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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    I’m sad about the grades of BATB, I hope he recovers next week …
    I do not mind all the negative reviews you have, I will remain until the last chapter backing you :-)

  • Lauren


    “BATB is Down cause TVD was down”

    Thanks for the laugh! BATB fans are pathetic to find bad excuses.

    Just a reminder, BATB isn’t up when TVD is, so stop! BATB bad ratings are all BATB’s fault.

    And if you think HOD will be cancelled, you are dreaming. Your show has lost the half of its ratings on the demo. And with the best lead-in on the CW. HOD ratings are still steady, they are strong on sites like GetGlue and Netfix and are close to syndication. And with no lead-in!

  • Shaun P

    YES greys back in the 3’s !! Brilliant episode last night! As someone mentioned above, it would so cool if Shonda created another show for ABC and they put that at 8 , then Greys and Scandal!

  • omar

    elementary i don’t know why there is haters for the show
    i see it perfect show one of the best right now

  • Oliver


    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.

    My guess is that Parks appeals to the intersection of Community and Office fans, which helps all three shows.

    Up All Night appealed to no-one and helped 30 Rock down.

  • POI

    Elementary is a huge flop after the Superbowl episode i expected it to grow maybe even get a 3.0 but that time-slot was wasted by elementary if POI or TBBT and 2 broke girls were put there they would have gotten a much much better rating and gain more viewers this was CBS’s only mistake in year in my point of view.

  • Laura G

    Glee didn’t do bad @ all your missing the point it went up :) And it’ll go up next week due to the wedding :)

  • Rocky

    Yes POI! The man in the suit.

  • Jon

    Interesting to see that scandal has passed up Elementary. I’ll admit I’ve never watched Scandal, so I really don’t have an opinion on the quality of the show. I really do like Elementary though, although since Suits came back I have been watching Suits live and Elementary on tape delay

  • BigFlop

    TBBT with those numbers only in China would be a flop. LOL

  • networkman

    I really pleased with Community. I had predicted it would garner 1.5, but for it to return with higher ratings then the 3rd season premiere is just great. NBC couldn’t have asked for better with the show being up against The Big Bang Theory. And that is why I felt this show deserved a higher episode order this season. Parks & Rec has always been protected. Community deserves better treatment. Hopefully it will get to 100 episodes.

    1600 Penn is a goner. NBC should try Go On in that spot. See how it would perform on Thursday. But I guess NBC will try Save Me on Thursday.

    Do No Harm was comical. I not saying it wasn’t entertaining. I found it to be really laughable. I guess people don’t like this type of escapism. Maybe they have a hard time following. Anyway, If NBC airs it on Valentine’s Day it will get embrassing numbers and then be yanked from the schedule.

  • BxActor

    Ouch Do no Harm …… u are done

  • carla

    Great numbers in both demo and totals for POI. Excellent drama with sharp performances by Jim Caviezel and Taraji Henson. Need them on my screen more.

  • Serial Rocker

    Is everyone calling Elementary a flop actually going out of their way to look really stupid? Because if so, very successful days work.

    It’s not untrue to say that Elementary could be doing better and is an average rated show at best (undeservedly, I should say) but a flop? Really? Because I’m sure a lot of other current shows would love to be flopping as well as Elementary is doing.

    As for not having gained much from its Super Bowl slot, I could be wrong here but I’m sure I read on TVBTN during the week that having a post-SB episode rarely effects regular ratings to any real degree. And as CBS making a mistake in not giving the slot to POI? I love Person of Interest but why try and promote a show that is already doing really well? What would be the point?

  • networkman

    The episode of The Big Bang Theory last night was freakin hilarious. It was laugh out loud comical. I even have to say that I enjoyed Two and a Half Men with the guest appearance from Jamie Pressley.

    Elementary seems to have attracted a slightly larger audience(reaching over 11 million), unfortunately, they are not the viewers that make up the desired demographic. CSI is still doing slightly better in its 13th season.

  • chezmoi

    Did the West Coast viewing figures for Elementary improve substantially?

    A post-superbowl slot for a very late finish is actually bad (as it means that the post-superbowl programme needs to be repeated or there needs to be encouragement to watch the post-superbowl show on the internet) for broadcasting. If NCIS, or POI had got the slot then it might have substantially increased its viewing levels in the West.

  • deuce

    Happy for BBT numbers but my problem with the primetime and cable networks in particular is the demo rating. Amount of viewers should count not the demo. BBT will never get the kind of ratings that the original dallas, CSI, and Star Trek the next generation got. All those shows averaged 27 mil+ viewers a week. This was when DVR was in it’s infancy and before demo ratings didn’t matter as much if not at all. But still happy for BBT. awesome show, deserves more attention during awards season every year! Love the show but Psych is the most underrated comedy show on television period. The acting, writing, stories, and directing is much better and I think many people will agree!!!!!!!!!

  • Wright

    Elementary didn’t gain additional viewership because of the delay during Super Bowl. It’s a good show with a lot of viwers. Enough with the hate!!!

  • networkman

    I’m really concerned about Do No Harm garnering under 2 million viewers. That would be unacceptable and would force NBC to yank it and allow Deception to finish all its episodes. I think NBC would even be more patient with Smash.

  • Mary 1

    It’s good that Community didn’t bomb like Smash but I think it’ll probably drop next week. It was not a great episode and did feel forced. Plus the scenes with Chevy Chase were weird with all the actors pretty much ignoring him.

    On the other hand, I think Parks & Rec is getting stronger. Their ratings may be adjusted down or they may get lower next week, but I think it has a very good chance of renewal.

    I stopped watching Idol a few years back & they did nothing to make me want to return to it. Whoever had the brilliant idea Nicki Minaj would be a ratings draw should be fired. They didn’t need someone who can sell records but someone who has some credibility in the music business. They forgot Simon was an unknown when they show started.

    Glee should be fine. They’re holding steady since their schedule change and their ratings are good for a Fox show.

    Is Do No Harm really such a bad show? People really don’t want to watch it.

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