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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  • Joe

    The severe drops last night make Weds shows look pretty decent….Survivor’s 2.7 kind of looks good now

    CBS is down a lot but I’ll wait for finals since the numbers could change due to basketball

    Idol dropped hard, will it be under 3.0 demos soon? All indications say yes; Glee did poorly

    NBC is a disaster period, nothing did well

    Why would ABC only have one new show last night? Awful scheduling move, Greys did well though (considering its lead-in)

    VD good, B&tB didn’t

  • Shawn

    @ Billy

    I absolutely agree about the DST effect on 8:00 shows. They took far and away the biggest hits this week.

  • Kyle

    WOW! Community lost to a Shark Tank repeat and to Vampire Diaries… Bummer… I wonder why it is so unstable. This season it has had 1.9, 1.1, 1.5, 1.0… Maybe NBC could program some Friends encores to boost ratings

  • Cristian

    Community has been pretty bad this season. Something just isn’t there anymore. I’ve been a fan since day 1 and now I don’t even feel like watching. No wonder the ratings are dropping.

  • Dan

    POI will adjust down two tenths to continue the trend of a 0.1 drop every week since it’s 3.4 all those weeks ago.

  • Jack

    As far as I know, there were preemptions for the CW in the Oklahoma City area and in Florida. I’m not sure if that will affect the ratings by having them adjust down later. We’ll see.

  • qrwanda


    You should start watching POI, I think you would enjoy it. You may want to go back though and pick up on the 1st Season, b/c there are alot of refernces to the past. SO MANY TWISTS & TURNS.

  • Frozen99

    I think that Grey’s din’t hit 2.6 last season. Does anybody know the series low for Grey’s?

  • JH

    All networks had stations that preempted programming – not just CBS as was mentioned in the ratings report. The entire list is below. A similar list will impact Friday’s primetime.

    Topeka KS
    Columbia SC
    Charlottesville VA

    Little Rock AR
    Gainesville FL
    Bowling Green KY
    Jefferson City MO
    Columbia SC

    Wichita KS
    Lexington KY
    Hattiesburg MS
    Jackson MS
    Greensboro NC
    Raleigh NC
    Waco TX
    Charlottesville VA
    Norfolk VA
    Roanoke VA

    Evansville IN
    Jacksonville FL
    Tallahassee FL
    Springfield MO
    Wilmington NC
    Charleston SC
    Jackson TN

    Birmingham AL
    Mob ile AL
    Savannah GA
    Louisville KY
    Baltimore MD
    Charlotte NC
    Greensboro NC
    Oklahoma City OK
    San Antonio TX
    Richmond VA
    Rochester NY
    Memphis TN

  • brandon

    Everyone I know (including me) is DVRing Idol this year. I personally think the show and the judges are great this year. I’m really curious at those delayed numbers and see if they’ve grown much this season.

  • Teddy

    Grey’s was not aired until 1:05 AM this Friday morning here in Wisconsin due to high school basketball state championship. I am pissed that ABC did that with the schedule

  • Ash


    What are you? Some kind of troll? Since when can you guarantee the ratings of a show?

  • qrwanda


    I hope not. Actually, I really don’t mind the drop in ratings share. I personally appreciate the average of 14 million viewers every week, no matter the age.

  • Anon

    Well, the SEC tourney aired on MyNet affiliates in my part of the country at night. The day games were on Fox. SO I suppose the daytime syndicated ratings will be affected also.

  • LuJr

    Just shut it off. Read a book; you’re likely to learn something.

  • DG

    The problem with Idol is they have the worst talent since the show started. Only 4 contestants should be in the top 10 and the judges are giving standing ovations to contestants that should not have made the top 40.

  • BBracken

    I think Idol has gone into the ditch simply because of the trashy low class judge…

    Who wants to watch that trash?

  • Mon

    I don’t know what are CBS’ reason but the bottom line is that they promote POI really well. Ask anyone who watches other CBS shows maybe except some POI fans ’cause they will say the promotion is not enough.

  • Jane Elliot

    Seeing lots of crowing about POI’s increase, which means folks haven’t read the red text. I love POI, but it’s going to be knocked down a tenth or two in the finals.

  • Josh

    BATB didn’t dropped while almost every show did. It will certainly be renewed over TCD. TCD is doing worse than Emily Owens!

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