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.


NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • Valcum
  • MichaelChickless

    @Petar Ivanov RE: Upfronts

    Third week of May?

  • Petar Ivanov



  • Billy

    The Big Bang Theory adjusted up to a 6.2 in the final ratings !

  • RandyL


  • Max Vrany

    @Maria, Nielsen changed how multiple DVR viewings count not too long ago. Multiple views used to only count once, now multiple views count multiple times.

  • CrimTV


    TBH no offence but The Good Wife doesn’t deserve a final season, I mean it had a 1.5 on Sunday and yes it may win awards but it hasn’t got a syndication deal yet!

  • Maria

    @Max Vrany

    Thanks! :-)

  • CrimTV


    “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.”

    If 2 Broke Girls or TBBT aired after the Super Bowl it probably wouldn’t have gained much BECAUSE they are already high in ratings as it is. If Elementary/Glee etc failed to earn new viewers after the Super Bowl then it doesn’t mean that higher rated ones will!!

    Also, shouldn’t NBC just air Revolution repeats at 10pm to get new viewers?

  • Derrick

    I didnt like scandal last night. Fitz’s was one of TV’s best Tragic heroes (good guy with one major flaw, cheating, that will lead to his down fall), but now that he killed Verna, thats over with.

    and what is up with the Revenge vs Scandal thing ???

  • Dan

    @Mando – Community’s characters dont have to graduate this season. The season is 13 episodes long. This season could cover the first half of the character’s senior year and a fifth season could cover the second half. Problem solved.

    The show was originally supposed to be called Community College however Dan Harmon argued against it because while the show’s premise is set at a college, he stated that the show was more about the characters forming their own Community and didn’t necessarily have to have them keep going to school should the series last beyond Season 4.

  • Afia

    Love Scandal! Keep it up!

  • Beauty and the flop eaten by the bear

    Beauty and the Flop down again LMAO. The Carrie Diaries beat it! And HOD is on par with this flop, without a good lead-in as TVD. Excited for more flopping and the cancellation of this pathetic show LOL.

  • Alex

    @jason #preach It’s sad because it’s 2013 not 1968, and people still can’t deal with race!lmbo u mad, haha!

  • Cara

    All the CBS shows did well!

  • vince

    did anyone notice that Arrow-Spn’s night beat TVD-TBATB’s night ? WOW!

  • JRG

    So, do you have any history on how post Superbowl shows have fared? Pre vs post ratings?

    Also, the Scandal and Revenge fans are the new crazies. TVBTN has got to be loving them.

  • jess

    glad to see tvd down. it’s terrible lately. this delena and sire bond crap needs to go.

  • Amanda

    What’s with some people going out of their way to bash BATB and its fans?

    Seriously, calling out it’s fans for not posting anything in regards to it in the middle of the afternoon as though us BATB fans don’t have work/school to tend to? It’s overwhelmingly weird. O_O

    Anyway, I’m sad for the numbers and next week it’s not going to be easy either with it being V-Day!

    But here’s to hoping!

  • Hugh

    Wow what a huge boost for Elementary, all thanks to the Superbowl!

    What a flop. They should have aired PoI post SB.

    Kimmel 1.0! Congrats

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