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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  • Shawn P.

    Why even come here to hate on Grey’s Anatomy? Calling it a flop after 9 seasons and still getting great ratings is so immature just because you don’t like the show. I’m not a fan of Person of Interest, but I don’t come here to hate on it.

  • abc

    Whoever is incessantly defending Glee – are you hoping they’ll notice or something?

    Because top Fox execs have been desperately tweeting about needing a “rally” next week and regretting their scheduling decisions with Glee. They’re not even trying to spin Glee’s abysmal audience retention. Why are you?

    Glee can’t hold onto a godsend of a lead-in and they lose over 1 million viewers over the hour. Give it up. Glee is dying.

  • Chris

    30 Rock is GONE–finally. And 1.9 for the finale?

    That may be the one time it ever made me laugh. :D

  • Carl

    I really wish Elementary did better. I just feel like there is so much wrong (wrong network, bad timing, wrong format), and it drowns out the potential, and I do think JLM and Lucy Liu have real potential in these roles.

  • Michael

    I really liked DO NO HARM. Those ratings are such a shame.

  • bluejays

    Booooo at Grey’s.

    Elementary doing worse than HFO – again – why everyone thinks HFO should move and not Elementary is beyond me.

    NBC should have put Do No Harm on after The Voice it would have got at least a 2.5 for its first outing. At least. Of course it would most likely have dropped like a stone after that!

  • Michael

    I look for DNH to go up next week. The pilot has been available for free on multiple outlets for weeks. If next weeks ep goes down, its a goner for sure.

  • Rocky

    @shawn p, as I have seen in the past … just as many GA fans bashing POI here.

    It goes both ways, just like AI fans vs. TBBT fans , Scandal vs. Elementary …..

  • toucan


    The New Girl and Smash had their pilots available early last year and it didn’t hurt their premier ratings.

  • GG


    Do No Harm did debut higher than a CW show.


  • Petar Ivanov

    I don’t think that these are POI fans. Many of people just hate Greys. I think they hate soaps in general. bluejays is more h5o fan for example. I don’t like GA, not watch soaps etc. but don’t hate them. Greys is OLD drama and most old shows has baggage. Its also serialized so i guess Greys fans were noise VS other shows not like NCIS fans and were rude to other shows in these 9 years like they do it with POI until now. Guess that is what make people to hate that show.

  • Mike


    The railings system is the same now as they were a year ago…

    You sound really stupid I guess your shows only show decline from season to season instead of increase….. If its something people watch and it spreads then it will grow

  • LJ

    Wow at Do No Harm. How do you premier lower than that awful Fox show Lone Star? Alana de la Garza deserves better.

    Happy to see 30 Rock end on a good note.

  • Mike

    I’m not sure what NBC expected raising wise for do no harm… Putting it in a slot where boring rock center has bee for a year now with those low ratings

  • Nick

    Do No Harm=EPIC FAIL!! NBC could not get worse numbers if they tried.

    Nice for Person of Interest.

  • Kavyn

    I wonder if all these comesdies flopping could be a good sign for not only Parks and Rec, but other bubble comedies like Community and Whitney?

  • david

    Good to see TVD and Beauty and the Beast steady again. Wow Do No Harm started really bad. I thought the show was pretty interesting too.

  • Kavyn

    comedies* and I was speaking of NBC if it wasn’t obvious lol.

    Do No Harm flopped pretty hard, I wouldn’t be surprised if NBC just nipped it in the bud immediately lol.

  • JC

    Good for TVD, POI, and Scandal!

    No more feeding the trolls.

  • Steven

    Do no harm was actually goos

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