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.




NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • Andrew

    @Olive: It was one of the reasons I have no reason to lie or make that up I assure you.

    @Richard: Ty kindly for the information Ill let my sister know when I talk to her next.

    Im surprised that Nikita could be renewed also last year it was doing horribly and this year hasnt it really gotten any better?

  • SJ

    I fail to see how Community is different now. For me the quality started dropping in season 3. I feel like it’s been repetitive: the gang wants to do something, Pierce finds a way to mess it up, the dean finds elaborate ways to get closer to Jeff… rinse, repeat.


    Networks don’t pay attention to religious nutbags and joke organizations like that one, which I will not even mention by name. ABC had a bunch of shows in a similar situation ratings-wise and chose Private Practice and Scandal over GCB. Could have gone with PP and GCB, but oh well…

  • sarah nz

    @ PurpleDrazi
    Thank you for your post. PS. did you get your handle is from B5 ?

    @ Petar – you have made anti GA posts in the past (I think I’ve probably done it as well). Nice to see you have toned down the spin-off comments today.

  • Steph

    lol at American Idol. Good for Elementary. I love that show more and more.

  • JC

    Couldn’t agree more Halaci. Person of Interest as far as I can tell, doesn’t have any true filler episodes. Everything connects.

  • Richard Steven Hack


    No – he doesn’t have any. :-)

    “was likely some 40-something year old 400 pound ugly dude sitting @ his moms basement with an old IBM DESKTOP.”

    I’m actually 65. weigh half that, my mom is dead for over twenty years, and my system is a AMD Phenom 9650 quad-core – a little out of date, but still fully functional. I hope to upgrade sometime this year. :-)

    “Sad.Sad.Sad. How can you people let stuff like that affect you to that point? it only makes you look laughable.”

    Which this post of yours makes you NOT? :-)

    “YOU THERE RICHARD? Hope your happy MAX is gone”

    You betcha!! :-) Site has improved enormously! :-)

  • The End

    There are more measured groups than that. Not sure what you meant by that comment anyway, if you could rephrase.

    I’m aware of how well/poorly both shows do in almost every way.

  • sarah nz

    @ TheEnd ateofi Sarah Mon Dat – loved the episode and you all reiterated the reasons why very concisely, can sort of see the point of view of other PoI fans being disapointed but totally don’t agree with it ‘jumped the shark’ posts elsewhere (but JN seemed to be prepared for some backlash from some reasuring comments about the next episode on twitter).

    Happy that PoI got 2.9, thanks eridepo for the halves. Don’t think it will adjust up in the finals this week :(

    ZeroHour got what I expected after guessing way too high for the pilot, watched it and kept on asking myself why am I still watching this – can sort of guess where the story is going but still have the strange pull to watch next week (if only to see who was in the front seat with the ‘angel of death’ and the wife)… so slightly more compelling than Revolution but I still feel slightly dirty for watching it :(

    NBC is contining it seems to collapse, think it needs to do monster ratings for the Voice and Revolution to get 2nd over Fox or is that too far gone for the season ? The comedies seem very niche, having never watched any longer than 5mins if ever but just looking at the total audience.

    ABC has to be very happy, just the matter of the 8pm hour that needs fixing (don’t think any show (drama or comedy) has a chance in that time slot).

    CW – no opinion since Arrow and Supernatural are renewed, got the pilot of Cult to watch still..

    Fox – is that 3.9 a bit lower than they expected ?

  • David

    Wow. Look at all the lonely women and effeminate men getting all catty about Greys barely beating POI.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Andrew: “Im surprised that Nikita could be renewed also last year it was doing horribly and this year hasnt it really gotten any better?”

    Nikita was renewed for syndication reasons. WB clearly believes Maggie Q is a bit enough star in Asia that they can get decent syndication sales based on that. Now that it was renewed for a third season, it’s a lock for a season four for the same reasons.

    As for its ratings, although it has dipped now and again to as low as .3, it appears to be mostly stable at .5. For a Friday on the CW, that’s not awful. CW shows that do .5 on a week night are worse.

  • jules

    Hey Melissa and Rob where have you guys been? Now you pump your fists because a show you like beats a show you don’t like. Where are you when it is the other way around?

  • Dani

    @Dw and @Nikki

    The TVD fans are happy because it’s done fantastically well compared to everything else on it’s network. Yes, a 1.3 demo in isolation is not a good number at all. But on the CW? It’s great. The CW ranks fifth in it’s timeslot pretty much every timeslot of every week. For TVD to be third in it’s timeslot, when it’s up against two huge shows and no repeats? That is a huge accomplishment, so of course the fans are happy. People aren’t stupid, they’re well aware that a 1.3 rating, when compared to ratings on the big 4, is not a good number at all. But CW ratings are a whole different ball game. Case in point – TVD has already been renewed, along with Arrow and SPN. If those shows had been on any other network, they’d be in cancellation positions. But on the CW? They’re doing so good they got (very) early renewals. So I don’t see the problem in the fans celebrating, the rating IS great (it’s just relative to the network it airs on). When you consider the show that came second on the CW this week got a 0.9, a 1.3 is a great rating.

  • Jazz

    I like Zero Hour but I don’t think it will make it. Does anyone know how much it costs ABC? Looks spendy. Falls short. I just like these types of shows but they go away. Terra Nova. The Event. Life on Mars. Somehow Revolution hung around much to my surprise. I agree with others. Should be on Sunday. Maybe after OUAT.

    I like Community but they really should have opened this season with yesterday’s ep. It was classic Community. Oh well. Hard to root for a show that returns from a long hiatus with a weaker show. Now looking forward to Grimm.

    I think Nashville looks good but it’s focusing on the wrong things, mainly the two leads. Hardly a likable or rootable one between them. The men are soft and emasculated. Not fun to see regularly in a show. Woman can be smart, strong and tough without being whiny (Rayna) and ‘itchy (Juliette). A small amount of this is fun but it overwhelms the show. And I like me some soaps. Nashville is a really really good looking show that does an amazing job of capturing the music industry and the feel of a southern town/city. I love the music and I am not a country fan. But those leads and the constant nastiness and whining really grow old. I find myself watching more for the sets. I love Rayna’s kitchen. Oh the the bathroom she was in last week, while moping, was so stunning I had to rewind a few times. That tub. Oh my.

    There are some strong male actors on the show but they don’t do nuthin’ I wish the show were more about the music industry (because they do a really good job with that part) and less about the unlikable leads and their moods and issues and tantrums.

    Emily and Queen Victoria are both wealthy women but they don’t constantly go at it. Neither does Olivia but she’s a bit yelly. Though smart. Very, very smart.

    Sorry for this long post. I lurk a lot. I learn so much from you guys, posting drama aside. BTW, the posting drama here parallels Rayna and Juliette, at least in my opinion.

  • The End

    @sarah nz

    Well said and I agree. Unsure why people could think the show jumped the shark, they clearly didn’t understand what Jonathan Nolan was trying to put across with this episode. I think he’s a fantastic writer/producer and you know episodes he personally writes/directs are going to be special(Granted he co wrote the script with Amanda Segel, even so it was pure quality).

    I honestly can’t imagine many more episodes like this in the shows future, it had to be done, and I think Nolan was thinking long term with this show, like he views the show as a book and added some substance to the story.

  • bsp

    That was GREAT episode of POI last night… the viewing hour flew by. I watched it again this morning. Good stuff! I was happy to read that Sarah Shahi will have a recurring role (not sure how many episodes)… her character adds another piece to the puzzle.

    Zero Hour is also amazing, but like most of America, I’m not watching it during its broadcast time. I have watched both episodes on the ABC web site. They put a lot of money into that show, but it’s doomed because of the time slot, because most broadcast viewers don’t want to watch a show that requires them to really pay attention, because the serial nature of the show means that it would be hard for viewers to get on board later, or maybe just because they don’t want to watch a bald 50-year-old lead actor. I hope that by some means the show get to tell a complete story before its “time is up”…

  • PurpleDrazi

    @ Sarah NZ – “PS. did you get your handle is from B5 ?”

    Yes! I was wondering if anyone would get it. :-)

  • I like this show

    LOL@ the GA fans

    Do you people not get they protected your little show? Instead on putting it at 8pm and launching new shows off of it they put it at 9pm TO AVOID TBBT. WHY? Because it would of got slaughtered going against TBBT. But continue to beat your chests when it beats POI by .1 in the ratings I will continue to laugh.

  • Andrew

    @Richard: Ty again for the information I was a fan still am but ive missed the second season and the now third one lol For some reason my interest waned after the first season.

    Speaking of computers mines really bad it cant even play the up to date games but a friend of mine says all I need is windows 8 and a new graphics card I have a dell vista computer 64 bit the graphics card is an ATI Radeon 3200 HD.

  • Holly

    @I like this show,

    Grey’s has been in that timeslot for at least 8 years. It’s placement has nothing to do with TBBT.

  • Andrew

    @david: Ignorant people like you are the problem with our society today not capable of EVOLVING.

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