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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  • Declan


    I wouldn’t say Greys has been “stomping” POI as it has been losing to POI the past couple of weeks.

  • senor chang

    It’s freaky seeing just how horribly NBC misjudged its position when it was making its winter schedule. The only good things are The Biggest Loser (which still finishes fourth), SVU/Chicago Fire, and the Friday night lineup to some extent. That leaves literally eight hours of horrid numbers.

    I still think they’ll finish in third, but it’s clear there’s a huge infrastructural problem. The other three of the big four don’t have shifts as volatile as this even when their hits are off the air.

  • JacobYates

    No analysis on 1600 Penn?

  • Dan

    NBC is screwed. Now with Parks under 1.3 all of there comedies are under 1.0. They need a major relaunch for next year


    GO TVD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BEATING NBC & ABC! HAH!!!

    GREY’S SLAYS PoI AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!


  • SJ

    NBC sinks even lower, scientists baffled.

  • tv_viewer

    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.

  • Petar Ivanov

    that is what matters

    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.

  • Brian J


    I’m now thinking the new MJF comedy will go on Tuesdays after “The Voice,” with NBC possibly doing two or even three dramas on Thursdays. If/when that show is established as a hit, whatever show is after that will have good ratings, and it can then move to another spot.

  • The End

    @First of all, if you don’t recognize that total viewership doesn’t matter

    Of course I do. I was mearly pointing out one aspect that the show dominates Greys in, as fanboys/girls are involved in a petty my show is better than yours discussions on here. Excuse my joining in the fun :)

    @then you are a lost cause

    You were clearly lost on my point. And lastly, the 25-54 demographic is important to CBS.

    Thanks and Good day to you. No interest in fanboy wars here.

  • Dinaminjo

    I really don’t get the 0.1 margin my show beat some other show.
    Especially since ratings get adjusted up and down all the time.

    A show having a 0.1 lead is not beating it. Not really.

    And btw if Grey’s with its “all in” advertising about the “future of the hospital” didn’t beat POI, I would actually consider America not to be gullible..

  • matt

    NBC should legit just scrap all their comedies (except parks & rec)

  • Declan

    Greys slays POI? It beat it by .1?

  • Tom

    9pm P&R did about as mediocre as expected. Beyond Parks starting at 8pm, I have no idea what NBC does with the night next year.

    Otherwise, same old same old. Elementary should be moved off to Tuesday in hopes of starting a new show on Thursday.

  • boonies

    Would be interested to see the 1/2 hrs. I’m a POI fanatic,but it pretty much sucked last night and I’m betting it lost a lot of viewers for the 2nd 1/2 hr.

  • Jayzel

    The problem with 1.0NBC isn’t their programs anymore. The problem is the entire network. The majority America wants nothing to do with them anymore. Guess why?

  • Skylar James

    @tv_viewer: not the 18-49 demo either



  • The End

    @Petar Ivanov

    Correct on almost every level there.

  • Burr

    Person of Disinterest! LOLOLOL perfect description!

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