TV Ratings Thursday: 'American Idol', 'Vampire Diaries', 'Grey's Anatomy' & 'Two and a Half Men' Up; 'Big Bang Theory' Dips, 'Scandal' Flat, 'Zero Hour' Falls

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February 22nd, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.9/10 3.3/9 2.5/7 2.2/6 1.2/3 0.9/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.9/9 2.1/7 2.3/7 1.7/6 1.2/4 1.0/3
Total Viewers (million) 13.504 13.522 5.843 7.161 3.173 2.223


FOX won the night in adults 18-49 while CBS was on top in Total Viewers.

On FOX, a two hour American Idol scored a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating up 8 percent from a 3.7 for last week’s hour long episode.

On CBS The Big Bang Theory earned a 5.4 down 2 percent from last week's 5.5 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men scored a 3.9 up 3 percent from last week's 3.8 adults 18-49 rating. Person of Interest garnered a 2.9 down 3 percent from last week's 3.0 adults 18-49 rating. Elementary notched a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating even with last week.

On ABC Zero Hour earned a 1.1 down 21 percent from a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating for last week’s premiere. Grey’s Anatomy scored a 3.0 up 7 percent from last week's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Scandal garnered 2.7 among adults 18-49, even with last week. The majority of you accurately predicted Grey’s Anatomy would beat Scandal.

On NBC, Community scored a series low 1.1 down 8 percent from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Parks and Recreation earned a series low 1.3 down 13 percent from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49. A second episode at 9PM garnered a 1.4 among adults 18-49 at 9PM, compared to last week’s 2.0 for regular time period occupant The Office. 1600 Penn garnered a series low 1.0 adults 18-49 rating down 9 percent from a 1.1 for its last original on February 7.

On the CW, The Vampire Diaries earned a 1.3 from up 30 percent from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. Beauty and the Beast scored a 0.6 up 20 percent from last week's 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, February 21, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.4/16 17.35
FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 3.9/10 13.50
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.3/4 2.89
ABC Zero Hour 1.1/3 5.32
NBC Community 1.1/3 3.08
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men 3.9/11 13.44
NBC Parks and Recreation 1.3/4 3.03
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.0/8 8.54
CBS Person of Interest 2.9/8 14.13
NBC Parks and Recreation 1.4/4 2.91
CW Beauty and the Beast 0.6/1 1.56
9:30 NBC 1600 Penn 1.0/3 2.30
10:00 ABC Scandal 2.7/7 7.62
CBS Elementary 2.3/6 11.05
NBC Law & Order: SVU - R 1.1/3 3.86


via press note:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.9/8; 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,> "> 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.8/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.9/5.
> * From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.5/5 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
> * From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.5/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/4 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.




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  • Oliver


    I’ll never quite forgive ABC for GCB and Better Off Ted, among other things…

    If I were you, I’d give ABC credit for BOT’s miracle second season renewal.

    GCB was a harsh cancellation, though, although somewhat understable.

  • Andrew

    @Oliver: GCB was mainly canceled due to that religious extremist group called One Million Moms it would have stood a chance if not for them and the bad ratings.

  • DW

    can we say that there is nothing on television worth watching. people are excited that TVD came in 3rd in its slot. a 1.3 and 2.89 million isnt capturing america’s hearts. it just means no one watches network television anymore.

  • Lauren

    Why are BATB fans happy? Last week, ratings were down “because of Valentine’s Day and Vampire Diaries” Today, Vampire Diaries ratings are good, it’s not Valentin’s Dany anymore, and you’re happy with a 0,6 on the demo? lol

  • halaci

    @Sarah, @Petar Ivanov: Thanks!

    @Petar: though I don’t rule out that in the distant future Shaw’s character could get a spinoff, I think it’s very unlikely soon (eg. before the end of next season

    @Carla: I think you missed that PoI is a Superhero comics just without the capes and pantyhoses. Up till now Muscle and Brain (with some help of the meager mortals) could fend off all the threats of the secondary and solitary evils.

    But as the story goes, bigger and mightier enemies comes into the picture and those two alone would not be enough against them even with their superpowers, so they needed allies. Allies who are in the same league as they are and as their potential enemies are. Finch has already got a backup with Pierce. Now Reese has somebody too, who can keep the pace with him. Bringing in somebody like Shaw was necessary and I appreciate that Nolan did it now, in a kind of btw style and doesn’t trick her out from his hat as a deus ex machina in the episode when she will be needed. Both Pierce and Shaw needed an episode to establish them into the show, to set what they are able to do and why they will be willing to do it. They aren’t regulars, they won’t take the limelight away from the duo, but are unaviodable ones.

    IMHO the show will now return to their “normal” way, folding out the Root vs Finch and the SC vs Finch/Reese plot till the finale when Kara’s virus will activate and turn the tables on everybody. (Spicing it with some HR-Fusco-Carter plot, just to save us from being bored. :))) )

    I must say that I admire the very conscious planning what Nolan does on the show. In case of a procedural show the usual method is to define (maybe) one plot for the season, setting 3-5 key episodes which deal with it and then just fill the gaps between them with random cases. They don’t plan those ones in advance. The best what I have seen before was that the regular characters mentioned something in those episodes about the main plot.

    In PoI, because of the intertwining threads it’s not enough. Take the Rikers episode. To make the fight between the aryas and Reese, plus Elias being “helpful”, those actors whom we haven’t seen since the season premiere had to be being booked, months before for the time when this episode was shot. They needed to be in that exact episode, not just in one of them. The same is with Amy Acker. It’s a non-spectacular but tremendous work and requires a very elaborate concept of the whole season, not just the next few episodes.

  • Stephen

    Community is dead. It’s sad, but the show just isn’t the same. It’s a shell of its former sell. Reminds me of Scrubs: The New Class.

  • samurai99

    Elementary and Scandal appear to have it their respective peaks. Might go up on the finale, but I doubt we’ll see much movement before.

    @ Max

    People wouldn’t hate you as much if you didn’t make it obvious that you don’t even bother to check what happened with the ratings before bashing shows. I’ve been coming to this site for two months, and I’ve seen you say a show’s ratings went down when they went up at least 5 times.


    No way Elementary isn’t getting a full season order. It’s the second highest rated 10 PM drama.

  • Andrew

    My sister loves BATB does anyone know if its been renewed yet?

  • gerry

    do people really have to put spoilers all over these pages? I HAVEN’T SEEN TVD YET!

  • Tristan

    Zero hour has a good premise, but casting A. Edwards was a big mistake. He’s very bland.

  • BigBrotherFan


    No. ABC stupidly put in a 20/20 oscar special that did a HUGE 1.3 18-49

  • Nikki

    @DW – this shows why a show like TVD will remain, the fans aren’t that bright. Being happy over a 1.3 rating??? I realize the demo for the show is 13+ but my goodness this is laughable on equal footing to the show’s content.

  • SueP

    @AShley – Yes, Jim Parsons is fantastic in TBBT, but without the set-ups from the others playing straight man to his absurd character, he wouldn’t be nearly as funny. It’s usually Leonard’s reactions or quiet quips, or Howard’s delivery or Penny’s confusion and obvious disdain that get the laughs from me. I do love Sheldon, but the others play their parts extremely well and their comedic timing is perfect. Without them, Sheldon would be a shell of a nerd. :)

  • BigBrotherFan

    I, for one, will never forgive ABC for THE NINE.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Haven’t watched last night’s episodes yet, so this is based solely on the ratings report.

    TVD did excellently.

    Zero Hour confirms its death has not been exaggerated. :-)

    BATB appears to be stabilizing at .5-.6. I suspect this is because the conspiracy is being emphasized. However I haven’t watched last night’s episode yet so I can’t be sure. If so, however, this might give BATB a shot at surviving. HoD still has the edge, however, because of the potential for syndication being in season two and angling for a season three.

    Finally, MAX IS LEAVING! Oh, happy day! :-)

    Of course, that really means he’s going to shift over to some sock puppet identity… :-)

  • Oliver


    I doubt that was the reason. I don’t think ABC was ever committed to the show, which is why it premiered in March.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Andrew: “My sister loves BATB does anyone know if its been renewed yet?”

    No, it hasn’t and the odds are not good because its ratings are fairly poor. However, if it can claw its way back up to .6-.7, it might have a shot.

  • Keith

    Funny that American Idol is up on the night it’s Boys !!!

  • Anne Idiot

    Must Flee TV

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Halaci: I agree that PoI has definitely transcended its initial “procedural” form in a very intelligent way. I did not think this show was at all compelling in its first half of the first season. But by end of season one I found it much more compelling. This season has been even better.

    My favorite characters are Zoe and Root. I liked Reese’s ex-partner as well, but it seems she died (probably because Annie Parisse is on The Following this season.)

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