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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  • John A

    Ha TVD beat Community.

  • Billy

    Community is on a rollercoaster ratings ride. A 1.2 to a 1.5 back down to a 1.0. DST hurt it, but that is a big fall.

  • BigBrotherFan


    Give me a break, people.

    Don’t give me competition crap, either…I’ll direct to PARKS AND REC!

  • Bee

    omg THE DROPS! AWFUL. 3.0 for idol? lmao omg.

    and i knew grey’s would be way down. it wasn’t a well-promoted return AT ALL. there was one 20-second promo that wasn’t particularly exciting and started airing last week. but honestly, i’m just glad it’s only down to a 2.6 (that could adjust up to a 2.7). i feared w. the break + DST that it would be a sudden crash to 2.4 or something.

  • Immaculate

    BatB was preempted near where I live again. Let’s see how Nielsen “adjusts” this. [rolleyes]

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Person of Interest up by a tenth, holding pretty stable. Episode wasn’t that interesting for me except for the return of HR.

    TVD down by a tenth from last episode, but up from the previous, so still stable. Nice to see Phoebe Tonkin – a LOT of her seen! :-) – again after being more or less sidelined by the island business. They laid the first tracks down for the Originals pilot by bringing up her birthmark and Louisiana.

  • john

    Walking Dead just might beat TBBT for #1 for the entire season.

  • PurpleDrazi

    How do you know your show is a beast?

    When you drop a full demo point and you are STILL beating every other show on broadcast television by a wide margin.

    Well done, TBBT. *golf claps*

  • hello

    It makes me happy to see AI finally cracking. Community really can’t stabilize, can it?

  • John A

    Lol Community fans were mocking Whitney ratings yesterday. Even Whitney beat that flop.

  • Grey

    I think even with an adjustment down “POI” will still beat “Grey’s.”

  • qrwanda

    @PW oh goodness, here we go :(

    I am not sure why so many people on here compare the ratings of these 2 shows. They are completly different. One is a crime/mystery drama. The other is a medical/romance drama. One has been on since 2011 the other 2005.

    Both shows are great & I am glad they both are doing well. WHY THE HATIN on each other?!

  • Ted Craig


    Is that a roller coaster ride or really rotten numbers, one of which is less rotten? It averages to 1.2 and should be canceled.

  • David

    Where are all the Grey’s fans crowing about how their show beat POI? All I hear are crickets

  • michael

    I can see P&R leading off Thursdays next season

  • Z

    Just wondering, did Big Bang Theory got hit this hard last year?

  • Billy

    @Ted Craig

    LOL. You are correct. Either end of the rollercoaster is bad numbers for Community. NBC should cancel it.

  • Ash


    Please don’t make an excuse for no promotion the reason Greys dropped. POI gets little to no promotion and manages to raise up a tenth.

  • Brian J


    At this point, why renew Community? Parks is the clear stand out here, and NBC completely owns that show. NBC could pick its nichiest comedy, pair it with Parks, and put two dramas on at 9:00 and 10:00. It could then cancel all the other comedies and revamp most of its schedule.

    If NBC is really determined to go with comedies on Thursdays, it should go with a night of multi cams, and all of them should be new. It could even stagger the release of some of them so that it could get a big initial tune in from the first few an then release the rest after the Olympics. Parks could then run anywhere on the schedule to finish out its run.

  • BigBrotherFan

    These drops have me really concerned for NASHVILLE.
    Also, why the heck did ABC waste a episode of GREYS and not even have a new SCANDAL!!! I really REALLY hope abc finds themselves in a state of NBC very soon. DUMBEST NETWRORK OF ALL TIME! #HATEABC #LOVETHEIRSHOWS :(

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