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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  • KS


    NO, TBBT was NOT a repeat. I have just watched the episode.

  • Billy

    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.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman


    NO, TBBT was NOT a repeat. I have just watched the episode.”

    I never said it was. You have acronym confusion.

  • zerg

    Great for Community !! I don’t think nbc can do better then 1.5 on that slot, although DST strike next week :SS
    Smash 0.8, TNN 0.9 , 1600Penn 0.9 .. way to go NBC, Community seems a hit :V

    “Good” for Idol and Glee.

    Strange that POI didn’t rise, considering the 3.9 lead-in and 0 competition

  • Tonyant

    Is this a season high for Glee in total viewers?

  • Ultima

    Those POI numbers have to be disappointing.

    Person of Interest was right on target… 3.4, 3.3, 3.2, 3.1, 3.0, 2.9, 2.8 ;)

  • samurai99

    “BatB was a rerun”

    And back to one prediction.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “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.”

    Ah, I love the smell of ratings conspiracy in the morning. Smells like crazy fan pageviews!

  • John A

    Maybe Community and TVD share a audience? When TVD is a repeat community rose.

  • Shepherd

    That’s a huge number for the Elementary repeat. I could see the show growing next people if a lot of people discover the show through repeats.

  • TV Addict

    Holy Mother of God Yes!!!! This was the best episode of Community this season, like, I had serious feels during Jeff’s talk with his dad. It totally deserves this!!! #sixseasonsandamovie

  • MichaelChickless

    At least POI didn’t fall in the half hours.

  • POI

    its just down 1 tenth it did not do horrible.

  • Mon

    The Big Bang Theory dropped as I expected but still HUGE! Take a look at last year’s ratings from this site (March 8)
    TBBT 5.1/15
    TBBT (R) 3.9/11 – my goodness
    Person of Interest 3.4/9
    The Mentalist 2.8/8
    American Idol 4.9/14
    The Finder 2.3/6
    Others were repeat or original but repeat last night.

    CBS could have won last night if POI hadn’t dropped.

  • Bubba666

    Get rid of the two train wrecks, Nikki Manaj, and Maria and ratings will go back up. Manaj is an idiot with a wig, and all of Mariah’s brains are on her chest hanging out on the desk. Nitwits make better pronouncements than these two bimbos.

  • zth

    Nice, Two and A Half Men stays constant andf beats American Idol by a pretty high margin head-to-head: 3.9 versus 3.5.

  • Melissa

    Weird, I thought POI would rise to the 3’s since Grey’s was a rerun. Instead it maintained its recent pattern: losing a tenth every week ever since it hit a 3.4 in early January.

  • Mr Mikey

    Well American Idol isn’t a flop but it’s certainly dying.

  • Petar Ivanov

    I was expecting POI to be back at 3s so i am disappointed.
    But spring is coming….again. Let’s hope that at least next week will be back at 3s. In April and May everything will be even more down.


    Shark Tank (R) did better than GA (R)–GA really doesn’t repeat well

    0.9 for 1600 Penn cont’s NBC streak of under 1.0 for originals

    CBS off from 8-10 but not by much as FOX slides into 1st place for night

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