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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  • BigBrotherFan


    Sure everything was predictable but it’s still a heck a lot of fun! :)(ABOUT SCANDAL)


    Give me a break, okay? DO YOU HONESTLY THINK FOX IS HAPPY WITH THOSE NUMBERS? Is that EVEN a 40% rentention out of idol. PATHETIC! GLEE NEEDS TO GO! FLASH IN PAN=DONE AS OF 2011! END!

  • Brian J

    @Petar Ivanov:

    The problem was that CBS didn’t allow for two birds to be killed with one stone: it could have put “POI” after the Superbowl, hopefully to grow its viewership, which would have benefited “Elementary,” but it didn’t choose to do that. I wonder why.

  • American

    I think those Best Buy commercials helped P&R…lol

  • gerry

    its really getting tired with everyone on this damn page referring to scandal as max’ show and or congratulating him because scandal is doing well. why? because he likes it? i like it as well. i’ve watched it from the beginning. so have alot of people. its doing well, or not doing well, has nothing to do with a troll on the net. srsly, get a grip y’all.

  • aciel

    revenge got those ratings because of a big football game so it should go back to its normal ratings. u could finish celebrating by monday and plus revenge has some intense trailers so that should draw viewers in. and people dont get me wrong i love scandal but i just want max to stop with his ridicoulous bashing

  • TeeVeeViewer

    I watched “Community” last night, more out of curiosity than anything else, just to see if it was funnier after its hiatus. It wasn’t and I didn’t laugh once. It’s time to put this corpse of a show out of its misery.

  • senor chang

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

    this is actually an interesting idea. the upside is you get more interest, likely better ratings short-term, and the lineup just looks sturdier. the downside is that you’re alienating viewers by yanking a new show (two shows, probably, since DNH is just dead at this point) off the air.

  • Charmed

    I think B&TB will be canceled and HOD and TCD will be renewed after this.

  • ethan

    Yea COMMUNITY!!! lol at do no harm, thats pathetic.

  • gerry

    @ charmed – agreed.

    speaking of batb, where are allthat show’s supporters? they were out in droves the other day. scary…..

  • Melissa

    Yay everything’s good!

  • Conor

    Wow, I really didn’t laugh as much as I’d hoped I would at Community last night. Sepinwall is right about it ‘trying too hard’ to be like its quirky former self but it was still a funny sitcom. I hope it picks up and the numbers hold.

  • caroline

    Does anyone have the number for each quarter for the 9-10 hour ?

  • aciel

    has anyone noticed that anytime max mentions scandal he also states his hatred for revenge sometimes i wonder if he even watches scandal.

  • carl

    If Zero Hour don’t work out, Shonda should create another show for ABC air at that timeslot.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @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.

    To grow more of course. Hit dramas are growing 3 seasons – premiere one, second and third season and after that start decline.(sometimes syndication help a litle bit but mostly that is the rule) And as much drama grow and after that stay stable more longer life will have.

  • David Howell

    I think that CBS were just trying to go all-in on making Elementary their next big procedural syndication franchise, which seeing as they own all of it makes sense.

    But even half of POI is big for them at this rate.

    Of course, POI wouldn’t have got that much traction out of a post-prime airing – which CBS couldn’t help. But it’s interesting that CBS didn’t sprint through the postgame. You’d expect them to in that spot.

  • TomZ

    I don’t understand why so many people watch the big bang theory? It’s not that funny, maybe the first and the second season, but now…
    Good for community against a 6.1! And I don’t understand why NBC put community at 8, after 4 years didn’t they learned that there community can’t do good ratings? Maybe on Tuesday or on Wednesday could do better raatings… #sixseasonsandamovie :)

  • matt

    I just laugh at people calling Elementary a flop. Dramas in their 1st season would kill for those ratings….heck, Smash would kill and then some, lol

  • Lukes

    Pretty good numbers in general.

    Interesting that Glee managed to have good numbers even if Idol got lower.
    Big Bang a monster as usual, as well as Scandal (I still wonder where this huge increase since the beginning of the season comes from).

    Do no harm is more than dead, it’s already buried, 1600 Penn will follow him soon and Beauty and the beast does not look good either.

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