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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  • Tom


    “It’s also seems to be lying as well when you said you would STHU….”

    Kiss your mother with that mouth? Again with the fabrications. Scroll back to my comment on page 8. It starts with: “I will; but not before you….” Meaning, I’m wasn’t going to let you keep making up things and spreading your peculiar warmth throughout the Comments section without responding when it suits me. Since you couldn’t stop your incessant name calling, I’m under no obligation to you for anything. So, shame on you for fibbing.

  • qw

    Dump Nikki and things will get much better. What a waste of a human being!!

  • vcmom

    Idol’s problems are summed up in two words. Nicki Minaj.

  • 787 Nikita News

    UGH reading Tom’s posts are disgusting that dude has no real knowledge about anything.

  • badillin

    HOW THE HELL IS THE BIG BANG THEORY OVER COMMUNITY… damn americans, truly the mayority of you are kinda retarded.

  • sarah nz

    @ Melissa – thanks, understand what you were meaning now :)

  • sarah nz

    * and agree with you’re 2nd post.

  • eoow

    Bravo VCMOM on your comment “Idol’s problems are summed up in two words. Nicki Minaj.”

  • World War 3

    “HOW THE HELL IS THE BIG BANG THEORY OVER COMMUNITY… damn americans, truly the mayority of you are kinda retarded.”

    My bad I guess I’m retarded that I choose to watch BBT over Community. That’s why nobody watches Community now because you fanboys always have to whine and diss other people’s shows but that’s why Whitney beat you this week and I know that hurts your guys inner core.

  • mixplix

    It’s a glorified gong show.

  • freecheese

    I am shocked that this stupid keroke show with it freak show judges lasted this long. I hope it leaves soon.

  • Danielle

    @ Immaculate

    100% agree with you. I find it extremely pathetic how some people put so much time and effort into bashing a show they probably haven’t seen. Ignore them. They probably don’t like the show because its a reminder of how much their own life sucks. I often imagine these trolls as greasy, friendless slobs that spend all their time in mummy’s basement surfing the net because nobody likes them. The truth is, people on the net don’t like them either.

  • prodigychild2

    There are videos of Nicki Minaj on youtube displaying multiple personalities which she has named and is proud of. Yea, we the mainstream are interested in her opinions. Or maybe it wasn’t her??

  • Maxx

    I DVR it and use FF through 99% of it. However, not even going to watch it anymore after this week’s judging scam. I think it was a publicity stunt. Granted he wasn’t the best of the bunch but he was better than the other sing off guy.

  • Rj

    No one can stand Nikki Minaj. She’s a worthless scumbag, just like the rest of Hollywood

  • Networkman

    I feel American Idol results should air in the 9pm hour. The demo numbers and viewers tend to increase as the night goes on. When it aired 90 minutes last week, the 9pm hour brought some great numbers.

  • charles


    People like to watch people try and fail/succeed at games of talent and skill. This is a formula that goes back to Ted Mack’s amateur hour, vaudeville, roman, greek theater.

    When you overproduce polished acts and shove cartoonlike personages on viewers like ellen degeneris and some of the current “judges” people run away and start looking for the real thing.

    Some kid w a webcam on utube, shooting a talent contest, in the basement, against a dropcloth, would be more interesting than the current season.

  • Hugh Beaumont

    I think the public has had enough of Minaj’s face – it’s unbearable.

  • CJ

    Nikki Minaj is killing it

  • Peach

    One of the reasons fans are turned off could be Nikki Minaj! American Idol use to be a family watched show, that has changed. Who can forget Nikki Minaj’s mocking of the Catholic Religion in her so call performance!!

    Get a clue American Idol!

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