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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  • glover




    KARMA IS A B—-.





  • Win

    Actually I think Arrow has consistently beaten TVD in total viewers this year. While in the Demo, TVD has always reigned supreme.

  • Melanie

    Holy crap — did Supernatural just tie in the demo and actually beat TVD in viewers? Wow – that has to be a first for that. TVD will probably adjust up, but still . . . holy crap.

  • Darcy

    Last year Glee aired on Valentine’s Day and dropped .5 in the key demo and lost 820,000 viewers from the week before. They made up the loss in the DVR+7.

    This year Glee aired on Valentine’s Day and dropped .5 in the key demo preliminary numbers and lost 987,000 viewers from the week before. Usually Glee does quite well in C3 and also the DVR+7 so I hope they can make up all of it again as they did last year.

    And I know those DVR+7 numbers don’t count but at least it will show that Glee is not really losing all those viewers and key demo and that they really need to not air the show on Valentine’s Day or Thanksgiving for that matter. FOX really should probably pick a different day to air it because this day and timeslot is not working.

  • ars041

    You people obviously don’t realize that it was valentine’s day and ratings were down because of that. That is way arrow beat tvd this week. That is why Idol and glee were down considerably. So those ratings really are irrelevant

  • Jt

    I do think 90210 but it would not shock me if it was a summer run.

  • TomZ


    Yes but that was the only time, and the show had returned after a three-month hiatus so it was obvious that it grew.

    Anyway is a good show, I still don’t understand why people watch the big bang theory instead… well I guess this is going to be the last season… I want to see how another show will do against the big bang theory and American Idol. But I can bet that next year American Idol will draw much less than this year (3.0 or something like that).
    NBC’s Thursday comedy block is over, what will NBC do next year with the schedule?

  • rob60990

    LOL at the Arrow fans gloating at beating TVD by a whole tenth when TVD aired on Valentine’s Day. Besides, there’s a chance TVD can adjust up a tenth in the finals. Arrow has already fallen below a 1.0 this season, and it’s only the show’s first season. TVD has never fallen below a 1.0.

  • Jt

    Revenge is not a flop.

  • Jenny

    Good for Scandal remaining steady and beating Grey’s. Hope it stays steady.

  • CommunityFan


    Give it to me straight, Bill. What are Community’s chances of getting renewed after last night?

  • Shepherd

    Let’s see…

    AI down big time.
    Glee down big as well.
    Arrow beats TVD.
    POI beats Grey’s (which is also down big).
    BaTB slides a bit. The show should be canceled on concept alone.
    Scandal was steady, beating Grey’s as well.
    Elementary was steady.
    POI was pretty steady too.

    Can the day’s rating get any better? :)

    I think these ratings lend credibility to my theory that mostly only women care about this ‘holiday’ called Valentines day.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Bill Gorman

    Ok my be my bad. That was not a critic. As i said tvbtn is my favorite site and want people including me to come here to read and comment. Not only because the ratings but analisis and comments from you and people like eridapo, holly, tommy m, even ultima and others which i like to read and argue etc. That was my point not critic.

  • Anon

    Ah, the Valentine’s Day Excuse… a.k.a. “the fans of our show were getting laid last night”

  • silvit

    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.

    Have you ever watched Grey’s Anatomy? That’s the bread and butter of Shonda Rimes stuff. Soapy,sappy, melodramatic stuff. Not certainly realistic. She made one of her characters have sex with a ghost. A ghost!!! And when she had cancer, one of the most mortal one, which by the way was at stage 4,she miraculously healed from it. The alternative universes on Fringe are more realistic than a Shonda Rimes show.

  • Diego

    I think ABC should put Grey´s at 8pm, a new drama at 9pm and Scandal at 10pm.

  • Brandy

    Ace, it was Valentines Day so a lot of people weren’t watching thier regular programs and ratings were down with almost all shows this week or the last couple of days.VD may adjust up and tie Arrow in demo.If it dosent, then this is so far the first & only time Arrow has beaten VD.VD will Likley and hopefully rise next week.VD is still CWs #1 show in demo where it matters except this week.I think Arrow & VD have tied in demo before.Its one week.

  • Carl

    @Michael, I wasn’t gloating as much as I was surprised. I fully expect TVD to be .3 or .4 ahead of SPN next week, as it usually will be. I guess Valentine’s just takes a chunk out of the show.

  • gg

    what will max and his multiple identities do when Revenge goes up from a 1.4 this sunday?

  • Win


    Exactly. Whenever those monsters get a chance, they tell you their show is golden. But now when it’s fallen again, they are quiet, or shouting it’s because of valentines day.

    I have seen the show, several times. It’s not the issue. It’s the fans who seem to think that this show is untouchable because of a PCA win. Which they probably pulled a Hollis Doyle to win anyway.

    I shall call them, #Floppies.

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