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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  • Katie

    I LOVE that Person of Interest always stays consistent. It seems like one of the only shows that doesn’t really dip in ratings. Always stays between 14-15 million. Just shows all the people that watch it MAKE sure to watch it every week.

  • Tom

    @ Brie

    Ashton was pretty clear. He was also clearly wrong. The Secret Circle has nothing to do with the all too apparent fact that this site is becoming overgrown with Beastlings who do nothing but spout inaccuracies about the show. Personally, I’m hoping is that this site will be rid of them after B&B is cancelled.

    BTW, 1.5 MM viewers is the bottom of the Thursday network barrel. If you want to revel in that, be my guest.

  • qrwanda


    INDEED. I just wish we could get 3 episodes in a row that are new. Not just 1 new episode, then 2 repeats, then 2 new episodes, then 1 repeat.

    Could the networks show 8 or more NEW episodes in a row…then reruns/games/etc then the additional seasons episodes which would be 12 or so more.

    Seems as if there would be a greater audience for all shows if it was more streamlined.

  • A-Man

    Many people are saying that Community is not as good as in the past. I think it has been relatively consistent. It is interesting to see how much Community fans enjoy the more normal episodes over the quirky ones. This show is quirky. That’s its trademark and why I like it more than a show like TBBT. As far as ratings, I expected a significant drop this week but only to about a 1.2. It will rebound next week. And Bill, you certainly have your work cut out for you with predicting Community’s future.

  • sarah nz

    @ qrwanda
    No problem, not sure I answered your question the best way, but until the experts chime in that’s how I think it works.
    I know audience size doesn’t matter but do like that lots of people see it (PoI), as you say as long as it stays above 14 million I’m happy as well :)

    Be very happy if PoI adjusts up but experience has made me more pessamistic with the adjustments that happen with PoI.

    Would be good if we can buck the trend of 0.1 decreases seen the last several new episodes – as Petar has said that was very strange.

    In either case season 3 is a lock – unless lunatic’s start running CBS ;)

  • marco

    idol is dead!!!!1

  • Beauty&theFlop

    @ Tom

    You tell the deluded halfwits like it is.

    To renew Beauty & the Beast now is like purposely aiming to destroy your network.

  • Ash


    Judging by your name, I can tell you have a biased opinion ;)

  • beached

    Ratings are so horrible it just goes to show you how cable shows have an effect on the big 3(and Fox). Really, is there anything worth watching anymore? Duck Dynasty? (You have to an IQ very low)

  • qrwanda

    Season 3 of POI…

    I don’t think I could handle it.

    I’m not sure if I can handle the Season Finale of this season. lol

  • Scott

    I wonder if Idol’s waning viewership has to do with the contestants singing one boring song after another.

  • Freddy Arrow


    “I LOVE that Person of Interest always stays consistent. It seems like one of the only shows that doesn’t really dip in ratings. Always stays between 14-15 million. Just shows all the people that watch it MAKE sure to watch it every week.”

    POI ratings so far this year before last night: 3.4, 3.3, 3.2, 3.1, 3.0, 2.9, 2.8

    It’s very consistently losing 0.1 every time out, but I’m guessing that’s not what you meant.

  • JM in San Diego CA

    My wife watches the show religiously and I see bits and pieces. What I noticed this season is that one of the judges, the one on my left as I view the screen, looks like a bum. I don’t care what his musical knowledge or ability may be, if he doesn’t have enough simple good sense to clean up for an appearance on national television, I intend to ignore him.

    I don’t expect a tuxedo or even a suit, but let’s NOT look like you’re going dumpster-diving after the show.

    Thanks for reading.

  • Petar


    you are crazy. Even kids-haters here are better than you.

  • Vanessa

    @ Rob

    yay to POI

  • Petar

    @“I LOVE that Person of Interest always stays consistent. It seems like one of the only shows that doesn’t really dip in ratings. Always stays between 14-15 million. Just shows all the people that watch it MAKE sure to watch it every week.”

    Yep 14-16 million and 2.8-3.4 in main demo. You are right. In both is UP season to season. Think one of the very few with BBT that is up. Most shows are down with 0.5 and more tenths.

  • JJF

    So POI essentially stable despite it’s lead-ins dipping noticeably? (And it’s main opponent hitting a series low?) I’d say that’s good. CBS needs to show this show more respect. :D

  • BigBrotherFan

    What is with ALL the NIKKI MINAJ hate on here? She is not the problem…URBAN is with his bland boring critic take on the contestants..ATLEAST Minaj speaks her MIND! You people have no taste, at all! I don’t watch AI on a regualr basis only when there is CRAP like BIG BANG THEROY on and everything else is in repeats.

    COME ON! You all hate her because she is stunning, talented and a fiesty lil thing that isn’t afraid to speak her mind. I FOR ONE started watching AI after 2006 for her alone!

    I think OFF TOPIC the voice will get 18-49 3.7 because the two are gonna eat eachother up! AND SHAKIRA IS NOT AS PUBLICITY KNOWN IN AMERICA AS OF RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!! AS NIKKI MINAJ.. I dont care how well she does in LATIN AMERICA..THATS LATIN AMERICA..SOUTH AMERICA and their ratings are not COUNTED!

    NIKKI YOU ROCK!!!!! Keep doing your thing BABE (as if she reads these boards but maybe someone else is!)

  • frank

    In the Raleigh market, the Big Bang was pushed by the ACC Tourney.

  • Charmed

    BATB half hours?

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