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


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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," 2.6/7; 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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  • Nicole

    The main actors of Beauty and the Beast are stolen arms agriculture, mediocre actors, Cancel!

  • DaxJackson

    I’m sorry and this is coming from a massive Community fan… the premier was dreadful. The show has lost it’s spark, everything felt forced. Nothing about the episode was original it all felt like it had been covered before in previous episodes. It felt like it was just trying too hard to be the same Community by Harmon but that’s what gave it away…
    It’s numbers are high because it was heavily advertised with the Hunger Games parody so that won it some viewers. I think we’ll see a big drop next week.

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  • Dóchas

    Just out of curiosity, which day gets the most hits on this site and which show garners the most hits?
    As for last night, TBBT just crushes it’s competition and TVD deserved that 15 percent drop. I haven’t watched any other shows yet but my DVR is ready for me.

  • Dóchas

    Or other viewers just don’t share your opinion. I’m glad you’re still enjoying it but it’s lost it’s spark with me. The only saving Graces on that show are Rebekah, Caroline and Klaus. The triangle just ruined it for me and I shipped neither couple but I did ship the bromance of Stefan and Damon.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Just out of curiosity, which day gets the most hits on this site and which show garners the most hits?”

    Tuesday. Primarily because it’s the day the new Renew/Cancel Index posts come out, but also has the weekly ratings reports, and some extra posts (like both the Sunday and Monday final ratings and cable ratings).

    Impossible to say which show is the biggest draw.

  • Gregg

    “Do No Harm” is living up to its name — for CBS and ABC!


    As Much as the Voice is really entertaining and a good show. It can’t touch Idol with its superstar roster. The Voice will never be validated until they find a star. I am confused to why Cassadee doesn’t have a song out yet considering how popular she was. Idol did everything right with PP aka Home with Interscope. Now Gone Gone Gone PP’s new single is emerging hot even without adds. Idol still has the magic. I almost miss it when Idol was the only signing show. I longed for it. FOX needs to ditch X Factor.

  • Dóchas

    @Bill, thank you. Are we putting up a The Walking Dead Returns Ratings Poll this week?

  • Dan

    The Community/Parks combo has always worked ever since 2009 when the shows aired in the 8:00 hour. It fared much better then the Lorne Michaels duo 30 Rock, which has now ended and Up All Night which is 5 episodes and a retooling away from ending. Both 2009 series may have a future next season Parks is 100% and Community is 50/50 as of now.

    And the 0.6 retention for BATB out of Vampire Diaries is still grounds for cancellation.

    For all the Scandal Vs. Revenge fans. First off Scandal has Grey’s to ride out of, in which it has retained a good 85% and has won the hour against no competition. Revenge has Football, Family Guy/American Dad Good Wife and tons of cable shows. Plus airing out of the dwindling but still well performing Once Upon a Time. My guess is Revenge will do better once football is over. However Scandal, Revenge and Once Upon a Time will all get third seasons and the rare season for ABC where all dramas renewed for second seasons will also get third seasons.

  • Win


    Hogwash. BatB even slipped in it’s half hour this week, while HoD did not. HoD has no cushy TVD lead in and has been steady. Let’s remove BatB from TVD and see a real cage match dear, Until then it’s all apples to bananas.

  • Brandy

    Methix, HOD is usually at 0.5_0.6 while Beauty is usually at 0.6_0.7 but did have 0.5 for episode eight or nine.HoD premiere 0.7, episode three 0.5_0.6.Beauty premiere 1.2_ episode three 0.6, it lost half its premiere audience and gets pretty much/pretty close to the same ratings with the biggest best leadin as HoD does without,CD too.Beauty seems to be following SC s path.Plus,HoD is closer to syndication.This week HoD and Beauty tie at 0.6

  • JP

    As I have said in a previous post – This IS the season that IDOL has “JUMPED THE SHARK” – Seacrest and Randy cannot even save this mess anymore. Love seeing TBBT destroy it!!! Idol nees to make this their last season and go out while still being somewhat of a hit like Seinfeld and Friends did. I would definitely have more respect for it.

    POI and OUAT are best shows on TV in my opinion, with POI having a slight edge right now. Both are absolutely amazing – Fantastic writing on both shows!!!!

  • Sammy

    Would people just shut up about this Scandal vs Revenge nonsense, b/c that’s exactly what it is. Why place this two shows in competition? You’d think they they were on different networks at the same time!
    So over it! One has NOTHING to do with the other and the argument as such has gone very tedious to ridiculous!

  • Oliver

    The genius of NBC’s schedule is that it lets you watch Community, Parks and The Office and then tune out before 1600 Penn and Do No Harm start. Thanks NBC!

    Community will fall back to 1.2-1.3 in a few weeks, but still solid given the level of competition (it faces the #1 sitcom in TBBT and Idol).

  • Dan

    Great for Scandal, but I am worried now that viewers know who shot the president, viewership will be on the decline. The show is great so I really hope that people stick with it because it looks like the second half of the season is going to be just as good as the first!

  • okayy

    rofl nbc… shaking my head.

  • Dan

    I also don’t understand this rivalry between Revenge and Scandal…I watch and love both shows. They are completely different and both make for great entertaining hours of television. People just need to stop comparing the two.

  • Lara


    haha hipster

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    My parents, who just turned 50, and my Grandparents, who are in their 70’s both love 1600 Penn (as do I). I have never seen something make them laugh so much. Though 1600 Penn is the worst show of the comedy block, it is my 6th favorite show (Parks and Rec, Community, The Office, The Middle are ahead of it). With 30 Rock, The Office, and (likely) Community will be gone after this year, I think NBC should keep 1600 Penn. It’s for the most part a family show that is really likeable.

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