped in demo and audience, all of them.
    ABC is falling into pieces.

  • jT

    what’s so bad about admitting the promotion, buzz, scandal*, and movie release helped scandal?

  • rose

    GO TVD, BATB will be renewed for sure

  • Sam

    Ouch at AI. I was thinking maybe it could stay in the 5’s throughout the season, while The Voice is comfortable in the 4’s, but now it seems it has entered “The Voice” territory and getting ready to go even lower.

  • rose

    I LOVE BATB||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| PLEASE DON´T CANCEL

  • Mayans

    @ Ultima, that was because of the SuperBowl though..

  • Tony ^_^

    Lol at “Do No Harm”… I thought it would at least get a 1.7 and drop considerably from there.

    “Scandal”! O.o

    Poor “Glee”… The best lead-in available to try and revive it and it only gets a 2.1. “New Girl” got a 2.6 without that big of a lead-in!

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