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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  • POI

    Community will get canceled if it doesn’t rise in the ratings, Supernatural and Arrow beat TVD this week Supernatural in Viewers and Arrow in both demo and viewers, BATB will get canceled if it falls a little more, TBBT ratings still super i have no doubt that it will rise next week, American Idol down to mid 3s and 2.5 men beating it is the best Valentine gift ever, Person of Interest beats Greys again which is awesome, but the really big news this week and im not even a fan of the show but Scandal maybe ABCs only hit left as the ratings are amazing for a 10pm show and never have i seen a 10pm show beat its leadin in a while.

  • Holly


    Wow, I cannot understand the American love over these “over the top” sorts of drama

    Have you ever seen a telenovela?

  • Chuck_T

    Poor NBC–it’s highest rated show had a 2.0 and the most viewers they got for the night is a smudge over four million.

  • Bee

    as much as ABC’s scheduling frustrates sometimes, their handling of scandal has been brilliant. they knew they had a good show and that some really big stuff was coming up, and they took advantage of it in the right way and at the right time. and now they’re enjoying the benefits. awesome.

    in the finals, it’s very possible that grey’ and scandal will tie or that grey’s will beat scandal by 0.1. but the possibility of scandal beating grey’s even existing is just wild. and to think that it began the season at a 2.1 out of greys’ 4.4.

    also, scandal survived the VALENTINE’S DAY MASSACRE. yikes. so many shows down in big digits across the board. hope next week is better.

  • TomZ

    NBC isn’t smart. For 3 years they put community at 8 and it never hit a 2.0 (maybe in the first season). So why did they thought that this year would be different? I would put it on tuesday or on wednesday.

    Where would you put community, if you would be NBC?

  • hahaha

    Flop Idol have the same rating as The voice

  • Vance

    The Vampire Diaries has been dragging along with an annoying triangle and a meandering pace, so I’m not surprised that it has hit a series low even though last night’s episode was the best episode in months.

  • Ram510

    Wow if Scandal stays above GA and if OUAT doesn’t beat a 2.8, Scandal will be ABC’s highest rated drama for the week, that’s exciting.

  • Once & Again

    What the hell is up with Glee, those ratings are a catastrophe. With that lead-in one would expect it to at least have 2.6. This is just sad, and OMG Grey’s Anatomy why? Last night’s episode was excellent hope it goes up especially next week.

  • PixieLavender

    @AcE – Just because this is the FIRST time that Arrow has beaten Vampire Diaries – all of a sudden number 1 of the network…don’t think so!

    Awhh Man, I thought the episode was brilliant! I think 1.0 is a new series low! :(

  • Lauren

    RIP Beauty and the Beast! Don’t worry, The Secret Circle is waiting for you.

  • s0303

    yes, arrow beat tvd…but tvd has a much tougher timeslot…goodbye batb :(

    wow…scandal beat greys…

  • TVDude

    Aren’t ratings usually down on V-Day? I wouldn’t read too much into the low ratings.

    I’m really surprised The Office landed a 2.0 for the whole hour. I’m sure it was pretty top heavy, but that’s not bad.

    Community took a hit, but it had a lot against it. As always, it was a competitive night, it was valentines day, the episode was a Halloween episode, last week’s premiere disappointed fans. I think we will have a better idea next week when it’s not a holiday where people will be out on dates and the episode’s not out of season.

  • eridapo

    Greys was hit by VDay more so than Scandal. Couples go out to dinner between 7 to 930PM, so shows airing at those times would be affected.

  • Charmed

    This makes The Carrie Diaries potential renewal all the more likely.

  • Carl

    So…um…Supernatural beat TVD this week? Am I reading that right? I’m not stating it as a fact, I’m asking, because I can’t remember their exact number yesterday.

    I guess TVD will probably adjust up later today, but I’m still surprised. I know this is because of Valentine’s Day, but TVD seems to have some ratings issues lately.

  • maxmax


  • danny94

    Haha Max You are one sad individual, Remember Scandal is just a t.v show you may love it but it will never love you!!!

  • a p garcia

    0H did as expected. A big surprise for me was AI getting a 3.6. POI Rocks

  • @ramirescl

    The day that NBC died. So bye, bye…

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