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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  • Amy

    Nicki Minaj = affirmative action FAILURE

  • targetviewer

    Nicki Minaj is the saving grace of this year’s “Idol”! She’s usually on point about the performances. She skews younger, obviously, and is more in touch with what is commercially viable in our fragmented media soundscape. And she’s funny. The producers need to shake it up a bit, though, and stop making Mariah go last with the critiques, because by the time they get to her, they’ve run out of gas. So she comes off as either reiterating something someone else just said or having 5 seconds to counter before the music starts playing her off to the (endless) commercials. What jumps out to me about this year’s format is the lack of singing talent among the guys, and the screeching over-the-top deliveries of most of the women. There’s too much emphasis on “production” and too little on “artistry.” And Minaj, to her credit, has tried to focus on the latter.

  • Inky

    American Idol: People don’t warm up to Nicki Minaj. She talks all the time, seems to dominate the show, and what she mostly talks about is how she thinks some of the contestants are hot. Then she reverts to baby talk. The nation isn’t going to warm up to a show that has almost all black contestants, when they only represent 13% of the population. People feel this is a result of the show being sued by previous black contestants who lost and, instead of recognizing their lack of talent, prefer to blame it on racism. The final lineup is mostly unappealing to the nation as a whole, so people are not going to tune in to watch. They don’t care who wins out of this group, and having to listen to non-stop baby talk from weirdo Minaj is just too much.

  • mark meyer

    Why are the ratings down? Come on! Because Nicki Minaj AND Mariah Carey are sporting 90 IQ’s. They are complete dolts! I am a fan of the show but these two morons are too much to take. The show has taken on a fake aura, commensurate with these two, and it’s just over. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez are what made the show.

  • Rico

    The American Idol judges are a freak show.

  • Thomas223

    My wife and I have watched since season one. We both have the same thing to say about this year…… BORING. We stopped watching last week after fast forwarding through a lot of that. The song choices and talent is very boring. Although my wife like Nikki Minaj, I don’t and the judges are boring a very repetitive.

  • Marylou

    I only watch BIG BANG THEORY–never watch the other junk

  • Me Here

    Niki must go!

  • denroy3

    Wow, everyone seems soooo excited for Community, which had 3 million viewers and a 1.5 third place finish in it’s slot. That’s good? NBC blows.

  • denroy3

    mark meyer : made the show? Good grief, they presided over the start of the downfall.

  • Jarhead

    Really who cares about all this rating stuff.. NO ONE

  • Bart Biddle

    More people would watch Idol is that twit nicki or whatever her name is would leave…..as in GET OUT!

  • bobbi

    Just a little shout-out to American Idol. Your ratings went down because ghe current POTUSA is running his own devastating “reality” show. People are distracted in a lousy economy.

  • David Kelly

    Did anybody see the audition where the girl from Africa started erratically banging on the drums and screaming? Nikki Monage said how privelged she was to have witnessed the performance and that people would be talking about the peformance for years to come. All of the judges were applauding, and carrying on like they had just witnessed greatness. It was at that very moment, that I, after never having missed a single American Idol episode, turned off the show and I have not been back since.

  • carlb

    while i dont watch idol. my wife does. her compaints are the new judges are horrible and snooty. when you mess with chemistry you destroy what you had. changing the formula is a clear case of suicide for any program. though 2 and half men is surprisingly doing well.

  • Gina

    Niki Manaj is why I don’t want to watch AI, she’s clueless about talent because she has none and her comments are dumber than dirt. Get rid of her.

  • Gina

    Big Bang? Stupid over acting show.

  • Jamie

    Well it is very simple, having one original black person / judge was good because he didn’t act like a ni*gger but now you have three blacks and two of them act like ni*ggers and people simple do not want to watch a show with one black and two ni#gger judges.

  • emma

    Big Bang just isn’t funny anymore, I don’t understand the continued high ratings. This week, for instance, was just a rehash of an earlier episode and Raj’s new girlfriend is almost too weird to watch. It’s getting old, they are getting old.

  • Scooter Van Neuter

    Look no further than freakshow judge Nicki and brainless diva Mariah to find out why nobody wants to watch this show.

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