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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  • Lalya

    BATB ratings stays the same.still have hard time to believe TCD will get renewed and BATB not.BATB SHOULD get renewed.

  • Billy


    This is what happens when a network puts its top show on at 8:00. It will get great numbers in the winter, and fall when DST hits in the spring. Remember, TBBT is only a half hour. At least hour shows get the 8:30 half hour to pull its numbers up.

  • feinn

    Three . 5 in a row for beauty and the beast….can cw really cancel another show? Maybe cw will giveback Friday next season?

  • theCroup

    Glee blows all their ratings gain in one episode again. Pretty certain this happened during their last midseason hiatus return too.

  • Skylar James

    how did Parks & Recreation fare vs last week?

  • samurai99

    More comments to follow, but I would like to start by saying that all the people predicting Elementary getting cancelled or moving to a death slot next year need to wake up. It’s still doing better than any other 10 pm show for CBS. Great job, Elementary!!

  • Mon

    “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.

    Wait for the finals. There might be adjustments due to preemptions. And FYI, Person of Interest is well promoted by CBS every week. Also, Elementary. The shows that don’t get enough promotion are Criminal Minds and The Mentalist (and CSI: MY when it was still on).

  • MichaelChickless

    I hope POI doesn’t adjust down [too much].

  • Kelly

    Daylight Savings Time really hit hard.

  • Mon


  • Melissa

    Very low night, TBBT hit HARD, and Grey’s dropped a lot. Ouch at Idol!

    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.

    POI also had a lead-in 2 points higher.

  • AV

    Parks n recs is staying consistent and doing better this year, it will be back next year for shure, not to mention a lot of big t.v. producers love the show so it gets pull.

  • Matt

    If the rest of the season is like last night’s Community, I won’t cry when it’s done.

  • Ash


    POI is well promoted? Since when? The only promos I see for the show is after the episode ends for next weeks episode and that’s about it.

  • Betha

    Kelly, DST and basketball games in 20 states…

  • Skylar James

    TWD is now kicking TBBT’s ass, oh yeah xD

  • qrwanda


    I agree. CBS should be promoting this show like crazy. I still don’t understand why it did not get the after Superbowl slot. I get Elementary is the new show and probably needed the promotion more but it would have done wonders for it.

    Also this is a JJ Abrams & Jonathon Nolan produced & created show. You would think the promotion & hype would be Dark Nightish. NO?!

  • Tristan

    Again Grey’s was not aired until 1:05 AM this Friday morning here in Wisconsin due to high school basketball state championship. I think I was the only Wisconsinite that watched Grey’s live as it was airing on TV. That’s why there’s a huge dip I guess. I’m not surprised if all prime time and daytime shows on ABC network for these 3 days all dip in ratings cuz of the high school basketball championship. Just like last week when all ABC network programming was pushed up or pre-empted for thi s game, the same thing is happening again this week.

  • Skylar James

    I cant wait to see American Idol hit the 2’s, how far the mighty has fallen

  • samurai99

    DST is no real excuse. Every other night has managed to hold steady.

    Too bad for TBBT, that episode last night was one of the best they’ve had.

    Community now in danger. Don’t worry fans, there’s always Kickstarter!

    With BatB still able to hold a .5 rating, I am now revising my 2% chance of TCD getting renewed to a 0.2% chance and will no longer pretend to know what I was talking about when I picked it over BatB

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