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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  • Petar Ivanov

    Thursday 8pm is the most competitive timeslot on television.

    I agree, BUT thursday is the most competitive DAY on television is even more scary. If you compare thursday shows with tuesday and you see what a mess is tuesday.

  • Bookworm

    Scandal did great!! Person of Interest has finally top Grey fair and square (no adjustments will reverse it). It sucks that Grey is at a 2.8, the same demo Scandal hit two episodes back. Either way, Scandal clearly is doing great and I’m so excited that it is keeping the steam it picked up from the previous episodes. ABC has been doing a lot of press and this was the best episode yet, so I’m sure those people will stick around.

    Do No Harm did horrible though. I mean it didn’t even crack a 1.0. At least Deception was at a 2.0 (or 1.9) when it premiered. Do No Harm is going to get pulled right away, that is horrible for a comedy but absolutely unacceptable for a drama–no way is it staying on air with those numbers. Rock Center was getting better number than that!

    Elementary did bad–sorry to say it. A 2.2 behind a 3.2 show and a night that tops all other hours is not good and clearly Do No Harm cut into their demo a little but also they showed just how bad they might need the Superbowl slot. This show is doing good for a 10pm show but skating by compared to other CBS shows.

    Big Bang took a little tumble and American Idol dipped!

    Glee is doing average numbers right now and I seriously expect it to be below a 2.0 soon

  • Freyja

    It certainly is doing harm…to NBC’s reputation

    No, No, NBC is doing that all by themselves ;)

    Glad Big Bang Theory beat the snot out of Idol =)

  • BrieK

    On another note, POI beat Grey’s handily. I’m very excited about that. Do No Harm suffered from cheesy promos. Maybe word-of-mouth will help it grow? I am thinking of watching it On Demand just from reading the comments.

  • Petar Ivanov

    POI show that is true new broadcast hit. Best scripted and acted crime drama. But no standart CBS cop show! Much more unique, creative and entertaining with a lot of humour!

    What CBS must do now to make POI drama beast is heavy and properly advertising during super bowl and grammys. Jonathan Nolan will make his debut as director on POI episode “Relevance” – February 21, 2013 and this is Sarah Shahi series debut too. Sarah Shahi role sound like future POI spin-off so CBS have a lot in stake here.(more money and one more drama hit) POI is hot and fresh so better chance for successful spin-off.

  • Sammy

    Happy to see POI manintain it’s momentum even after a 3 weeks hiatus.

    A good show is a good show indeed!

  • John A

    Meant to Say Fantastic For TVD.

  • Once & Again

    OK so Scandal has been having great ratings in the past weeks. What i wonder if it can hold to these numbers with out a Grey’s lead in, if it can then ABC should consider moving it next season to a different night. like Tuesday.

    08:00 Dancing With The Stars
    09:00 Scandal
    10:00 New Drama

    Or just keep it on Thursday and do this:

    08:00 Bastards (new)
    09:00 Grey’s Anatomy
    10:00 Scandal

  • Holly

    Scandal’s growth is really impressive and it looks to be holding. A bump for a few episodes with a big storyline is one thing, but 5 episodes in a row is an actual trend. The word of mouth on this has made quite a bit of difference. I think it struggled initially because a lot of people expected it to be just another variation of Grey’s Anatomy.

  • Billy

    @Petar Ivanov

    I would hardly call Thursday at 8:00 competitive. TBBT owns the time slot. It beat Idol by a whole lot and nothing else is competitive with TBBT at all.

  • BxActor

    DO NOT HARM !!! OMG ….. bwaahaaaaa


  • Billy

    ABC should groom Scandal to take over for GA when it retires.

    POI is doing great.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Thats right…The DO NO HARM numbers and the expected BOMB SMASH numbers (honestly, I’ll go with a 1.1 for the premire of SMASH) only mean better hope for DECEPTION to air out it’s episode order.

  • kbmv

    American Idol is 2 hours. Big bang is only half hour. Of course it’s so much easier for big bang to get high ratings. Still Idol brought Big bang’s ratings down a full point.

  • jT

    Scandal Last show before django was Scandal (10:02-11PM) 2.2/6 6.64
    first show after the django pro tour started 2.5 7 7.39

    First show after django was released in theaters 2.8 8 8.37

    how can you django didn’t help?

  • OutOfSync

    @Petar Ivanov “TOO MANY GREAT SHOWS ON THURSDAY guys. Hope networks change that next season.”

    I do too, I hope the networks put too many great shows on EVERY night!

  • Roco

    Stop with the Scandal hate, obviously there are some haters amoug us who likes to knock on a show that is going strong. Scandal is finding their audiences and not because of a movie, ppl are finding it intriguing and a guilty pleasure. That being said they are sticking by it..

  • Don

    Do No Harm, Do No Ratings.

  • Tea

    Greys is on there’s 9 season and are ABC best tv ranking show and still doing great. POI and Scandal are on season 2 and are still TV shows that people are interesting about to find out what it about, Greys in there’s season 2 hade good ranking as well and still has it.

  • Jackson

    have any of you even seen Django? yes the movie is a box office hit but Kerry has a very small role and isnt featured in the promos or trailers etc. she had no oscar buzz for the performance.
    so the success of Django (IMO) has nothing to do with SCANDAL taking off the way it has.
    its just a great addictive show that people have started watching. ABC did an amazing job with promo, great tv spots, that amazing 2 min promo that aired during the AMAs, amazing facebook and social media promo. hats off!

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