Thursday Final Ratings: 'Community' & 'The Big Bang Theory' Adjusted Up; 'Person of Interest' & 'Elementary' Adjusted Down

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February 8th, 2013

Community and The Big Bang Theory were each adjusted up a tenth, while Person of Interest and Elementary were  eachadjusted down a tenth  among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Thursday broadcast ratings.

Broadcast primetime final ratings for Thursday:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory (8-8:31PM) 6.2/18 18.98
FOX American Idol 4.1/12 13.28
NBC Community -Season Premiere 1.9/6 3.88
ABC Shark Tank - R 1.3/4 4.77
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.1/3 2.50
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men (8:31-9PM) 4.1/11 14.12
NBC Parks and Recreation 2.0/5 3.76
9:00 CBS Person of Interest  (9-10:01PM) 3.1/8 14.88
ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.1/8 8.91
FOX Glee 2.2/6 6.03
NBC The Office (9-9:31PM) 2.1/6 4.15
CW Beauty and the Beast 0.6/1 1.48
9:30 NBC 1600 Penn (9:31-10:01PM) 1.1/3 2.60
10:00 ABC Scandal 2.8/8 8.14
CBS Elementary(10:01-11PM) 2.2/6 10.84
NBC Do No Harm (10:01-11PM) 0.7/2 2.21

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • HalCapone

    @KJ Styles
    I don’t personally watch either Greys or POI so I have nothing invested in either. They are polar opposites in so many ways: one being a soapy medical drama appealing predominantly to younger women and the other a science fiction cop procedural appealing primarily to older males. Both shows skew to their respective network’s strength: younger women for ABC and older males for CBS. Both shows are obviously very good at what they set out to accomplish based on their ratings. What is especially remarkable about Greys is its age and its ability to land among the top rated dramas (on any network)consistently every week. I’m not sure any newer network drama will ever attain the long term ratings success of Greys or even last as long. I suspect POI will last half as long as Greys as a first run series and never really grow in the ratings beyond the low 3’s. Science fiction dramas (even sci-fi lite ones like POI) seem to have a limited shelf life on network television and network television viewership is in permanent decline. Total viewers has always been a strength of CBS but as the site operators faithfully point out, that is a mostly meaningless category win with respect to advertisers.

  • KJ Styles

    “@KJ Styles ~ With the whole PoI and Grey’s comparison, it’s definitely a matter of taste. I’m female, but I don’t care much for soap-ish dramas. I’d rather watch suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat action dramas, like PoI, Elementary, etc. Now, THAT’S my guilty pleasure. :D”

    @Martinesque- That’s good to know! :D

  • JacobYates

    I could see Elementary going back to likely renewal from certain renewal. It doesn’t matter how late that it started. It still pulled ratings in the 7s and it couldn’t retain any of the 5 whole rating points worth of new people that watched it. That’s absolutely disgraceful, especially since CBS aired more ads for Elementary during the Super Bowl than they did for any of their other shows. I agree that CBS should have put one of their hits in that spot, or they could have put a show with low ratings that is in danger of cancellation (Vegas, TGW, Mentalist) to try and give it a bump up that could save it.

  • KJ Styles

    @HalCapone- Incidentially, I’m 36 and one of my younger friends (28) put me on to POI and I’ve been hooked on it ever since. I don’t really care about which show wins as long as POI does well enough to get renewed, and it is.

    Definitely a better show than Grey’s. It has nothing on House, ER, or Trapper John MD from back in the days.

  • Carrie

    “@JacobYates: It doesn’t matter how late that it started. It still pulled ratings in the 7s and it couldn’t retain any of the 5 whole rating points worth of new people that watched it. That’s absolutely disgraceful, especially since CBS aired more ads for Elementary during the Super Bowl than they did for any of their other shows.”

    I think it goes back to something Martinesque said: Elementary probably didn’t gain more viewers because of the type of episode that was used for the post-Super Bowl slot. Frankly, it wasn’t the most exciting episode, and IMO, they’ve aired more exciting episodes than that one. As Maritnesque pointed out, they should’ve gone with the ‘M’ episode (my god, that one was sooooo good), but they chose to use something ‘regular’, which I think was a risk that didn’t pay off extremely well. Still, I don’t think using Elementary in the post-Super Bowl slot was a total loss. I personally know more people who tuned into the show after watching Sunday’s episode. Sadly, it wasn’t a million more, but still in general, it helped catch some more younger viewers. Now, if only more of those viewers would watch it live instead of using other alternatives, lol…

  • Amanda

    “LMFAO! Please dear Amanda, you cleary don’t know what you are talking about.”

    What am I clearly not knowing what I’m talking about?

    That I find it extremely odd that you have an obsession with bashing a tv series you aren’t watching and lashing out on the fans of that said tv series?

    I’m here discussing the rating of a tv series I like, I don’t post in any of the other comment sections of this site about how “LMFAO” bad other tv series that I’m not even watching are doing in the ratings.

    Why would I care?

    Which leads me to question why do you and others much like you care so much about BATB’s ratings to the point of discrediting anyone who has anything remotely positive to say about them?

  • Melissa


    Should I edit that to say VALENTINE’S WEEK? Would that make you happy? Geez, get over yourself.

    Nonsense. Person of Interest‘s drop last year likely had no correlation to the fact that it was “Valentine’s Week”. You’re a delusional, bitter person.

    @KJ Styles

    POI has beaten Grey’s most weeks this season.

    That’s an absolute fallacy. Person of Interest has beaten Grey’s Anatomy merely 2 times, whereas Grey’s Anatomy has beaten Person of Interest 8 times.

  • Melissa

    And to add to that, Person of Interest‘s largest advantage over Grey’s Anatomy this season was only 4 tenths of a ratings point (3.2 vs. 2.8, 01/31). Grey’s Anatomy‘s largest advantage over Person of Interest this season was 1.5 full ratings points (4.4 vs. 2.9, 09/27).

  • Buddy

    Considering that NBC is losing 2 of its flagship Thursday night comedies this season, I can’t see them not renewing Community. They will need a bit of stability and Community always performs decently, if not spectacularly. It will be back barring a major nosedive (and maybe even then).

  • Anna


    Yeah, Elementary aired a slow episode. I’d imagine it’s hard to pick a standalone episode for a serial, though, which you have to try and do if you want to grab new viewers. Tumblr is pretty meh as far as a viewer audience indicator goes, at least in my experience? So many “popular” shows on there end up getting canned after a season or two. It’s whole a few thousands of people seems like millions effect that website has.

  • David Howell

    The most telling number of this entire table? The 10:01 changeover time on CBS.
    In other words, they shifted an advertising minute from Elementary’s post-SB airing to POI. OUCH!!

  • Janice

    So glad Community did well! it’s going to drop BIG time, but still a good start.
    Last year when it went on hiatus it was pulling low 1’s and came back to a 2.0 in march as all of the buzz over the internet about the show had catched viewers interest. Unfortunately it went back to 1.5s the following week… even though I believe 1,5 could be a lock for renewal this time around

  • Ben

    Super Bowl bump or not, Elementary gets almost 11 million viewers a week Haters: If you think CBS will cancel it, dream on.

  • Carl

    What’s going on with TVD? Did people say it was preempted somewhere? I know some fans are tired of the triangle but the ratings still seemed to be OK before recently.

    This has been an interesting week for the CW, because there are three tiers, or four tiers, and this week those teirs all came closer to bunching together.

    I knew Elementary wasn’t going to get an increase, which sucks, but I’m not surprised. I want the show to do well because I see so much potential and I hate the racist and sexist trash thrown around after Lucy Liu was cast as Watson. Deep down I think this is just the wrong network.

  • networkman

    What I’m really pleased about is that even while Big Bang Theory is posting dominant numbers, Community was able to garner even higher ratings than its 3rd season premiere. What a treat it is to see both adjust up in the final ratings. I like that both are able to acheive great success in that timeslot.

    CBS will have to move Elementary next season. Comedies will be stronger in the 9pm hour. And Person of Interest will improve on Elementary’s performance in the 10pm hour. Elementary should be shipped off to Sunday behind Amazing Race. Good Wife should only come back at Midseason, sharing a timeslot with CSI:NY.

  • erwanfromfrance

    Glad Glee went up ! I’m sure that Glee and American Idol will recover in the next couple of weeks

  • Zach Helms

    The fat that Parks and Recrsation has a 2.0 makes my day. Leslie Knope, I love you.

    Oh, and good job to Commuity. Very impressive.

  • Zach Helms


  • bluejays

    @Omabin – I take all your points but actually POI is a stronger lead in most recent weeks than M&M – being ahead in the demo and also way ahead in overall viewers (15mill compared to around 10-11 mill). Elementary has a bigger lead in, on the most watched night of TV and one strong show against it. HFO has Castle which is a long term, well performing show for ABC and then Revolution. Plus the football.

    But all of that is – in reality – kind of splitting hairs. there’s not enough really between CSI, HFO and Elementary to call it on numbers alone. They’re all doing pretty similar performces really. The thing that should stand for moving Elementary to the weekend slots and not HFO – if CBS have a brain in their heads which is doubtful after their decisions of the last couple of years. Is that Elementary has no syndication deal and isn’t as big a hit in international markets. Therefore i’d argue that on money alone, HFO is a much bigger cash cow for them.

  • Mary

    POI Rocks.

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