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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  • Fakeem

    I’m not going to read 16 pages of comments, so sorry if this has been said before, but I think the low rating for this week’s TBBT is because the premise didn’t lend itself to comedy. I knew the episode would suck when it was about finding a letter from Wol’s long-missing dad.

    This was definately one of the least funny shows in it’s history. This should have been shown during the Thankgiving to New Years season, where it would have been more suitable.

  • Irene

    The results night always did lower from what I remember. This group are talented. Group closer to earlier years. Focus on voices. I think the same top five will be the same top five. They really stand out. The competition is between them. They will keep changing place on song choice and performance. Top five are good. Not sorry Curtis went. Winner needs to be someone who can record and SELL. AI loses when the better ones leave. Some are not as good but the towns vote like crazy. I think releasing specifics will help better ones. Big Bang Theory is today’s Seinfeld. Nothing will knock it down. People need that fix. Why can’t there be a few shows that everyone needs? I didn’t realize Elimentary was doing so well. I may take a 2nd look.

  • Rita

    There is NOTHING interesting or good on television. It is all just stupid and outlandish. People who watch that stuff must have a brain of mush.

  • Anonymous

    If something is DOWN by -9%, that means it’s UP by 9%. Like, really? This is journalism?

  • Steve

    hahaha- I vanished during the first episode after about 20 seconds of Nicki Minaj

  • gorky

    Last year was pretty much the final straw of Idol no longer being talent competition. That is why people left.

    Until they fix the voting system so that the small minority of hormone-crazed teenage girls will stop power-voting in sub-par “talent” such as Phillip Philips, Kris Allen and Lee whatshis name, idol will only continue to die.

    1000 horny teenage girls voting 500 times over two hours is overpowering 50,000 people each voting once. The real vocal talent such as Jessica Sanchez from last year may be the popular choice in a landslide, but they cannot compete against these power-voting teenagers looking for cute boy winners.

    Sanchez had 10x the YouTube views of her videos than phillips, and more views than all the other contestants combined. She also has 2x the Twitter and Facebook followers – yet she lost the “vote”. It was the number of votes, not the number of voters.

    The slide of Idol over the years perfectly aligns with the growth of cell phones and free calling/texting plans. Until they stop the unlimited voting, it will only get worse.

  • edgeofthecliff

    American Idol has lost viewers? Wow, what a surprise. Maybe it’s because they kept Randy who is a total fraud and ruined last year by constantly propping up the utterly one-dimensional Phillip Phillips. He assured that Mr. Phillips got special treatment continually from the judges, and was able to ignore the genre adherence all the other contestants were forced to perform. Phillips just did everything the same way week after week, and there was Randy bleating “Yo Dog, you just made it your own”. Whatever, I haven’t watched at all this year because he is still wrecking the show.

  • Curt

    The show is crap…why is this news to anyone over the age of 12?

  • John

    If she would stop talking about sleeping with the contestants and how she wants to get her hands on everyone around, perhaps some would watch American Idol again… This judge has to go !!

  • Art

    Get rid of Nikki Fromage. Problem solved. BTW — not sorry to see the ultra-gay, womanly-voiced Curtis go. Next to go? The gay spaniard with the orange hair.

  • Jane

    When I saw how bad the guys sucked on AI I stopped watching this season.

  • FThomasCain

    Maybe people are tired of hearing EVERY singer trying to sound Black or Country!

  • thedemoisdum

    why is 18-49 important. Oh it is NOT its totally made up

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