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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  • Greg

    Not ready to say Community is dead just yet, but things don’t look good. Either way, it has better chances than The New Normal and Guys with Kids.

    ABC set itself up for failure by premiering Zero Hour there. They could have aired Wipeout there and give Zero Hour a fighting chance by airing it on Tuesdays at 8, but no, they had to kill the show.

  • Jack

    It appears that the Thursday 8pm ABC timeslot is roadkill for ABC Shows, Flashforward, Last Resort etc.

  • heba

    its called personal taste and no im perfectly fine with being a revenge fan

  • Tony JJ

    @Sarah do it! But start from the beginning! I was you back in October. I watched a few season one eps when they aired, but never really got hooked, but caught up with all the episodes in October and now I cannot get enough. Enjoy watching it!

  • heba

    @john A
    if u dont hate revenge then do us a favor and stop writng pitful comments about the show

  • Tony JJ

    WOAH! Here’s an interesting bit of information! If Grey’s had a 2.7 at 9:30 and Scandal had a 2.8 in the 10:00 half hour and Scandal started at 10:02. Those two minutes would be dragging the Scandal rating down which means Scandal could potentially be adjusted up in the finals and Grey’s potentially being adjusted down. It may not affect Grey’s, but it could definitely give Scandal an adjustment up. Obviously this is all my speculation, but the final numbers will be very interesting today! Could this be the first time a show really does build out of GREY’S ANATOMY??!!!

  • Rokk

    “FOX 9PM is a death sentence” unless of course it leads to long runs like House, 24, Bones, Family Guy, American Dad, Ally McBeal, Melrose Place, X-Files, 90210…

    As for Revenge, it was a one-season premise. It’s not the audience’s fault that the execution collapsed.

  • BigFlop

    If “people” loved Scandal it would have at least 10 millions viewers.
    People love POI, NCIS and TBBT.

  • ToXiX


    Look for a response from me Monday. I will post even if it hits a 2.7 and applaud you.

  • r0ckmypants

    @iggy – Don’t be ignorant; that 2.2 is the best 10pm drama rating CBS had all week.

    @Tony JJ – That isn’t “information” so much as it’s speculation. Have you not read the article from here about why overruns don’t necessarily lead to upward/downward adjustments?

  • luisl

    RIP Community. It died last year, now it’s just a zombie.

  • Geo

    Impressive fall of American Idol. I yhink people are tired of program.

    Happy that one of my favorite dramas, SVU repeats very well. NBC insists puts him in Wednesday, at 9. Your time would be the 10. Surely she would do better than Chicago Fire.

  • Mary 1

    That list of half hour ratings has 1600 Penn NBC at 2.0 That made me do a double take and had to check that. It looks like it should be The Office at 2.0

    Networks are going to have to start looking at things other than the 18-49 ratings. The majority of people in that age range aren’t watching shows live. On NBC Harry’s Law may have been low in the demo but was at least pulling in 7 to 8 million viewers. Now they have shows with equally lousy demo numbers and also pulling in 4 million or less viewers. Pretty soon all those older people they think will show up no matter what, they’ll start deserting them as well. I think the secret to CBS success is they’re not afraid to be called the network with the oldest viewers. They’ve found if they’ve made quality shows that attract older viewers, the younger viewers will come along as well.

  • Tony JJ


    By ‘information’ I meant half hour data. But that’s just my speculation. And yes I have read that article. But in cases like this I find it interesting that Grey’s last half hour rated lower than Scandal’s first half hour, and with a 2 minute overrun, that could affect Scandal’s ratings.

  • glover


    DO THAT.



  • Ian

    Since GA ran two minutes over doesn’t that mean Scandal will be adjusted down most likely? Also couldn’t that mean GA gets adjusted up?

  • Jt

    Sure its a good show most talked about no and its not a phenomnon.

  • BigFlop

    PHENOMENON is TWD (on CABLE), more viewers (14 – 8) and more ratings (6 – 2.7) than Scandal with less promotion.

  • TomZ

    @luisl “RIP Community. It died last year, now it’s just a zombie.”
    I’m still laughing ahahahah. I don’t understand why did almost every show fell? I mean the big bang theory is a monster but from a 6.2 to a 5.4 is a big drop…

  • christi

    @ Sarah

    You should totally do it. I watched the first episode of season one when it aired and it did not really grab me right away. A couple of months ago I watched the first season on Netflix and got hooked. Season two is one of the best shows I have seen on network television, so far anyway.

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