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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  • Steven


  • mmel

    If you can assign any of these adjectives to Scandal, then we are not watching the same show. Let’s just agree to disagree.

  • William

    Do No Harm may be doing that to NBC, brutal….

  • Jee

    Do No Harm bye?

  • RS

    Well, long live Scandal. I fear for the future. Is not the concept still “you can pay for protection from the free press” and by extension from you, the people? Is that your protagonist, people? Your protagonist, Max? Someone who would have hidden Watergate from us, if paid to do so. Fortunately, I am old, and will not live to see the future you envision. I realize that I lived in a world where the news press was the hero (Watergate) and you did not. But this is obscene. You want to be kept in the dark and fooled? This is your hero? The concept of of Following is less is disturbing. They are killing bodies. Scandal is killing the dissemination of ideas.

  • HowardBeale

    Two nice subtleties at the end of POI last night:

    1) Speaking of the James Bond comparison as some have commented. When Reese was disarmed of the bomb, the time remaining: 0:07.

    2) When the car exploded, Kara was just given her answer as to who to blame for ordering to have her killed in China. The person she was working for gave her a name which appeared briefly on a burning paper in the debris.

    That name: Harold Finch


  • battye

    Robert, wouldn’t Community be the new perennial bubble show since Chuck and Fringe have ceased airing?

  • Moon Mountain

    CBS is promoting Elementary as a hit, but I don’t see how the numbers reflect this. I find it too boring to watch an entire episode.

    Of course, nobody can compare to the definitive Holmes, Jeremy Brett, but the movies with Robert Downey Jr. are at least watchable and entertaining.

    This series falls flat for me.

  • Reader

    @HowardBeale — Wasn’t that the most amazing episode? :-) I saw that coming — the name on the paper, I mean; what other name would have so much shock value? — but I’m not buying it. I think there’s a lot more to this than meets the eye.

  • MarieCA

    Wow! Person of Interest is higher than AI.


    FOX has a 2.9 18-34. HUGE

  • Joseph

    If my memory serves me correct, “Big Bang Theory” is the first regular series ever to beat “American Idol” both in overall viewers and key demographics.

    In fact, I believe that the only shows to ever beat “Idol” head-to-head prior to Thursday (January 30th) were the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics.

  • Ron

    actually I believe TBBT also beat Idol last year head to head as well.

  • Matt

    Don’t really get why is Scandal rising. It’s an awful show, the only decent thing Shonda Rhimes has is Grey’s, a series that still tops Scandal even when we are in season 9. Let’s see how many of these shows will get to season 9 with those numbers (TBBT?). Scandal will never beat Grey’s, even if it’s higher by the end, Grey’s was a monster in it’s best times. Scandal, at the top of it’s game, only can get 2.7. Don’t compare, people.
    TBBT was going down, that was obvious, but still dominates the scene on season 6, another great show. Glee is doubtful, more an image and song selling show that actually watchable.
    Do no harm…nothing to say. With these ratings, I’ll never even try to see it.

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