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

Categories: '

Written By

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.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.
You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.


Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

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.

For more information see Numbers 101.

  • MichaelChickless

    @chris23 “You Just Did [mention Max] by typing that sentence”

    Did I really? Are you sure about that? Okay, then, I promise I won’t mention Max in this post.

  • CookyMonzta

    And I just noticed, a TEN share on Idol’s 18-49?? Their audience share, along with its demo, are getting sucked dry. This show used to draw its demo ratings from a THIRTY share!


    I haven’t typed this for awhile:

    Congrats TVBTN for having 400 comments! 443 & counting!

    Also, what’s wrong with having cats?

  • networkman

    Parks & Rec really should have its own built in audience by now. I don’t get where Community is hurting it when that show has to go against The Big Bang Theory and for now it seems it garnered more viewers. Parks was behind The Office the entire Fall. Also the 9pm episode was following another Parks & Rec original episode. It was a special event episode as well, dealing with a wedding. This is what NBC has to look forward to without The Office being in the lineup. It really is time to cancel all of these comedies and start fresh or just bring Community and Parks & Rec back for final season of 16 episodes for Sunday Night after Football is over.

  • PurpleDrazi

    @chris23 –
    “I’m just saying this would be an accurate way for advertisers to see what else people are doing to view their favorite shows.”

    That would only work if:
    1. they showed the exact same commercials they do during the TV broadcast. Remember, advertisers don’t care that you are watching the show they only care that you are watching the commercials that they paid for.

    2. They could also collect demographic information. Neilsen doesn’t just report that a tv station was turned to ABC at 8:00 on thursday. They also report who was watching. Old or Young, male or female, Black or White, Parent or child, etc… And he viewer has to repeatedly enter a code during the broadcast to prove that they are, in fact, watching the show and didn’t just turn on the TV and walk out of the room. You don’t get any of that from online viewing (…yet)

    Also, most of us here are tec savy so it’s easy to forget that a large majority of the viewing audience still uses the good old fashioned TV set. The amount of folks who watch stuff online is still miniscule when compared to the TV viewing numbers.

    Trust me, if there was money to be made in online viewing they would be all over it. So far, however, the amount of money hasn’t been worth it.

  • Jazz



    Does not sound like it will help a lot but it’s a start. I am curious to see how this could change how ratings are perceived, over time. Actually, I am curious to see how many view online. Is it an extra 100k? 500k?

  • Rebecca

    With online views, maybe there could be a button that comes up when commercial breaks end that you have to click on in order for the show you’re watching to proceed. It would be somewhat annoying, but it would ensure that someone is watching the commercials (at least watching them end). Hulu and other streaming sites could build that into their programs.

  • Andrew

    Rolls eyes and laughs at the hypocrites on this site whateverrrr…

    Anyways the scandal fans you all have me intrigued ever since I saw the previews it intrigued me and now the 1st season is available to stream on Netflix.

    Well damnit Ima bite the bullet and watch it thanks Scandal fans. :)

  • Andrew

    On another site someone put it so succinctly dont critique the post NOT THE POSTER too bad people cant wrap their brains around that one on this site lol

  • Andrew

    I meant dont critique the poster critique the POST my bad.

  • iggy

    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 ?

    Far too way gone, man.

  • sarah nz

    @ PurpleDrazi
    Yes – trying to be better on the the fan/show wars part.

    @ iggy – thought that might be the case, could remember a post a couple of weeks ago that Fox needed to do such and such ratings to get the margin needed to beat NBC and it was maybe going to be close. That may have been before the whole collapse, actually think it was before the ‘Do No Harm’ premiere.

  • KevinY

    Michael J Fox to the rescue for NBC next year. I really think his new show could average a (3.5). If it was on CBS it would average a (5.0).

  • socoolioni8

    Ouch for Beauty and the Beast !
    That show has really dropped off big time since its premier !
    I wonder if it even gets a renewal ?

  • Tim

    Scandal is really doing well! If its ratings stay like this, it will stick around for a while longer.
    Grey’s still winning in its time period, no surprise there.
    Zero Hour is dead and gone, ABC, cancel it now and stop losing money. Something seriously needs to change with ABC’s 8pm hour on Thursdays.

    Parks and Rec is remaining fairly stable and with good ratings (as far as NBC comedy ratings are concerned), even with a series low.
    1600 Penn and Community are dead, however I love 1600 Penn and wish it would stay.

  • Mike


    No matter what ABC airs at the 8 pm hour, it’s not going to draw a huge audience, since the show would be going up against Big Bang Theory and American Idol. Those two shows are ratings juggernauts; it’s next to impossible for any new show to compete on the same footing as those two established hits. All things considered, ABC should be happy they managed to grab 3rd place in total viewers. To be honest though, it doesn’t make sense to pair Zero Hour with Grey’s Anatomy. They have nothing in common, so you’re not going to get any sort of spillover effect in viewership.

  • Mike

    As for NBC, I guess its moniker these days is ‘Nothing But Cr*p’. It’s sad that I can remember when NBC was the network to beat on Thursday nights with a strong schedule of comedies and drama. Now it’s a hollow shell of its former glory these days.

    It’s not a surprise though, since they really didn’t spend their time over the years grooming strong replacements for their ‘signature’ shows like Friends, Will & Grace, Frasier, ER, Law & Order, etc. I’m betting now they wish their current slate of shows could draw the kind of viewers many of the shows did in the 00’s that were cancelled.

  • Rob Ellis

    Community needs to stay above 1.1! we need to do better! #sixseasonsandamovie

  • RG-X

    Good bye AI – your days are coming to an end faster than even I thought – Nikki is ANNOYING. Country Boy is BORING!

    Still need to re-tool this show fast. Or it’s gone in about 3 years.

  • BATB Fan

    While Beauty of the Beast did have a pretty terrible Pilot. The characterisation and story-lines continue to improve week by week. I think this show has so much potential and I sincerely hope it will be renewed. It is without doubt, my favourite show on the air right now

© 2015 Tribune Digital Ventures