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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  • Zed

    Well, this was brutal.

  • matt

    Right on Elementary. finally stabilized. doing well

  • ron

    i mean at 8 pm what type of show could beat AI or TBBT¿? is hard for ABC, non of their shows work at that hour :s

  • Holly


    Second time on fridays you have problems – solve them please.

    I’m sure Bill and Robert were just going to ignore all the issues, but since you said please…

  • Oliver

    The 10pm hour is flat while almost everything else is down.

    Which is why PUT numbers are misleading, because the drop isn’t evenly distributed.

  • askmelast79

    Go POI! :)

  • TimsDale4ever

    GLEE has got to be the gayest show ever — is that what it’s supposed to be?

  • Bob

    Holy cow Community bombed big time. I guess it was one and done…episode I mean. American Idol still doing well even if down some. BBT down some but respectable still. Scandal doing pretty well since 2.8 equals a hit now adays….how much TV has fallen. Why discussion about Revenge? That show is on Sunday so Monday is appropriate for that discussion. Glee fell hard. Gray’s Anatomy showing age. Person of Interest doing pretty well for 2013 ratings.

    NBC – Total Disaster
    CBS – Pretty good.
    ABC – Hurting except for Scandal
    FOX – Doing well 8-9 and then crash and burn.
    CW – Ok 8-9 and then crash and burn.

  • Potato

    I’m not even going to read these comments because for some reason people on this site love to root for low rated cult shows to fail and laugh at them even though they pose no threat but all I have to say is: Valentine’s day. Halloween episode.

  • Dan S

    Oh well, the Thur 8pm hour on ABC continues to be jinxed. Interesting that Scandal edged Greys & was handily beat by POI. Elementary continues to be stuck at 2.2 which is ok but not overly impressive. Off to Sundays it goes next season.

  • Bookworm

    Zero Hour did better than what I guessed. However, the show was moving way too fast for me. The transition into other scenes and locations was not flowing and creating confusion. This was not made for TV but better fit for a mini-series on Cable or a movie.

  • MattR


    The problem with Community is that the quality/humor is noticeably different. It wasn’t genius or anything before, but is was funnier.

  • Kavyn

    That’s very upsetting for Community, I really did not think it would plummet to a 1.1. Hopefully it adjusts up and next week rises to a 1.4 at least, but that might be wishful thinking.

  • Mae

    So if the TVD numbers hold in the finals, both Arrow and SPN could beat it this week.

    (TVD and SPN would tie for demo, but SPN had more viewers)

    What is up with that??? Awesome for CW’s Wednesday though.

    BatB is falling fast.

  • Clarke

    WOW American Idol has really fallen this year . It’s really weird seeing the show only have 12mil viewers when it used to over 20mil consistently for years. It’s great to witness the demise of reality television and the rise of scripted comedy.

    Yikes, Beauty and the Beast is at cancellation levels now. The show has improved in quality but I won’t be too sad to see it gone.

    Glee is doing terribly. The show would be at a 1.5 or lower without AI helping it.

  • Chuck_T

    looks like last week people checked in to see how Community was and a lot of them decided not to come back

  • Tom

    Deja vu. B&B has tied its previous record low demo and viewership from Episode 8.

  • Ali

    There was a 2 minutes overun into Scandal so expect Greys to adjust up and Scandal to adjust down.

  • peter

    @max and his kind

    REVENGE season 2 average 18-49 is 2.3
    Scandal season 2 average 18-49 is 2.2

    so f#@$ off and when scandal has to compete against big events like grammies instead of repeats on NBC and the flopelementary that couldnt gain people even airing after superbowl come again.

  • Ryan Schwartz

    ABC has a simple fix next season if ‘Scandal’ holds. Slide ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ to 8pm, ‘Scandal’ to 9, and blossom a new hit at 10. Then, if this works, ABC can move that 10pm show to 8pm after GREY’S concludes.

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