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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
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8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 3.8 11 13.69
NBC Parks & Recreation 1.5 5 3.18
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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
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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

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

 
  • lll

    CrimTV
    I don’t believe anyone is criticizing Elementary’s stable ratings (if they are they’re crazy). Any other show wishes they could touch those ratings. What they are criticizing is that those ratings should be higher considering the following:
    1. They hyped up the show all summer long, making it a companion to Person of Interest.
    2. It is not up against stiff competition; less competitive timeslot.
    3. It was granted a Super Bowl slot that should have pushed them to Person of Interest numbers or higher.
    This was one of CBS ‘chosen favorites.’ It’s not a failure, but it’s far from a success.

  • networkman

    @Ultima, The season/series finale of The Mentalist would be two hours. I feel it could work with the two show sharing a timeslot if The Mentalist ended in mid February. Then when Good Wife premieres it would have close to 3 months to air 13 episodes. I would also make its series finale 2 hours.

    CBS has too many aging shows. And I simply see a collapse if they are not more daring next season. And that means moving alot of their older shows around to prepare for when they are eventually cancelled/ends. This means CSI no longer will be able to air out of Criminal Minds. NCIS:LA has to move away from NCIS to help launch another show. Besides the move of H50 to help improve the Tuesday @10pm slot and Elementary not being strong enough to stay on Thursday, the remaining schedule is stable.

  • Mark3

    ZERO HOUR IS THE BEST NEW SHOW IVE SEEN IN YEARS!

  • Tom

    @Amanda Re: “Can someone break it down how Valentine’s Day doesn’t affect ratings for tv series like TVD and BATB…. ”

    Because Valentine’s Day floral arrangements for Beasties are traditionally made from Wallflowers.

  • Martin

    @Ultima

    I think it could work, considering all the pre-emptions.

    My idea for that would be in the fall have TBBT repeats or part repeats in the 9pm hour for whatever bit of the hour the sure to be football overruns don’t take over.

    So for instance: football finishes at 9.38pm, show part of TBBT repeat until 10pm and then have the shows like that.

    It would stop the different start times every week for the shows, think that could work best.

  • Jay Raskin

    American Idol’s 3.7 in the 18-49 demo is its lowest rating ever in that demo. Added all together, “American Idol” is averaging 4.9 over its first 10 episodes.

    This would be terrific for any other show, but consider that “American Idol” does not repeat. Let us presume that a show gets a 3.4 on its first showing and a 1.7 on its second showing. Costs for repeating the show is negligible, but the ad revenue is the same as if the show had gotten a 5.1 on a single showing. For Fox, Idol’s 4.9 is the equivalent of a 3.3-3.4 for a one hour dramatic or comedy series which can be repeated. A 3.7 rating on American Idol is equivalent to a 2.4 for a repeatable show.

    X Factor had a 3.0 rating for the 18-49 demo in Season 2 and barely got renewed. American Idol is a much more expensive show to produce with star salaries alone costing a reported $56-57 million or nearly $3 million per week.

    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.

  • DaxJackson

    haha Glee, deservedly so as well. What a horrid episode it was. I think I am just hate-watching the show now.. The show is utter trash now.

  • CrystalFissure

    Damn it, Community. Damn.

    I guess you could either blame it on three things: People not liking the premiere and going to TBBT (which is outright disgusting, that show is not consistent or even humorous), people not liking the Halloween theme later in the year, or that a new show premiered.

    We’ll see next week how it will really go.

  • Dan W

    Put Community out of its misery NOW! NBC is a comedy disaster and I have no idea which shows they will keep, but I say Community needs to be on its way out. While the other comedies have been solely dropping, Community dropped a ton between the last episode and this new one. Time for NBC to clean house. I think it makes more sense to try to save a new comedy like Go On or The New Normal rather than give Community one more season. I say cancel Community and Guys With Kids, keep Go On, The New Normal, and Whitney.

    Now that the mystery involving the president’s shooting on Scandal is over, I suspect that the ratings will continue to drop sadly unless they can keep the momentum of the first half of the season going.

  • Ultima

    @Networkman
    CBS has too many aging shows. And I simply see a collapse if they are not more daring next season.

    Being daring and different doesn’t necessarily lead to success.

    If they’re programs are aging, shouldn’t they be spending their advertising resources promoting new shows instead of informing everyone where their older shows have moved to?

  • Ultima

    *their

    Wow, I suck today. :(

  • Ultima

    @Martin
    My idea for that would be in the fall have TBBT repeats or part repeats in the 9pm hour for whatever bit of the hour the sure to be football overruns don’t take over.

    There’s simply no way this is going to happen. I don’t know why people think this is something that needs to be fixed. CBS doesn’t think it does.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @networkman

    Congratulation. You win award worst schedule of the year. And CBS go to bankruptcy.

    @CBS needs at least 7 new shows.

    Yep. I say 20 new shows. And cancel POI and NCIS. Not good. TBBT too.

  • Shepherd

    @Martin

    “So for instance: football finishes at 9.38pm, show part of TBBT repeat until 10pm and then have the shows like that. It would stop the different start times every week for the shows, think that could work best.”

    I admit that I normally laugh at all of the ‘fantasy schedules’ and especially all of the top notch advise people seem to have for the network executives these days, but that is probably the silliest thing that I’ve ever heard. You do realize that they are only contracted for a limited number of repeats per episode, right? Assuming that they were actually allowed to do this, why would they waste a repeat on a partial airing? what happens when the game ends at 9:43? 9:51? Maybe they could just show half the episode one week, and show the second half the next? I can’t speak for Theory fans everywhere, but I know the ones on this site would be up in arms grabbing pitch forks and torches!

  • Ultima

    @Martin
    It would stop the different start times every week for the shows, think that could work best.

    No, it wouldn’t. They’re still going to have overruns for regional late games in some eastern/central time zone markets every week.

    Also, they would have to only air the 9pm drama ~18 times a season, to go along with 22-24 for the 10pm (or if vice versa if they simply repeat the 10pm drama on doubleheader nights). That’s a long way away from the 22+18+13 that Networkman suggested.

  • Ultima

    I’m still waiting for someone to explain to me how 18 episodes of a drama and some repeats is better for CBS (and the production company) than 22 episodes of a drama with four or five of them getting subpar ratings due to airing mostly outside of primetime.

    If you can’t answer this question, then you’re simply proposing a fix to a problem for which you can’t even explain why it is a problem and why it needs a solution.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Ultima
    There’s simply no way this is going to happen.

    Well may be people will start to think(they will not die from this) before write. That is why i start posting some of the networks execurives comments so they can be more realistic in their expectations. Unfortunately result is not good. Not at all.

  • alvar

    I am so happy that Zero Hour tanked, ABC got what they deserved after the way they have treated some of their shows this year. I know not to sample new ABC shows until I know that they are safe from cancellation.

  • Kangarookeeper

    The Voice > American Idol

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Ultima
    @part 1 Also, CBS isn’t known for shuffle shows all over the schedule. They’re finally #1 for the first time in forever, why would they make big changes now?

    @part 2 they’re programs are aging, shouldn’t they be spending their advertising resources promoting new shows instead of informing everyone where their older shows have moved to?

    ME:
    to the first part – because Les Moonves say so…..or not?(Ratings are so strong for the network’s current programs that “we aren’t going to need very much” for the fall primetime lineup. “my guess is there aren’t going to be a lot of new shows” )

    for part 2 No they should stop be so conservative and start moving shows around and premiere more new shows like…..nbc. Look how good they are.

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