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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  • senor chang

    Despite NBC’s attempt to make #Valloween a thing, this is sadly true.
    I’m guessing the show bottoms out here. Maybe it rises a little, maybe it doesn’t.
    Once again, it’s a bubble show leaning towards cancellation. Community fans know nothing else. :(

    On the bright side, Parks has at least an year left in it. Happy for its fans.

  • Honey Badger

    why did ABC premier Zero Hour in this time slot?
    it was bound to fail.
    Are ABC executives taking their cues from NBC executives on how to ruin a network?

    CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.4
    FOX American Idol 3.6
    ABC Zero Hour -P 1.3
    NBC Community 1.1
    CW The Vampire Diaries 1.0

  • Petar Ivanov

    BEST DRAMA OF THE WEEK! Even on valentine’s day. That shows how strong POI is now. And third season is best for hit dramas(usually) So expect to grow even more when all other shows are droping season to season.

  • Kavyn

    @MattR It’s not that different. The premiere had a lot put in because they were introducing storylines. Episode 2 was written by Megan Ganz, who has written some of the best Community episodes in past seasons. You can’t compare two episodes to an entire 3 seasons of a show, at least wait until mid-season (6 episodes in) to decide if the show’s truly changed or not.

  • Sherry

    Yay! POI – you’re my Valentine.

  • matt

    ABC should just give up on the thurs. 8pm slot. shark tank ratings = zero hour ratings from last week/this week

  • Sel

    Wow, I cannot understand the American love over these “over the top” sorts of drama and shows that are actually good and earthbound come and go without no one cares. Don’t get me wrong, I never wish shows to fail but it’s a little bit too much…

  • Greg Chenoweth

    TWO AND A HALF MEN did better in the overnights than American Idol did. Most impressive.

  • Wright

    Not bad for VD considering it was Valentine’s Day. Damn I was hoping Zero Hour would premiere better. I think I’ll just blame that on Valentine’s Day too and see how it does next week. At least Elementary was stable.

  • Rebecca

    Of course everything was down across the board..it was Valentine’s Day! People were either our for dinner, or getting it on ;)

  • PJM

    Wow, big drop for Community. But then, you check out some of their boards, you would have thought Community shot their dog.

  • TCD & HOD > BATB

    Beauty and The Flop tanked to a 0.5 LMAO, I knew it! And it will reach .4s soon. It deserves to be cancelled. TCD and HOD can get these numbers without TVD’s help. Batb sucks!

  • joel

    Scandal is so stupid it’s hard not to watch. for instance when Olivia is alone with the president and has sex. totally would never happen. the president is never alone outside the white house ever.
    Let alone everyone in the show should be in jail for committing every crime in the book. Also the best was the president getting shot in the head and he is fine a few episodes later. I guess if leave you’re logic at the door it’s a great show.

  • Max

    It is also nice to see less and less REVENGE apologists and excuse makers on here to defend the non-hit and seeing more and more SCANDAL fans come around.

    *Vindication smells so sweet.

  • HalCapone

    Adios Community. Zero Hour was a zero starter in ABC’s death slot but once again kudos to ABC for putting in the effort to program original shows that have high production values (not unlike Missing and Last Resort). Counter programming for Big Bang Theory and Two and A Half Men doesn’t work so note to ABC: put similar mindless sitcom crap up against mindless sitcom crap.

  • Zed

    The power of Shonda Rhimes… The woman has a gift. :p

  • Seth

    Flop Hour

  • tommy

    Scandal beat Greys anatomy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BH

    OUCH at AI.
    Great for POI

    and TVD, those ratings are still very good for you!

  • Leondre

    Scandal is gonna beat Idol soon.

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