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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  • Rob R

    I am sure no one at NBC would have ever dreamed that “Community” would return with a 50 percent HIGHER rating (in 18-49) than “Smash” in the same week.

  • Paul P

    None of the 10PM dramas are doing well on any network. Elementary isn’t the hit though that CBS was hoping for & Vegas is below Unforgettable.
    CBS should have kept Mentalist on Thursdays.

  • Scandalfan

    So happy for Revenge and Grey’s ratings.

  • Brian J


    I haven’t seen the new “Community,” and I don’t think I’ve ever seen the old one, but I wouldn’t move it. Not now, anyway. It’s only been on for one week, but if it’s doing relatively well, why not leave it there? NBC is almost certainly going to put the new Michael J. Fox show on Thursdays at 9:00 unless it decides to revamp the night with all dramas or something. It will need something to go on before it, and that might as well be “Community” and “Parks.”

    But then, does “Community” deserve another season?

  • Nicolas

    @Rob R
    Because that is like a nightmarish scenario to them. Now, they are living the nightmare.

  • Petar Ivanov

    upfronts. i remember it. So which week in may is this year upfronts……

  • mando

    I don’t think Community will get more order from NBC cause those characters are to graduate this year. Similar format GO ON could replace its slot but doesn’t seem to appeal to Community fans.

    Anyway, please save Guys with kids. This comedy is soooo hilarious!

  • Red Jane

    Happily surprised with Community.. I was indeed too pessimistic…
    And WOW Person of Interest… it’s a real ratings leader this season even if skewing kind of old…
    Do not harm is a trainwreck – reminds me of The Firm last season… Remember that disaster… only on NBC!

  • Lukes

    @Sky, Glee’s rating are not really trending down all season. They had a fall at the beginning of the season around the 2nd 3rd episode but it’s some time that they are very steady, as the number of viewers (between 5 and 6 millions).

  • LisaNeedsBraces

    Again, the ratings aren’t bad at all. That said, I’m sure CBS could and wants to do better in that timeslot. Moving Elementary doesn’t make too much sense, though. Its numbers would probably look pretty ugly on Friday or Sunday and I wouldn’t bet on it getting a syndication deal anyway, certainly not after a potential move to Friday or Sunday.

    People severely overestimate the value of syndication, at least when it comes to dramas. It’s hardly a guarantee that a drama that makes it to four seasons will get a syndication deal. The networks are struggling right now to sell recent and newly eligible dramas for syndication already, and the situation will just get worse as the years go on. Cable channels like USA and FX that used to rely on syndicated network dramas for content now make their own original programming, and combined with the popularity of streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu, the market for syndicated drama has cut dramatically. Look at the top 20 syndicated ratings any given week and it’s rare to see a drama in even the top 15. Last week the only dramas to make the top 20 were Law & Order and House, both outside the top 15.

    The problem with Elementary, from CBS’ perspective, is that it just doesn’t grow. The SB slot was a flop, but that matters less than that it’s on CBS’ strongest night and has a lead-in, POI, which HAS grown this season. Elementary not only can’t capture that same growth, but it allowed Scandal to raise up 30% to become a powerhouse right in front of it. CBS was hoping the SB slot would shake off the cobwebs and attract more young viewers. Even though 7.8 was the worst leadout rating of all time, that’s still 3x the young viewers Elementary normally gets, and none of those 18-49 year olds who sampled the show liked it enough to come back.

    Elementary will be moved because once a show has show itself so immune to growth there’s nothing to be done for it. If it already stagnates around the lower 2s in the Thursday 10 slot, with a one time Super Bowl airing and with POI as lead-in, there’s nothing else left to try. It will be moved to Fridays, Sundays or Mondays because a new drama will need the Thursday slot next year.

  • MichaelChickless

    I hope POI holds its lead over Grey’s in the finals.

    @JONNYSBRO ScandAl ScandAl ScandAl ScandAl!

  • Abed N

    * clearly living in the darkest timeline * I mean

    Way to hose up the punchline…

  • The Comedian

    1600 Penn???? More like 1600 FLOP!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAH RIGHT???

  • Lance

    CBS should cancel Elementary. This show must be Moonves’ pet or something because they keep giving it preferential treatment even though it clearly doesn’t deserve it. Any show that performs that poorly in that highly coveted timeslot on a night that CBS has owned for close to a decade now deserves to get the boot – especially since that is the only reason this no-buzz reject of a show gets any kind of a rating at all. Move it to Friday @8 and let’s see how fast it drops below a 1.0 in the demo …

  • Sky

    @ Lukes – Glee started the season with 18-49 adult demo ratings of 3.1, 2.9, 2.4, 2.6, etc…. and here we are now with a 2.1 last week and a 2.2 this week. So that’s what I meant when I said the ratings have been sliding down throughout the season. Although I do agree with you that they’ve basically stabilized now between 2.0 and 2.2 in demo.

    Anyway, again, the show isn’t in any danger, and it will be back for another season. But fact is the ratings are a far cry from two seasons ago when it was averaging mid-4s in the demo and even last year, when its average was a 3.0 in the demo.

  • Maria

    Nothing to do with last night ratings, but I’ve found this curious to say the least:

    Twitter exchange between maskedscheduler, programmer in chief at FOX, and 2 of his followers:

    @Follower1: “@maskedscheduler if I watch a show more than once during the 3 day period do all viewings count for ratings?”
    @maskedscheduler: “yes”
    @Follower2: “Not in the Nielsen world, last time I checked how their system worked.”
    @maskedscheduler: “check again”

    I thought too that only 1 viewing per person was counted by Nielsen… Who’s right and who’s wrong here?

  • Melissa

    Hmm, Grey’s Anatomy rose two tenths at the half-hour, whereas Person of Interest dropped two tenths.

  • Crystal

    I really enjoyed TBBT last night. Only because I’ve been telling my boyfriend for years to read Harry Potter. I tried to use Leonard reading it as an excuse for my BF to quit hating and read it. I don’t think it worked. ;)

    Vampire Diaries was okay this week. It was an obvious filler episode that really only set up for the episode we all really want to see which is next week. Nutty Professor Shane gets on my nerves and I have a hard time not zoning out when the man is talking. Also did the Tyler/Carloline/Klaus scene seem pointless to anyone else. All characters I love but the whole scene seem misplaced and didn’t fit into the rest of the episode. Not to mention hasn’t it been done before? So far I honestly think this is the weakest season of TVD so far. Then again I loved last season and had such high hopes for Vamp Elena. Maybe I just can’t help but be let down.

    As for American Idol… I haven’t been a consistent fan but I will tune in every now and then. However, I tried watch this season a couple of times and just no. I cannot sit through Nikki Manaj. I never finished either episode I tried to watch this season. AI is done IMO. The Voice is far better and the Judges are far more likable and compatible even with Ego maniac Adam and Diva Christina. I tried watching the X-factor a few times but I just really could never get into it. Something about their set up or something just didn’t work. Oddly though I did think Demi made an excellent Judge even with her age.

  • matt

    For the umpteenth time, Elementary is not a flop, its not getting moved to Fridays.

  • networkman

    I just got finish watching Community’s season premiere episode online, and it was really great. It wasn’t the best episode of the show I’ve ever seen but it was still really enjoyable. This show simply has heart. The cast has such great chemistry with one another. In my opinion, it is stil stronger(quality wise) than all of NBC’s new options.

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