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.

  • theCroup


    I have no doubt that shows like Big Bang Theory do better with the Nielsen families than a show like Community for a lot of reason, including those you cited. Even before internet streaming was widely available people have talked about some of the biases built into the ratings systems, a big one being that they don’t measure any on-campus school viewing –which let me tell you, I am 100% certain would lead to big upticks in daytime soap ratings and the ratings of some quite edgy comedy judging by the common room crowds of every college house I have ever been in and every college student I have ever spoken to. And of course, most of those college kids are in the prime demo.

    As for off-grid viewing…it’s completely unscientific, but when I look at the statistics in my torrent client, well…I don’t think you’re wrong about many of today’s viewers bypassing the broadcast altogether and getting it straight from the web. Frankly, I admit I do that even though I have a DVR. But should those numbers count? Probably not really because the ads are removed from the downloads and that’s what the ratings are really meant to measure –who views the ads, not who views the shows.

    Now if those off-grid viewers were convinced that watching the ads through an official measured source could somehow increase the renewal chances of their show, I think viewing habits would change a lot, but they aren’t so they haven’t.

    All that aside, I’m still happy that Community adjusted up, even to a measly 1.1 because that seems to be the hover point for a lot of NBC’s bottom dwelling shows. It’s got to be better to be on the ground floor rather than in the basement punching holes in the foundation.

  • methix0r

    It’s bad for TVD… Hope it’ll get better till the end of a season

    its not a series or season low , so how is it bad?

  • Mark Vincent

    You have to take into account that Elementary was preempted in many markets due to basketball

  • CarrieDiariesSucks

    are you people high??

    TSC went to the graveyard because it was an expensive show duh!

    Beast isn’t plus HOD was getting the same ratings last year

  • Thunder

    I am amazed at all the excuses people give for Community always rating poorly. How about this reason – The show is just TERRIBLE !

  • caveez

    whatever butt hurt rob, they are equally important, demos and viewers and guess who wins both of those. not gray’s.

  • halloween

    @CarrieDiariesSucks all shows are expensive…and any show with a higher budget can have its budget cut

  • rob60990

    “they are equally important”

    Keep telling yourself that. :D

  • CarrieDiariesSucks

    but Beast doesn’t look that expensive compared to TSC

  • rob60990

    “Beast isn’t plus HOD was getting the same ratings last year”

    And so was TSC but the CW cancelled it because they probably knew it would not be able to pull the same ratings on its own. Like I said, the CW can easily cancel both TCD & B&TB and still launch 3-4 new dramas.

  • SuPeRsTaR

    To all out there POI could fall even lower than cult,that wont change tha fact that its the best show on network tv

  • HalCapone

    I don’t mean to pick on poor defenseless NBC and their overlord, Comcast, but any guesses what the average hover point will be for NBC shows next year or beyond? Of course no one has the answer to this, but I ask rhetorically, how much lower can network television ratings go (in the coveted 18-49 demo) before either major advertisers bail in droves or networks “significantly” lower their ad rates (even though production rates are always increasing) or we get repeats year round and even more inane reality programming? The advertiser/viewer relationship as measured by Nielsen is being turned on its head by the web. If “video killed the radio star”(nod to The Buggles), the web is killing network television as we know it. And cable, while it’s currently in much better shape than broadcast television, a lot of folks I know are cutting their cable and satellite cords (along with their land phone lines) because they are sick of subsidizing so much garbage on cable they don’t watch. As more content is available over the web, this trend should accelerate. No wonder the cable stations are pushing back hard against any talk of cafeteria style programming choices for viewers–that would eliminate countless cable programs overnight. Interesting times, but the network suits must be popping anti-anxiety meds like there is no tomorrow.

  • Sheldon Hooper

    @ Thunder

    I agree! Death to “Community”

  • HalCapone

    POI is a respectable show on the Crime Broadcasting Syndicate. It, like most CBS shows will always win in total Depends-dependent viewers while they are all still alive and can remember who they are and where they are:)

  • Pepper

    American Idol, oh how the mighty have fallen

  • Lord Seth

    @ caveez

    whatever butt hurt rob, they are equally important, demos and viewers and guess who wins both of those. not gray’s.

    They’re not equally important, but you are correct that Person of Interest did win the demo.

  • Billy

    It is really hard to believe Community fans are happy that the show got adjusted up from a 1.0 to a 1.1. People: it is still a 1.1. A few more of these ratings days and the show is toast. A 1.1 is among the lowest rating any show this side of the CW receives.

  • TV Addict

    Thank the heavenly lord Community adjusted up!

  • Networkman

    In my opinion, Glee is back on track. I really have enjoyed the last two episodes. The strongest episode was The Breakup that aired back in the Fall. And then I feel the quality begun to slip. But last night, there were alot of great performances and the perfect mix of comedy along with the serious storytelling. In my eyes, Jane Lynch earned herself a Emmy nomination with her portrayal of Nicki Minaj’s SuperBass.

    Grey’s Anatomy should really end after next season. Ten seasons is great for this soapy medical drama. I just really hate to see its viewership slip and next year I expect its demo possibly hitting low 2’s.

  • caveez

    “They’re not equally important, but you are correct that Person of Interest did win the demo.”

    demos are overrated. if they were important then NBC would have no show renewed. bottom line is you want eyeballs seeing commercials and some shows have more eye traffic than others. the nielsen ratings is just a miniscule sample of opinion that those in positions of power use to base result, how biased and non accurate it to be, makes little matter in such interpretation. it plays a role but when shows are averaging 14 million eyes a week, it blows those demo tracker figures out of the water.

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