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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  • CrimTV

    For historical records the VAMPIRE DIARIES episode that aired on February 2, 2012 (around this time last year) scored a 1.2, so TVD is up which is a great achievement.

  • cas

    I think Scandal has risen because of the Grey’s lead in, and people had time over the summer to catch up. I would be interested in seeing what it does without Grey’s. However, I do not care either way. I’ve always liked Grey’s and PP but I don’t think I can pick up another Rhimes show because she always disappoints in some way. I have heard that Scandal is good though so maybe someday, even though I am not a big fan of the lead actress. And on a side note, Max is really unstable.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Wow! POI … the man in the suit

    as i said weeks ago:
    John Reese is bigger and better than James Bond. He is Reese, Mr. Reese. Really best scripted and acted crime drama.

  • Joe Daniels

    30 Rock’s series finale sucked in viewers.

  • Glover

    OMG Scandal is huge. I’m sure it will receive lots of promotion for its third season and will not disappoint like Flopenge did this year.

  • BigFlop

    Scandal is the most promoted show, but no hit high
    Greys, flop week after week
    POI the best show on Thursdays
    TBBT (overrated) flop

  • eridapo

    Good for Scandal, but lets be honest Scandal is attracting and keeping the Greys audience. Would the show do as well as it has recently without Greys?

  • American

    And TBBT reigned over Idol…:)

  • Jon292992

    If Scandal is riding high currently based on the ‘Who Shot the President’ storyline, I guess this means once this storyline ends, the interest in the show will die down. It sounds like the show doesnt have many hardcore fans (maybe about 2.0 are loyal fans), the rest are just people watching because of one storyline. Once that storyline ends, Scandal will maybe fall back down to 2.0 and Elementary will be beating it.

  • jT

    @alexis django is a hit and it has great buzz and controversy around it.

  • Olka

    Beauty and The Beast might be renewed.

  • Petar Ivanov

    7 pages for 15 minutes. Madness. TOO MANY GREAT SHOWS ON THURSDAY guys. Hope networks change that next season. Tuesday and even wednesday at least at 8 is wide open door.

  • Californiadgd

    Still great for TBBT and very good for Scandal!
    I expect GA to adjust up in the finals.

    Next season GA at 8, Scandal at 9 and new show at 10…book it!

  • Alan

    Poor NBC, pulling CW numbers, that’s not a good sign.

  • atlanta

    Altho no fan of Idol, you are still comparing an hour show against a half hour show (TBBT) not a level playing field. I agree that an hour of BBT would prolly hold up, but at the very least combine BBT & 2.5 men before touting how wonderful BBT is.

  • Tea

    Still going strong for Greys 2.8 is very good when you have POI back, but I think that greys will be adjustment up and POI adjustment down

  • Vcoolwater

    Good for 30 rock. I am happy that it went out on a high note.

    With 90210 rumored to be cancelled. I think Beatuy and The Beast will be renewed another season if keep these ratings for the rest of the season. For some strange reason CW execs really like the show. Plus the fact the show already has a small loyal following will help it.

  • jT

    look at scandal ratings before the django press tour which started in December

  • Mike

    Fox almost tied CBS in the 18-19 rating. Beat every network in the 18-34, FOX shows are impressive, next season FOX will be the top rated network

  • Lukes

    Chain effect: BBT comes back, steals audience from Idol (but not enough to come back to previous numbers), Idol falls, Glee falls.

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