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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  • KS


    I didn’t watch the latest episode of Arrow, but I think its getting boring. It doesn’t have the necessary action required for a superhero show and all it has is ridiculous love triangles that bore the hell out of me. I can’t bear Oliver’s sister, Laurel and her A-hole boy friend on the show anymore. Is it too much to ask for characters, that shows maturity something more than an adolescent undergoing puberty?

    I guess I will reserve the episodes till the end of the year.

  • POIFanatic

    I never thought I’d see the day that TVD and SPN get the same ratings. I am proud of my little show. The tortoise is now neck and neck with the hare.

    And that episode of Arrow deserved to be CW’s #1 program this week. It was one of the best episodes of any TV show I watched this year.

    BTW, as you can tell I’m a girl and I watch SPN and Arrow, not TVD or B&tB. Gender has nothing to do with your taste in TV shows so don’t think this is a victory for the guys. ;)

    Agree. Gender has nothing to do with it. I’m a guy who never backs down from a fight and I can handle myself easily and I actually like Grey’s and stopped watching Arrow early on (plan to marathon it after the season ends. Didn’t really want to keep up with it every week). Supernatural is like the holy grail of tv shows for me. And all these comments from idiotic posters makes me want to never read/respond to the comments (I adhered to that for nearly 2 months now before this week when I finally started commenting again).

  • DaxJackson

    Knew this would happen to Community, the premier was terrible. I brought in the Hunger Games fans, but gave them no reason to stick around. Second episode was much better but who cares. Goodbye Community. ’twas nice knowing you.

  • DW

    throw v day out , all these shows tanked. they will all be gone and replaced with zombie shows. with orders for 30 episodes for 20 years. :)

  • Rob R

    Shocked by the collapse of “Community” and “Glee,” which was heavily promoted. I liked the season premiere of “Community” last week and didn’t notice a change in quality.

    I am glad I dont care anything about “Revenge” or “Scandal.” Both shows sound like giant flames that burn brightly but then churn through all their story and are left depleted quickly.

  • Tony ^_^

    “Community” and “Glee”… Awful numbers for both. Especially “Glee”, which is probably barely breaking even (it must be expensive and its first two seasons brought in a lot of money due to sales).

    “Zero Hour” did worse than I thought it would.

    “American Idol” has collapsed and its barely February. But I don’t think “The Voice” is going to beat it this season.

  • Nicole

    Poor ” The Beauty and the Beast”will not go so far …… Yes! 0,5/1.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    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.”

    No, you just hate Revenge – or worse, you don’t care about any show, you just like annoying people here a la Max.

    I’m beginning to wonder if you’re a Max sock puppet.

  • PixieLavender

    @Amy is Kevin Williamson not writing anymore or is he not involved as much anymore? Cause I know he created The Following but I don’t know how much involvement he has in that, i.e writing wise. I think Julie Plec is ruining the show tbh :(

  • heba

    revenge haters include
    4)john A
    these people need to get a life

  • Tim


    Person of Interest – Excelente. YEAAAAAA
    Greys – Jajajaja
    Scandal – Great
    Zero Hour – FLOP

    @Max Scandal in season 1 would make a 1.9 and 2.1 and you wouldn’t even comment! So Revenge and Scandal have had their highs and lows. Period

  • heba

    @johon A
    r u maxs twin brother because both of u seem to hate revenge so much

  • DrgonBall Z

    I know that community will probably get canceled, but it’s not fair that

  • Richard Steven Hack

    KS: “I didn’t watch the latest episode of Arrow, but I think its getting boring. It doesn’t have the necessary action required for a superhero show”

    It has a fair amount of action each week. I guess it could stand to have some more. This week, however, they had quite a bit.

    “I can’t bear Oliver’s sister”

    I too find Thea to be the least interesting character. They could have done without her completely. She serves next to no purpose on the show except to flesh out Oliver’s relationship with his family which could have been confined to his mother.

    “Laurel and her A-hole boy friend”

    I like Laurel. The younger Merlyn is there mostly as an impediment for Oliver vis-a-vis Laurel, and as a connection to the main villain, the elder Merlyn. He doesn’t get THAT much screen time that he becomes too annoying, for me, at least.

    I’m not sure if Laurel’s supposed to end up as “Black Canary” or not, but I’d like to hope she does. She certainly knows how to throw a punch as they’re shown once or twice.

    And then of course, she’s hot! There is that! :-)

    We could stand seeing more of John Barrowman IMO. They need to develop exactly WHAT he and Moira are up to.

    All in all, the show is OK. It’s certainly light years ahead of “The Cape”.

  • toadytoady

    So where is everybody if they arent watching broadcast television?
    Or are the figures inaccurate because people are using other means to watch their favourite show?
    Maybe networks dont make their decisions based on overnight ratings alone.
    I also think there is wriggle room for Network chiefs to push their own interests,despite some ratings.
    I dont think its only all about the figures. I think theres personal preference,even at chief executive

  • BigFlop

    I love your jajajaja, but in English is hahahahah

  • DrgonBall Z

    it went against such a strong competion. Withney and Guy with kids don’t have the competion that community and parks and recreation have… (same story for Go on and the new normal)

  • Bizarro

    I think VD did affect the shows, just about all of them went down a tenth or more except Elementary and Scandal. But the ratings for these including B&TB will not effect its renewal chances. I mean, the CW did pretty well compared to the other networks in keeping their audience. I see why the CW has such loyal viewers and as of right now I’m happy to be apart of that.

  • glover



  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Maybe networks dont make their decisions based on overnight ratings alone.”

    They don’t.

    But you don’t need to know/consider everything they base their decisions on to be able to predict very accurately what they’ll do in the overwhelming majority of cases.

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