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.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @POI was a bit of a snoozer last night with most of the main cast making small appearances. It felt like a pilot episode for Sara Shahi character for her own spin off.

    I was talking for that from months.

  • feinn

    Sadly Beauty and the Beast will get renewed unless they throw mercy at Carrie Diaries

  • Justin121

    Chuck -> Fringe -> Nikita/Bondoel -> Castle vs. Hawaii 5-0 -> max/Revenge vs. SCANDAL -> Flop puns.

    Worst eras being Bondoel to max.

    Other than that, good times.

  • christy

    Brenda: I agree! They are destroying Fitz’s character for the sake of a stupid Love triangle. And the viewers are definitely not happy about it. Scandal needs to be very careful because the show is getting really weird.

  • Warren

    “You’re only looking at the 18-49. Not the other demo groups, and overall viewers. Person of Interest beat Greys in the 25-54, and in overall viewers for example.”

    Grey’s won in the key demo that advertisers actually care about. That’s why he’s only looking at the 18-49.

  • Shepherd

    Was there basketball or some other sporting event on cable last night? Male skewing shows seem down while the female skewing ones seem up.

    So much for Zero Hour’s strong repeat performance having any effect on episode two. Maybe the audience would simply prefer a Sunday airing.

    Surprised that Grey’s beat POI, but maybe sports or something had something to do with it. Not that I’d have any idea since I don’t watch sports anyway.

    Scandal still steady. I wonder what they’ll do for the season finale, and whether another advertising push will give it new highs.

  • American

    Almost sad to see Max go…almost.

  • Dude

    I would never say anything “always pays off” when it comes to television ratings. Scandal is actually a very rare case of a show continuing to trend up in ratings.

  • Melissa

    @The End

    You’re only looking at the 18-49. Not the other demo groups, and overall viewers. Person of Interest beat Greys in the 25-54, and in overall viewers for example.

    Oh please. Tessa’s looking at 18–49 because that is what matters. First of all, if you don’t recognize that total viewership doesn’t matter, then you are a lost cause. And if you wanna talk about other demos, then recognize that Grey’s stomps on POI in the very valuable 18–34 demo.

  • RyanCanada

    still cant believe Jeremy is dead on TVD what a sad episode that was, great episodes of Grey, Elementary, Scandal, and BATB

  • The End

    @Trevor Lloyd

    Hahaha. You must be new here. Saying a show ‘dipped’ isn’t hating, it’s describing a DIP in viewers, which is correct.

  • Skylar James

    @The End: yes it beats Grey’s in the irrelevant total viewers, and the old age demos that are the least valued…

  • Petar Ivanov

    POI rocks. Again #2 CBS drama for the week VS Idol and grey. Will be UP in begining of March.

  • matt

    TVD beats both ABC and NBC, Wow

  • Dillan

    Great for TVD!

    B&TB will still be cancelled.

  • rob60990

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

    Most other demo groups? You mean 70+?

    Grey’s creams it in A18-34.

  • Dan

    BATB will be cancelled, the retention isn’t great, Scandal on the other hand is still doing great

  • KS


    Unfortunately that’s the way world is working. Even people who just make animal sounds and sell it as pop songs (For instance Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber etc.) has apparently more fans than actual singers Adele, ColdPlay etc. So, TVD so called “wiping out” Arrow and Supernatural is no big surprise in this world.

  • Alan

    Great night for The Vampire Diaries. But the greatest news is that Max is gone for good.

  • forg

    The Farm must have been really for NBC to pass on a spin off their only relatively successful sitcom

© 2015 Tribune Digital Ventures