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.


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    Back on the American Idol front I am the only one completely bored by Mariah Carey. She is very dull and vanilla and looks bored on this show. At least Jennifer Lopez looked like she wanted to be there plus she gave good commentary. Honestly I miss Paula Abdul still. Its crazy to think its been four seasons. Paula IMO was the heart of Idol. She was loopy, crazy but she was so contestant focused. She loved these contestants like nobody’s business and could spot talent a mile away. She was the one who insisted Kelly Clarkson still in the competition and remember she raved and championed Chris Daughtry before anyone. Of all these big names I still miss the original forever my girl Paula Abdul. I find Mariah just dull and I think FOX should replace her with Paula. I think if FOX was smart in a way what they would do is axe the X Factor and do one season with the original trio Randy-Paula-Simon, I bet PEOPLE WOULD TUNE IN.

  • senor chang

    there is one caveat to Community’s rating, though. it airs a Halloween episode next week on Valentine’s Day. that could be an issue.

  • Rebecca

    Happy for the NBC comedies except for 1600 Penn. Last night’s episode wasn’t as good as previous episodes, and I’m prepared for Penn to not get renewed. Community wasn’t working on hulu when I tried earlier, so I watched Office and now Parks but will try Community again later. TBBT was funny.

  • LoveLee

    WOW…what a ride on Scandal last night!

  • Idol

    Aside from Elementary, all CBS shows have beaten Idol in viewership. FML.

  • matt

    Do No Harm, holy crap, cancel it now

  • Ricky

    Woo CBS woo! Is that a new series high for TBBT? I can’t remember but I think the previous high was a 6.0…I could be wrong.

    Too bad for Elementary, though. I wish it could have stayed strong and defeated Scandal. How that show has become such a hit is really beyond me. We Elementary fans must rally, immediately!

  • matt

    Elementary just keeps getting better and better, very underrated show


    sorry i have read all the sherlock holmes books and seen most of the movies. cannot believe watson as beautiful woman.


    Comm/P&R back big for NBC as P&R 2.0 almost ties TO 2.1 but 1600 Penn & DNH remove all lustre for the peacock

    AI down to 4.1 & Glee 2.2 may be cause for alarm for FOX

    ST overkill at ABC doesn’t kill 8:00 & GA/Scan soap up the ratings 9-11

    TVD & BATB about par w/ Avrg for the CW

    As CBS again crushes all competition with another powerful nightly win

  • Ken

    How soon until Do No Harm gets yanked off the air? 0.7 is zombie-level undead territory, even for NBC, especially in the drama format.

  • matt

    “Elementary will be moved to Friday, its last season”

    dude, it got 11+M viewers, so no, its not getting moved

  • Steph

    I couldn’t watch much last night, but Glee was fantastic- Terrific music covers, fun scenes and theatricality ;) And friendship. And Santana finally hits NYC- Wonder how THAT’ll work? Santana roomies w Kurt, Rachel (& Brody)..?

  • steve

    I can see scandal being given the 9pm slot next season. I said cbs wasted the superbowl slot by giving it to elementary

  • James

    What a waste Elementary was after the Super Bowl.


    CBS IMO should move the Mentalist back to Thursdays at 10pm where it did well and put Elementary on Sunday’s at 9pm leading into a new show. Move the Good Wife to Fridays for a final season next year.

  • Wright

    Hopefully TVD adjusts up in the finals.

  • Jenk

    Anybody know why NBC is not reairing Revolution to try to get new fans and keep people interested before the show comes back in March? Long breaks have never been a good thing for this type of show. I think it would make sense to air it Thursday at 10pm rather than air more Do No Harm.

  • matt

    @Ricky don’t worry about elementary and scandal, elementary is doing incredibly well in its 1st season

  • John_M

    Wow – people who were ‘shocked’ and ‘surprised’ by Scandal last night are just not bright or haven’t watched a lot of TV in their lives – everything was predictable – right down to the President killing of Verna

    Narcissists are Narcissists

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