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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  • Ruan

    I’m happy for the finale of “30 Rock”. A very good comedy. Why do those have to end while lame ones like “Two and a Half Men” thrive?

  • mayorofsmpleton

    The series has had a surge of media attention within the last two months, many talk show appearances — a spot on Oprah, season 1 was made available on Netflix to help people catch up. It’s serialized but also (like Grey’s) a procedural — all of those lead to potential for word of mouth to help it. It’s been heavily marketed by ABC the last few months and had a “water-cooler” worthy plot point apparently.

  • sarah nz

    Great for POI hope it increases perhaps over the next 3 weeks :)

    Scandal looks like giving GA a run for best ABC show on Thursday.

    Elementry not really setting the world on fire,CBS must be hoping like crazy that it gets a sustained boost from Superbowl slot. Bitter POI fan with unrealistic expectations here ;)

    Do No Harm… that’s just embarrassing, maybe 1 more week then gets pulled for something like Rock Centre perhaps.

  • SJ

    I will be so glad if 30 Rock adjusts up and ties The Office in the demo (since TO averaged a 2.0 for its two episodes). That would be quite a feat. It already beat it in total viewers! :) I haven’t watched the finale yet, but I have my weakness tissues on hand. Goodbye, 30 Rock, and thank you for an amazing 7 years!

    I didn’t expect Do No Harm to go into the record books as the lowest-rated in-season drama premiere ever on the big four. I was going to watch the pilot, but now… eh, what would be the point?

    Grey’s ties a series low. Regrettable, but not at all unexpected.

  • Wright

    TVD can’t drop already because it is a good show.

  • martin

    sad . . . i enjoyed Do No Harm

  • JSunkist

    Darn same for DNH, I really liked this too. I know it’s NBC, but maybe people were still expecting… ‘Rock Center’…

    Eh, I’ve hardly heard any dislikes toward the series, so I really hope it can rebound. I do think it was a mistake for NBC to run it against both Scandal and Elementary

  • TallDerek

    Good job 30 Rocks, it’s to bad it’s over. This was another special, good quality scripted show to bite the dust. Glee continues to go down with the ratings shp, no surprise though – Thursdays at 9 against Grey’s ? lol. GLEE equals TUESDAYS. Bad move Fox. Are they trying to sink their own ships ?

  • eridapo

    I know the demo is everything, but I like how POI grows about 2M viewers after TAAHM.

  • eridapo


    Isn’t about time this site replaces “Fringe Ratings” on the search bar button… It is time for “Nikita” to get the honor.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Isn’t about time this site replaces “Fringe Ratings” on the search bar button… It is time for “Nikita” to get the honor.

    Fringe definitely needs to go, but I don’t know about replacing it w/Nikita.

  • Nick

    Posted February 1, 2013 at 8:53 AM
    To put Idol in context, Thursday week 3 last season got 5.5.

    So Idol Thursday has only dropped 5% season-to-season, which is lower than broadcast erosion as a whole. Fox will be happy.”

    How is a drop from 5.5 last season to 4.5 only 5%?

  • eridapo

    @ Robert,

    How about a poll about which show gets the honor..

  • Jared

    Beauty & the Beast steady?..ill take that!..considering the CW has picked up scifi/fantasy series for next season makes me think BATB just might get renewed for season 2.

  • layla

    i came to say in my nelson voice ha ha @ idol! i dont watch big bang but im so glad idol was beat

  • Petar Ivanov

    I know the demo is everything, but I like how POI grows about 2M viewers after TAAHM

    I know. I mean i want to see “Relevance” February 21 major episode with TBBT lead-in. Doubt that CBS will do it.

    TAHM is still good. Not that good to be anchor show anymore but still good retention. Last 2-3 years CBS sitcoms collapse after TBBT. CBS move with so expensive show was good. They save it for few more seasons and get better retention after their best show.

  • Reader

    Holy cow, what happened with DNH? I wasn’t interested myself, but I didn’t think it looked all THAT bad!

  • davie

    fringe doesn’t need to go, it needs to stay in that search box for some time.

    I’m a fan, but I don’t think Nikita belongs there yet, it’s barely a question whether it’ll be renewed. need those 88 eps

    but for this topic…GO TBBT AND TVD! anything to push American Idol (and other singing competitions) outa here!

  • Jeff

    I saw Do No Harm on demand early. Many people may have since its been available for weeks. But that was also bad because I thought the show was so bad I decided weeks ago I wouldn’t watch it again.

  • Oliver


    You’re right, I misread the table. It’s a 20% drop.

    So another 20% year-on-year drop for Idol. Par for the course.

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