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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  • Skylar James

    @I_Hate: of course Carrie wont be renewed, when its been getting 0.4’s lately… CW shouldn’t focus on teen girly soaps that clearly no one is interested anymore, and do more shows like Arrow, Supernatural and TDV, who clearly deliver the best ratings for the network.

  • MichaelChickless

    D’oh! for Community and Zero Hour.

    Good for Parks, but 1600 is dead show walking.

    Come on, Person Of Interest, adjust up two tenths!

    A second season of Elementary is pretty much assured, now.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @The End who said:
    Correct on almost every level there.


  • TimsDale4ever

    NBC must be losing 10 billion dollars on Thursday’s.

  • Melissa


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

    LOLLOLLOL let me know when advertisers pay for total viewership.

  • matt

    fyi, I was mocking the idiotic “person of disinterest” post, who couldn’t be more wrong

  • eridapo

    TVD 1.4 3.03/ 1.2 2.74
    BatB .6 1.60/ .5 1.52

    POI 3.0 14.40/ 2.8 13.86
    ElEm 2.4 11.47/ 2.2 10.63

    Idol 3.6 12.75/ 4.0 14.07/ 4.0 13.75/ 3.9 13.44

    Zero Hour 1.0 5.38/ 1.1 5.26
    Greys 3.0 8.60/ 3.0 8.49
    Scandal 2.7 7.86/ 2.6 7.37

  • aciel

    its pretty sad because scandal is a pretty good show but it sucks that it has fans like u. u have no life do us a favor and just talk about shows that u like. first u bash revenge then american horror story and now chicago fire dude u must have no life.
    if u hate the show so much then dont comment about it

  • tv_viewer

    @Skylar James

    I’m fairly sure that Person of Interest beats Grey’s in the 35-49 group. I can’t believe you are denying that.

  • Bookworm

    ABC really has a solid block with Grey and Scandal! Zero Hour was pretty good last night, it sucks that the ratings are dropping like that but it wasn’t made to compete on a Thursday night. This is more of a Sunday show, it should have taken the 10pm behind Revenge.
    Congrat Rob66090, you were first!
    However, Scandal is still the shining star right now. Name me one 10pm show that is hitting a 2.7 on any network right now and on ABC? I say Scandal is doing pretty damn good! A 2.7 is great for any drama but a 10pm drama? That is definitely renewal standards!

    Continue on hating, Scandal is flat from last week so this “dropping” really isn’t a drop since 2.8 is a series high and a 2.7 is the second series high, sounds like it is still holding onto that momentum!

    Aww, Max! Don’t go! I think it sucks that people blame Max for drama and yet, they continue to respond to him. He is delightful and brings controversy to the threads but definitely creates a discussion! Either way, I thought your comments were hilarious and as a fan, I totally loved the Scandal promotion. Best of Luck, Gladiator!

  • PurpleDrazi

    Glad to see Elementary hanging in there.


  • matt

    Since it seems Elementary has stabilized, I’d say move it to Monday to take over Hawaii 5-0, move that to thursday or sunday, with mentalist back at thursday

  • POI

    GO TVD the last 2 episodes have been amazing

  • Max Vrany

    Two and a Half Men was only a tenth behind Idol in the half-hour. We won’t see half-hours in the finals for Idol, but if Men gets adjusted up and Idol gets adjusted down…

  • adanski

    Max is leaving YAY!

  • Rebecca

    It’s too bad Community and Parks don’t do better….love those shows. Nice to see Matt Lucas on Community last night as Abed’s British friend Toby, since I’ve just been watching his old “Little Britain” and “Come Fly With Me” shows on Netflix. Luke Perry was in TWO shows in prime time this week, since he was Sabrina’s “dream Papa Woody” in RH and then was the American Inspector Spacetime at the end of Community (with another 90210 person in the scene with him…not Brenda but the blonde, can’t remember her name atm). I think this Community episode was better than the previous two…hope the ratings get better.

  • danny94

    NBC is in a terrible state with it’s comedies GOON, The New Normal, Whitney, Guys With Kids, Community, Parks and Rec, Up All Night and 1600 penn all need axing Nbc Need to start Fresh!!

  • Jade

    Love to see BATB up this week. Last nights episode was a game changer and by far the BEST episode of the season!. Hopefully it continues to grow!

  • Skylar James

    @tv viewer: learn to read, where did I say that?

  • Dinaminjo

    POI goes up and Scandal goes down.
    Calling it now.

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