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

    TBBT just crushed Idol in its 8:00 half hour

    TBBT 18.85 million 6.1/18

    American Idol 12.32 million 3.8/11

    What total domination of Idol by TBBT. Wow.

  • alex

    I don’t think people here fight because of the color issue. Stop making false accusation.

  • David Howell

    Cue a lot of “see? You need our shows! Why didn’t you give POI the SB leadout?” emails/phone calls from WB to CBS, I imagine.

    Granted, this was – for reasons impossible to foresee – the worst year ever to get a SB boost for a show. And it’s still well clear of the bear.

    What an amazing momentum shift for Scandal though. It barely survived last season, now it’s nearly ABC’s #1 drama! Is that a series high for the show?

  • Bookworm

    Nashville has two Golden Globes nominees but we see how those ratings look.

    For the record, Grey did not run two minutes over the hour. Scandal started at 10pm last night.

  • senor chang

    NBC has to pull Do No Harm at this point. they were literally one-tenth away from tying for lowest-rated of the night. with freaking Beauty and the Beast.

  • Community

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!! SIX SEASONS AND A MOTHA F****** MOVIE!!!!!!

  • beegun

    I hope NBC airs all episodes of Do No Harm. It’s such a FUN show.:(

    The 2nd episode was better than the pilot.

  • Idol

    I think The Office will beat Glee next week.

  • eridapo

    Halves (per Marc Berman)

    AI 3.8 12.32/ 4.4 13.99/
    Glee 2.5 6.82/ 2.0 5.31

    TVD 1.1 2.53/ 1.1 2.47
    BatB .6 1.61/ .5 1.42

    GREYS 3.0 8.73/ 3.2 8.91
    Scandal 2.8 7.99/ 2.6 8.00

    POI 3.3 15.28/ 3.1 15.04
    Elemen 2.4 11.56/ 2.2 10.48

    Do No Harm .7 2.22/ .6 2.14

  • Martin

    Knew it, BATB is just gonna keep going down like The Secret Circle and Ringer did last year and Emily Owens,M.D. just stayed steady all along or even grew, demo wasn’t great but its last ever episode :( had same viewer total as BATB.

    NBC from 9.30 onwards sucks, Community and Parks and Rec did really well, especially for NBC, against American Idol and the CBS comedies.

  • senor chang

    fill the slot with reruns of Rock Center/Grimm/Revolution instead. holding onto a dead show walking won’t do any good.

    (talking from a ratings standpoint, obviously. I liked the pilot but didn’t bother watching the second ep once I saw the ratings)

  • Stuart

    @Gerry I was just trying to figure out what NBC’s press release would say later today. I understand that Do No Harm airs on NBC…

  • feinn

    If you think ratings are bad today, wait to next week , Valentine’s day depressed ratings

  • jack for The Big Bang Theory


  • Mary

    And I thought BatB last night was really good! I’m glad there was some action this time, and I’m so glad the “other woman” is gone. I think Vince and Cat have so much chemistry and I’m glad she laid it on the line like I’m not going to be a second choice. Love it!

  • Win

    Hope Scandal isn’t adjusted down. I do hope BatB is. Only to put those crazy show bashing stans in their place.

  • danny94

    Great Ratings For Scandal, But i have seen the show and it is Awful. Good Ratings Dosnt mean a good show. Look At Nashville this years best new show and it cant even get a 2.0!!!

  • John A

    Whats with all Elementary being a flop nonsense? 2.3 is good for a 10pm show.

  • CrimTV

    I don’t see how Glee did so bad.

    Last week:

    American Idol – 4.5
    Glee – 2.1

    This week:

    American Idol – 4.1
    Glee – 2.2

  • Markitos

    I’m so happy for Parks and Rec, Grey’s & Scandal :D Good for Community!

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