TV Ratings Thursday: 'Big Bang Theory' Dips But Dominates,'Community' & 'Glee' Rise, 'American Idol' & 'Person of Interest' Down, 'Two and a Half Men' Flat

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March 8th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.1/9 3.0/9 1.8/5 1.1/3 1.1/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.7/9 1.8/6 1.7/6 1.1/4 0.8/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 10.556 12.868 4.284 3.009 3.932 0.906


FOX won the night in adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with Total Viewers.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory earned a 5.4 adults 18-49 rating down 4 percent from a 5.6 for its last original episode on February 21.Your predictions were too optimistic.  Two and a Half Men scored a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating even with its performance for its most recent new episode on February 21. Person of Interest garnered a 2.8 among adults 18-49, down 3 percent from a 2.9 on February 21.

On FOX, a 90 minute American Idol scored a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating down 8 percent from last week’s 3.8. Note:  The show ran over two minutes, so both it, and Glee are likely to be adjusted in the final ratings. At 9:30, Glee earned a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating up 47 percent from a 1.7 its last episode on February 14 when it aired at 9PM.

On NBC, Community garnered a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating up 25 percent from last week’s 1.2. 1600 Penn tied its series low with a 0.9 among adults 18-49, even with last week.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, March 7, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.4/16 17.43
FOX American Idol (8-9:30PM) 3.5/10 12.89
ABC Shark Tank - R 1.2/3 4.40
NBC Community 1.5/5 3.36
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.4/1 1.06
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men 3.9/11 13.56
NBC Parks and Recreation - R 1.0/3 2.34
9:00 CBS Person of Interest 2.8/8 14.39
ABC Grey's Anatomy - R 1.1/3 3.70
NBC The Office - R 1.1/3 2.42
CW Beauty and the Beast - R 0.3/1 0.76
9:30 FOX Glee (9:30-10:30) 2.5/7 7.78
NBC 1600 Penn 0.9/2 2.18
10:00 CBS Elementary - R 1.6/5 8.72
NBC Law & Order: SVU - R 1.0/3 3.87
ABC Scandal - R 1.0/3 3.70


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," 2.2/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/7 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.3/6.
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: > "> The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,> "> 0.6/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.6/3 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.
> * From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 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" (1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore) trailed CBS's first-run "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 with an encore) tied "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.





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  • Cool Breakers

    Whitney, a repeat of Whitney, and Community all beat Smash, TNN, 1600 Penn, and Go On with no help at all.

    Comcast is writing up those renewal papers right now for Whit and Community and drawing up the cancellation papers for TNN and 1600 Penn.

  • Ant

    Wow @ Community! I’m a huge fan of the show but I admit that I hated last night’s episode. I came in today expecting to see Community drop to a 1.0 or 1.1. I feel the writers are trying too hard and the Shawshank Redemption parody just seemed forced, but 1.5 is promising and I still have hope the show can recapture that special Community charm!

  • Houckie Pokie

    Well unless you swing that way and want to watch LOGO, I don’t think you’d want to watch a fugly drag queen judge. I never watched it before. I still don’t watch because I’m scared Minaj’s Pen!s might flop out, and I’ll release my excrement in shear horror. That much loss in bad mass might throw me in a coma, so I don’t want to wake up covered crap all because he/she/it can’t keep their body parts from popping out.

  • Sue M.

    I record most everything I want to watch. The network bigwigs need to allow for those who are recording. Otherwise, great shows get cancelled. Person of Interest is a favorite.

  • Lionel

    Because American Idol is not an organic show, it’s a show forced on us by a bunch of talentless suits. And stop trying to push Nicki Minaj on the public. Nobody likes this Hollywood executive contrived freak.

  • christi

    @ Oliver

    Thanks for The Drudge info. I was wondering what the hell was going on.

  • Elizabeth

    As far as Idol is concerned, once Fox moved the singing show to Wednesday night, I quit watching it because I have too many other shows and my DVR is on overload on Wednesday nights. I never did watch the elimination shows so it didn’t matter that they had been moved to Thursdays.

  • Jaime Lopez

    Where’s UNIVISION????

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Posted March 8, 2013 at 10:02 AM
    “The writing on POI has gotten awful in the last two original episodes, that’s why. The whodunnit last night and the dumb bitch taking up 99% of the other episode.”
    @ Bubba
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 9:11 AM
    “Time for Glee to go. Too much gay crap on TV. This show sucks.”

    Wow, so this is what is acceptable conversation around these parts? Using a sad pejorative for a woman when discussing her prominence in an episode and exclaiming there is too much gay crap on TV when gay characters and “gay shows” represent a fraction of a fraction of the shows and characters on TV.

    bobbybob what would your mother think if you went upstairs and told her of the language you use to describe women?
    And well, Bubba you know what they say about those who complain about the gays, they usually are…..

    Then again give your user names why am I even surprised at the infantile nature of your comments.

  • Laura G

    I’m so happy about my glee :)

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    @Houckie Pokie

    Completes the triumvirate of ignorance.

  • freecheese

    What a bunch of freak show judges for a stupid keroke show. I can’t believe it lasted so long. That offers an insight of the intelligence of the viewers.

  • tomL

    My wife and I have been watching since the beginning, we watched the first show and never watch another they are horrible unwatchable the end must always come

  • Jamie04

    I liked it better when comments weren’t allowed…. Wow!

  • eridapo

    The drudge headline is easy to explain…AI came in fourth place in terms of viewers (like most non entertainment sites they only care about popularity in terms of viewers not demo)

  • Rebecca

    Wow, a The Vampire Diaries repeat brought better ratings than most of the rest of the shows on The CW…sad. No surprise though, TVD is the only worthwhile show on the network!

  • sarah nz

    @ Thanks Oliver, was wondering were the surge of AI comments was coming from.

    Content with PoI figures, hope it goes up but with the half hours reported at least it is steady. Elementry is now playing over here so watching that – so far it’s not bad to watch if nothing else on, not appointment viewing but feels slightly better than checking out the latest NCIS for example.

    Other shows seem to be ticking along – AI does seem weak considering it’s reputation, but still powerful force for Fox for the next couple of years.

    Is it just me or has the ratings for the past week and a bit (perhaps even before that) been a bit blah – Community (never watched) maybe being the only surprise.
    The Following as a strong hit for Fox (still dislike of it), at least it’s better than the failures of new shows on NBC/CW/ABC that starts getting depressing in a why the heck did they ever get the green light way – at least I’ve got The Americans to enjoy and appreciate.

    Everything else seems to be average at best with just a general erosion or slight increase that is probably within the bounds of the sample error rate (0.1 to 0.02) – is that because of daylight savings about to happen ?

    Hopefully Friday ratings will have some interest with Grimm and the upcoming test for Revolution on NBC (evil grin).

  • Kata

    I really hate all the reruns. And as far as Idol slipping… these shows go in cycles and there are so many talent shows with singers that the newness of it all has become stale.

  • Jamie

    Ugh. Someone let me know when the Drudge trash slinks back into their holes.

  • ALEX

    Get rid of Nicky Minaj-et-trois and Nicole Kidman’s hubby and maybe it will get viewership. Get Simon back.

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