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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  • Grey

    Re: “Do No Harm;” Was that an all time low for a drama (or any other type) premiere?

  • Jared

    Beauty & the Beast steady..ill take that..lol

  • John A

    Scandal doing great at 10pm. Nice to see Greys sinking.

  • Petar Ivanov

    This is OLD SCHOOL guys. I mean yesterday was day with BIGGEST and toughest competition from yearS. I mean thursday beat tuesday and wednesday together. Its ridicules how many GOOD shows are on Thursdays and how many BAD shows are on tuesday and wednesday.

  • Bee

    OMG GO SCANDAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if ABC plays its cards right, next week’s “game-changer” could see a new series high.

    but grey’s needs to be up more. ABC needs to go back to using 30-second promos for the show! the 20-second ones are too short and usually are not as strong.

    and THE RETENTION! a 0.1 difference? wowza. and to think of all those people who wanted to remove the two apart. but i knew scandal just needed to be sampled more cus almost everyone who watches it, loves it.

    and WOW at do no harm. so much worse than anticipated.

  • jT

    I didn’t even know who kerry Washington was before django lol

  • danny94

    WOW i think Max has a personality disorder..

  • Jon292992

    I dont understand. How has Scandal’s ratings managed to go UP? Last season and start of this season it was only about 2.0. Why are there now 0.7 MORE demo people watching than before? It makes no sense because Scandal is not goty good buzz

  • Edward

    Where are the people who were SO sure Idol wouldn’t drop to mid 4s?

  • Clarke

    WOW those numbers for Do No Harm are atrocious. It certainly is doing harm…to NBC’s reputation. How embarrassing.

    Glee is dying – a 2.1 after American Idol is not a good sign. Wonder how low it would have went without the lead-in?

    Glad B&TB is steady at a 0.7. Hated the show at first but the writing has improved drastically and the show is somewhat enjoyable now. I hope it survives.

  • Nik

    Yay Scandal!! I expect GA to adjust up–but if Scandal stays the same (fingers crossed) then, whoa. Perhaps Scandal will start beating GA by end of the season.

  • Gregg

    I feel bad for Do No Harm. I didn’t watch it, as it doesn’t really appeal to me, but I wish SOMEBODY at least gave it a chance. It’s a shame when a new show can’t even get a sampling from viewers.

    This must be one of the lowest premiere numbers ever for NBC.

  • Max


  • WoWza

    The 30 rock finale event has a 1.9 which is great – and should be considered good for the show.

    Yet Glee getting a 2.1 is a “flop” . Lol .No. Glee will be on next season, and the next at the least. VERY least.

  • Brian J

    WHOA, three things:

    1. “TBBT” really slapped around “Idol.” It remains to be seen whether or not this will adjust in some way, but right now, it’s ahead by almost a full point in the demo and more than 3 million viewers?

    2. I kind of wish “30 Rock” had flopped, if only because it would have been oddly appropriate given all of the jokes about NBC the show made, and I say this as a huge fan of the show.

    3. YIKES YIKES YIKES for “Do No Harm.” Short of some persistent increase in the next few weeks, this show is DOA. If there’s a silver lining in any of this, it’s that NBC has a boatload of interesting pilots in development for next season and all of the recent flops will make buying and scheduling them any easier.

    Were I NBC, I’d do one of two things next season, unless a show like “Hannibal” opens here and does well. I’d either move a show like “SVU” into the time period, perhaps as part of a final season, and then debut a new series here at midseason, or I’d schedule some “Louie”-like shows that are very experimental but cheap. Or maybe Chelsea Handler should just be given the hour to make fun of celebrities; I’d watch that. Basically, anything to get eyeballs to the slot again.

  • leonard

    WTF Scandal!!!

    Scandal its now the ABC’s next thing, for sure.

  • battye

    Good pick up Oliver. The Office / 30 Rock combination was a very successful one for NBC for so many years.

  • Petar Ivanov

    POI is so strong. And so hot. I mean even TBBT beast was down full point.

  • tahina

    It was a suicide for DNH on Thursday night..RIP. U

  • WoWza

    Glee is a phenomenon and a cash cow as a franchise. Itll be on 6 or 7 seasons.

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