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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  • Vexille Voxhalyn

    What a wonderful spring it would be if both American Idol and Glee would be cancelled. The average American IQ would rise a couple of points.

  • Dude

    yay for community.

  • zerg


    Count Elementary was a repeat so CBS will win

  • battye

    Good for Community!

  • zth

    Hmm, without the 9:00-9:30 extra half hour for American Idol, its ratings would have been 3.2. That’s really weak.

  • caroline

    shouldn´t the Glee number be 2,5 and 7,05 viewers

    9:30 2.8 and 7.78

    then they dropped to

    10:00 2.2 and 6.32

  • Blake

    Not only did that Shark Tank rerun beat last week’s Zero Hour original (thus justifying ABC’s quick trigger), but also the reruns of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.

  • DK

    Josh Gad says viewers will find 1600 Penn to be one of the most extraordinary comedies on TV…

  • Brian J

    NBC on Thursdays next season should either be (a) Parks and one other nicheier comedy, followed by Grimm and some new show, or a new show, Grimm, and another new show. Grimm could surge here if promoted correctly, and while NBC won’t come close to beating CBS next season, it could see some nice increases. Perhaps the show Believe can start off in the fall, followed by Wonderland in the spring.

  • Ross

    Person of Interest keeps falling because of all the hiatuses. There have been three weeks of breaks since January, and there’s going to be five more weeks of hiatus in the next two months. A more-serialized show can’t retain an audience if it goes on break every other week.

  • Carla

    Who gives a hoot what you boneheads think? Get outside and wrestle a bear with your bare hands.

  • rob60990

    Shark Tank repeats decently wherever ABC sticks it. I’m totally against this show moving to Thursday at 8. It wouldn’t do any better than a 1.5-1.6 in that timeslot and ABC would risk damaging Fridays. Grey’s actually didn’t repeat that bad for how it usually does. I believe the last rerun pulled just a .7.

    “Mariah’s brains are on her chest hanging out on the desk.”


  • Max Vrany

    @Caroline, you can’t do the averaging yourself. The “averages” are the full time period ratings from Nielsen.

  • Jane

    Shark Tank will repeat well because each episode is atand-alone. Unlike GA or Scandal where you have to follow the series throughout.

  • Bubba

    Time for Glee to go. Too much gay crap on TV. This show sucks.

  • zerg

    I got a fan excuse bingo for tonight: people went to watch OZ :)

  • Kid

    Why don’t the realize that no one is watching because the judges are trashy, disgusting people that many parents, myself included, will not have their children watch. Add some classy people as judges and the rating will return. Stop trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator in our society.

  • Jamie04

    @Vexille Voxhalyn – go away!

    I love AI this season. And YEAH for Glee – way, way up!! Last night’s episode was one of their best!

  • moshane58

    Even this oldie goldie loves Glee.It had some great hits on it last night.Great show.POI is one of the best shows on TV.

  • s0303

    thank grimm it’s friday…finally :)

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