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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  • Ashton Butcher

    “Community was beaten by Whitney this week, also not good.”

    Especially after reading the comments from Community fans the past couple of weeks, this like the ultimate kick in the arse from Whitney to Community.

  • snoot

    Disappointed with TBBT’s numbers! Way down! Still dominated but way down.

  • Sammy

    They went from an all-American show to an all-bimbo show.

  • marr

    I no longer watch american idol since it turned into a freak show.

  • qrwanda


    You are right though. I am hopeful for a nomination but I don’t think it will come. It should though.

    Michael Emerson embodies his Finch character.

    Taraji P. Henson delivers a layered performance as Det. Carter, her acting in the “Get Carter” episode was award worthy.

  • Michael

    It amazes me how TVD has yet to go below a 1.0! The show will return back to a 1.3/1.4 in the fall!

  • rose


  • charmedcraft

    BATB is holding on; hopefully it won’t get adjusted down. It should get renewed over TCD which viewers seems to have started loosing interest in.

  • Brian J

    @Ashton Butcher:

    Good point re the CW shows beating Community. It doesn’t have to be this way, and that’s why I think big changes are coming to NBC. The network should really consider putting two or three dramas on the night. Grimm paired with, say, Believe, The Sixth Gun or Bloodline, followed by Wonderland or something else at midseason, could be a nice alternative for viewers and NBC could see some solid improvements.

  • TV Addict

    … I find it really hard to believe that NBC will renew Community for two more seasons…
    #sixseasonsandamovieatallcosts #evenifitwouldbecanceledbythecw

  • Lifey

    BATB – March 14 : 0.5/1
    TSC – March 15 : 0.7/2
    Nikita – episode 16 – February 24 : 0.8/2

  • Michael

    Why are people freaking out about TVD beating Community? This isn’t the first time Vampire Diaries has beat an NBC show, it won’t be the last!

  • Ash

    What’s with all the hash tags in people’s posts? This isn’t twitter -.-

  • Anne Verebely

    No one wants to watch Nicki Manaj………They made a big mistake adding her

  • Michael

    WOW! I never thought I’d say this, but the American public is getting it right. “Idol” continues to dump millions & millions on no-chemistry “superstar” judges who have zero talent (as judges) and the audience continues to hit the exits.

    One bad, old, tired production decision after another. Sad. Firing Nigel Lythgoe as EP was the best decision Fox ever made. Bringing him back? Well, the results speak for themselves.

  • qrwanda

    A few have stated that once the FINAL ratings come out that POI should drop some due to the delays (basketball games). But shouldn’t the ratings & viewership rise due to the delay? Once they factor in the people who did not get to see the show live & on time & the ones who went back to watch on DVR?

    Some of you guys posts are saying diff. things.

  • Oliver

    Byebye Community. It had a surprisingly long run under the circumstances.

  • qrwanda

    @Anne Verebely

    My family and I watch it b/c of her now. She is funny, keeps it real, and speaks from the knowledge of being at the top of the music industry right now.

    Plus she is cute. LOL

  • Arya

    The preemption in Wichita ks was the Cw and not CBS. It was the SEC while the kstate game was on the mynetwork affiliate so it’s a non-factor for the ratings. In fact the most annoying thing was waiting til 930 pm CDT to watch TVD.

  • Mike

    Too bad tbbt had its first “very special episode” the ratings were good for an ep w potential but dragging on the not funny moments. Good foe poi and vd.

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