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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  • CookyMonzta

    Posted March 15, 2013 at 8:43 AM
    “Whoa, Idol at a 3.0….could it average BELOW a 3 this season? I thought it would still be next season before that would happen!”

    No chance of that. They have enough 4s and high-3s to finish well above 3.0 for the season. This rating will likely be readjusted to a 3.1, but if the house continues to burn, the people will flee like rats and roaches, and we could conceivably see a 2.x next week.

    If any telecast falls to a 2.5 or 2.6 before the season is over, we will most likely see a 1.x next year.

  • E.S.


    What does the president have to do with last night’s TV ratings?

  • sarah nz

    @ qrwanda

    Will try to answer your question – but hopefully the experts (Ultima, Eridapo, etc) might comment.

    The basketball audience is part of the rating we see now in the prelimaries, the finals will strip out the audience that watched Basketball instead of PoI and then add the timeshifted/dvr audience until 3am (i think).

    Not sure but don’t think some of the PoI people pre-empted by basketball got a chance to see the episode later on if for example it played at 1am most people would record and watch the next day/night (would become part of the 3 day/7 day ratings) – or go to torrents, etc.

  • sarah nz

    * additionally, PoI if it does have any adjustment historically (not sure if that the word i want) adjusts down a tenth, from memory it is unusual if it adjust’s up in the finals.

  • Brie is a Bust

    All of that trash talk from Community on the other NBC comedies and look at what their comedy did last night. Whitney was never this low in viewership or ever lost to a CW show and they go go against Arrow which beats most NBC comedies every week for originals. Even a repeat of Whitney almost beat it. Did Go On beat Community too? PATHETIC!

    Whitney (WED)

    Whitney R (WED)

    Community (THU)


  • Brie is a Bust

    A show that’s really starting to grow on me is Beauty and the Beast that’s turning into a really good show.

  • bruce

    I am glad to seethat 1600 Penn is slowly but surely climbing up in the ratings. This show is a show that has a story line that is fun clean, and one that most Americans will find very non-offensive .I was concerned that the preempting would take away the fallowing and it did but they came back along with others . So I will hope that these numbers grow and the show gets renewed

  • rob60990

    Not shocked Grey’s hit a series low last night. It should rebound since its new the next 3 weeks.

    The results show for Idol will certainly fall below a 3 very soon. I don’t think the Wednesday performance show will though.

    CBS’ ratings are a hot mess. Will wait for the finals.

    Only Community can make Whitney look good.

  • sarah nz

    @ Melissa on page 4

    “POI also had a lead-in 2 points higher.”

    Do you mean TBBT with 4.5 and then TAAHM with 3.3 ?

    TBBT with 4.5 had 1.6 more than PoI’s 2.9 – close but not quite the 2.0 you stated.

    TAAHM with 3.3 has 0.4 more than PoI’s 2.9 – this may be the closest for both of them since they got matched up. (from memory so could be horribly wrong)

    Were you averaging the TBBT and TAAHM ?

    Are you saying that GA is lead independant ? Can understand Sharktank being a poor lead in, but GA should be a self starter after 10 years (or is it 9 ?) in my opinion.

  • tj

    I tried to watch, my whole family did – it has been a get together time. But the judges made it unwatchable. Someone up there thinks the show is about the judges and their nattering inanities, bad clothing and repetitive tips.

  • Tom

    @ Ashton Butcher

    “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.”

    You know, Ashton, it wouldn’t kill you to do some research before you started drawing inaccurate comparisons like this. As of yesterday, B&B scored three consecutive 0.5 ratings and four total 0.5 ratings in its first 15 shows. I guess you could call that consistent alright – consistently subpar. In contrast, the Secret Circle didn’t receive its first 0.5 rating until its 19th episode. This was the first of three consecutive 0.5 ratings before it closed with a 0.6. For our purposes, you should note that B&B scored 0.5 for Episodes 13 – 15 while the Secret Circle scored 0.8, 0.7 and 0.7 for the same Episodes. That’s still pretty consistent. So, you don’t know what you’re talking about.

  • John A

    @ Brie is a Bust

    Right because Whitney is in a terribly competitive timeslot on Wednesday.

    Lol. You were .2 above Community, you shouldn’t be thrilled. Community still has a few months worth of episodes to get back up there in ratings, Whitney has 2 weeks to climb out of the gutter.

  • rob60990

    I don’t think the CW needs to renew either The Carrie Diaries or B&TB. Along with Arrow, TVD, & Supernatural, Nikita & Hart of Dixie are definitely returning. That’s 5 hours right there, plus if ANTM has the same scheduling as last year, it’s 6. They can launch 3-4 new dramas without renewing either show. Neither are needed.

  • Brie is a Bust

    @ Tom

    You sound like a butt-hurt TSC fan you were mad dude. Not sure what Ashton was referring to but the show always draws around 1.5 million and VD has been lower in the ratings this year.

  • Bri


    ‘POI is well promoted? Since when? The only promos I see for the show is after the episode ends for next weeks episode and that’s about it.’

    POI gets lots of promo, I see them all the time, same with TGW and the last time CM was new we had three POI promo during the episode.

  • Matt

    I would laugh so hard if IDOL was adj. down to a 2.9…

  • Brie is a Bust

    @ John A

    Who said I was a Whitney fan I just noticed how you Community fan boys like to rag on other NBC comedies then when push comes to shove the ratings are absolutely dreadful.

    Please don’t give me that competition fan excuse bull, every show has competition. You Community use that when the ratings are low. You’re done BYE!

  • qrwanda

    Thanks sarah nz! As long as the viewership stays up & around 14 million I shall be happy.

    By the way, is it possible for a show to continue to dip in the ratings share, say all the way to 2.0 or into the 1s but yet remain or build on the current viewership above 14 million?

    That would be wierd. But I guess possible.

  • Ash


    That would mean the show would have to skew REALLY old.

  • John A

    @ Brie is a Bust

    Who said I was a Community fan? Obviously you’re extremely ignorant of how tv works, just don’t be shocked if Community ends up getting renewed and Whitney doesn’t.

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