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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  • Shepherd

    :( I’m not sure if all of the “CW wars” will be worth sitting through without the occasional post from Max. Salty day. At least the impersonators can finally quit.

  • Melissa

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

    You’re so ignorant it’s funny. Learn to read where I clearly was referring to the A18-34 demo.

  • rob60990

    “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.”


  • PW


  • Ismael

    Yay Scandal! Ratings are still fantastic and promo for next episode shows Lisa Edelstein (the hot doctor from House MD) :D

  • Mark

    Maybe NBC will be like ABC was for a few years and have Zero successful comedies. That Wednesday comedy block was a blessing for ABC.

  • s0303

    funny people bash scandal…i don’t watch the show, but a 2.7 at 10pm (especially a non cbs show) is amazing…

    happy tvd up, but sad for batb…i think this show needs to get at least 0.7’s to get renewed :(

  • Skylar James

    @The End: that age demo matters for CBS because they know that they are the oldest skewing network and if they look at younger demos, they are toast, especially the highly coveted 18-34 demo.

  • Samunto

    What did Univison air, a Telenovela? I think it’s time we started seeing ratings for Univison.

  • Billy

    NBC needs to just cancel all their sitcoms and start over. ABC did that a few years ago and found Modern Family and The Middle. NBC sitcoms are just ridiculous. Cancel them all.

  • To Max (this is not an attack)

    Max, I don’t think that anyone has issue with you having an opinion, or even being happy if one show does better than another (since in theory the higher rated one will be kept if both aren’t). It isn’t what you say that has been the issue but HOW you have said it. You purposely presented yourself in a way that shows that you intend to egg people on. Maybe that is just your personality, but it comes across as trolling and, rather than be respectful of the fact that people were getting annoyed, you continued to do it. You are correct that you never attacked another poster, but you did go out of your way to annoy them. You have acknolwedged that behaviors though and are clearly mature enough and capable to state your opinion without the gloating. So why leave? Why not just post in a less troll like manner? It isn’t like your opinions are irrelevant.

  • Bobby

    Is it possible for NBC to just cancel ALL of their comedies and start on a totally clean slate next year? :)

  • matt

    LOLLOLLOL POI still had about the same total viewers as Scandal and Grey’s combined

  • Samuel

    Community needs to be yanked NOW, it is KILLING Parks & Rec.

  • The End

    @Skylar James


  • Andre

    BATB rose though it had to compete against Idol.
    I’d say that looks like renewal!

  • boonies

    Thanks,rob60990. That’s what I was afraid of…


    @Burr TRUE that!

  • Bloop

    How did Parks and Rec. go from a season high two weeks ago to a series low last night? Lord.

  • Brian J

    @senor chang:

    I don’t know if they misjudged it so much as they are still in the process of rebuilding. I don’t think anyone, anywhere, expected them to churn out multiple hits. As it stands, they’ve got “Go On” and “Revolution” which are successful to different degrees. Inflated, sure, but sometimes a show needs that at first. I don’t think the situation there is irreversibly damaged, but it does require some major changes, which is why I suspect we might see some (the MJF show on Tuesdays instead of Thursdays, multiple new dramas on Wednesdays and/or Thursdays, one comedy after “The Voice” on Mondays, and so on.) The thing is, if NBC has just one more semi-successful scripted show, it’s situation is vastly improved. Which is why I am so puzzled it’s letting “Hannibal” go on Thursdays instead of Tuesdays.

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