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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  • CrimeDawg

    Like many folks yea for Commnuity. Watched it this morning and it was a really good episode.
    Joel McHale was actually here in Lexington, Ky. where I live doing stand-up last night, very funny show.

  • HalCapone

    POI down against all repeat competition? Must have been a Murder She Wrote or Matlock marathon on cable last night.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Sara Bibel

    Based on the ratings for last night’s Community and the most recent new Castle, bringing in James Brolin to play the protagonist’s long lost father is the key to high ratings. Showrunners, take note. Also, this means Castle and Jeff are sort of long lost half-brothers.

  • Greg

    I still can’t understand why NBC haven’t moved 1600 Penn to 8:30 (and Parks and Recreation goes back to 9:30). Are they seriously keeping it there? How’s that a lead in for Hannibal?

  • Moose

    I turned on Person of Interest and it felt like I was watching Murder, She Wrote. Where is Angela Lansbury when you need her?

    All kidding aside, I really did like the episode, even though it was predictable.

    Speaking of Murder She Wrote, I watched an old episode awhile back. Jim Caviezel was one of the actors in the episode. He talked just as quietly in that episode as he does in POI. Is he always that whisper quiet in all of his acting roles?

  • Mike

    Get rid of that freak, Nicki Minaj and get a REAL judge. Maybe that’ll do it.

  • Ram510

    That was the best Community of the season so far. Perfect episode for the rati game to jump. Hope this trend continues next week with both ratings and quality

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

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

    Likely because the spreadsheet I used was already formatted for the standard primetime which ends at 10pm for Fox.

    Fear not, the final ratings for the entire hour of Glee will appear in the Thursday finals post later today.

  • martha

    POI was great last night! Hope it gets adjusted up. Best show on TV!

  • Kitsune


    About a third of Community’s demo does not watch it live though. The rest comes from the +SD side of the equation. Therefore, it’s not unusual for the ratings to go down or up independent to timeslot competition, which is becoming more and more irrelevant with same-day viewing taking prominence.

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    “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?”

    YES! Modern Family and Grey’s Anatomy, my favorite shows, are getting renewed.

  • TV Addict

    @Sara Bibel
    Jeff is actually the long lost brother of Adam from Workaholics. I bet Jeff’s mad cuz his brothers show has already been renewed for a fifth season. Lol.

  • Bookworm

    Sucks that POI is down, I was hoping it would up since Grey was a repeat. Elementary did great for a repeat but it did have a new episode lead in so that does help.

    Scandal and Grey did good as repeats also. Nothing spectacular all around, sort of a night with many repeats. Though i am a little shocked that Big Bang was down—guessed it would stay steady.

    Just curious, Do repeat demo’s matter in renewal chances? I ask because Scandal and Grey repeated low but when a new episode airs, they are in the higher 2.0’s (Scandal) and lower 3.0’s (Grey).

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    “Do repeat demo’s matter in renewal chances?”


  • CleanFun

    If I told you why, you’d call me a racist.

  • Mr Mumble


    “One way or the other it makes absolutely no sense that Community could do 25% better against a new TBBT than against a repeat.”

    But Community is only ‘against’ TBBT in a very narrow sense of the word and TBBT can, perhaps should, help Community ratings on the night.

    Nielsen measures viewers until 3am. Many people who watch TBBT live will then watch Community later in the night and those ratings count. People often decide whether or not they’ll watch TV that night or do a different activity. Seeing a new TBBT on the schedule along with other comedies (e.g. a new TaaHM) is going to make some folk more likely to watch Community that night too.

  • David Howell

    I really expected all the numbers to be bigger. But one jump in particular just gave NBC a real dilemma. Community is looking safer, Whitney is looking fairly safe given its repeat numbers and proximity to syndication… Can NBC afford to admit the August launch was a disaster and cancel a horribly codependent Go On? PR-wise, maybe not. Numbers-wise, it’s looking like it’d be hard to justify anything else.

  • MichaelChickless

    @Bill Gorman “Fear not, the final ratings for the entire hour of Glee will appear in the Thursday finals post later today.”

    I ain’t skeered. I would guesstimate the 10:00 half hour to be about a 2.2.

  • Dan S

    Would NBC pleeeeeeease kill 1600 ASAP ? This show will be a horrible leadin to Hannibal that is already given 1 of the worst timeslots for NBC. Even Whitney would do better, I can’t believe I just said that. Too bad POI had a off night going against a rerun of GA at that. I still think it’ll relocate to Wed at 9pm in the fall as CBS expands their comedies to 2 hrs. Strange that Elementary gets a bonus episode & they waste a rerun after a new POI. I’m now thinking it’ll likely stay put short of a ratings collapse.

  • jules

    I find it incredible that when Scandal gets 2.8 everybody is wetting their pants with glee and find that to be an awesome rating. It’s a 2.8. 2 below a 3.0. 7 below a 3.5. Not good. Not good at all. These same people piss about POI geting a 2.8 and that a 2.8 sucks, therefore POI sucks. It is simple you see? Scandal 2.8 = sucks. POI 2.8 = sucks. Is that so hard? They both suck according to the ratings. which is what counts. If they show ratings like this on a continuing basis they will get canceled within a couple years if not earlier.

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