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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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • bsp

    Two early songs that I especially liked were “”No One Will Ever Love You”, by Rayna and Deacon in episode 2, and “Fade Into You” performed by Scarlett & Gunnar in episode 3. Kind of cut from the same cloth, musically, and both especially effective in the context of their respective episodes…

  • JJ

    @Tea: “Beating” POI is a pretty subjective thing. I’d argue POI is beating it. Not to down Grey’s success at all. I still watch it. But I doubt CBS is all too worried about POI’s competition.

    Plus, against stronger competition, POI is a little bit more proof as to what a real shining star looks like, as opposed to the softer Scandal.

  • Andrew

    @BigBrother: How childish are YOU?

    Did your parents raise you to claim people are having HISSY fits? Thats the problem with macho guys like you always come across as cocky above it all and superior give me a fing break dude.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    I wish the filter was set to prevent comments with the word “FLOP” from posting.

  • bob

    Unless it’s adjusted up, last night’s POI was the 2nd lowest rating of the season. They lost over half a million viewers after the first 30 minutes. That doesn’t exactly say they were going in the right direction. I sincerely hope it goes back up next week as this is my favorite show (last night’s piece of crap notwithstanding).

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Posted February 22, 2013 at 12:02 PM
    “Point is, BaTB beat Arrow & won a PCA! That should as least count for something good.”

    $5.00 and a People’s Choice Award will buy you a cup of Starbucks only.
    The only thing BATB winning over Arrow shows it that BATB fans have a little more time (and organization) to keep hitting enter over and over and over again.

  • kbmv

    I don’t like the fact that Raj has a wierd girlfriend and Howard has a pretty girl. I don’t see any girl who would pick Howard over Raj. Raj is actually very handsome.

  • mmel

    That’s why you hate Scandal? I watched GCB too, but come on? the better show won and that was a year ago get over it.

  • chezmoi

    Is the main problem with NBC that with it showing the Olympics (every two years)? This implies that:
    a) it requires the Superbowl to fully develop ratings these days. Otherwise its drama output becomes Cult (eg Chuck and even Betty White) rather than mainstream. For instance, do you really believe NCIS would get 20 Million viewers on NBC? see (e)
    b) NBC has stopped trying to find the new Friends/Frasier?
    c) sport works on NBC (MNF confirms this). It should show more on primetime
    d) no more attempts to find more intellectual primetime drama like L&O: CI
    e) Competitor channels can compete against it quite easily for most of its output.

  • mmel

    Sorry I meant to address the coment above to rob60990. See I miss Max already, come back max, pleeeease.

  • halaci

    @Mithrandir: no matter how many times it is explained, this topic comes back again. The shows are not cancelled because of the 18-49 ratings, neither they are kept on screen because of that. According to the years of experience (experience, not rules!), the 18-49 ratings are very good indicators of what will be the fate of the show. These numbers are freely available, so everybody can play their little betting game with them, but no show ever has been cancelled because of them.

    Of course what those numbers MEAN, that can be a very decisive factor (even the greatest one) when a shows next season is decided. But on one hand Nielsen provides a bunch of other ratings as well, and advertisers can also decide which target group is important to them. It is often forgotten, that it’s the sellers who decide whom they want to advertise to, not the channels. There are many reasons why the 18-49 age group is the most important to them, believe me, it’s not picked by random. The “who has the money” is just one part of it, and not necessarily the most important one.

  • Rebecca

    I’m glad Raj appears to have a girlfriend now (and I liked that actress on RH and Scrubs). I agree with @kbmv that Raj is handsome (but to me, right now the most handsome guys on TV are Nathan Fillion and the guy who plays Dr. Danny on Mindy’s show :D). I’m slowly getting used to the Big Bang guys having girlfriends, but I still prefer the old days when there were more storylines featuring just the guys. They get older though and more settled, so getting married, etc., all happens eventually for all of them if they’re lucky.

    (And I miss GCB. And Outsourced – but that one at least ended well.)

  • I like this show


    Instead of TRYING to make a point why don’t you do something productive and go feed your hoard of cats.

  • The End

    @Anthony Parello (AP076)

    What’s wrong with the word FLOP? What else would people use to describe the few dozen shows per season that end up with dreadful ratings, like 1600 Penn for example.

    Though FLOP isn’t a word I would personally use here, some people do, and correctly. I personally prefer failure, or dreadful. But even when the numbers are awful, there’s always a fanboy or two that will get upset at you and cry hater, even when the numbers suggest said show is in trouble lol

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    “I’m willing to bet that NBC will soon have their own ‘Grubbs’ moment; that is, bring forth a TV show this coming fall that is murdered so brutally during a sneak-preview session to TV critics, that the show is canceled before it is even put on the air for the general public. I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened to TWO of their new shows.”

    Though not directly a result of critics having viewed the show, the cancellation of an NBC show while production is going on (4 episodes in) will not be an entirely new situation.

    Also NBC cancelled a second season of Southland with 6 episodes in the can before any of them aired. TNT subsequently picked up the finished episodes on the cheap.


  • rob60990

    “Scandal wasn’t unfairly renewed over GCB. It’s ratings while low was steady. GCB kept on falling and at one time got a 1.5 and Scandal’s lowest was a 1.8.”

    That episode of GCB had part 4 of an awful rated and reviewed Titanic mini-series as its lead-in. Scandal would have done no better.

    “Instead of TRYING to make a point why don’t you do something productive and go feed your hoard of cats.”

    When proven wrong, you resort to personal attacks. Classy.

  • David

    @Andrew and Keith. I apologize for getting your panties twisted. I truly hope you guys didn’t break a nail banging on your keyboards to respond to my last post.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    @The End

    Obviously there is nothing wrong with the word flop but it is currently being overused by some knuckle dragging, mouth breathing, monosyllabic posters on this site at a level that makes the comments not much fun to read is all.

    For example, Flops and Recreation, Criminal Flops, etc.
    I am hardly the first person to notice this and comment on this.
    Alas children will be children

    Plus I was half jesting with my post to begin with.

    I could also do without the discussions about the plot of Supernatural (which I love) as there are far better forums for that.
    I will just have to just continue to avert my eyes.
    I also wish there was a button that would allow me to see Ultima and Holly’s comment’s first. I am a fan.

  • bsp

    Lots of mean-spirited comments these days… guess it’s safer than road rage, or anything involving a handgun.

    But really, we’re talkin’ TV shows and ratings! Geez.

  • Melissa

    @The End and tv_viewer

    How is Greys back ontop? Person of Interest beats the show in most other demo groups and overall viewers.

    I believe Grey’s is above Person of Interest in the 18-34 group. However, Person of Interest beats Grey’s in every other age group.

    Hmm, Grey’s Anatomy wins in adults 18–34 and adults 18–49. Those are two very valuable demographics. Person of Interest wins in the irrelevant total viewership and adults 25–54. Please tell me how that means “every other age group”.

    @Petar Ivanov

    NOPE. C3 is what matters for renew/cancel index and advertisers.(POI will be renew) But PEOPLE are always MOST important. And peole speak laud and enough.

    Yes, C+3 adults 18–49 ratings are the basis for television advertising. However, please note that those ratings very closely resemble the L+SD adults 18–49 ratings. Grey’s Anatomy averages higher than Person of Interest on both of the discussed metrics. To address your statement about people being important, well yes, people are important to advertisers, but only people in the key demographics.

    You are so pathetic. Person of DisInterest? Really with 15 000 000 viewers and 2.9 in main demo? How many other shows has more viewers? Or better demo?

    I agree that Person of Interest‘s total viewership numbers are impressive, but unfortunately they do not matter to advertisers. And as for the demo, not to say it’s not good, but there are one dozen shows currently on the air averaging higher than a 2.9.

    Well too much haters, too much bias too litle thinking. That is my opinion.

    Funny how you say Grey’s Anatomy fans don’t think. Person of Interest fans, yourself included, refuse to acknowledge that Grey’s Anatomy is seven years older, and still beats “their” show most of the time.

    @gary m

    Yes, we all understand that 18-49 demo is what advertisers look at, but viewers and the industry at large still wants to know total viewers, which is why it is what the media reports most often. Don’t forget in 10 years largest demo will be 50+, and networks are very aware of this. When media is reporting top ten shows of year, POI will be on the list, Greys will not.

    Well it’s a good thing advertisers and networks don’t care about media reports. The media often reports total viewership because they are oblivious to how Nielsen ratings and television advertising work. And the largest demo already is 50+, hence why it’s the least valuable to advertisers, as they’re easier to reach than say the adults 18–34 demo.


    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?

    When Person of Interest wins I still comment on the posts, as does rob60990.

    @I like this show

    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.

    Wow, this was probably the stupidest comment I’ve seen all day. Grey’s Anatomy was moved to this slot before The Big Bang Theory even premiered. ABC is not “protecting” their nightly anchor. And they don’t need to launch new shows at 9, they were able to premiere sleeper hit Scandal at 10 last year. Also, when sophomore Person of Interest even TIES ol’ Grey’s Anatomy, the former’s fans gloat.

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