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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  • eridapo


    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.

    Remember Nielsen is a statistical sample, and like all statistical samples there is a margin of error (measurement error) in the sample..

    When you focus on the weekly changes, that is the weekly up swings and down swings, you might just be seeing the measurement error within the sample and confusing that error with actual change. Nielsen itself admits that its measurement contains a small sampling error. Thus the weekly changes that you might be noticing might just really be the measurement error in the sample.

    When you are looking at how show is performing based on ratings, you should not get caught up on the weekly changes. You should be focusing more on trends (using 4 or 5 data points) overtime to see if there actually is a movement for the show….

  • outcountryguest

    Good night for Community.

    Is there going to be a poll about Grimm return? I think it can get decent pageviews.

  • mayorofsmpleton

    Please do us a favor and stop consuming air. Glee should be canceled because it’s poorly written (now) and executed. The gay characters/stories are irrelevant to that. You are a bigot. Wake up and realize the world isn’t tailer made to fit your delusional small-minded mentality. Your comment is moronic and you are proof that humans evolved from apes (sometimes the process leaves a few minds behind as the rest of us continue to progress. ;)

  • Ross

    @Peter Ivanov:

    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.

    It’s not just the NCAA hiatus. POI returns for ONE episode on April 4th, then goes on another hiatus until the 25th. The only time POI gets a repeat airing is in place of a new episode. If CBS was smart, they’d air season one episodes on Fridays, or the weekend.

  • tahina

    POI did well even when fillers episodes like last night’s.

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    Person of Disinterest, LOL, I love that!

  • DW

    wow POS oops POI did a 2.8 , up against repeats. slow yay.

  • Oliver

    Repeat of SVU beats Smash.

    …the SVU Thursday repeats are doing really well. My guess is that 9pm Wednesday is a very competitive timeslot, so it gets squeezed out.

  • Quadrey

    Glee is getting renewed so HATERS please stop its one of FOX’s steady stable shows so please fall back with the comments we are grown people all this is petty..

  • Kitsune

    I don’t get why people are find it hard to believe that last night’s Community was a hotly anticipated episode, which probably explains the upswing. Considering how good it was, I hope it will translate into even more viewers next week.

  • MichaelChickless

    Why was there no 10:00 half hour for Glee on the list on Page 2?

  • Sarah


    Could just be because of Idol, though. JMO

  • Greg

    @Petar Ivanov

    Probably because Elementary is one episode ahead of Person of Interest and the comedies, having aired after the Super Bowl.

  • Cerebro

    Petar Ivanov
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 9:25 AM
    Why Elementary was repeat?

    The “extra” new episode was used for the post-Superbowl slot. I, imagine, that was probably the reason for it being out of sync.

  • Rebecca

    @The Old Man
    Let me know later how you liked Oz – I might see it next week.

  • AaronExplicable

    Though a filler, last night’s POI was great. I find it funny people think calling it Person of Disinterest means anything. Even if it dips lower it’s still getting renewed. Can the same be said for your favorite show?

  • Brian J

    Fox probably should have shipped Glee back to Tuesdays and put New Girl on Thursdays. It’s doing something like this on April 4, the same night Hannibal premieres on NBC. If it shows any signs of working, perhaps Fox will make the switch next season. Idol is down, but it’s still the best support Fox has. On Thursdays to some extent, and entirely on Wednesdays, it’s wasting that lead-in.

  • rob60990

    “The “extra” new episode was used for the post-Superbowl slot. I, imagine, that was probably the reason for it being out of sync.”

    That’s what I thought but Elementary has a 24 episode order while POI has 23 episodes this season. Maybe CBS will air an episode of Elementary in another timeslot.

  • DW

    AI went up as the show went on. interesting how people like to tune in when someone goes home. :)

  • Billy


    When I say Community’s ratings make no sense I am not crying conspiracy, at all. I think Nielsen had a wrong sample one week or the other. I am saying Community may have been understated last week or overstated this week. One way or the other it makes absolutely no sense that Community could do 25% better against a new TBBT than against a repeat. Nielsen just had to have a wrong sample one of the past two weeks for Community.

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