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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  • ally

    Haha Max Dont come back!!! :)

  • Oliver

    Firing Harmon killed Community. Sad.

  • buttondiet

    Wow, what a terrible night for NBC!

  • The End


    He has season 2 plotted out in his head. The only such place such a Season could exist.

  • The Old Woman

    I don’t know why ABC keeps trying with shows like Last Resort and Zero hour. It’s not going to work. They need another female skewing, soapy show like Grey’s, OUAT, Scandal, Revenge etc.

    Parks and Rec :(

    NBC is really crashing and burning.

  • Skylar James

    Couldn’t care less about Scandal, but I’m glad Grey’s it back on top.

    Havent watched TVD yet, but this season has been atrocious, they deserved to go under a 1.0. But at least the most interesting character, Katherine, is back in town.

    BATB continues to have terrible retention, but I’m positive it’ll be renewed since all the other new CW shows have flopped this year

  • forg

    Grey still has it all these years! Scandal still strong. ABC just needs a stronger 8pm show. I hope they can find one next season

    Sad for Parks :( Big mistake for NBC taking The Office for a night off. They can’t afford that! I love Parks but it’s clearly can be their new anchor at 9

    TVD is still CW’s powerhouse by a mile

  • matt

    Zero Hour beat Community…….hahahahahahaha. NBC comedies keep on failing

  • rob60990

    I still don’t believe ABC will pull Zero Hour, at least yet. Grey’s Anatomy & Scandal will not be on the next few weeks so I doubt ABC cares enough to pull it right away.

  • mayorofsmpleton

    I’m not a fan of any of ABCs dramas but calling Scandal “quality” made me laugh. I nearly spit out my coffee. The ratings are a result of media saturation, a shot out courtesy of OPRAH and an intriguing plot-line, nothing more. Quality and ratings do not automatically go hand in hand. Let’s be honest.

    Meanwhile NBC continues to fail. Parks at a 1.3/1.4 is the high mark for the night? Ouch. No doubt in my mind that it will return next fall, along with Parenthood… the only decent hourlong NBC has to offer. Ouch for Community, which may return if only because it’s steady and is so close to syndication — but I smell a friday shift.

  • sail

    Every show > The Middle

  • senor chang

    NBC comedy ratings this year are so hard to judge. It’s The Office > Parks > literally every other show.

    Community’s in a much harder position than the other shows, granted, but that’s still a reaaaallly low number.

  • zerg

    WC’s TVD #3…Bye ZeroHour

    Great for CBS,GA and Scandal..(Pls stop with RV vs Scandal)

    NBC: 1.1-1.3-1.4-1.0-1.1(r)… The Voice can save only Mon-Tue

  • Dave

    TVD up! It wiped Arrow and Supernatural this week :D

  • The End

    @Skylar James

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

  • Kavyn

    RIP Max, you know I’ll shed a tear for you ;)

  • Trevor Lloyd

    Dont know why they are saying The Big Bang Theory dipped? /: It got a 5.4 last week. Anything to bash a show thats doing really well

  • Sammy

    The most recent episodes of NBC comedies performed between 1.1 and 0.9 except for P&R, which did a 1.3. So terrible, no matter how you look at it. At this point it is clear to me that numbers won’t matter for cancel/renweal decisions, but only personal reasons. For instance, whether they want to re-tool a show or two, or whether they want to keep in business with specific people (I’m thinking Matthew Perry and Ryan Murphy here) …

    Oh, and expect Community and 1600 Penn to be adjusted down (based on the number of viewers) …

  • John

    I actually enjoyed last night’s Community quite a bit but sadly the show is done, I can’t see NBC renewing it if it continues to hover between 1.1-1.3.

  • Brian J

    Okay, so “1600 Penn” is a goner, and “Community” will only survive if Sony manages to work its syndication magic. “Parks” should survive, but it might not.

    I think it will, though. If it does, and if NBC wants to essentially wave the white flag on Thursdays for a season to focus on other nights, which it probably should, the best best might be to move “SVU” to 10:00 for a final season and leave “Parks” earlier in the night. What else might go here isn’t clear, but I wouldn’t waste any new comedies here for the time being.

    In fact, were I scheduling NBC, I might only schedule 2.5 hours of comedy at the start of next fall: Monday at 9:30, Tuesday at 9:00 and 9:00, and then either an hour on Wednesday, with a stronger lead-in (yes, up against “MF”); Thursdays where a show like “Parks” might finish its run; or even on Fridays, as part of a family hour. Go heavy on the dramas.

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