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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  • BigFlop

    definitely I can think that Scandal is nowadays the most OVERATED tv show

  • Josh

    Grey’s was awesome last night. I really hope it gets adjusted up to a 3.0.

  • Mr. Blobby

    Community has been my favorite sitcom for 3 years, but I can COMPLETELY understand why almost half the audience who saw last week’s dud would not bother coming back. And they didn’t miss much. Some shows survive creator departure. Sadly, not this one, it seems.

  • John A

    I didnt say anything about Revenge. But its annoying fanboys are irrating.

  • ali

    u clearly dont know what phenomenal shows are they include the walking dead, breaking bad, game of thrones and etc… whoever claims that scandal is the best show on tv is a total idiot and clearly hasnt seen those shows.

  • ali

    i watch scandal but i think that its average not the best show, i cant understand whats so good about it. its just like any show that ive seen and is it me or is scandal copying of of homeland

  • israelCD

    @Richard Steven Hack -Hahahahahahaha BOW 2 You !

  • thesnowleopard

    Ouch at Zero Hour, but at least it’s not below a 1.0 (Yes, I did consider that possibility).

    Is that a series low for TVD? It actually got tied in the demo and beaten in the audience by SPN. Yow. Of course, it may go up in the finals, but let me bask in the glow until then.

  • omabin

    I didn’t mention it before, but SVU really should go to this slot. It did only 0.5 lower than on its regular slot for a repeat. It would be at 2.0s here IMO. Revolution, if it holds after the break, can anchor Wednesdays.

  • israelCD

    BigFlop @Jerry Stle @heba

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


    AMEN II !!

    AMÉN III !!!

  • gerry

    @ john a – so are max and his cohorts. there are plenty of us that like both shows and know its not a competition despite some of the irritating posters on this site.

    anyway, abc will NEVER move greys to 8. but if scandal keeps these numbers through the rest of the season, it would be a smart move for abc to move scandal to 9 and push greys to 10 to ride out whatever time it has left.

    and for all you people thinking there is too much sex in scandal to move it to 9, you are deluded. the doctors of greys have been getting it on for years in the on-call room and everywhere else. WHICH IS WHY IT OBVIOUSLY WOULDN’T WORK AT 8.

  • Mayans

    Is 3.6 Idols lowest ever?

  • Dorothy

    Amen IIII

    Also can I add this is the 3rd time my shows are being spoiled. Please warn us what show your gonna spoil…. Being spoiled on TVD, Scandal and Arrow….

  • r0ckmypants

    @Reed Addison – Community is a “dead show walking” at 1.1 (well, 1.2 since it was adjusted up in the finals, but Guys with Kids is “on the bubble” with a 1.0?

    There’s a serious lack of logic in the comments on this site lately.

  • jeff

    supernatural and arrow hit the vampire diaries, arrow number 1, number 2 supernatural, the vampire Diaries drops to 3

  • jeff

    of the week

  • Sarah


    “’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…”

    I agree because, if I remember correctly, when Bones was after Idol it was usually in the high 2s-3s.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Reed Addison – Here’s some more logic for you: Community is already sold into syndication. So if NBC doesn’t own it, the only costs they will be paying will be to Sony, NOT production costs. Which means it could end up being cheaper if Sony wants more episodes produced for syndication.

  • JulieDawn


    Wow, you’ve actually read and retained what I’ve said to you over the past few weeks. I’m so proud.

    It is unfortunate that you haven’t really understood them though, based on today’s post.

    My point has always been that you can have whatever opinion you want, and you are free to like or dislike BATB as much as you want. Just do it without making childish or cruel comments about the actors or the fandom.

  • networkman

    I don’t feel viewers abandon Community just because one subpar episode. Why would true fans who waited for the return of the show bail out so quickly? No, I feel this decline was due to Valentine’s Day. Both Community and The Big Bang Theory fell by .8 in the demo. That is why it was a horrible night to debut Zero Hour. It could of garnered at least 1.7 and close to 8 million viewers if not premiering on Valentine’s Day. Anthony Edwards has a fanbase and people would have been interesting in his return to TV.

    WOW at Scandal. It is now getting better numbers than Once Upon a Time.

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