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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  • chezmoi

    Which countires outisde of the USA create the greatest numbers of hits on this site? I would guess Canada, UK, Austalia, France, Mexico…

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Go POI! Waiting to see if it gets a Shahi bump soon.

    first Zoe back and than Jonathan Nolan will make his debut as director on “Relevance” – February 21, 2013. This will be Sarah Shahi series debut too.

  • Laura G

    One more thing about glee to big brother its already been renewed for season 5 but thanks for your concern ;) And it will probably kill the office next week cause of the wedding :)

  • networkman

    @Diego, your schedule is good. I would just move Castle. It simply can not stay in that timeslot any longer. Nashville would air after DWTS. Also with your schedule, I would definately put S.H.I.E.L.D on Sunday.

  • Ultima

    @CJ Morton
    How is Idol doing compared to the Voice??

    Through the first four weeks (13 hours each) – Idol 5.2, The Voice 4.2

  • Kavyn

    YES for Community and Parks!!

  • Brian J

    @senor chang:

    The key is to get more people watching…period.

  • Mayans

    The Voice was pretty stable last season. Ratings in the 4 for most of the season. Idol ratings have gone down, down, down pretty much since the 1st episode.

  • Mayans

    Idol started with a 6.0 and is now at a 4.1

  • Phill

    lol elementary post superbowl FLOP!!!!

  • mando

    NBC has treated Community so badly! It will perform better if it were at 9:30 on Tuesday!! And TNN can do perform better at 9:30 on Thursday.

  • Reader

    I have no clue what I’m looking at in that photo, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to have nightmares about it.

  • Bizarro

    Hope both the CW shows adjust up in the finals but the CW shows rarely adjust up but hopefully they won’t adjust down!

  • Bloop

    Community’s kiss-off to The Big Bang Theory last night was great.

  • Petar Ivanov

    what was tha name of the week in may when networks present fall television schedule and which week is this year? thanks.

  • Scandal and Revenge Fan

    I am a fan of both Scandal and Revenge! Two completely different shows and vibes… Don’t think it’s necessary to compare the two or even say that you can’t be a fan of both.

    Only note I will make is that the writing in Scandal for season 2 has been 10x better than Revenge Season 2. But Revenge season 1 writing was superb… hope they go back to original writing style soon!!

  • Sky

    @ Laura G – Glee hasn’t officially been renewed for a 5th season yet. Still, the show is certain to be renewed, even though its ratings have been trending down all season. The show’s saving grace is the fact that half of Fox’s scripted shows are doing even worse.

    I’m a former Glee fan, but the show has really taken a turn for the worse in terms of quality, and I can’t wait until this cast is free to work on better projects. Their talent is wasted on these writers.

  • Dan

    @Oliver – That’s why Up All Night is done after the retooling. NBC was just delaying the inevitable, and who knows how they could think changing the show’s format would make viewers interested. The premise was changed after the original Pilot then characters were dropped and the show focused on the home life instead of Ava’s talk show now the show will be in front of a studio audience. When a show goes through retooling that many times, its not worth saving. My guess is Up All Night’s final 5 episodes will be paired with Whitney’s final 5 episodes April-May and both shows may as well be done.

    Community’s 1.8 was impressive and unexpected and definitely helped Parks reach an unheard of now a days 2.0. While that doesnt sound impressive on its own it does when 30 Rock and UAN were previously averaging 1.1-1.4. and they werent against both Big Bang/Men and Idol. Community certainly would have fared worse out of Whitney on October 19, and my guess is that NBC never intended to air the comedies on Fridays but both shows were place holders for any cancelled or ending shows like Animal Practice and 30 Rock. I Also believe that NBC didn’t want to order more episodes of Community for the season so by putting it at midseason they were able to cap the order at 13 eps without it being called cancelled, a lot like what FOX did with Touch.

    Before the ratings for tonight came out I would have said Community had no shot at being renewed for a fifth year because the only reason NBC renewed the show for a fourth season is to get enough eps for syndication and then the show was done but now there’s a glimmer of hope.

  • David

    I hope NBC realizes that treating Community like crap brings bad karma to them. All their new comedies are flopping. It’s awesome that Community gets a 1.8 on the most difficult spot of the week, compared to other shows that get way less without competition. If they go with their brain, NBC should move Community to a much better spot like 9:30 Thursdays and give it better promotion.

    Also, congrats at TBBT stomping Idol. Well deserve.

  • Brian J


    I’ve heard the original pilot for “UAN” was really good. If NBC is interested in keeping the stars at the network, perhaps it should just let Emily Spivey create a new which would really be a redo of her original “UAN” concept. Or perhaps NBC can just sign them all to new deals, even if they aren’t on the same show.

    It will be interesting to see how the new show does. My guess is, if it works creatively (i.e. if the reviews are positive), it will get another season. NBC ordered a lot of new comedies, but it might be easier to bring back at least a few older ones.

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