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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  • Rare

    I can’t see NBC cancelling Community at this point, unless it falls below a 1.0 or something. A show that can maintain a 1.5 against The Big Bang Theory & Idol is not a show they should give up.

  • Big Birdd


  • JJ

    POI did horrible? lol 14 mil viewers is not horrible and 2.8 demo isn’t horrible for CBS either. (NCIS: LA got that recently too, didn’t it?) All the demos are dropping on network TV. Sporadic showings don’t help. But there’s no need to make excuses because these are strong numbers by any measure. POI is older-skewing like any drama on CBS is, but it’s still a pretty strong performer on a regular basis. Sometimes I think people just like being negative.

  • Kavyn

    Wow Community!

    Just curious but why is Shark Tank above Community when it got a lower rating? Sorry if this was already answered.

  • Kavyn

    I see they’re ordered by viewers and not ratings, but I don’t remember shows being organized like that in previous posts. I mean, it’s not really a big deal considering it only beat repeats, but it’s still incredibly satisfying to see Community in third place at 8pm :)

  • Melissa

    @Petar Ivanov

    I am not ratings conspiracy fan but this is reaaly strange. I mean its not surprise that further the spring more down is it but tenth evry time really? Not once 2 tenths down and than 2 tenths up. May sweeps with NBA playoffs will be bad.

    I agree about it being strange. The same thing happened with Grey’s Anatomy earlier in the season. It went 3.3, 3.2, 3.1, 3.0, 2.9. Funny, considering they both air in the same timeslot; maybe it’s a Thursday 9pm curse! ;-)


    I find it incredible that when Scandal gets 2.8 everybody is wetting their pants with glee and find that to be an awesome rating. It’s a 2.8. 2 below a 3.0. 7 below a 3.5. Not good. Not good at all. These same people piss about POI geting a 2.8 and that a 2.8 sucks, therefore POI sucks. It is simple you see? Scandal 2.8 = sucks. POI 2.8 = sucks. Is that so hard? They both suck according to the ratings. which is what counts. If they show ratings like this on a continuing basis they will get canceled within a couple years if not earlier.

    I think people are amazed at Scandal because (a) it’s a 10pm show, (b) it randomly spiked in the middle of the season, and (c) it airs on ABC, which is lower rated than CBS (renewals depend on relative ratings). And I think people are disappointed with Person of Interest because it pulled this season low rating against less competition than usual.

  • Ekras


    I SERIOUSLY doubt Glee is getting renewed. Even with this bump (soley from AI) its ratings are spotty at best and it isn’t bringing anything to the table that another show in the same timeslot wouldn’t. By replacing Glee with a show that appeals to more viewers they would get both the lead-in audience AND the audience the new show brings in.

  • Me Here

    Is that show still on?

  • rob60990

    “Just curious but why is Shark Tank above Community when it got a lower rating? Sorry if this was already answered.”

    Because Shark Tank rules. :D

  • Sammy

    Enough with the trashy scrunts on Idol. That’s why the ratings are down.

  • theCroup


    Glee will hit 100 episodes halfway through next season and even with up and down ratings it’s still averaging in the 2’s. This is Fox, their scripted slate is weak outside of animated shows. The Following is a major hit for them in the high 2’s, The New Girl is doing well and Bones is a steady performer. I think that’s about it.

  • jules

    The only viewers POI lost were the ones that are not loyal viewers every week, which unfortunatlely is the demo group that has to watch Greys and Idol, because that is what their girlfriends want to watch. Take back control of the remote boys. You did a good job of doing that in January no reason you can’t do it again.

  • lmao

    for you idiots (Jamie) who think you are the only ones allowed to post here- drudge readers likely have an opinion about tv just as important as yours- Trust me, this site doesn’t mind the extra attention- its how their bills get paid.

    I agree with some that ratings are not a good measure of whether a show is good or not, because many, if not the majority of viewers dvr their favorites and those don’t count. For example,look to the shows you loved over the last couple of years and how many are no longer playing, but shows you never watch are still on the air.

    for example it took 6 years to kill Jersey Shore, a complete waste of time, but they killed Made in jersey after a few episodes. Both about Jersey, only one worth watching. They also killed fairly legal which I enjoyed but won’t miss, and Life, which I really liked and do miss, but have stupid shows like The Mindy project or The Bachelorette – another waste of my entertainment minutes.

    TBS, TNT, USA and FX are starting to run some great shows, I hope they keep it up.

  • Jay Raskin

    American Idol tied its lowest ever demo rating 3.5/10. It set its new low record on Tuesday this week.

  • Mickey

    So good to see Community on the rise. It was already in a good position vis-à-vis the other NBC sitcoms, but this will help boost its renewal chances.

  • Cara

    CBS did well last night, even Elementary’s repeat was good!

  • BigFlop

    Posted March 8, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    “Sometimes the ratings Nielsen reports just do not make sense. How can Community get a 1.2 last week vs. a TBBT repeat and a 1.5 vs. a TBBT new episode this week ? Just doesn’t make sense. The ratings were either understated last week or overstated this week. Otherwise the numbers make no sense at all”

    I agree with you Bill!!! Nielsen reports usually make no sense. And worst, prople blindly believe it.

  • POI

    @ Kavyn

    Sara does this a lot with NBC for some reason. I often think that they have something agains certain networks.

  • Oliver

    It doesn’t matter whether we believe it, advertisers and consequently networks believe it.

  • Drudge

    Idol has worn out a long time ago. The only people still tuning in are the ones that can’t let go yet.

    The Voice has a better concept anyways. The blind auditions makes it more honest and they don’t have judges on like Randy “Yo, yo dawg” Jackson (ACT YOUR AGE) or Nicki Clown Minaj.

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