Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory', 'American Idol' & 'Community' Adjusted Up; 'Elementary' Adjusted Down

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March 15th, 2013


 The Big Bang Theory, was adjusted up three tenths, American Idol and Community were each  adjusted up a single tenth, and Elementary was adjusted down a tenth among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Thursday broadcast ratings.

Broadcast primetime final ratings for Thursday:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.8 16 15.90
FOX American Idol 3.1 10 11.93
ABC Shark Tank -R 1.3 4 4.47
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.1 4 2.41
NBC Community 1.1 4 2.58
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 3.3 10 12.18
NBC Parks and Recreation 1.6 5 3.00
9:00PM CBS Person of Interest 2.9 8 14.34
ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.6 7 8.20
FOX Glee 2.0 6 5.37
NBC The Office 1.9 5 3.54
CW Beauty and the Beast 0.5 1 1.43
9:30 PM NBC 1600 Penn 1.0 3 2.23
10:00 PM CBS Elementary 2.3 7 11.33
ABC Scandal -R 1.1 4 3.86
NBC Law & Order: SVU -R 0.9 3 3.77

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • CookyMonzta

    @Petar: Overall viewership is also how A.C. Nielsen & Co. ranks the shows.

  • JulieDawn

    Good. BATB didn’t adjust down, so the .5 is not bad considering it was pre-empted by basketball in abt 20 markets. We take what we can get!

  • mayorofsmpleton

    It’s not that it’s this site… it’s the industry itself. 18-49 viewership dictates what will survive to the next season. Are there other factors? Sure. Total viewership is not one of them.

  • Gia

    Not surprised about Grey’s. I’m thinking of giving up on it after all these years. It’s become really boring/

  • greens69

    Those are not good numbers for BATB and I kind of like that show. I guess another show will be on the cancelled list shortly.

  • Charmed

    Did BATB hit a 0.4 in one of the half hours?

  • World War 3

    Whitney > Community

  • lola

    Stop being so pressed about SCANDAL

  • Michael

    I’ve got Community and Parks and Rec on the DVR….Some of us had to work later than usual…….I see Community coming back for a short final season, to equal 100 episodes.

  • msupdate


  • Richard Steven Hack

    NBC Fan: “I don’t why people would want to watch tv shows on a smaller computer or phone screen when they can watch it on a bigger tv screen.”

    I watch on a 20″ computer monitor because 1) I can’t afford a 30″+ TV screen, and 2) I can’t afford to pay for cable. Which is why I get my TV shows off the Internet – with NO advertising and no need to program a DVR. So I can watch the show any time and re-watch it any time (if I keep it on the hard drive.)

    I COULD buy an over-the-air high-def antenna and TV tuner for the computer and record the shows directly. However, that would mean I’d probably waste even MORE time watching TV than I do now. :-)

  • Rocky

    Yes, POI.

  • Beauty&theFlop

    lol @ the Beauty & the Flop delusionoids thinking its safe just because it never adjusted down.


  • Chuck_T

    Wow!! Community matched the Vampire Diaries!! Go Community!! LOL!!!!! Any show on a major network that gets 2.5 million viewers and a 1.1 key demo is doing pretty lousy.

  • 787 Nikita News

    @ Beauty&theFlop

    Well its safe because you never saw the financial numbers that were released in late February stating that the show is doing well overseas which was something that The Secret Circle wasn’t able to do so it will be coming back based on what it did overseas.

    @ Chuck_T


  • Richard Steven Hack

    So the DST effect was mitigated somewhat by basketball. Not surprising. DST effect should be only around 6-7% particularly as the weather is still not great yet. Wait until April to see full DST effect.

    POI is stable. Last season’s season average was about 2.9, so far this season it’s been the same or slightly higher.

    Last season’s last episodes fell from its high but fluctuated and ended up from its low.

    Episode 01-23: Thursday, 05/17/12: 2.5 in the demo
    Season average: 2.87 in the demo with 13.31 million.

    Episode 01-22: Thursday, 05/10/12: 2.6 in the demo
    Season average: 2.89 in the demo with 13.30 million.

    Episode 01-21: Thursday, 05/03/12: 2.5 in the demo
    Season average: 2.90 in the demo with 13.32 million.

    Episode 01-20: Thursday, 04/26/12: 2.4 in the demo
    Season average: 2.92 in the demo with 13.32 million.

    Episode 01-19: Thursday, 04/05/12: 3.0 in the demo
    Season average: 2.95 in the demo with 13.35 million.

    So I think it will fine this season, probably about the same as last season. The show can only be described as very stable.

  • sarah nz

    Yah – PoI kept the 2.9 :)

  • Beauty&theFlop

    @ 787 Nikita News

    Yes because overseas success really determines the future of a show that is catastrophically tanking in its first season on the original channel of broadcast.

    Wake up & smell the coffee already!!

  • ann

    I stopped watching TVD over a year ago and I’m glad I did because the show sucks now. I see by these ratings that others are finally fed up too.

  • Hoyt

    When the show actually improved, ratings dropped. Such a shame for TVD. B&B is crappy as usual…

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