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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  • Billy

    So sad the state of NBC that everyone is delighted with a 1.8 for Community. Really too bad how far this network has fallen.

  • Snoot



    Revenge has made what Scandal is making on the demo lots of TIMES, with The Walking Dead airing


  • Dillan

    And B&TB has gone back to being likely canceled with a 0.6 from its huge lead in.

  • Adam

    Grey’s Antaomy (of the 3.1) runs two minutes into the 10 oclock hour.
    Actually, ABC didn’t do the overrun last night, ending Grey’s and starting Scandal right at 10.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Looks like CBS lame attempt to make Elementry stick failed pretty bad. Heads must be rolling today.

    Holy GREAT for Parks!!!! (Season High?)! Thats awesome! love this show.

    HA! I was dead on with my prediction on DO NOT HARM. DEAD ON. 2 FOR 2 Thanks to my prediction for SMASH haha

    Cancelation coming in 3….2…..1….

    Glee continues to make a great ARGUMENT for it’s impending cancelation. lol

    SCANDAL! AWESOME! AMAZING! LOVE THIS SHOW (NOT MORE THAN NASHVILLE OR THE FOLLOWING) But damn great entertainment non-the-less. Look foward to Thursday now! I am truly liking Fitz now. A whole new demension to his otherwise dim, passive, controlled person before. Great episode! Its only gonna go up from here

    …I guess congrats are in order to @MAX here. lol

    …I would also like to add I was DEAD ON with my prediction for 1600 PENN…wow! I’m good at this.

  • Flame

    Like I said yesterday, if Idol loses much 2.5 Men has a fighting chance. Most likely it will lose to Idol by 0.1 after adjustments, but a preliminary tie is a great effort. And TBBT distancing Idol by 2 whole rating points? WHOA!

    Elsewhere, Do no Harm did no harm again and Elementary did not get much boost from the Superbowl, but that was pretty much expected. The show will still be renewed.

  • HalCapone

    Elementary will be moved to Fridays next year, it’s final year.

  • Jenk

    NBC was trying to push all their new comedies and could care less about Community. Well now Community looks like it’s going to pull better numbers than the new comedies. It is like Chuck all over again. The network hates it, but the show has a solid fan base and is getting better ratings than most of the comedies. SIX SEASONS AND A MOVIE!!!

  • Ram510

    YES SCANDAL!!!!! Not a 3.0 yet but a new high!!! So happy and it was an excellent episode, can’t wait for next week

  • Billy

    CBS has to be really unhappy that Elementary only got a .1 bump from its Super Bowl showing.

  • Win

    Hmm…when TVD falls, BatB falls…
    & it got beat by the TCD.
    Shame on it, Hod, and 90210 for getting beat by that garbage. Just shame.

  • tom

    where are all the people who said bbt only hit 6s when they had no competition?

  • SarahL

    Scandal sustaining its gains is very impressive. It has finally built its audience. ABC must be thrilled. Good to see Grey’s rebound, but I was bored by last night’s episode and turned to Person of Interest for the first time ever. TBBT is a monster.


    OMG Scandel last night blew my mind. This is the best show on TV by a mile. I hope Shonda, Kerry and everyone involved are nominated. I swear I never was so engrossed by an hour of TV. Is this not the BEST SHOW ON TV? It has me riveted like no other show. Please ABC I don’t just want a third season, I want a fourth, fifth and sixth as well. Its crazy how this show premiered so late was so on the bubble. ABC renewed this one over GCB. ABC made the right choice. Shonda Rhimes you have A HOT SHOW SIZZLING.

    American Idol did well against Big Bang Theory. Those ratings are still strong against the juggernaut. It still did in the early 4’s in the ratings. Honestly if I were FOX I would move Idol back to Tuesday-Wednesday next year to avoid the BBT monster.

  • Max Vrany

    18-49 Halves:
    Idol: 3.8/4.4
    TVD: 1.1/1.1

    GA: 3.0/3.2
    POI: 3.3/3.1
    Glee: 2.5/2.0
    BATB: 0.6/0.5

    Scandal: 2.8/2.6
    Elementary: 2.4/2.2
    DNH: 0.7/0.6

  • gerry

    @ stuart

    do no harm isn’t on the cw. its on nbc. so it doesn’t matter.

    ‘if its and buts were candy and nuts, we’d all have a merry christmas’

  • Tom


    American Idol 3.8/4.4
    Shark Tank – R 1.2/1.4
    The Vampire Diaries 1.1/1.1
    Person Of Interest 3.3/3.1
    Grey’s Anatomy 3.0/3.2
    Glee 2.5/2.0
    Beauty And The Beast 0.6/0.5
    Scandal 2.8/2.6
    Elementary 2.4/2.2
    Do No Harm 0.7/ 0.6

  • Ali

    Here is one person who doesnt care what Max thinks. Both Scandal and Revenge will be renewed so I dont give a toss.

  • Just

    Scandal has yet to hit Revenge’s series high, even with low competition


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