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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  • Ron

    Maybe they should rename it American Idle. >:]

  • Leondre

    Is there going to be a “How will Grimm do?” poll?

  • Petar Ivanov

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

    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.


    @ zerg

    I’m off to see the Wizard in about 15 minutes, so that would be my fan excuse as well!

  • Bud

    The decline of Idol is due to the Judges. Nikki Minaj and Miriah Carey are terrible! Nikki’s voice and stupid comments make you want to turn the channel as soon as she starts speaking. And Mariah, seems like she is on drugs or something. She talks so slow, and doesn’t seem like she can put a simple thought together. She is so boring! Keith is the most constructive judge, and is quick witted. Randy is ok , but his lines are getting old.The show has lost it’s special feel, now it’s just another reality show, with a bunch of clowns trying to get their 15 minutes of fame.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Is there going to be a “How will Grimm do?” poll?

    Grimm will be hurt from Oz. Oz is looking for big 80+ million $ weekend.

  • HalCapone

    Community producers must have compromising photos of Nielsen execs; that is the only reasonable explanation for Community’s meteoric one week rise.

  • Justin121

    CBS this close to winnng the night but Elemntary…

    Community has its own audience.

    Idol + Glee are so 2009…

  • William Haney

    Community got in a good jab on Big Bang & Idol. Might be enough for renewal?

  • Steve Sanders

    I would rather clean out my septic tank with a sive and a bucket than watch 5 mins. of new 2 half men.

  • Ekras

    That just goes to show how few people are actually watching Glee…. a good chunk of those prolly just left their TV on after Idol…..

  • RufusVonDufus

    It’s about time these “crap” shows began crashing. There was never anything to them in the first place.

  • Ross

    @Peter 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.

    As much as I love POI, I don’t find it strange with all the hiatuses, lack of promotion and lack of repeat airings.

  • batman

    When I saw the orientation of the 5 male winners, I went to another channel. Will not go back to American Idol. I can pick and choose what garbage enters my brain.

  • theCroup

    Waiting to see if American Idol and Glee adjust. Idol always seems to adjust up. Glee made a great recovery from the prior new episode but the first half was probably inflated from Idol overrun and it lost a ton of viewers from half to half. Were all those people going to bed or was Glee that bad?

  • Petar Ivanov

    @As much as I love POI, I don’t find it strange with all the hiatuses, lack of promotion and lack of repeat airings.

    hiatuses is inevitable. After next week will has 2 weeks NCAA games on thursdays. Reruns are there and they are the best possible. Lack of promotion is true but nothing to do about it.

  • alan

    I was turning through the channels and saw American Idol. I watched it for 5 minutes and had to turn. Absolutely awful show. THe only good part of the show are the tryouts.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Why Elementary was repeat?

  • rob60990

    Glee is not going anywhere. It beat already renewed Bones this week.

  • Beth

    I kinda hope Glee gets adjusted down.

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