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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  • BK

    All this tells me, is there are far too many people sitting on their behinds when they could be out or in with friends and family enjoying that thing called life. Life? You remember Life? That thing your parents and your creator gave you? If your lucky, you might live to be 80 years old healthy? Maybe? Do you really want to spend it watching TV and watching other people who you don’t even know having fun? Pathetic really.

  • John

    Supernatural had better ratings last night than the TVD.

  • JD Straw

    Hopefully, this means that (hopefully) these sorry shows will be canceled permanently!

  • CrystalFissure

    To all the people saying Whitney does better than Community, ask yourself this:

    Does Whitney compete with the Big Bang Theory? It does compete with The Middle and Survivor, but still.

  • Tom

    @ BK Thanks for the unsolicited sermon. Ending your polemic by referring to everyone as pathetic is a nice touch. However, since this a site frequented by hard core television fans, I doubt if many readers will appreciate your condescending tone. So, in light of your message’s religious overtones, you may want to consider finding another wilderness in which to cry out.

  • Perrytheplatypus

    I actually don’t get the Scandal/Revenge battle. I’m pretty sure they will both be renewed. I haven’t personally seen Scandal, but it has to be a good show to get those ratings, and even though Revenge has fallen some this season, it’s still pretty well received, and five million viewers is a good standing. Neither is in real danger of cancellation.

  • Rich

    What about the movies that opened on Valentines Day(which,yes,was a Thursday but the studioswanted to get an early jump on President’s Day weekend? Those might be a big factor,as well.

  • Rick

    Glad to see many shows tanking! Either they’re bad singing shows, pathetic reality shows or one those that feel they HAVE to put gays in the mix. Good riddance.

  • Peach

    For starters have they have Nickie Minaj and this is NOT helping. What Nickie Minaj did at the Grammys last year was Sacrilegious. She mocked Catholics, Pope and our rituals, But a typical hollywood liberal trash calling it art, however you and I both know she/they would never have the courage to Mock let’s say…ISLAM. Not that this would be right, but just the hypocrisy of it all and total disrespect from hollywood toward Conservative America and Christians. They will loose a lot more viewers Period. People are finding better things to do!

  • Sk8Shan

    Well then maybe we can get something worth watching!!!!!!!!!! I would be completely THRILLED if they did away with the trash like the kardashians, American idol, the voice, and EVERY other “reality” trash on tv today!!!! I quit watching tv all together because it is nothing but brainless TRASH!!!!!!

  • michaelp

    I am sooooo tired of homo t.v. and there commercials.I can care less about what they do. But shoving there lifestyles down our throat ? Having sex in feces is disgusting !

  • Sam

    Although I have been a fan since the beginning and have continued to watch both Glee and Grey’s Anatomy, I hope both shows air series finales within the next year or two. The spark is just not there for either show anymore and the ratings continue to decline. I rather see these shows bow out with decent ratings instead of getting the boot with poor ratings.

    However, I have high hopes for Scandal and the Following, but think Revenge might be losing its touch unless the writers get it together for the remainder of the season.

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