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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  • Max

    Hey people

    Do I even need to say it? SCANDAL…. :D

    Come on. I can’t wait to see what REVENGE does now this Sunday but next.

  • Nik

    “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”

    What? Scandal went up because of all of the publicity, media buzz, and the fact that the cast promotes heavily via social media (notice how all of these shows are doing live tweets now?). Plus, the whole presidential assassination storyline has drawn people in and now they’ve gone back and gotten acquainted with old eps.

  • hammard

    Fox and CBS: Down but still fine.

    ABC: Scandal is still doing well enough

    NBC isn’t having much luck at the moment, after all the great triumphing in the fall.

    CW: Vampire Diaries is still up on last year. Beauty and The Beast is currently mirroring Secret Circle. We’ll have to see if they can keep up into April or if they’ll fall after Daylight savings again.

  • Joel

    I bet if Do No Harm would have premiered on CBS it would have been at a 2.5 minimum. It was a good show and keeps your attention. When you compare the quality of a show like Person Of Interest to Do No Harm it just baffles the mind how one can have such higher ratings that the other.

  • John A

    Can we feast on the half hours?

  • Jon292992

    Ok, I understand now. Scandal is only rating better than before because the lead actress is in Django Unchained. So its not because Scandals quality the show is getting more viewers but just because of movie which is popular atm. This suggests to me that Scandals high ratings are only temporary and that it is not destined to become ABCS next big drama

  • leonard

    Still shocked with Scandal’s numbers.

  • Can’t remember

    LOL @ Jeff(Canada), I have to admit I love it when even bad scripted beats reality. Could this spell the beginning of the end for the voyeur era…alas doubtful.

  • Dan

    Probably the best Greys retention in years frum Scandal.

  • PurpleDrasi

    I’d like to think that a little bit of TBBT drop was due to 30 Rock. Just let me have my dilusions please.

    As for for Do No Harm, it should have taken its own advice. It sure harmed the heck out of NBC’s ratings.

  • Jr

    Why is Glee listed BELOW The Office?

    maybe it would adjusted down like last week

  • Oliver

    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.

  • mediabeast

    Do No Harm. Question: Is that the lowest mid-season launch of a network drama of all time?

  • Kelly

    I guess some people listened to Tina Fey, plus I expected Big Bang to be down a bit against Idol.

  • Shepherd


    I can’t see DNH getting pulled till after episode 3. That being said, I have no idea if NB has anything to replace it with. lol at DNH.

  • gerry

    awesome showing for scandal! its keeping its full lead in at this point. if the numbers keep up, they could eventually use it to tentpole thursday when the net decides to move/end greys.

    happy to see TBBT dominating over AI, but i’m curious to see the jump AI got at the half hour.

    nice even week for cw, though i am curious to see how BatB would hold up w/out the lead in.

    nice number for the 30 rock final. DNH is DOA.

  • Philipp

    What happened to Glee? It did so well last week and now it’s back to the season-4-rating-weaknes.

  • Jon292992

    I pray to God that Elementary gets a HUGE rating this Sunday and then from then on, Elemntary ends up winning on Thursdays every week at 10pm beating Scandal. COME ON ELEMENTARY!!!

  • Percysowner

    good to see tvd and batb hold up :) hopefully they don’t adjust down…maybe beauty can come back next year with 0.7?s…

    I think it should come back with these ratings. Only Arrow, TVD and SPN are doing better IIR, so B&TB should be okay, baring unexpected big drops.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Thursday is GOLD MINE for TV BY THE NUMBERS too. Expect record comments and posts from weeks even months in this site. And all other tv sites. Networks are crazy to put all good shows on thursdays.

    I read somewhere that hollywood movie studios want best shows on thursday for better box office. Can Bill or someone else from TV by the numbers please say is that information true@ Thanks.

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