TV Ratings Thursday: 'American Idol' Dips From Last Thursday, 'Community' Flat + '1600 Penn' Hits Series Low

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March 1st, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.8/11 2.0/6 1.6/5 0.9/3 0.9/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.0/10 1.1/4 1.5/5 0.6/2 0.8/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 12.467 8.918 3.877 3.709 2.834 0.996

 NOTE: Last night, A18-49 usage was down -7% from 8-10p and -6% from 8-11pm vs last week.

FOX won the night in adults 18-49 and with Total Viewers.

On FOX, a two hour American Idol scored a 3.8, down a tenth from last Thursday's 3.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC Zero Hour earned a 1.0, down a tenth from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Community tied last week's series low 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. 1600 Penn garnered a series low 0.9 rating, down a tenth from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, February 28, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 3.8 11 12.47
CBS The Big Bang Theory  -R 2.8 9 10.69
NBC Community 1.1 4 2.74
ABC Zero Hour 1.0 3 5.03
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.4 1 1.14
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men -R 2.2 6 8.36
NBC Parks and Recreation -R 0.9 3 2.16
9:00PM CBS Person of Interest -R 1.9 5 9.50
NBC The Office -R 1.0 3 2.26
ABC Scandal -R 0.9 2 3.34
CW Beauty and the Beast -R 0.3 1 0.80
9:30 PM NBC 1600 Penn 0.9 2 2.23
10:00 PM CBS Elementary -R 1.6 5 7.72
NBC Law & Order: SVU -R 0.9 3 3.80
ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live -R 0.8 2 2.76


via press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:


* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.4/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.


* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: > "> The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,> "> 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.6/3 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.


* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.


* From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).


* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.




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  • Immortal

    Hello TVBTN-team and fans,

    this is my first post. I am a huge fan and check the ratings every day. I have a question: Why were there almost only repeats on Thursday, the 28.02.13? I am from Germany, so it’s probably obvious in the U.S. and I missed it :-) (maybe a holiday?).


    P.S. I watch all shows in English, since most of them take rarely weeks, usually months and sometimes even years until they are on TV in Germany!

  • rick

    hopefully this is the last year of AI. That show jumped the shark more than 10 years ago.

  • TV Addict

    Some have said its because sweeps were over. Don’t ask me what sweeps are, but they were over, so obviously that means a bunch of repeats. Lol the important thing is that Community is awesome and needs to be renewed, so tell your friends to watch it. However, the last episode did make fun of Germans, so maybe start watching next week…

  • Matt

    oh my god, now we can say american idol is dead, really dead, like dead dead.


    Even in all reruns, CBS had another impressive avrg.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Tom, sorry for accidentally deleting your comment — mind foggy lately, but…

    (Wasn’t it around that time last year that we had those infamous “The Nielsen numbers must be wrong!” comments from the press that… they stopped mentioning once that audience never returned?)

    Ha. That is a boilerplate story Bill Carter writes every 1-3 years going back to ~1990, usually in the mid-March to late April timeframe.

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