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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  • HalCapone

    CBS must be so disappointed in Elementary as the post Super Bowl choice. One more season and it is canceled for sure.

  • Mike K

    they turned it into a bongo party


    Damn Damn go Scandel. Is this the first show ever that has beaten Grey’s in the demos after it. It had best retention ever for Greys show. It seems Scandel still is HOT HOT HOT. IMO bill Greys tenth season as the final and put it on 8pm next year and move Scandel to 9pm. Its time why not wrap up Grey’s in a great final tenth season.

    FOX should really consider next season moving Idol back to Tuesday-Wednesday to stay away from BBT. Its clear it shares same audience as BBT. Plus still good numbers for a 12 year old show. I wonder how the Voice is going to do in its return in March. NBC has really rested the Voice. The girls last night on Idol were killer. Angela Miller OMG she is a star, love Candice, love Janelle and love Krie Harrison.

  • glover




    Also when Idol aired against NCIS on Tuesdays it did well because they dont share the same audience and demos. I actually preferred Idol with the Tuesday-Wednesday format.

  • ToXiX

    I told all of you that AI would lose to 2.5 Men , an now that it has finally begun, it will continue to lose to 2.5 Men the rest of the reason. Burn burn burn AI.

    And shouts out to Max.

    Everybody thought dude was a troll but look at Scandals numbers and now go cry over Revenge.

  • Dude

    Community’s ratings have little to do with Valentine’s Day but I’d say shows like Glee, The Vampire Diaries, Beauty and the Beast…might a little more only because their primary demographics are women and even single girls who didn’t have a date last night typically would prefer spending the night out seeing a movie with friends or something than spending Valentine’s Day alone (or at least the ones I know). I don’t think that’s the whole reason but it definitely contributes.

  • BxActor

    Zero Hour ?????? …… Let’s see if people keep tuning in

  • David Howell

    Wow, never thought I’d see Scandal build on its Grey’s lead-in. Does ABC promote it to 9pm and try Grey’s at 8? I would say that it’s tempting, but there’s too much overlap with Idol. I’m sure millions have flicked from Fox to NBC at 8:59 every Thursday in spring for some time.

    Amazing crash for Community, anything to do with the fact it was a Halloween special on V-Day? But with a syndication deal already in place and the carnage around it, I think Community could get renewed with a 1.1!

    Zero Hour will be literal by episode four. Can’t wait for that 0.9 rating for the jokes… And I’m sure TVBTN will take advantage in the headline!

  • Ram510

    Seem like the younger skewing shows took the biggest hit like Community and Glee. Hopefully Community bounces back

    And why would ABC yet again premiere another series on valentines day? It doesn’t work

  • ToXiX


    You mean when it goes up to a 1.7?

  • Dude

    Keep in mind that Grey’s is an aging series reaching the end of its run while Scandal is just getting started. It’s not as hard to beat Grey’s as it was five years ago. The departures of Lexie and Mark as well as the general awfulness of this season have definitely impacted the ratings.

  • Keith

    Not surprised that POI only dropped .1. I always assumed its audience consisted of a bunch of single men with no lovelife.

  • Tommy M.
  • Billy

    BBT vs. Idol within its half hour :

    TBBT 17.62 million 5.4/17 demo

    Idol 11.36 million 3.3/11 demo

    TBBT is just crushing Idol. FOX really needs to consider getting Idol away from TBBT next season.

  • Wright

    Does anyone know the half hour ratings for TVD? i really hope it adjusts up. The episode was really good.

  • CLay

    I don’t understand why people hate on Scandal and Revenge. @_@
    They’re both delicious shows in their own right
    And I hope they all get renewed.

    People aren’t watching TV the way they used to, so it’s harder to tell which shows are really flopping.

    If anything, I would say that Revenge is less likely to be renewed, not on these numbers, but for the fact that Emily Van Camp is now the lead in the new Captain America Film, which will likely contract her for other things. Since Disney owns Marvel and ABC and Marvel Movies are racking in so much dough, they’d probably focus more on her film contract than TV contract.

    Or maybe that has nothing to do with it and I’m talking out my ass. Regardless. Scandal is awesome in its own way and Revenge is too. Revenge did some ridiculous things this season, doesn’t mean it wont figure it out though.

    I have no idea why Glee is still in production. You would think with all the fees and licensing for the music they need, and with these dismal numbers that the show would be ending soon.

  • tv_viewer

    Maybe I can add some clarification to Petar’s complaint about this website. Around 11:20 AM eastern time (in the United States) I used Google Chrome web browser to see if Spoiler Tv had the ratings for Thursday’s shows. They did and included a table with the surprising information that Scandal’s 2.8 did better than Grey Anatomy’s 2.7. I wanted to confirm this information so I went to this website but I got an error message “Error establishing a database connection”. For some reason I was able to access Spoiler TV’s web pages this morning but couldn’t access TvByTheNumbers web pages for a short time this morning.

  • Blake

    Maybe next season ABC will flip Grey’s and Scandal.

    That’s an all-time series low for American Idol. It’s down about 2 rating points from this time last year. And it’s only February.

    When the dust settles in May, it seems we’ll see the biggest season-to-season drop for Idol.

  • J

    These ratings are garbage.

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