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.


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  • Josh

    Grey’s Anatomy will be adjusted up. Do No Harm is a goner.

  • lisa

    Beauty and the Beast was an interesting episode that moved the story along a lot. The ratings were a little low.

    Elementary just doesn’t interest me anymore. There are too many similar shows on CBS, all with better actors/characters. I can’t stand Lucy Liu and that’s mainly why I don’t watch it, and it seems too much like a weaker, unlikeable version of The Mentalist.

  • Mayans

    @ poseur,

    You clearly didn’t understand last nights episode and why the laugh track was there in segments. Key phrase being segments.

  • Skylar James

    I think ABC needs to bring back the laugh tracks, clearly they still work for CBS

  • PurpleDrazi

    Nice to see some big ratings this time considering the big drops we saw last night.

    Good job Community. The extra viewers sure didn’t come from TBBT. Maybe Idol?

  • methix0r

    Wth with the TVD , every since Idol has come back it has been down , Last night episode was really good i thought , Well it usually always gets adjusted up i hope that is the case now , i cant remember when it was at 2.5 million viewers for 2 weeks in a row. IT has to be idol or something else it it wll be adjusted up most likely . But last night was great episode


    I wonder how much CBS will have to pay to keep BBT on air. Will these stars get close to a million per episode ala Friends? CBS screwed up with the post SB timeslot. It should have bene 2 Broke Girls, Person of Interest or Big Bang Theory. Elemenatary is in no way a better show then Scandal. If I were ABC I would move up Grey’s at 8pm and Scandel at 9pm to nurture Scandel eventually taking over the slot followed by a new drama. Scandel is so much better then PP, its reminscent of Shonda’s earlier seasons of Grey’s.

    Idol IMO next season to stay away from BBT should move back to Tuesday-Wednesday. I actually preferred it when it on this. NCIS yes is huge but their audiences are completely different. Anyone agree Idol should go back to its original Tuesday-Wednesday night slot? Then move Glee to Wednesday nights and have the comedies on Thursdays. I thought last night Nicki Minaj was really good she was really tough. I am just not seeing where Mariah Carey was worth all this money. She bores me to tears. Its like she is a vanilla Jennifer Lopez. I actually preferred Jennifer she had better commentary plus she seemed like she wanted to be there more. Mariah comes off like she is too good for this show. Again I still miss Paula and don’t know why FOX doesn’t bring her back. Even for nostalgia reasons.


    A big hello to those who regularly post under the Late Night ratings section.

    All I can say is that if Jay Leno wins this week with the ratings he is getting at 10pm then he deserves a Presidential medal. Does anyone know if this is the lowest rated NBC 10 pm hour in history – summer ratings included.

    Deception – 1.2
    Smash – 1.1
    Chicago Fire – 1.8
    Do No Harm – .7

    Everyone mentions that Jay used to have no problem winning Late Night when E.R. was doing a 21 share in 18-49 at 10. If he can pull a win off this week then the arguement about lead in’s take a bit of a beating.

  • John

    Scandel is a sleeper.

  • David Howell

    The next big Idol decline milestone – when 2.5 Men wins its half hour. Only 0.3 away!

  • methix0r

    BATB is Down cause TVD was down , It only fell tenth and 200k viewers from last week , YOu forget HOD is getting even lower ratings then BATB atm so most likely HOD will be cancelled. Unless TCD flops badly , Overall Atm for the season so far BATB is ahead of HOD and thats the main thing that matters, I still hope TVD gets adjusted up it doesn’t dereve a 1.1 for that last episode

  • a p garcia

    Elementary did not get a Super Bowl bump, CBS should have put POI in post Super Bowl slot.

  • Charles

    Looks like the cancellation bear is getting ready to devour 1600 Penn and Do No Harm at any time now.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    TVD down was not good, although the episode was OK. Thank heaven my favorite character Caroline was not written out of the show! :-)

    BATB slipped back down from it’s last .7. I expect it to hit .5 again at some point. The episode was OK – they got rid of Alex, and there was more Muirfield action. The worst part was the incredibly awful karaoke singing! No one should be exposed to such horror! :-)

  • bruce

    Both Tom & Bill seem to have Math problems

  • Ricky

    @poseur: Did you even watch beyond the first two minutes? The whole multi-cam laugh track bit was just an alternate version of the show playing in Abed’s head. It was just a gag, it’s not turning multi-cam the way UAN is. In any case, I don’t think the new showrunners changed the show too much either way, it’s still as great as ever and hasn’t lost its uniqueness.

  • a p garcia

    DNH should be cancelled ASAP.

  • SherLOCKED

    WOW! GO big bang!

    I was watching Community though! Not the best episode of the series, but not horrible either! :D I’m just happy it’s back! #HungerDeans

    And I can see how Parks & Rec scored higher, cause I stayed for Parks & Rec after Community. I eventually left the room sometimes into The Office…it is getting so boring now….:(

    The black out on Sun kinda dampened Elementary’s SB lead in…so that 5% uptick is probably about right.

  • Cj morton

    Its sad for American idol that it got beat out by 3o the 4 scripted CBS shows in viewers. How is Idol doing compared to the Voice??

  • JulieDawn

    @Richard Steven Hack

    Re BATB – actually Alex’s arc isn’t over until next week. Also more Muirfield next week to keep you happy, and more Vincent-Catherine love story for the rest of us, lol. And the ratings will bounce back.

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