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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  • Alan

    Poor TVD! I guess Valentine’s Day affected it. I read on Get Glue that a lot of people decided to DVR it.

  • ATXCountry

    @Ryan Schwartz Last night’s episode of Scandal could not air at 9pm. It was far too steamy to move up an hour. I hope that ABC keeps it in its 10pm timeslot because it is the epitome of a 10pm show. (If a sophomore show is dominating its time slot, it deserves to keep it….it’s not like any other 10pm dramas are fairing so well.)

  • Tommy M.

    I see peoples reasoning for moving Scandal to another timeslot next season but this is the first show that has really worked after GA. PP did okay there but it heavily relied on GA for ratings. All of that said, Scandal also belongs in a 10PM timeslot due to it’s content. I’d say ABC should leave it where it is and focus their energy fixing all of Tuesdays and Thursday’s 8PM timeslot.

  • samurai99

    Glad to see elementary holding steady. No way it’s getting cancelled this year.

    One silver lining for community: Maybe Zero Hour took out a big chunk of it’s ratings and now it can bounce back.

  • Tom

    Where are all the BEASTLY #Beasties now?

    Shhh don’t encourage them ;)

    Policing this site is a major Beastie obsession. You haven’t been properly initiated as a commenter until a Beastie control freak has (a) given you multiple etiquette lectures for panning their failing show; and/or (b) told you to stop posting critical comments about the show. And, for heaven’s sake, do not ever suggest that Nina Lisandrello would make a better Beast than Jay Ryan.

  • A


    Ure retarded. Scandal may be stable in demos, but is in no way ABC’S ‘SHINING STAR’ LMFAO.

    I think the revenge obsession got to ur head and logic. :D

  • leonard

    PP never top Grey’s. It’s, by far, not the same thing.

  • Rich

    LAW AND ORDER:SVU didn’t air in Los Angeles because of the whole
    Christopher Dorner crap.

  • Revenger

    Although it has declined recently, I still don’t see Revenge being cancelled. It’s still getting above five million viewers per episode. It is doing very well, even with its decline. American Idol seems to be dropping almost a million viewers per episode. This could be the end, if they don’t boost soon. The vampire diaries has already been renewed, so I’m sure it will capture its old glory before the end of season 5 next year. I’m not worried about Vampire diaries for another few years, but it is sad to see it rated # 3 this week.
    Glee is still in no danger, but I have noticed that the show didn’t transition very well to college. I’m the only one in my family that still watches it. I don’t see it going past season 5 or 6. Beauty and the beast has dropped to a 0.5 in its first season. Hello cancellation. It’s bad when a show dips that low in its first season. It took 90210 five seasons to get low, and it may even get cancelled, so TCD and BATB are definantly dead. I’m not sure about HOD, b ut of course Nikita will be renewed because of syndication.
    This is my prediction

    The CW

    The vampire diaries
    90210 (final season)
    Cult, or Hart of Dixiie. Depending how it does.

    The cW picked up three pilots, so they can renew 7 shows. They’ve already announced 4, and Nikita is almost a sure bet. that leaves two slots.

    90210, Cult, TCD, BATB, and HOD to fight it out. They will most likely give 90210 a final season because of Petowitz. That leaves the other four shows to fight it out. BATB and TCD aren’t going to make the cut, so Cult and Hrt of dixie

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Considering that English isn’t Peter’s first language (I think?) that’s kinda harsh of you.”

    No. My comment had nothing to do with his English, and everything to do with his demand we solve a problem that we’re highly motivated to solve and were, of course, in the midst of trying to solve.

    It’s mostly the sense of entitlement that irks me. If you’re sending us a check, feel free to feel entitled to tell us what to do. Otherwise, be thankful for what you get for free.

  • leonard

    ABC should move GA to 8pm next season and givin’ to Scandal the 9pm time slot. Scandal it’s in your beggining, Grey’s will die, anyway, in 1 or 2 years.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Great POI last night…..Zoe and Root. Zoe and Reese having a drink and a quiet night on a suite. Lol

    POI is great every night. But Zoe is stunning woman. Not get it why on POI facebook page not like her.

  • TVDxitachi

    @Ace, Arrow is in no way number one, TVD still is, so get that silly notion out your brain….lol.

  • Avery16

    If there’s no adjustment down, ELEMENTARY is the only show to not go down this week! That’s awesome. Looks like Valentine’s Day, contrary to your earlier article, had a negative effect on every show (except ELEMENTARY if the rating holds up).

  • Mika

    I’m thinking a Nice Family friendly show on ABC might work 8pm Thursdays like Disney channel type of stuff that’s what my kids and I watched last night. Usually we watch Property wars but it wasnt on. Dramas are just not working in the 8pm slot.

    Wow! Scandal beat Grey’s!

    I am still not getting the Competition for Scandal vs. Revenge. They come two different days on the same network with two different agendas. I love them both.

  • Barbarossa

    I’m actually for once disappointed in a fall by Glee

  • Beauty and the flop

    LOL Beauty and the flop is soon to be eaten by the Cancellation Bear. What will batb fans say? “It’s because TVD was down.” Really? So are you saying that the show would flop airing in another night? That means the show would sink to 90210 levels so no point in keeping it because it can’t stand on its own and The Originals will have the timeslot next season.

  • rob60990

    You all can enjoy that little gain for Scandal but when Grey’s Anatomy ends, the show will sink sink sink and I’ll be here.

    Besides, where’s that 3.0? Oh right, never gonna happen. :D

    Well at least Community tanked as planned.

  • Ateofi

    Scandal continues to impress, Zero your is DOA – it did worse than My premiered 1.5 demo. The Vampire Diaries is going down fast, unie?? it is adjusted up, it is doing worse than Arrow. PoI was again solid. Elementary seems to be stabilizing at 2.2 demo which is disappointing for CBS to say the least.

  • Sherry

    @ “POI is great every night. But Zoe is stunning woman. Not get it why on POI facebook page not like her.”

    I don’t get it either. Maybe there’s war among fans of Zoe and Carter. LOL!

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