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.


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  • Mon

    Watch other CBS shows and you’ll know what I’m saying.

  • Kerry

    Has any other show fluctuated as much as Community has in just five episodes? Because really: sheesh.

  • Billy


    That is not correct. This was the first night of all originals in DST. Once the other nights go all originals during DST they will get hit, too.

  • ken

    Wow ! Idol is doing really bad (for idol that is) this season. I guess that’s what happens when u are so desperate for a girl to win that u make sure all the guys are horrible. Fox has to be nervous about this. Obviously all the hype about a girl winning this season hasn’t translated into better ratings.

  • Bee


    i don’t watch CBS or POI so can’t say anything about that. but of course promotion is part of the reason for the grey’s dip. of course DST had an effect too, but given how one short promo was aired starting last thursday following a repeat and most of ABC has either been recovering (sunday) or dead (tuesday) or in repeats (wednesday and last thursday), clearly not as many people could have seen the promo. the bachelor was the only real/good night to promote and that was all the way back on monday.

    on another note, i cannot believe ABC is STILL promoting red widow. i mean, seriously? those 2-4 promos could’ve been for nashville, modern family, revenge, ANYTHING. anything other than a dead show walking.

  • Michelle

    Love BatB! The show is doing good considering what they’re up against…Just give it a chance to grow. First season has it ups and lows and therefore don’t be discourage. Keep watching!

  • Revenger

    TVD may be down because Last night down in panhandle florida atleast, CW didn’t show TVD or BATB they showed a basketball game… it never came on….

  • BrieK

    Why was Grey’s Anatomy new? What sense did that make?

  • Ash

    @ Bee

    I understand that little promotion had a part to play in Greys low ratings, but just wanted to say that POI deals with the same problem every week ;)

  • Jamie

    CBS is in an interesting position for the next 2 weeks. They have the NCAA Tournament, which is always guaranteed to bring in huge ratings, but that will also mean preempting their biggest show.

  • Billy

    I am not an fan of Community or an excuse maker for that show, but this week it may have an excuse. Just look at how those 8:00 shows all took big hits apparently from DST. From TBBT to TAAHM to Idol they all took big hits.

  • Sylerwind

    Do NBC have a choice with Community? The way the ratings are going they could bring in a new show and get about the same average ratings and possibly much higher. Cancelling Community frees up a spot for a new show to develop an audience which NBC needs. They already got a syndication deal with Comedy Central so unless Community ratings rise and stay high I can’t see how NBC can renew it. Yes I am a fan of the show but I also realize this is a business.

  • Lauren

    BATB is doing good? Like seriously??

  • lll

    My ABC affiliate was showing the SEC tournament so it may or may not affect the ABC ratings.

  • samurai99

    Here’s a question for Bill or anyone else that wants to answer: Why is it than some shows are mocked by almost everyone on this site for not retaining their lead-ins, but other shows are not? For example, Elementary gets trashed for not holding onto a superbowl bump, and pretty much anything following the Voice is treated the same way. But when TCD fans talk about lead-ing practically everyone mocks them.

  • Chris

    I recently fell in love with Alison Brie lol. I don’t think she was enough to keep me interested in watching Community though. No offense to community fans.

    WOW,look at those ratings for American Idol! The end is near.

    Interesting that a Shark Tank repeat got a 1.3 with 4 million viewers. Intriguing.

  • Greg

    One can never tell what Community will do each week now. I hope that if it gets renewed, it’s a final season. This season has been a major let down.

    I still say that if CW absolutely must keep one of Beauty and the Beast and The Carrie Diaries, it should be The Carrie Diaries. Certainly a 0.4 after a 0.7 means more than a 0.5 after a 1.1. That said, I don’t think they have to keep one of them, so I say cancel both.

  • Rebecca

    Enjoyed Parks, 1600 Penn and TBBT. Watched The Office but can’t really say I enjoyed it, lol. About to go stream Community and Archer. Too bad about the yo-yo ratings Community is getting…I hope it still gets renewed.

  • tv_viewer

    There was at least one other poster who predicted that American Idol would fall to below 3.0 by late April.

    Last season when the final 13 were chosen, American Idol’s rating was 5.4 on March 1, 2012. AI hit a season 11 low of 3.9 on April 5, 2012.

    This season American Idol had a 3.6 on March 7, 2013 when the top 10 were revealed. I predict that American Idol would have a season 12 low of (3.9/5.4)*3.6 = 2.6.

    There seems to be at least a small chance that the day may come that Person of Interest would actually beat American Idol on the same day. The problem is basketball preemptions will probably lower POI’s ratings while American Idol might be adjusted up.

  • Gabby


    “Person of Interest” is only it its second season compared to “Criminal Minds” and “The Mentalist”, which have 5+ seasons. CBS should be promoting a newer show more during its early seasons to attract new fans.

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