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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  • Honey Badger

    NBC Community 1.1 18-49 rating
    NBC Parks & Recreation 1.5

    yipes, what does NBC do now?
    Everything they do goes bad

    and NBC The Office (9-10PM) 2.0 is in its last year

  • jay

    So are we to believe The Voice is going to crush American Idol this season?
    Damn, very bad for Community (lower than Whitney) hope it can recover!

  • matt

    whoa, that was fast. just like that, community is one of the many nbc sitcoms to get cancelled this year. flop

  • Petar Ivanov

    What happen to the site people……spoiler futon criric and others benefit from this mistake. Second time on fridays you have problems – solve them please.

  • Cyrax86

    Well I was way off with my Zero Hour prediction, it is DOA, even worse than My Generation!

    X-Factor does not look so bad now with those AI numbers, right? How unfortunate that it has such a sharp decline with the new judges. The Voice should easily beat it in the Spring.

    On NBC, it’s Parks & Recreation and then everything else when it comes to sitcoms…

  • Justin

    WoW, Community is at Whitney Rerun levels. Whitney WILL be back next season.

  • Fan

    Series low for The Vampire Diaries ?

  • Wooooow

    Lmao BATB, heading to cancellation :))))

  • danny94

    Abc should move scandal next season it has built it’s own audience and no longer needs greys anatomy. Horrible for Zero Hour but it was expected

  • J.G.

    If you had told me in October that Scandal would beat Grey’s, I’d have called you crazy.

  • Scandalfan

    I can’t believe Scandal beats GA in ratings, I can’t say i’m not happy tho’.
    Max you are right you’ve predicted that Revenge’s ratings will fall and Scandal’s will rise. Still have hope for Revenge.

  • Anthony C.

    RIP BATB…LOL!!! It’s over folks!

  • laddie

    funny to see so many drops right after tbtn puts out an article that valentines doesnt hurt the ratings… look like it did to me

  • Bookworm

    Am I seeing stuff? Did Scandal just top Grey? And Glee at a low of 1.8? Clearly the 9pm hour took a little beating this Valentine’s Day!

    Great job Scandal! This is ABC’s highest rated drama this week!

    A season three is a definite now, nothing is slowing this show down and the press is doing wonders for this show! I’m so glad to see this sleeper hit finally get its shine.

    Oh and no one try to suggest Scandal is steady enough to move. ABC has a solid two hour block on their hands and they would be stupid to move either one of them, both would probably tank or at least feel a hit.

    Keep the Grey-Scandal duo together on Thursday! This is a winning pair for ABC.
    Grey will be back up next week, Valentines Day probably helped do a number on the ratings this week. I doubt it will be seeing this again.

  • Vanessa

    Still strong Person of Interest. As expected with Zero Hour. Scandal doing good.

  • Petar Ivanov

    abc are not so dump and stupid like cbs. They will HEAVY advertise scandal during oscars and will air all new scandal episode and 28 feb. You will see.

  • Sean


  • Just

    RIP Scandal

    even with low competition can’t even hit a 3.0

  • Ram510

    YES SCANDAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! I knew it could beat GA, I hope it holds/adjust up in finals. Still waiting for Scandal to reach a 3.0. I hope ABC is smart and keeps the GA/Scandal combo together next season

  • senor chang

    Holy sh*t. I expected a drop for Community. I didn’t expect half the audience to disappear.

    Fantastic for Scandal, pretty terrible for just about everything else. Is that a series low for Vampire Diaries?

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