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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  • Ash


    Everyone is subject to their own opinions. Jut because they differ from yours doesn’t mean that they don’t have any taste.

  • Immaculate


    “Overrun with Beastlings”. Ha! That’s another one of the many stupidly laughable thing I’ve heard coming from you when you’re hear every week in a thread related to BatB denigrating the show like a spiteful idiot. Like “Beauty & the Flop” idiot and his hundred different aliases posting here like a retard.

  • CBSviewer

    @ JJF

    More respect for a 2.9 ??? So what CBS should Show to CSI (which could get a 2.6 during its 13th Season on Wednesday at 10) ?
    Person of Interest has one of the best spot of the week and it seems normal for a Show to get a 2.9 on that timeslot.

  • Layton

    @Frank not really, but if they did the same in Charlotte than it would effect the ratings. I know basketball is like a religion in NC and some other places.

  • Beauty&theFlop

    @ Immaculate

    Hear = here dumb@ss

  • Kindra

    Nikki Manaj.

    Ha ha haha har har hahahahahah..cough, har har hahaha ha ha

    Nikki Manaj. giggle.

    Just say it to yourself…Nikki Manaj.

    Whoop, ha ha ha ha hahahahaha

  • Immaculate


    Oh, you got me. Grammar police on the internet. Really, using an @ to get through the filter. It seems like you’ve done this before many times. I’m not surprised aliasing loser.

  • Les Ismoreland

    One day in the not so distant past, a bunch of people were sitting in a room and the subject of deciding who was going to be a judge on Idol. After much contemplation the decision was final – Nicki Manaj.

    It is not until the fullness of time unfolds that you can pinpoint the exact moment at which the end began. Such was this moment.

  • Jill

    If Idol made a public spectacle of throwing Nikki Manaj overboard today, they might, but just might, be able to prevent the franchise from augering in.

    Gosh, I just love watching genetics-based casting fail so spectacularly. Just what demographic is she supposed to appeal to?…pink haired strippers? That isn’t who was supporting the show.

  • Tom

    @ Immaculite

    Your specialty is name calling not logic. That puts you right in the middle of all those pep squad Barbies who are gushing about B&B because its their surrogate love life. Remember, you’re the one who keeps claiming that there’s this vast population of Beastlings out there that Nielsen can’t find. However, until you can prove that, there’s little room for you here. And don’t try that spoiler.com/PCA awards hustle again. It only makes you look desperate.

  • BigBrotherFan


    Give me a break. I’m a 25-year-old stright amazing speciment of a man and I love Nikki Minaj she is a total babe! GET REAL!

    I get what you`re saying…I just feel a ton a hate directed towards her and I really don`t feel she is the problem..URBAN IS!!!BU..BUUU..BUUUUU..BUUUUU..BOOOOOORING!!!!!

  • CookyMonzta

    Posted March 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM
    “I would laugh so hard if IDOL was adj. down to a 2.9…”

    Didn’t happen, and most likely it won’t happen if the morning rating is a 3.0 of higher. I would imagine, though, that there is a threshold for which the show’s rating could be adjusted down.

    If I had to make a raw guess, the show would have to fall to 2.3 or 2.4 to be in the territory where they could risk being adjusted down. And that is because there wouldn’t be enough 18-49 viewers to sustain the potential for an upward adjustment. Already they are fleeing in massive droves, 5 to 6 million since first show of the season.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Didn’t happen, and most likely it won’t happen if the morning rating is a 3.0 of higher. I would imagine, though, that there is a threshold for which the show’s rating could be adjusted down.

    If I had to make a raw guess, the show would have to fall to 2.3 or 2.4 to be in the territory where they could risk being adjusted down. And that is because there wouldn’t be enough 18-49 viewers to sustain the potential for an upward adjustment. Already they are fleeing in massive droves, 5 to 6 million since first show of the season.”

    You sound confused about why adjustments occur.

    This may help.


  • Flannigan

    Can Minaj’s ability to make viewers disappear be used on the national debt?

  • Melissa

    @sarah nz

    No, you’re not understanding. When I said POI had a lead-in (2.5 M, 3.3) 2 points higher, I meant 2 points higher than GA’s lead-in (Shark Tank, 1.3). And no matter how old a show is, it’s easier to get a big audience with a bigger lead-in. Plus, Greys is a self-starter…it pulled a 2.6 despite being sandwiched between 2 low-rated repeats.

  • Immaculate


    You’re specialty is making is crap up. It’s also seems to be lying as well when you said you would STHU, but apparently calling you out for your retarded aliases simply got to you. I’ve not once claimed there was a “vast population” of anything. The only thing I’ve claimed is that there seems to be a large amount of people who watch the show as reflected in the online fan-base that may not be reflected in the Nielsen ratings. There were a multitude of other things, but I’m not going to go back and sift through my past posts on this website to regurgitate them here. But I’m not shocked at all that you’re too stupid to understand nuances like that. Keep crying over TSC or for whatever spiteful reason that BatB inflames that pea brain mind of yours. If BatB gets another season, I’ll be content. If it doesn’t, I’ll be likewise. But, I’m sure you’ll be enraged with anger over the former because you’re a child tantrum encapsulated in an adult body.

  • BL

    Idol has run its course, Its time has past is why. Much like Facebook will be a memory this time next year. These are just trends, they come and go.

  • David

    I’m sure Nigel won’t admit it publicly but Idol was popular because of Simon Cowell, period. People were willing to tolerate Paula and even Ellen as long as Simon was there but now, there’s absolutely no draw at all. Frankly people tuned in less for the talent on stage but rather to hear what Simon would say next.

    As for the X-Factor tanking, Simon won’t admit it publicly either but he needs Nigel just as much as Nigel needs him.

    That said, I don’t see Idol coming back next year. It’s just way too expensive to produce twice weekly to survive a 4th place rating.

  • Immaculate

    Actually, I’ll be a little bit disheartened due to the people involved with the show, but unlike you I’ll move on with my life and not be consumed with the fact that some other show took its spot or whatever reason waiting to pounce on it in the comments section here.

  • Happy2ride

    Viewers haven’t vanished, they chased us away by producing garbage. They insulted our discernment for talent 3-4 years ago & apparently they’re only getting worse. It hasn’t been in our house the last three seasons.
    Clicked through a few weeks ago & saw what appeared to be a him/she or whatever. It’s slowly become a freak show.

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