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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  • Sam


    Valentines Day has little impact on ratings. It’s no excuse for TVD’s 1.0.
    You could say that heavy competition from TBBT and American Idol impacted on the shows ratings, that would have been a much more plausible excuse.

  • Lukes

    s. Valentina alone is perhaps not the cause (or not the only one) of these numbers, but it’s a fact that every show of the evening fell and in some cases fell pretty badly (with the exception of Scandal which went even).

    If not S.V., there must have been something.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @actually I’ve noticed a lot much more GA/Scandal rivalry today.
    hardly any GA/POI talk.

    I doubt that she/he even read pages before writting.

    @Richard Steven Hack
    For once to be on one opinion.

  • JacobYates

    Poor NBC. They can’t catch a break comedy wise.

  • Charmed

    Does anyone have the half hours for BATB?

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Clarke who saod:
    Glee is doing terribly. The show would be at a 1.5 or lower without AI helping it.

    Still need one more season for syndication. But without idol glee is dead.

    I guess glee or the following will take sunday fox slot next season. May be both.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Nope. No halfs today. sorry.

  • SCANDALous

    Apparently, in two weeks on 2/28, SCANDAL will air a special episode at 9 PM. Maybe a test to move it next season?

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Jade: “I’m not even a huge fan of the show and even im getting tired of it.”

    Uhm, I’m not sure you just said what you thought you said… :-)

    As for the story line, I have to admit that it’s not as interesting as previous seasons, although the character of Silas might be cool IF it ever happens. I’m not sure it will, however. With the cure’s purpose being precisely putting him down, my guess is none of the other characters get the cure, and he gets put down. With The Originals pilot being episode twenty, we don’t see Silas being a major story line, so my guess is that’s how it goes: we never even really SEE this character in action.

    So everything goes back to the status quo before Shane and Silas were introduced. There might be some back and forth over Bonnie and her “expression” power, and that’s it. End of story line.

    Which makes all the lead-in not only slow but irrelevant. An unsatisfying conclusion.

    I hope I’m wrong, but I may not be.

  • Skylar James

    @Ashton: since when is Castle the leading drama on ABC?

  • carla

    How many weeks in a row is it that POI has beaten Grey’s? POI just goes from strength to strength. This is intelligent, exciting, engaging TV for sure.

  • chris23

    Greys will probably adjust up to a 2.8 and Scandal will adjust down to a 2.7.. If not good for Scandal..

    Why not mention in the posting title of the Thursday Ratings that Scandal ties highs and for first time grows out of Greys.. That is after all the biggest news of last nights ratings.. We all knew all the shows were going to “slide”.. These slides are expected when new shows air on Halloween, Thanksgiving eve, Valentines Day, non holidays when awards shows are on or special sportscast events…

    Beauty and the Beast is all over the place this winter. Although I have a feeling it will go back up to a 0.6. Vampire Diaries will go back up next week. I root for Arrow, Supernatural and VD to get decent ratings even though I don’t watch all of them. So why do a lot of people brag that Arrow beat or Supernatural tied when VD aired on a stronger night that is a holiday known for dragging ratings down from all shows? I for one am glad all 3 shows broke 1.0 this week!

    American Idol will be hitting 2’s.. I bet fox is regretting dishing out the $18 Mil for Mariah and $10 Mil for Nikki Minaj. Not the Powerhouse this used to be. Sure it could be worse but still with all the money they put into reinventing this show with these 2 divas not to mention what they must pay ryan and randy..

    BBT held up nicely despite dropping, Point Of Interest still doing good. 2 Men didn’t suffer that much considering BBT lost a good amount of demo. Elementary is blah but could be a lot worse too.

    Overall, most shows are down due to the holiday of love, I guess we’ll see if a lot of these shows rebound back to normal.

  • Michael

    TVD will bounce back next week.

  • boonies

    POI ROCKS!! For those newbies considering getting started on it, PLEASE rent or buy Season 1 and start there. Every episode is great, but it really has a lot of ongoing background arcs and can be frustrating if you don’t know the history. Of course, everyone can jump in also, but I think it might be a little frustrating to jump into it in the middle. Once you’re hooked, though, you’re hooked for good!

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Apparently, in two weeks on 2/28, SCANDAL will air a special episode at 9 PM. Maybe a test to move it next season?

    As i said abc are smarter than CBS. They will use oscars to boost their young and hot drama and will air it when POI and all cbs line up is off to see how will perform. Only watch how heavy they will advertise scandal. Like they do this from the begining. If cbs spend on POI half of the money and resources that abc spend on scandal POI will be on NCIS levels yet. Still next season will be.

  • hanp

    I still think VD has a lot to do with big drop this week. I expect a spike in DVR usage.

  • chris23

    @Ashton. Not to be mean but you need to see an optometrist if you think Scandal is “NOW” the #2 ABC Drama following #1 Castle.. How is Castle #1? I have no disrespect for any show but saying Castle is 1st, well thats like saying 90210 won 9 PM timeslot on Monday Night against strong competition. See how stupid that sounded?

    With that said I know Castle will be back as well as Scandal but Castle isn’t even the #2 or #3 drama for the network. It is barely beating Nashville.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Buy DVDs. WB are greedy and they will not give POI until not sale it for syndication. Hope will sale it until May and than they can put it even on netflix or somewhere else.

  • kennya

    i have a feeling that abc will make a stupid move and put sxandal somewhere else. like putting it at 9pm or something. i really hope it stays there. the revenge move to sunday wasn’t a very good idea…

  • John A

    Lol Revenge fans are so annoyed Scandal didnt drop. It even beat its lead in at 10pm thats impressive. Im not a fan of Scandal its doing really well.

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