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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  • MichaelChickless

    I’m not going to mention Max in this post.

  • Melissa

    Also, it’s funny how everyone bashes Max on a weekly basis, but the second he says he’s leaving you’re all begging him to stay.

  • Scandalfan

    Ah Max you ruined my fun I really enjoyed reading your posts in fact they always put a smile on my face too bad that you feel you have to leave. I think folks got mad because you spoke the truth. Anyways good luck to you. Come to the Scandal Board on ABC.

  • mar

    Last week it was GA against Scandal, this week GA against POI.


  • Carl

    I wanted Raj on BBT to move beyond the stale stories of being alone and unhappy, but the new woman he’s with just seems grafted onto the show. I like the idea of the guys having their own lives and love interests, but I am kind of tired of Bernadette too. Amy is a great character (especially when she does more than pine for Sheldon), so I’d keep her.

  • CookyMonzta

    When the first show’s ratings were revealed, I predicted Idol to finish at #6 overall (#5 for Wed. and #7 for Thurs.). Right now, it’s a dice roll, and this week was much better than last week.

    If the show can maintain 14 to 14.5 million on Wed., and 13.5 to 14 million on Thurs. from here on out, they might stay at #6 throughout. However, if they start slipping into 12-million and even 11-million territory, and cough up 3.5s or less in the demo, they could drop a spot or two. They WILL finish in the top 10 this year, though.

  • Jazz

    @BigBrotherFan and @bsp
    I like Deception as well. One of maybe 4 people who has hung in there with that one.
    It was If I Didn’t Know Better that drew me into Nashville.

    It was Fitz and Olivia that drew me into Scandal.
    It was the slick smoothness that got me to come back to Revenge week after week (in the beginning). I loved how things were connected.
    I can’t fully explain why I watch Deception but I like it. I do. And I know it is not a strong show and probably not long for this world.

    But, NBC is super weird this season. I am unsure of their strategy. What I praised as brilliant last fall simply stumps me now.

    Friends, Frasier, Cosby Show, Cheers, Seinfield. Family Ties?? And a bunch of others I probably watched.

    I like the ides of airing Suits. I love that idea.

  • MichaelChickless

    I would never say Grey’s sucks. It’s just not for me. But I do love when POI wins its hour!

  • Keith

    Posted February 22, 2013 at 1:31 PM
    @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.

    @David, not sure why you are so concerned with my panties. Methinks someone is little “curious.”

    Max>Petar any day!

  • I like this show

    @Rob 60990

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

    Why don’t you try minding your own business? Do you have cats that need fed also?


    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

    If ABC wasn’t protecting GA, WHY? Couldn’t they launch Last Resort at 9pm? OFF OF A “GREAT” GA lead in. They could of had 3 hit shows on Thursday but no ABC decided to keep GA at 9pm to avoid the blood bath of going against TBBT. Go ahead “gloat” I will keep laughing at how pathetic GA fans lives are lol.

  • Alecia

    @ rob60990

    Whether or not Scandal could have done better is not the point. GCB aired 10 episodes and 6 of those had less than a 2.0 while Scandal only aired 7 and and had 2 at 1.9.

  • Keith

    It’s funny when people belittle other people for “personal attacks” and then they go on to personally attack other people like “I like this show” just did.

  • PurpleDrazi

    @sarah NZ – “COOL B5 is still 1 of my top 5 programmes ever”

    I should have guessed by the way you talk about the recent POI episode. Nobody seems to appreciate a well thought out and intricate storyline anymore. JMS was great with that. I will never forget the day I was watching an episode in season 4 and suddenly realized that I was seeing something play out that was hinted at in the very first episode of season 1! B5 had a great overall mythology that was expertly woven in among threads of other other storylines and character arcs.

    Anyway, I am starting to see shades of that kind of story telling in POI and I hope it continues. All I care about are the ratings are good enough to get another season. I’ll leave all the arguments and attitudes to other folks.

  • chris23

    @ MichaelChickless
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 1:52 PM
    “I’m not going to mention Max in this post.”

    You Just Did by typing that sentence.

    In my response to Max leaving and people “rebelling” against TVBTN because it is not the same as years ago.

    I have enjoyed this website back when heroes used to get good ratings, CW was somewhat respectable On MONDAY Nights with One Tree Hill, and Chuck Fans used to “troll”(as you people frequently use this term)the website giving it lots of hits.

    With that said I think a lot of people overreact to Max. I post a lot. I like Revenge, never watched Scandal, and root for the CW Network primarily because it is the underdog and gets no respect. I love Ratings, ratios, numbers, dvr lists, percentages, season to season comparisons, and most of all I like to have conversations and debates about shows I love.

    I have always seen Max on here. As of late, this week in particular, I’ve seen a lot of commenters complain and whine. I for one, do not think, NO let me correct myself, I KNOW Max is a person who sits at the computer, types about his favorite shows, and aims to get reactions of those who are most sensitive about their shows. He stated his opinion, He never made death threats, he never cursed or called names, he just backlashed against shows and stirred up more drama then a LOST EPISDOE during its 6 season run.

    He loved reactions, which you fed into. I for one, never reacted to him, I just came on here for my own reasons as stated above, my own personal enjoyment. I see a commenter who is overbearing, which I hate to burst your bubbles but there is far worse than MAX, I could name a couple annoying screen names who bash shows and constantly get on my nerves, but I don’t react to stupidity, and thats just what it is. You fed fuel to a fire that was already lit, you pretty much spread it.

    So for Max to sit there and type a message saying he will never be returning to this website is just pure idiotic and stupidity. It is a free country, and unless he is causing harm or threatening someone, just ignore him. Just like I ingore a lot of CW fans who go on about how 90210 is better than Carrie and it destroyed its ratings, BATB is better than Secret Circle, or Nikita is better than Hart of Dixie. The truth of the matter is these shows on the CW are all underperforming and need to get out of the gutter, so your arguements to me are null and void!!! I choose to respond,reply or even post my own opinions and move on. If someone says something I do not like, I don’t give them the type of day.

  • I like this show


    Feed your cats!

  • chris23

    I mean to type I don’t give them the **** TIME**** OF DAY not type of day lol..

  • Keith

    My pussy has already been fed!

  • CookyMonzta

    @Anthony Parello (AP076): I thought I heard something about a Dane Cook show set to air on network TV. Now that I know where it came from (NBC), I shouldn’t be surprised that it never aired.

  • chris23

    Now onto ratings.

    Good for Vampire Diaries.. I wonder if there is a possibility for an upward adjustment. With the week CW has had, this is good news for the net. A 3rd place finish against first run episodes on NBC and ABC is nothing to sneeze at.

    I wish there was a way to get more information via website views, Hulu views, and Itunes purchases(well maybe not Itunes since it is purchased but advertisers wouldn’t care about it b/c there are no commercials) to add to the nielsen viewers. I watch shows online at abcgo.com and Thecw.com and they air commercials every 7-10 minutes for me to continue. I think if it has commercials like HULU does and network websites then these numbers should be tracked as well.

    I understand not tracking Netflix as advertisers would not be interested as Netflix is not current with new episodes and does not air commercials. However Network websites, streaming websites like Hulu and others are so it would be interesting to see these numbers added to the format of nielsen. A lot of younger people, such as myself, are moving with a different era in which we use computers, ipads to access hulu or network websites to watch our favorite shows when we have busy schedules. I’m just saying this would be an accurate way for advertisers to see what else people are doing to view their favorite shows.

  • smh

    *spoiler alert*
    I adored scandal until episode 2×13, when it departed from reality by giving Verna the most ridiculous motive for murder ever.
    If ANYONE can explain to me how assassinating President Grant and helping his unelected VP, a person who couldn’t even win the PRIMARY, to become president was an act of patriotism, I’d be very interested to hear it.
    The only explanation I can find is that Verna’s tumour had spread to her brain and was affecting her reason.
    Huck seemingly teleported into Hollis’ elevator and identified both himself and Charlie in spite of an ENTIRE episode previously devoted to their anonymity.
    Fitz offed Verna and forgave EVERYONE but the woman he loved(because that’s what people usually do??)
    It was ludicrous.
    I kept watching though, still disbelieveing as Fitz was given a brand new personality in the service of the most contrived love triangle I’ve seen in some time.
    I didn’t watch yesterday. And if they keep forcing the Jake subplot they will find more and more viewers will tune off permanently.
    Right now, the ratings are still good because people are holding on for the show to return to the winning formula of Fitz and Olivia’s turbulent romance, and interesting stand alone stories.
    I suspect it may go the way of Dynasty instead.
    If Shonda Rhimes, doesn’t return the show to sanity soon, look out for alien abductions amidst falling ratings in season 4.

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