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.

  • Chris

    @caveez: NBC *has* to renew shows, don’t they? They simply don’t have the budget to develop an entire season of all-new shows.

    It’s kind of the opposite problem that CBS has. CBS has to cancel shows that would be considered successes on other networks, because they’ve got to start some new series every season. Whatever’s lowest-rated on CBS is going to get the axe, even if it’d be the highest-rated show on another channel.

    Meanwhile, NBC has to renew shows that are failures, because they’ve only got so much money to spend on developing new series (and are so cash-poor that they’re probably *still* struggling to pay for it).

    I mean, that’s kind of the whole point of the Renew/Cancel Index and the Cancellation Bear, right? It’s mostly how a show performs relative to the other shows on that channel that determines what stays and what goes. Whether you’re on top or on the bottom of the ratings, you have to cut your worst-performing series.

  • Heather

    At least Grey’s doing better than the Super Bowl propped Elementary which had zero competition in it’s time slot.

  • Wilkamp

    I am so proud that Elementary went from a questionable premise one-off to a great show actually filmed in New York City. Living here and seeing familiar sites in the neighborhood in scenes scripted in the city gives the show a vibrant look. A large majority of past scripted shows depict New York City. In deference to the good people in Vancouver – New York has sunny days. , a spectacular sky line, infinitely diverse international neighborhoods, a jumble of different new architectural design realizations amongst the uniquely classic buildings, and no “T” intersections (streets do not end looking at buildings, they typically end at a river ). Support NYC actors and productions!

    For the individuals who do not like the show – your entitled, I just do not understand why.
    Does being cleverly immersed in the forensics, physics, and logistics – bore you?
    Does subtle humor between Sherlock and Joan (Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu) not resonate? Example an episode that Sherlock tortures/surprises Joan for instructing crime fighting – the last scene she smashes a basketball in his face, giving him a bloody nose – then says “could have been a knife” I laughed out loud. Sometimes the context gets me, he is instructing her how to use a sword/stick – have you seen “Kill Bill”?

    If you are on this site you are already a scripted show advocate. I support the show because CBS should be rewarded for taking a chance with the premise, casting, and location of the “who dun it” formula.
    I like to watch either live or on DVR letting the commercials run so I don’t get reduced to a .75 viewer.

  • JJF

    POI deserves more respect from CBS.

  • Cory

    POI fans are annoying about CBS’ respect about show, it’s not like it has TBBT or TVD demo numbers, it has one of best lead-ins on broadcast network, what more do you want?

  • Cory

    I meant TWD

  • Brian J

    NBC Thursdays next season, if comedies must go here: Parks and a new niche comedy in some order at 8:00, possibly until midseason; Grimm paired with The Sixth Gun, Bloodline, Believe, Dracula, Crossbones, Hannibal, or some combination; and then maybe Wonderland at midseason.

    NBC Thursdays next season, if they decide to go with new comedies: two new comedies in the fall, followed by another two in the spring. MIght be best if they were all multi cam. I really hope NBC is considering ditching comedy on the night for the time being, but if they aren’t, it might be best to simply start over to see if anything clicks. Where this might leave Parks isn’t clear, but as long as it’s on the schedule, its fans will find a way to find it and be happy. Problem here is that the network’s efforts are probably best spent trying to find a foothold on another night.

    ABC should consider putting Shark Tank at 8:00 and making it the last season of Grey’s. Fox should consider putting some comedies here–New Girl, perhaps?

    Will CBS put four comedies on the night?

  • Brian J


    I am not sure how shows are budgeted at the networks, but unless we’re talking an outrageously high fee per episode at the start (say, $8 million in the first season), I don’t think this is the overriding concern. In fact, the opposite might be true: NBC might be willing to spend more money looking to find a hit, because one hit show could pay dividends by helping an entire night and therefore increase ad rates all around.

    Also, NBC ordered a lot of pilots this season, more than last season. I’m not sure how much that costs, but it can’t be cheap. And some, if not many, of them have penalties attached.

  • JR35

    Does 3.1 still stand as a low for Idol?

    Is it odd that BBT adjusted up? That, or maybe basketball games weren’t highly rated on those affiliates. lol

  • qrwanda


    I agree POI is really bringing the INTENSE DRAMA. And like you I am now even more worried for Det. Carter. She is tough, but she doesn’t have a clue who is working with her or against her. Only ones that truly have her back right now are the POI team (Finch, Reese, Fusco) the rest of the people in her department need to be locked away and questioned.

    These last 4 shows are going to be hdbfilhbdhifgyudv <—– crazy

  • Cass

    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.

    Nielsen ratings don’t just a role, they play the role. Whether or not you personally feel like Nielsen’s data fairly represents the TV-viewing public is irrelevant to the reality that it does. Networks live off advertising revenue. Advertisers pay based on demos that they’re targeting. Ergo, demos are the most important part of a show’s renew/cancel prospects.

    I can’t say I’m much too fond of that fact either but this is simply how it works. Advertisers believe there’s no point in wasting their dollars trying to change consumer minds toward their products after a certain age. Take a look at last season, everyone under the sun pro-Harry’s Law trumpeted their overall viewer numbers but at the end of the day, adults 18-49 are all that matters.

  • CookyMonzta

    Posted March 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    “‘@caveez: NBC *has* to renew shows, don’t they? They simply don’t have the budget to develop an entire season of all-new shows.’

    “It’s kind of the opposite problem that CBS has. CBS has to cancel shows that would be considered successes on other networks, because they’ve got to start some new series every season. Whatever’s lowest-rated on CBS is going to get the axe, even if it’d be the highest-rated show on another channel.”

    They can always ship the show to a different network. After 8 years on ABC, ‘Family Matters’ was shipped to CBS for its final season, and after 7 seasons on NBC, ‘Scrubs’ was shipped to ABC for its final 2 seasons.

    Needless to say, these were dying shows; but one of the more successful transfers was ‘Baywatch’, from its first season on NBC to syndication thereafter.

    NBC ought to be BEGGING for a show that is about to be canceled by CBS, especially if that show beats out almost everything NBC has running right now!

  • xoxo

    how are TVD ratings BAD ? theyve been similar to how theyve been all season. Yeesh. Calm down.

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