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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  • Delphinus

    Maybe if they got some decent hosts on again. I can’t stand to even look at Minaj. It’s a tired show, and to attempt to rejuvenate it with a washed up Diva (Carey), and a no-talent performer with zero singing ability like Minaj is laughable.

  • Bogusbob

    Get rid of this worthless show now. dump the neon sign with the bleached out hair. How ugly can she get??

  • CookyMonzta

    Posted March 8, 2013 at 12:00 PM
    “Can’t stand the annoying Nicki Minaj and the very monotone and boring Mariah Carey on Idol! They’re ruining the show! Get rid of them next season and bring Jennifer Lopez or Paula Abdul back, much more likeable and entertaining judges. Please only three judges next season, four judges is a waste of time, not enough singing and way too much focus on the judges and their repetitive comments.”

    I’ve been saying this even long before the 11th season: The show has been far less about the contenders and far more (by leaps and bounds) about the guest performers, the useless time-wasting banter just to fill the dead air, and the drama between the judges and concerning them. Contenders be damned! Last time there was any inkling of concern about the contenders was in the 9th season, because they picked a roster that seemed far less concerned (and annoyed, I might add) about the shenanigans all around them, and were more concerned (and very serious) about singing for the viewers who vote. Too bad the people are fickle, given that they thought the 9th season was one of the worst. You can’t satisfy everyone; only nowadays, no one is satisfied at all. Hence, their viewership is being swallowed up in bigger gulps.

  • MichaelChickless


    You were a little pitchy, dawg.

  • MistiLoo

    Tired of repeats – AI needs to retire. Scraping the bottom dregs from that pickle barrel with this crop of judges. Nicki Manaj – skank (ogling the young men and declaring she wants to have their baby) – Mariah C, beautiful voice, love her songs – bad judge with her little “accents” and crap. Dear Lord. Randy – yo dawg.. really?

    PUT THE SHOW TO REST. THE BELL TOLLED WHEN SIMON BAILED – he bailed for a reason, folks!


  • CookyMonzta

    When they got rid of Simon Cowell, and almost certainly, when they got rid of Kara DioGuardi (who was almost point-blank when there were contenders who she thought were in trouble, and told them so after a performance that either was unimpressive or screwed the pooch), any thought of seriousness to this show went out the window. That is why the industry fat cats today pay even less or no attention at all to the also-rans and look only at the winner.

  • CookyMonzta

    Posted March 8, 2013 at 2:42 PM
    “PUT THE SHOW TO REST. THE BELL TOLLED WHEN SIMON BAILED – he bailed for a reason, folks!”

    Simon wanted to bail out sooner. He even talked of quitting after Season 6 if Sanjaya Malakar made it all the way to the championship and upset Jordin Sparks, Blake Lewis or Melinda Doolittle to win it all…

    …But he couldn’t. Simon Fuller’s lawsuit against X-Factor in the U.K., and the settlement thereafter (late-2005), required that he stayed for 5 years on Idol’s most popular show (the American version). So, he was stuck at AI for 2006, ’07, ’08, ’09 and ’10. Any thought of bringing X-Factor to the U.S. had to wait, because of the distraction of being chained to AI.

    He didn’t waste time announcing that Season 9 would be his last. I think they were still in qualifying (knocking 24 down to 12) when he announced he was done with AI, and set forth his plans to bring X-Factor across the Atlantic.

  • roxie

    I LOVE Point of Interest…. my favorite show.. just sayin….

  • stagecoachdriver

    Well, I watched Idiot during some of the auditions but was disappointed. Mariah didn’t have a nervous breakdown I was expecting and who or what is the pink haired ho? What rock did they find her under?

    Should have tried to get Bob Dylan to replace Steven T.


  • cheeky

    It’s the judges……….who needs this ridiculous nonsense on a music show……bring back the original judges or Idol is over

  • Dennis

    I stopped watching American Idol after 20min into the first show of the season for one reason “Nicki Minaj” and will not watch as long as she is on the show.

  • Tjduffy

    Who are these creepy judges? And a karaoke show can only last so long.

  • GC

    Ratings are down because of that no talent useless human being nicki minage that nobody can stand to look at or listen to with her whiney ass voice.

  • Douglas in TN

    Time to send American Idol to the dustbin of history.

  • Cooy

    Go walking dead and Game of Thrones. THE PROBLEM
    IS IN WRITING of the tv shows today!!!

  • Gabriel

    WITH Nikki and Mariah on the set the show just doesn’t work. It’s almost like they think the show is there to validate their talent…not discover new ones.

  • doomwatcher

    Not a racial thing, but when you let the blacks take over anything, it is doomed to failure, AI, Obama, Detriot, Baltimore, D.C., you name it, they will run it into the ground….facts are facts

  • mmogaddict

    #sixseasonsandamovie !

  • Fran

    Love idol. Contestants missing something this year. Mickie is a much better judge than I thought she would be. Keith excellent also. Randy and Mariah obviously know their stuff but by being 3rd and 4th they just repeat Keith and Nickie who have a bit Mose charisma.

  • Iza Koon

    TOO MANY MONKEYS on this PLANET of the APES RE-RUN!!!!

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