Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory', 'Parks and Recreation', 'Grey's Anatomy' & 'Elementary' Adjusted Up; 'Beauty and the Beast' Adjusted Down

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February 22nd, 2013

The Big Bang Theory was adjusted up two tenths, Parks and Recreation, Grey's Anatomy, and Elementary were each adjusted up a tenth while Beauty and the Beast was adjusted down a tenth among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Thursday broadcast ratings.

Broadcast primetime final ratings for Thursday:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory (8-8:31PM) 5.6/17 17.62
FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 3.9/10 13.66
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.3/4 2.91
ABC Zero Hour 1.1/3 5.39
NBC Community 1.1/3 3.08
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men (8:31-9:01PM) 3.9/11 13.41
NBC Parks and Recreation 1.4/4 3.07
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy (9-10:02PM) 3.1/8 8.75
CBS Person of Interest  (9:01-10:01PM) 2.9/7 14.22
NBC Parks and Recreation (9-9:31PM) 1.4/4 2.95
CW Beauty and the Beast 0.5/1 1.52
9:30 NBC 1600 Penn (9:31-10:01PM) 1.0/3 2.34
10:00 ABC Scandal (10:02-11PM) 2.7/7 7.68
CBS Elementary (10:01-11PM) 2.4/6 11.19
NBC Law & Order: SVU - R 1.1/3 3.88

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • John

    Sorry. That should say, “Maybe it will bomb next season and be canceled.”

  • Jacob

    did anyone notice the bad audio on Zero Hour? The back ground noise and sound track drowned out the people talking, or was it just my dvr? I deleted it 15 minutes into the show. Elementary will be on for a long time if Lucy Liu and the guy playing Sherlock stay. Neither one could be replaced.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I just watched Beauty and the Beast and PoI – a day late.

    Anyone agree that Cat’s sister on BATB is one of the most annoying characters on any show? I’m seriously hoping she dies and soon. :-) I know some people don’t like her partner, but the sister is infinitely worse.

    The episode was incredibly lame. It was a comedy of errors and stupidity as virtually all the characters behaved like morons. One of the worst episodes of that show yet. Because of this episode I’m developing a severe dislike of the show, more so than at any time since the premiere. I was tolerating it pretty well up until this episode.

    As for PoI, that episode was excellent. Arguably one of the top two or three episodes yet. Sarah Shahi was excellent as was Amy Acker. I agree with whoever said here that we’re likely to see Shahi again soon, and of course we’ll see “root” again, too. Helps that Shahi is seriously hot, of course. :-)

  • jake

    NBC…just pathetic, they have to cancel all the comedys except P&R and Go On, maybe…Whitney, but only to keep a hole covered on the schedule.
    There’s too many sitcoms in tv right now…I think we need more dramas..

  • ateofi

    Good to see Elementary adjust up, I hoped PoI would go up as well – it was briliant episode on Thursday. Scandal continues to do very well.

  • ateofi

    Zero hour is a waste of time – and to think it replaced terrific Last resort.

  • toadytoady

    More people watched a repeat of SVU than Community?
    And they got the same demo?
    SVU rerun was most watched show on NBC on Thursday?

  • Serial Rocker


    I agree, for the most part. I said last year that The CW had made a mistake in axing The Secret Circle. Again, I wasn’t a massive fan, but it was enjoyable enough, and had the potential to improve a great deal. Its numbers, in my opinion at least, should have given it a second season. I’m certain given the extremely limited success of the new crop of CW shows they would probably now agree.

    And The Originals will certainly take the Thursday 9pm slot next season. BatB will likely be shifted to Friday, after Nikita.


    To answer your last question, no. Seriously, NO!

  • CookyMonzta

    Clue me in on this: Has there ever been a season where EVERY SINGLE NEW SHOW on ONE network was either canceled before the end of the season or failed to be renewed for a 2nd season? My memory is very fuzzy, but I think sometime during the late-’90s or the early-’00s, one network (I think it was ABC) suffered the loss of every new show except one.

  • ateofi

    I’m not sure about the past but since like three years it’s been one big masacre with shows and ratings. New series get cancelled after barely two episodes i.e. Made in Jersey, The job by CBA and Do no harm by NBC. Quite a few shows were cancelled after mid-season 13 episodes i.e. 666 park avenue, Last Resort, Zero Hour by ABC, probably Deception by NBC and of course there are only season shows like Vegas by CBS. No to mention very expensive failure cancelled after season 1 in previous years: The event, Terra Nova, Flash forward, V. Also, older shows are struggling i.e. The Mentalist, Hawaii Five O, Castle. New shows which get full season fail to gain good ratings i.e. Nashville, Chicago Fire, Elementary etc…

  • CookyMonzta

    @ateofi: I’ve been scouring the Web for the season in which a single network came up empty with their new shows. I haven’t found one yet, but last year was quite atrocious nonetheless: FOX’s 2011-12 season had only 2 survivors out of 9, and 4 of NBC’s 13 shows made it to its sophomore year. CBS was 2-for-7 last season, but they had a schedule full of hits and didn’t have to work as hard to put new shows on TV.

  • Oliver


    I can’t think of any recent seasons when networks cancelled all their new shows, but I can think of a few where they cancelled everything but one.

    In 2008-09, NBC cancelled everything except Parks and Recreation.

    In 2007-08, CBS cancelled everything except The Big Bang Theory.

    In 2006-07, Fox cancelled everything except Til Death.

  • Russs

    Seriously if the CW renew Beauty & the Beast for a second season on he back of those ratings at this point int he seasn it will be the final F YOU at all Secret Circle fans around the world.

  • CC

    I have been watching this POI/Greys discussion with great amusement and I am wondering why is it even happening. Why compare a nine year old show with a two year old show? BOTH shows are going to be renewed next season because in the end, it doesn’t matter how they perform against each other, it is about how they perform against other shows in their individual network.
    Here are some truths:
    (a) POI will always have the bigger viewing audience
    (b) Greys has done better in the 18-49 demo on most occasions, except for a few exceptions
    (c) Greys is the highest rated drama on the ABC network. Its DVR + 7 numbers are impressive for the 18-49 demo, always in the upper 4’s, landing it among the top three dramas across broadcast networks in the 18-49 demo on a consistent basis.
    (d) POI’s 18-49 demo and viewing numbers may not compare to CBS top drama NCIS but it performs well enough to be renewed.

    Ergo, what is the big deal? They are both going to be renewed, Greys for Season 10 and POI for Season 3.

  • Oliver
  • Serial Rocker

    I think the networks are going to have to start lowering the bar as far as what they consider success for new shows. Most people I know won’t even bother watching a new series until it has become something of an established hit, because they are fed up with getting into a story that will never get to see a conclusion. I’ve already been burned by 666 Park Avenue this season, and probably Cult now as well, so I understand the dilemma. The only problem is that as more people start thinking that way, more and more new shows will start off with mediocre to poor ratings and get axed by default of nobody taking a risk with them in the first place. Self-fulfilling prophecy, if you like.

    Take Cult, for example. Midseason replacement so already the odds are stacked against it, in a timeslot that does nothing to help it succeed. Straightaway, you’re going to assume it’s doomed. But if you’re like me, you give it a go. Then you see the ratings for the first episode. Already I’m questioning whether or not to watch episode two, as I’m sure are the majority of people aware of how poorly it performed, so ratings will dip again.

    There needs to be some level of trust regained between the networks and the viewers looking for new serialised drama, or those viewers will migrate to cable channels altogether and the nets will eventually find themselves with nothing but reality programming on their schedules.

  • tommie

    Beauty and the Beast is dead. Despite Vampire Diaries posting higher numbers than usual it still failed to catch up.

  • sonja

    B&B was boring and the two actors have no chemistry between them and they have a bad acting. DELETE!

  • Dan

    Bye Bye BATB, maybe CW will have better luck in that slot with The Originals

  • iggy

    Most people I know won’t even bother watching a new series until it has become something of an established hit, because they are fed up with getting into a story that will never get to see a conclusion.

    Well, I sampled every new network show this Fall and didn’t like any of them. So maybe that’s it.

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