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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  • Juan

    Noooooo grey’s, ABC was kinda dumb to just have this show be new, what were they thinking, so sad about it, well hopefully next week it rebounds well

  • Dan

    Low night across the board

    @Ted Craig – Yes since October, but the producers did a good job making the episode work as a regular Office episode since obviously this episode wasn’t the whole Farm Pilot. Its good that all Office characters get closure by the finale.

    Even with the low numbers, Community will still probably get renewed. NBC has too much failure and Community, Parks & Rec, and Go On all seem like safe bets.

  • qrwanda

    Great Job to all shows!

    Ecstatic 4 Person Of Interest!

    14 million plus again ;)

  • Josh


  • Matt

    There were also a LOT of NCAA Conference basketball tournament games last night with quite a bit of programming on all networks in individual markets pre-empted or timeshifted. I know locally, the SEC Tournament aired on the CBS affiliate, so regular programming either got moved to 2am or (in the case of Elementary) aired on the local CW affiliate.

  • Sarah

    Wow, Glee really dropped.

  • Mega64

    TVD beating Community, huh?

    Also, ouch for AI. It’s tumbling hard now. Still far from cancellation, but its days of dominance look to be over.

  • Wayne

    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!

  • PW


  • zerg

    Here u are S.P.R.I.N.G!

  • Brian J

    Is this the effect of DST?

  • PW


  • Billy

    Welcome to Daylight Savings Time. The 8:00 shows got killed. This will now be a trend for the rest of the season.

  • Dan

    It doesnt surprise me how BATB does, a 0.5 seems normal when TVD gets 1.1. BATB will be cancelled in May.

  • TJ

    Idol half hours
    8:00 – 2.7
    8:30 – 3.3

  • Russel

    Unbelievable drop for Community. Last week’s ep was fantastic and it got a 1.5, so why the sudden drop off? I don’t get it.

  • Tristan

    It’s no surprise that my no.1 TV show Grey’s Anatomy dips a lot in the fast ratings. Here in the state of Wisconsin the new episode of Grey’s was not aired until 1:05 AM Friday morning due to all day coverage of Girls’ High School Basketball State Championship. So for 3 days straight other than national and local news programming, all shows prime time and daytime were all aired starting after Nightline. Other than myself I guess no Wisconsinites stayed up late past midnight to watch any shows pre-empted due to basketball championship. So all new ABC prime time and daytime shows for Friday and Saturday again won’t air until after Nightline…

  • Ashley

    TBBT got hit with daylight savings but it’s ok. Still kicking ass. AI is just dying a slow death. Good riddance! TVD stable but BaTB still hanging on for dear life. It’s going to be interesting to see what CW does about these bubble shows. NBC, as usual, does atrocious. Go POI, great show.

  • Gabby

    “PERSON OF INTEREST” was the only CBS show to increase last night. It has a very loyal and consistent fanbase. It’s too bad that CBS does not promote it.

  • Josh

    Grey’s was phenomenal last night one of the most touching episodes in a while. I really hope it gets adjusted up.

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