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


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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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  • Shepherd

    looks like the 30 rock finale took some viewers away from TBBT. About what I expected for Idol though. I didn’t have a guess for 21/2men, but it seems a little lower than some of the predictions I saw.
    POI did great. The best I remember it doing against a new Grey’s. very happy about that.
    Sandal also did great, especially considering the drop in Grey’s, of course I never believed that it was that dependent on the Grey’s lead-in. (you couldn’t pay me to watch Grey’s).
    I knew it would be bad for DNH, but I didn’t expect it to fall below 1’s till episode 2 or 3. This could be a result of it being available online, and we could see a small uptick for episode 2, but given the .9, I definitely expect ti to fall below 1.0 again by week 3. DOA was an understatement!

  • jT

    @Jon292992 Django unchained helped made kerry Washington more popular.

  • omabin

    Yes for Scandal, so happy for it. Grey’s down a notch but still strong, awesome for POI! Elementary is sort of flopping. I laugh at those fantasy schedules where they want it moved to monday night. It is a much weaker show than Five-0 is (not to mention was in its first season). It either goes to tuesdays if they move LA or to sundays, it would not be able to withstand monday with all the competition and the less compatible lead-in.

  • Brian J

    Oh yeah, as far as “Scandal” does…this really is proving to be a solid investment. Its slow and steady climb is nice to see, and I haven’t ever watched the show. Just goes to show it is possible for a series to start off low and then increase.

  • j

    CBS still wins the night, so stop being SO BIASED!

  • juliedawn

    Yes Yes Yes!! A .7 two weeks in a row for BATB….hoping that sticks for the finals and then just increases going forward.

  • herpderp

    CW will do a incrementally better than usual now that they picked up a full-power affiliate with cable coverage in Evansville, Indiana yesterday. The low-power station they were on before went belly up last month.

  • WoWza

    Glee is more than okay. The lead in doesnt matter when theres stiff competition.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Thats what NBC gets for waiting WAY too long to launch anything there and giving that slot to ROCK CENTRE! Now it will take them forever to get anything away from CBS AND ABC @10PM THURS.


  • battye

    30 Rock was NBC’s highest rating program for the night in total viewers. I wonder if this is the first time it has beat an original episode of The Office in total viewer numbers?

  • S Strain

    Why is Glee listed BELOW The Office? The 18-49 share figure is higher, as is the Viewers Live + SD. The initial figure was identical.

    I expected to hate “Naked” (Glee’s ep last night), but it was seriously great. Fun AND positive. Very much about self-respect, loving (yourself, romantic love and good friends who step in), but still about fun. If you’re ready for something, go ahead – BUT be strong enough to say “no”.

  • Imagine Dragons

    Do No Harm flopped , as expected , now i’m waiting for SMASH to flop.

  • WoWza

    Nothing else FOX puts tehre could compete – though they will move Glee next season and probably try to put something there.

  • WoWza

    Even if Glee is on fridays for its last season, not next season, byt either its 6th or 7th, it is going to be on for a while.

  • senor chang

    HOLY CRAP. I can’t even imagine how a non-CW drama can premiere below a 1.

    At least the 30 Rock finale performed respectably enough to salvage this night for NBC, but sheeeeesh.

  • Perdix

    Great competition for Thursday viewing! Excuse me for NBC.

  • Billy

    TBBT did about what I expected. You cannot expect 20 million viewers and demos in the 6’s against much tougher competition. Those two weeks were aberrational. It killed Idol in its half hour with a 5.3 vs. a 4.1 for Idol. BBT still top show on TV by a mile.

  • WoWza

    FOX is proud of GLEE, and the numebrs dont suck.

  • Petar Ivanov

    TBBT almsot kill idol. In may will finish it.

  • leonard

    Glee has no retention at all. It’s obvious: this show need to be canceled. There is no excuses.

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