Thursday Final Ratings: 'Zero Hour', 'Big Bang Theory', 'Community', 'Idol', 'Elementary' & 'Grey's Anatomy' Adjusted Up; 'Scandal' Adjusted Down

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February 15th, 2013

Community, Zero Hour, American Idol, Grey's Anatomy, Elementary and The Big Bang Theory were each adjusted up a tenth, while Scandal  was adjusted down a tenth  among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Thursday broadcast ratings.

Broadcast primetime final ratings for Thursday:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.5 18 17.89
FOX American Idol 3.7 12 12.59
ABC Zero Hour -P 1.4 4 6.38
NBC Community 1.2 4 2.76
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.0 3 2.31
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 3.8 11 13.69
NBC Parks & Recreation 1.5 5 3.18
9:00PM CBS Person of Interest 3.0 8 14.87
ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.8 8 8.57
NBC The Office (9-10PM) 2.0 6 4.06
FOX Glee 1.7 5 5.13
CW Beauty and the Beast 0.5 1 1.40
10:00 PM ABC Scandal 2.7 8 8.02
CBS Elementary 2.3 7 10.98
NBC Law and Order: SVU -R 0.9 3 3.33

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Trevor Lloyd

    Anything going up against The Big Bang Theory is going to struggle. I read comments on here saying that BBT has poor numbers this week?! Please! Almost 18million viewers with 5.5 houshold. It trashes its competitions every week and will continue to do soin the future.

    Wouldnt worry too much about TVD, should be back up next week.

  • Just

    poor Scandal

    next stop: cancellation

  • JacobYates

    I wonder if elementary was due for a ratings dive but the super bowl saved it

  • Carrie

    I’m proud of POI remaining steady, of course, but I’m more excited about Elementary — YES!!!!

    Yeah, yeah – to you ‘flop-y’ haters, the demo number looks pitiful, but you’ll always have something negative to say no matter what, so whatever to you children. *pats your lil’ brains* It went up a tenth, and rightfully so. This latest episode helped cement Sherlock and Joan’s ‘relationship’ as true partners instead of the usual ‘recovering addict/sober companion’.

    @JacobYates: “I wonder if elementary was due for a ratings dive but the super bowl saved it”

    Actually, no — the storylines, and by extension, word of mouth are all helping in retaining the show’s current viewership. (Yes, the show has gotten better.) There are other social media sites out there that prove the existing fanbase is still happy with the show. If anything, most of us have fallen more in love with it. But it’s a pity that those who really HAVEN’T seen it (or have judged it based on the pilot episode) have written it off as terrible.

  • Ultima

    Only POI has been a real winner for them in the last 3 years.

    2 Broke Girls? Mike & Molly? Hawaii Five-0?

    the new shows they got in the last years were not able to improve or even mantein the numbers of the shows they replaced. As H50 with CSI Miami

    You can’t just look at the previous show’s ratings the previous season. You actually have to take into account that it would have declined.

    Here are the numbers for CSI:Miami on Mondays – 6.8, 7.0, 7.5, 6.4, 5.6, 4.4, 4.0, 3.6

    Had CBS not moved it, CSI: Miami would likely done no better than a 3.2 on Monday in 2010-11. Also, the lead-in for that hour dropped from a 5.3 from The Big Bang Theory to a 3.4 from Mike & Molly. That considered, the 3.0 for Hawaii Five-0 was fine (and it was virtually flat in its second season).

  • Kate

    When TVD was getting 3 million viewers and great reviews before, I don’t see how people can say it’s doing “great”. It’s not anywhere near cancellation (it’s the CW) But it’s not what it used to be. Arrow has beat TVD in viewers quiet a few times, and it is getting bigger. I see a lot of TVD fans not as into as they once were. TVD is getting itself in trouble, they keep pushing the way they have been, they may have to fight for a 6th season.

  • Serial Rocker


    Even the most popular shows lose viewers as the seasons go on. I’m an Arrow fan but I’ll guarantee you that, should it make it to a fifth season, it’ll have shown a similar pattern of viewer attrition by that point.

    The Vampire Diaries may not hold the number one spot on The CW every week anymore, but for a show well into its fourth season, it really is doing just fine.

  • Gorgeous6

    What does the 18-49 share rating mean?

  • Kate

    @Serial Rocker

    I understand views go up and down, but I’ve seen a lot of fans losing interest. Not just from the show, but the plots and poor storylines the past season. Not just shipper related. For the CW, the ratings are still decent, but in general not very well. Hopefully Arrow will keep viewers interest better and not just go for pleasing fans and drama. I’m sorry but the writing has decreased lately, not just me saying that

  • Thiago

    I really don’t know what happens with Americans and their shows!! Here in Brazil, Glee, Supernatural, TVD, they are the most watched ones!!! People don’t care about TBT ou 2/5 Man…

  • Serial Rocker


    Well, the way I see it, the ‘show’ is the ‘plots and storylines’, so losing interest in one is losing interest in the other.

    The thing with any show that is successful enough to go on for more than a season or two is that change is inevitable. The basic premise of any ongoing series has to evolve over time to allow the writers to keep coming up with new directions to take the story in, otherwise the show stagnates. The problem then becomes that there will always be a section of the fanbase that will only accept how things were in the early days. They assume they just don’t like the changes made but in truth any changes whatsoever would have been unacceptable to them. These are the ones that eventually walk away, which is fair enough. No one should waste time watching a show they no longer enjoy.

    But ultimately, the former fans of TVD are no different then those people who didn’t like season two of LOST, or season four of Fringe, or the later seasons of The X-Files. In fact any show that survived long enough to have to reinvent itself. That reinvention almost guarantees that some fans will walk away, unhappy that the show has changed. Just the nature of ongoing television shows I’m afraid.

  • Kate

    @Serial Rocker

    It’s not what they’re doing, it’s the way they’re doing it. The writing isn’t the quality it once was. This season has been pretty similar to S3, just changing the characters around. Everything has huge holes in it, and it seems every episode gets more depressing than the last. It has nothing to do with the show aging. A bunch of shows kept viewers for multiple seasons. Heck some re-runs get better view counts than TVD lately. I’m not trying to be rude about it, but it’s the sad truth. I used to love that show. Shows don’t need to “reinvent” itself, it’s called revolving and sticking to the main storyline. TVD has thrown so much stuff at fans lately, I see very few fans truly happy with it anymore. They’re trying to keep fans and please everyone, and it’s bringing down the quality of the show.

  • Lane


    That’s all subjective, because I know plenty of TVD fans who like this season as much (or even more) than the previous ones. Besides, the ratings for the first half of the season were steady with last year’s (and you have to keep in mind that most serialized shows see drops from year to year). Only the last two or three episodes had slightly lower ratings, but it’s too soon to tell if this is a new trend. We’ll see how the show does in the next few weeks. (Not that it matter too much, considering that it’s already renewed.)

  • CookyMonzta

    @Jay Raskin (Posted February 15, 2013 at 4:35 PM)

    “…The threshold for Fox renewal is probably around 3.5. If the show continues to slip at the rate it has been for the first 5 weeks of season 12, it may slip below the 3.5 threshold and not be renewed for next year. If it is renewed, any further slippage will certainly make next year its last.”

    Damn, Jay! Your observation is even scarier than mine (with regard to its decline in overall viewership, my threshold for retirement being the 1st season viewing average of 12.7M), but it definitely makes sense.

    Wait until they get down to 10 or 9 contenders to see how bad it could get. It was during the results of last year’s final 8 that they hit their all-time low of 3.9. The fact that they are hitting all-time lows NOW makes the possibility for an even lower rating, even as low as the 2s, even more likely, especially if the viewers are not very satisfied with the people who make the final 10/12/13.

  • tv watcher

    Yes I love Scandal 2.7 is better than what most shows do it looks like they have been steady at 2.6 to 2.8. I love POI good numbers also. I usually watch POI and DVR Greys, then switch to Scandal. Greys need to get back to 3’s again and I would love for Scandal to get to 3’s also, whoever said Shonda needs some flowers delivered to her door from ABC is right. She’s on fire. Elementary is a horrible show i tried to watch it, but i find the acting by lucy liu and the other guy just horrible. I don’t see that show ever beating Scandal but i don’t know where else they could put so it will be successful

  • DWW

    I’m confused by the headline…I thought Community dropped this week?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @DWW: these national finals ratings posts note adjustments vs. the preliminary fast national ratings that are posted earlier in the day.

  • gail o´hara

    That i think NBC should issue the remaining episodes do no harm after all it is better to repeat a show debuting another show like SVU

  • JustMe

    anyone who saw the commercials can tell zero hour was going to be doa. abc is lost. years ago they had “daybreak” and had no idea what it was and how to bring it to the people. An excellent 1 season show!

  • Paul

    TVD last episode was amazing!!

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