TV Ratings Thursday:'The Big Bang Theory' & 'Glee' Slide, 'Grey's Anatomy' & 'Community' Fall to Series Lows + 'Zero Hour' Has Weak Debut

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February 15th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.3/10 2.7/8 2.3/7 1.5/4 1.5/4 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.9/7 2.2/8 1.6/6 1.3/5 1.2/4 0.7/3
Total Viewers (million) 13.794 8.748 7.565 3.478 3.650 1.856


CBS won the night in adults 18-49 and in Total Viewers.

Please Note: On Valentine’s Day, overall Adult 18-49 primetime TV usage levels were down -6% week to week (34.3 vs. 36.3).

Are these ratings solely the result of a Valentine's Day massacre? Probably not...

On CBS The Big Bang Theory earned a 5.4, down eight tenths from last week's 6.2 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men scored a 3.8, down three tenths from last week's 4.1 adults 18-49 rating. Person of Interest garnered a 3.0, down a single tenth from last week's 3.1 adults 18-49 rating. Elementary was even with last week’s 2.2.

On FOX, American Idol scored a 3.6, down half a ratings point from last week's 4.1. Glee earned a 1.7, also down half a ratings point from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, the premiere of Zero Hour earned a 1.3, the lowest for an ABC in-season scripted premiere ever. Your predictions were about right!  Grey’s Anatomy earned a series-low 2.7, down four tenths from last week's 3.1 adults 18-49 rating. Scandal was even with last week's 2.8 among adults 18-49.

On NBC, Community scored a series low 1.1, down eight tenths from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Parks and Recreation earned a 1.5, down half a ratings point from last week's season high 2.0 adults 18-49. A one-hour The Office garnered a 2.0, down a single tenth from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, The Vampire Diaries earned a 1.0, down a tenth from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. Beauty and the Beast scored a 0.5, also down a tenth from last week's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, February 14, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.4 17 17.63
FOX American Idol 3.6 11 12.33
ABC Zero Hour -P 1.3 4 6.29
NBC Community 1.1 4 2.75
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.0 3 2.31
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 3.8 11 13.74
NBC Parks & Recreation 1.5 5 3.15
9:00PM CBS Person of Interest 3.0 8 14.83
ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.7 7 8.37
NBC The Office (9-10PM) 2.0 6 4.04
FOX Glee 1.7 5 5.16
CW Beauty and the Beast 0.5 1 1.41
10:00 PM ABC Scandal 2.8 8 8.04
CBS Elementary 2.2 6 10.87
NBC Law and Order: SVU -R 1.0 3 3.45


via press note:

* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.8/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.5/7.


* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: > "> The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,> "> 0.7/4; "Late Show," 0.7/4; 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 0.6/4 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) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).


* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.




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  • Oliver

    Wow, look at that Community ratings collapse.

    I blame last week’s creative disaster. Sony and NBC made a huge mistake firing Dan Harmon, which has killed the show stone dead after 3 seasons of passable ratings.

    RIP Community…and NBC’s ratings woes just get worse by the day.

  • leonard

    Scandal haters, please, let me know how you all are

    dealing Scandal giving to ABC the double in viewers

    18-49 than they bet (REVENFLOP) of the season.

    How are you all dealing RevenFLOP being less than

    Desperate Housewives all this season long?

    To help ABC and you guys, here’s a toboggan to decline

    faster the Revenge’s ratings.


  • Max

    SCANDAL ladies and gentleman. SCANDAL.

    At this point, I feel confident in saying lowly REVENGE will never even come close to SCANDAL again and SCANDAL is now ABC’S shining star.

    Keep in mind, I said it was and said it would eventually top REVENGE way back in season one.

    Troll? Idiot? Banal? All the other names you throw at me… well… :)

  • Honey Badger

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  • Holly

    Community fans: This is why the show is in danger. For all the whining over the delays and the fervor over the premiere, half the audience disappears one week later.

    Zero Hour actually did better than I expected. Of course, it’s still dead, but maybe it will get to air all its episodes.

    After making a reasonable case for renewal, Beauty and the Beast is falling down on the job now. If it doesn’t go back up next week, it will be out of the cage match.

    Idol dropping below a 4 is bad… No, it’s not in any danger, but it’s becoming unnoteworthy in the ratings and will no longer save FOX each spring.

  • FabioParme

    Even though Zero Hour’s numbers suck big time, it was still the third programme at 8PM. I don’t know why ABC doesn’t move a stablished show to that timeslot.

  • AcE

    Arrow kicked TVD’s ass, Arrow is officially the #1 show on CW. Sorry girls…

  • feinn

    bad night for cw….arrow beats tvd

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  • Petar Ivanov

    Person of interest rocks. Big time mistake from CBS with post super bowl slot. POI is best scripted and acted crime drama on broadcast tv. And only one hit young drama on CBS. Third season is usually best for hit dramas so will grow and more. POI is only one growing season to season drama on broadcast TV.

    Next season POI could(noy should) be ancho on wednesdays at 8 with NCIS Red at 9 and CM at 10.

  • Juan

    nooo, sad about Grey’s, hopefully it gets adjusted up so that it won’t have a new series low, and since it ran over 2 minutes I’m expecting it, Very happy about Scandal ratings, steady even on Valentine’s day

  • eridapo

    Great tactic Bill. Delayed the numbers to annoy the heck out of Max because u knew he was going to gloat.

  • Shanna

    TVD is getting low there…

  • Bee

    OMG SCANDAL BEAT GREY’S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • forg

    So much for the fan gloating at Wed Finals rating thread that Community last week matched The Middle this week. Anyway, steep drop for Community and it pulled Parks down as well :(

    Solid for the Shonda dramas


  • cromi

    yay Beauty and the beast fell. Go Hart of Dixie

  • feinn

    Beauty and the Flop wil be canceled

  • Derek

    Does anyone else think that NBC should air an hour-long blind auditions on premiere week on Thursday against American Idol? Just like they did back in the fall with The X Factor? It would probably give The Voice some MAJOR bragging rights…

  • Win

    Where are all the BEASTLY #Beasties now?

  • Agnes

    8pm ratings hit hard by Valentines day.
    10pm ratings unchanged.
    Looks like many people got home before 10pm to watch TV – that’s not a good Valentines Day outcome lol

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