TV Ratings Thursday: 'Community' Returns Up, 'The Big Bang Theory' Gets Bigger, 'Parks and Recreation' Hits High, 'Scandal' & 'Grey's Anatomy' Up

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February 8th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.5/10 3.1/9 2.4/7 1.7/5 1.4/4 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/7 2.6/8 1.9/6 1.4/5 1.4/5 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 14.226 9.609 7.199 4.043 3.206 2.009


CBS won the night in adults 18-49 and in Total Viewers.

On CBS The Big Bang Theory earned a huge 6.1 up 13 percent from last week’s 5.4 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men scored a 4.1 adults 18-49 rating up 5 percent from a 3.9 last week. Person of Interest garnered a 3.2 among adults 18-49 even with last week. Elementary notched a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating up 5 percent from last week’s 2.2.

On FOX, American Idol scored a 4.1 down 9 percent  from last week’s 4.5. Glee earned a 2.2, up 5 percent from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Grey’s Anatomy earned a 3.1 up 11 percent from last week’s 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Scandal matched its season high with a 2.8 among adults 18-49 up 4 percent from last week’s 2.7.

On NBC, the season premiere of Community scored a 1.8, up 6 percent  from a 1.7 for its prior season premiere on September 22, 2011 and up 38 percent from a 1.3 for the previous season finale on May 17. Your predictions were too pessimistic. Parks and Recreation earned a season high 2.0 up 18 percent from a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating on January 24. The Office garnered a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. 1600 Penn notched a series low 1.1 adults 18-49 rating down 15 percent from a 1.3 on January 24. Do No Harm scored a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, down 22 percent from a 0.9 for last week’s premiere.

On the CW, The Vampire Diaries earned a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating down 15 percent from last week’s 1.3. Beauty and the Beast scored a 0.6 adults 18-49 down 14 percent from last week’s 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, February 7, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 6.1/18 18.85
FOX American Idol 4.1/12 13.15
NBC Community -Season Premiere 1.8/6 3.98
ABC Shark Tank - R 1.3/4 4.78
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.1/3 2.50
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men 4.1/11 14.15
NBC Parks and Recreation 2.0/5 3.83
9:00 CBS Person of Interest 3.2/8 15.16
ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.1/8 8.82
FOX Glee 2.2/6 6.06
NBC The Office 2.1/6 4.25
CW Beauty and the Beast  0.6/1  1.52
9:30 NBC 1600 Penn 1.1/3 2.81
10:00 ABC Scandal 2.8/8 8.00
CBS Elementary 2.3/6 11.02
NBC Do No Harm 0.7/2 2.18


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," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.9/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.6/7.
> * 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 1.6/5 in metered-market households and a 0.6/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
> * From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) trailed "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.2/2 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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  • BigFlop

    Only two shows have good ratings for ABC this year: Greys and Scandal, (what a coincidence! both shows are the most promoted by ABC)
    Is Shonda pulling the rug out from under the others ABC shows? LOL

  • Jimmy James

    The result of more people watching Community is… now they’ve seen it. They won’t be back.

  • Ram510

    They really should switch 1600 and Community’s time slot. 1600 is clearly not working and it would be worth moving Community away from TBBT and AI.

  • CBSviewer

    CBS should cancel all the new Dramas and Renew all their veterans in danger !

  • Ricardo

    So… with The Office gone… are Community and Parks and Recreation the highest rated comedies on NBC? XD

  • aciel

    because both of these shows have no competition and btw ouat gets better ratings than scandal

  • Ram510

    Eventhough Community did better than last season premiere and finale, didn’t Community get a 2.1(?) when it returned last year in March? So could this be seen as down from last years “midseason” premiere?

  • ateofi

    I like reading posts of you naysayers regarding Elementary. The show is really good, it is a hit, regardless and it will most likely be renewed.
    I like Elementary as well, but it’s not a hit – currently average ratings are 2.37 in the strongest CBS evening of the whole week. Moreover, it’s just the first season.

  • aciel

    it seems to me that whenever scandal gets high ratings all of the other shows on abc drop in ratings like castle, greys anatomy, revenge and ouat is scandal keeping all of the other shows on abc down? maybe that should be the only show on abc

  • mando

    It’s time to rethink..Community turns out to be a better sitcom than Go On and TNN, and 1600Penn which are against less competition.

  • Sheila

    Sad to see that Vampire Diaries dropped. Last night’s episode was so amazing! Loved all the twists and turns regarding the search for the cure. I actually really like the love triangle still too. I wanted to keep watching more! Also sad to see that Beauty & The Beast’s ratings dropped. That show keeps getting better and better each episode & I’m a huge Catherine/Vincent fan. I don’t really like Alex at all. Yay Glee went up! Love the show & I hope the ratings continue to increase!

  • Brandy

    Wow Big Bang went up a lot from last week.Sad VD & BatB are down.CW has a intersting delima: BatB ,seems lead in dependant,cant keep VDs audience,will possibly fall more this spring and next season if renewed & moved,.its not a self starter and with all the promotion and best leadin, should be doing better ratings.On the other hand, its stable at 0.6_0.7, won a PCA,is rumored to be cheap to make,and do well online and internationally and is a genre show that matches with the direction of CW next season.They didnt want to try and renew& move SC so will they want to with BatB?
    CD: selfstarter, no leadin doing same ratings as BATB/,HOD,its ratings have risen the last couple weeks,it has a hit franchise behind it and CW seems to support ii with a lot of promotion and reruns.On the other hand, it dosent fit the genre brand theyre going with next season,its ratings could still crash and im not how it does online,dvr or internationally,its ratings arent great and might fall if renewed,and I dont know about the cost to produce the show.
    HoD: stable in ratings in season two, a self stsrter and this season has no leadin and gets the same ratings as BaTB behind the best leadin.Its rumored to be cheap to produce, does well online,dvr,ondand.On the other hand, will CW want to renew it at middling ratings for two more seasons for syndication?Its also not of the genre brand CW is going with next season.

  • John

    Team Lazaro on American Idol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • CookyMonzta

    4.1 is not much of a surprise, but 13.2 million, oh my! ‘Idol’ is headed down into the 12-million range in a BIG hurry. That’s a little more than what the 1st season of X-Factor USA started off with.

    This is definitely going to bring its season average down. I predicted it would finish at #6 for all of its episodes combined. They might have to fight to finish at #7! Brace yourselves for next week.

  • Ram510

    @John M

    Can you honestly say that you knew it was Verna was the one who tried to have the President killed. I don’t think too many people besides Shonda knew that

  • CookyMonzta

    To say nothing of ‘The Big Bang Theory'; they are smokin’! Can they hit 20 million before the season is over?

  • JSunkist


    The January 10th, BBT averaged 20.00 :)

  • JSunkist


    The January 10th, 2013 BBT averaged 20.00 :)

  • jimmers

    what is up with Sandal vs Revenge? Really? We are not kids.

  • poseur

    When Community started last night, I was horrified. I’d heard that the show had changed with the absence of Harmon, and not for the better, but a LAUGH TRACK? STUPID BIG BANG THEORY style crappy jokes and smirks?

    I got Catfished. Hilarious.

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