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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  • GXSky

    shame on Do No Harm. i’m actually like the show (haha)
    what a waste “post Super-Bowl” slot foe Elementary! this disaster show (because Jonny Lee Miller makes Sherlock Holmes look stupid and freaking annoying) likely will survive this year but not next season.

  • bluejays

    Wow – Elementary got a huuuuuge post Superbowl boost. Not.

    Genuine wow at Scandal. A sure fire, growing hit. A rarity these days and at ten especially.

    TBBT is ridiculously huge. And AI is not anymore but its still a big hit.

    Glad to see Greys up a tad. I hope it adjusts up in the finals.

  • Jaime04

    @CrimTV – You are correct, Glee did better over last week.

    Ignore @Big Brother is delusional – Glee will be renewed.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Big time mistake from CBS. POI without post super bowl slot and with zero promotion during super bowl is again #2 broadcast drama and #2 CBS drama only behind NCIS. THey should imagine what will be with proper atvertising on POI or heavy promotion like abc-scandal or fox-the following.

    Its so hot and so good. Shame for them.

  • Mayans

    The Voice episode #5 last season had a 4.7 rating while Idol has a 4.4
    The Voice episode #6 last season had a 4.4 rating while Idol has a 4.1


  • aciel

    dont u think that the revenge bashing is getting a little old, okay your show did great and its finally getting the promotion it deserves but can u just stop with the revenge bashing now that u got what u want geez grow and sometimes i wonder if u even watch scandal or if u just hate revenge so much. i never seen someone have as much hatred for a show as u, its just a show, are u just obessesed with or do u hate it so much. im a fan of both revenge and scandal their both pretty good shows.

  • steve

    @matt amount of viewers mean Nothing its all about the demo and that demo says Friday night next season so they don’t have to cancel all there new shows

  • John_M

    There are many things that fascinate me when I read these blog comments

    1. This blog is quite behind the times and still has no quality ‘reply’ functionality – that’s just sad

    2. People taking glee in one show doing bad or another doing well – people who think others ‘hate’ their shows

    3. People STILL not understanding how the ratings work even after reading this blog for a while

    4. People care so much about a tv show like it matters – I just enjoy poking bears

  • Dan

    Holy S*** Community. Wow, if it holds up it may actually get renewed for a fifth season.

  • XXX

    Floppy and the Flop down, again.

  • Mike

    It would be nice, symbolically, for NBC if Parks & Rec could top The Office one of the weeks. A “changing of the guard” moment.

  • Mon

    Oh, how times have changed! Two years ago, you would hear “TBBT did well against Idol.” Now it’s “Idol did well against TBBT.” Kudos The Big Bang Theory!

    Elementary did okay. But CBS must have been expecting at least high2s, right? At this rate, I can’t see Elementary reaching season 3 unless it moves to Friday after season 2. Too bad, I would like this show to succeed for Lucy Liu. She’s beautiful and awesome.

  • Petar Ivanov

    ps I have nothing against Elementary. Its good show. Just not the hit that deserve SB slot in my opinion. But Elementary fans should be happy will be renew 100%. Its save.

  • Brian J

    “Parks” is almost certainly getting another season. There’s pretty much no reason not to renew it now, considering it is doing kind of well, especially by NBC standards. What might the reason for this be? Is it…gasp..actually growing relative to what it’s been doing this season?

    Also, depending on how “Community” holds up, it, too, might get another, final season…unless NBC really decides to clean house.

    Also, DAMN at “TBBT.” It’s really slapping “AI” around. And good for ABC and Scandal.

  • João Paulo

    TBBT is very high :D
    POI rules

  • Dan

    1600 Penn and Do No Harm are both dead soon but still wow at Community.

  • John_M

    Big time mistake from CBS. POI without post super bowl slot and with zero promotion during super bowl is again #2 broadcast drama and #2 CBS drama only behind NCIS

    The mistake is airing something that is ‘already’ a hit after the super bowl – it’s a large audience you should try to capitalize on with shows that could use a boost – your logic is flawed. If POI is already ‘a hit’ on CBS – why use it after the super bowl when other shows need it more.

  • cas

    Exactly on point that Revenge is going against the Grammy’s, therefore, when it does hit a low, it is because of that. Get over it, as both shows can be renewed.
    On a different note, why would ABC put new shows on a night when the Grammy’s are on?

  • Mr Mumble

    The silence from the Community haters is deafening :D

    NBC should just air ‘classic’ episodes of “The Office” as a ‘tribute’ to the shows’ ‘historic’ run in place of 1600 Penn.

    @Billy, I see what you’re saying about 1.8s being celebrated but the 8pm timeslot is where CBS, Fox and CW are running their no.1 programming in.

  • Sarah

    I’m sorry, but I hope Glee gets adjusted down.

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