TV Ratings Thursday: 'American Idol', 'Community' & 'Grey's Anatomy' Hit Lows, 'The Big Bang Theory' Slides + 'Parks & Recreation' Up

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March 15th, 2013

Big Bang Theory Mar 14

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.1/9 2.5./7 1.7/5 1.5/4 1.2/4 0.8/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.8/6 2.0/7 1.3/5 1.3/4 1.1/4 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 13.371 8.544 5.634 3.450 3.150 2.015

 NOTE: CBS programming was pre-empted/delayed in approximately 3% of the country due to ACC and SEC conference basketball tournaments.  Ratings for CBS are tentative and likely to change

CBS won the night in adults 18-49 and with Total Viewers.

Adult 18-49 usage last night was down -9% from 8-9pm and -6% from 8-10pm versus last Thursday

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory earned a season-low tying 4.5 adults 18-49 rating down a full ratings point from the  5.5 for its last original.  Two and a Half Men scored a 3.3, down six tenths from its last original's 3.9 adults 18-49. Person of Interest garnered a 2.9, up a tenth from last week's 2.8 among adults 18-49. Elementary was even with its last original, which earned a 2.4 on February 22


On FOX,  American Idol scored a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating, down six tenths from last week’s 3.6. This is an all-time low for a regularly scheduled edition   Glee earned a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating down four tenths from last week's 2.4


On ABC, Grey's Anatomy was the only new program and earned a series low 2.6, down half a ratings point after its last original's 3.1.


On NBC, Community garnered a series-low 1.0, down half a ratings point from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.. The Office earned a 1.9, down a tenth after its last original's 2.0. Parks and Recreation earned a 1.6, up two tenths from its last original's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating 1600 Penn earned a 1.0, up a tenth after last week's  0.9 among adults 18-49.


On The CW, The Vampire Diaries earned a 1.1, down two tenths after its last original's 1.3.  Beauty and the Beast was even with its last original's 0.5.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, March 14, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.5 15 15.71
FOX American Idol 3.0 10 11.63
ABC Shark Tank -R 1.3 4 4.60
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.1 4 2.49
NBC Community 1.0 4 2.61
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 3.3 10 12.40
NBC Parks and Recreation 1.6 5 3.01
9:00PM CBS Person of Interest 2.9 8 14.57
ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.6 7 8.05
FOX Glee 2.0 6 5.46
NBC The Office 1.9 5 3.55
CW Beauty and the Beast 0.5 1 1.54
9:30 PM NBC 1600 Penn 1.0 3 2.29
10:00 PM CBS Elementary 2.4 7 11.49
ABC Scandal -R 1.2 4 4.28
NBC Law & Order: SVU -R 0.9 3 3.72

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," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5 with an encore.


* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: > "> The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,> "> 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.7/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4 with an encore.


* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 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" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).


* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • colt13

    As a March Madness fan, curious to see if other networks put up new programming against CBS next Thursday and Friday.


    There is so much more to watch that these stupid shows. I can`t even figure out why people watch this crap especially the so called Reality Shows.

  • Lukes

    it seems to me that the whole thursday didn’t fare well. I’m sure the networks put everything into perspective.

  • examticles

    Is that show still on?

  • PurpleDrazi

    I wonder would POI or even some of the other shows benefit from being moved to another night, such as Sunday Night for POI.

    NO. You don’t put a show on Sunday if you want it to get better ratings. (at least not on CBS).

  • qrwanda


    I know what you meant! The whole HR part of the show is utter brilliance from Nolan/Abrams. It is very dark and gloomy. It is a nice contrast to some of the lighter situations with Fince & Fusco. The Elias character was OUTSTANDING & Root is creepy. There really is just so much to like about POI.

    The writing seems as if it is from a movie not a television show. The acting overall is great (I expect acting nominations for Michael Emerson & Taraji P. Henson in the lead catergories) later this year at the Globes & Emmys.

  • qrwanda

    @GL Lee

    The british wanna be cowboy! Who is that?

    If you are referring to Keith Urban, than he is actually Australian, He is married to an Aussie wife as well, Nicole Kidman.

  • cd

    I am loving Drudge today,all hell is breaking out on the liberal’s and there d@m Liar who run the DEM PARTY.

  • Martha

    So happy for #POI. :)
    It’s such a decent and incredible show .. very rare nowadays.

  • SJ


    ABC is all-new for the next three weeks, and NBC is airing Community and two episodes of 1600 Penn the next two weeks. Fashion Star, Grimm, American Idol, Kitchen Nightmares and Touch are also all-new, as are Malibu Country and LMS next week and two episodes of Happy Endings the week after. So, yeah, pretty much 80% new programming. I think only The Office, SVU and Shark Tank will be repeats.

  • jackieO

    TVD lost alot of ratings since last time.
    The writing is so depressing now.

  • Vanessa

    Person of interest is a good and fighting show. Our fan base is steady. I love that show.

  • Joseph

    Maybe Fox should rest “American Idol” for a couple of years, and bring the show back in the 2015/2016 TV season with a new host, an all-new panel of judges, and a tweaked format.

    But even if “Idol” comes back next season, don’t lopok for longtime emcee Ryan Seacrest to return. I expect him will leave “Idol” and join NBC’s “Today Show” this Summer as co-host, replacing Matt Lauer (and in turn, NBC/Universal will give Lauer a syndicated daytime talk/variety show starting in 2014).

  • Petar

    @I know what you meant! The whole HR part of the show is utter brilliance from Nolan/Abrams. It is very dark and gloomy. It is a nice contrast to some of the lighter situations with Fince & Fusco. The Elias character was OUTSTANDING & Root is creepy. There really is just so much to like about POI.

    The writing seems as if it is from a movie not a television show. The acting overall is great (I expect acting nominations for Michael Emerson & Taraji P. Henson in the lead catergories) later this year at the Globes & Emmys.

    Will be shocking hard. Crime procedurals dramas on CBS don’t get a lot of rescect in academy. Its like 3d movie or action take oscars. they take billions of $ – AVENGERS but never oscar nomination. Althou avatar take oscar nomination.

  • Layton

    I imagine Basketball effected everything a little bit. You had the last Big East tournament going on yesterday and then ACC and SEC were on as well. I might not be a big difference but I am sure it could effected shows by 2 tenths. Not sure why the networks bother to compete against it next week as big as it is.

  • sarah nz

    Nice and steady for PoI with 2.9, might adjust down to 2.8 in finals with the basketball airing on some markets ?

    Had to double check the AI rating only a 3.0 ? Glee looking ok’ish at 2.0

    NBC between 1.0 and 2.0 (except for the SVU repeat with 0.9)- so steady for them.

    ABC looks steady as well considering the 8pm hole, not quite sure what happened with GA and not sure but think that 1.2 is fairly normal for a Scandal repeat.

    Sad to see Szymanski go – totally unexpected that Quinn would do that !

  • theCroup

    When this AI season started, I thought Keith is nice but dull, Mariah is a non-entity, Randy is just collecting a paycheck and Nicki is a bit out there but interesting. Now, I think Nicki is annoying, Randy is just useless, Mariah seems knowledgeable but withdrawn and Keith is still nice but still dull.

    I think they could lose both Nicki and Randy and keep Keith and Mariah and get the same level of critique. Keith is the only judge capable of believable technical critique, Mariah can comment on image/appearance and fawn over the contestants in a non-creepy manner. Then they could bring in a third rotating guest judge, maybe some more Fox stars on fading shows since they are so big on the cross-pimping. Jane Lynch and Gordon Ramsay could move from the audience seats to the judges table and really get some marketing mileage. Free cola, too!

  • Me Here

    American Idol?

  • Ashton Butcher

    I think Daylight Savings Time caused a lot of drops this week but that’s always a yearly excuse around this time of year.

    It’s amazing how well that old Men is holding up against Idol. On a side note I think Anger Management has gotten progressively better lately and is better than each CBS sitcom right now except probably Mike & Molly quality wise. Elementary held up really well this week, this was one of its best performances of the season never falling below 11 million as CBS has a keeper for next season obviously Scandal being in repeat mode this week helped.

    Man FOX has ruined Glee by never moving it back to Tuesdays.

    Shark Tank should definitely move to Thursdays in that timeslot, it skews way too young on Fridays and could be better served to break the curse of that timeslot. Grey’s not the beast that it once was but they still have a very loyal audience.

    WOW! It can’t get anymore embarrassing for Community than to lose to a CW show. Vampire Diaries beat NBC, I was on the Community should get a final season renewal last week but this show is way too much of a loser and a lost cause to continue. NBC needs to just move on without it. If Community really needs the episodes that badly then they should just move it to a cable network don’t waste NBC’s time.

    P&R should be doing way better in viewership but the demo performance is always amazing and the rest of the night oh boy. Why hasn’t NBC removed 1600 Penn from the schedule yet?

    Beauty and the Beast has actually become a consistent performer over the last few episodes compared to The Secret Circle last season around this time of year. Now obviously CW will put the VD spin-off Origins right here but where should BatB move I like Fridays but after seeing the 9pm ratings this year I would only accept a move to 8pm. Interesting indeed!

  • SPM

    Beauty & the Beast is soooooooooo dead.

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