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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  • Richard Steven Hack

    Dan: While there has been a five week drop in ratings from the 3.4, the last two episodes have been 2.9 and 2.8. So the drop isn’t that steady. If this episode is not adjusted down below 2.8, I think the show has stabilized at this level. Of course, as the weather warms up that could change. Still, the five-week drop is worrying.

    However, the show did 2.8-3.0 during most of the fall episodes, so it’s too early to predict a guaranteed drop by end of season. The season average so far is 2.99, effectively 3.0.

  • Jazz

    I thought Community was really good yesterday but I don’t jump to it like I used to. It’s a very hit or miss show. You never know what you will be getting.

    Sort of spoilerish….
    Plus I am choosing to believe it is Dan Harmon on the other end of the line with Mr. Changnesia.

  • Billy

    My question to every network is: Why in the world are you scheduling new episodes on a night when they knew they would have loads of preemptions ? Just doesn’t make sense. Why not save new episodes for weeks when shows have full coverage throughout the country. The finals could be a bigger bloodbath for these shows in addition to these already low numbers.

  • kevin

    no Greys on my tv yesterday because of basketball :(

  • SJ

    Congratulations, NBC! Parks and Rec is by far your best performing sitcom (in the running to come back next year) and yet you put it on yet ANOTHER 3-week break. Is it that impossible to get at least four Parks and Rec episodes in a row? Apparently…

  • JP

    POI was incredible last night – that show is absolutely amazing – best show on tv!!!!! Go Resse and Finch, Carter, Fusco, HR, Elias and everyone in the cast!!!!!

  • CASam44

    Nikki is why we no longer watch Idol and we have now stopped recording Greys as we are tired of them pushing their inter racial and gay agenda on us. We are not against either of their agenda’s but are so tired of having it pushed down our thoughts.
    There is so much more to do than watch TV, especially these annoying shows.

  • ChannelDante

    POI is super steady. Daylight savings time is kicking some ass LOL

  • DJR

    Where are the white people on Idol. I’m talking judges, even in the beginning of Idol that was always a complaint that the judges would lean more toward urban performers. Not that I watch Idol in years, the now 75 percent of a certain race it’s bound to hurt in the long run in non-inner city markets.

  • Elijah

    “Now I would have gladly done without these extra levels if they just used the extra space to make the game closer to the Arcade version.”

    Really? So we know for 100% that POI would of for sure gotten a massive super bowl bump?

  • Robsten_Fan

    Can someone tell me about what basketball you are talking about?
    Was there something wrong with the shows air?

  • John_M

    A. Very few people care about the WBC tournament – i doubt it pulled much higher numbers than thursday night basketball on ESPN

    B. Any Big Bang Theory that revolves around howard I really should be in prison wolowitz and his annoying wife should see depressed ratings – they’re awful characters –

  • Tom

    @ Immaculite; @Josh; @Lalya; @Michelle

    It’s laughable to see that you Beastlings are still in denial about the obvious fact that B&B is a bust. Any r&ationalization will do, right? At least you weren’t dense enough to claim the storyline was improving. That mantra is past worn out.

  • John A

    DST? Come on it wasnt that much of a issue the past few days why is that been thrown around today?

  • Kerri


    POI may drop a bit but pretty much this show is steady as you go. It peaks at times and drops at other times but mostly it stays in the 2.9 range with 14.5 – 15M viewers. The show is steady, safe and no doubt will be renewed.

  • Immaculate


    What’s laughable is you. So please just STHU.

  • NBC Fan

    Idol could fall below a 3.0 in finals because of preemptions.

  • Petar


    stop this hating for GREYS. It was great show with great run. CRIME fans not watch soap dramas so they not huert each other. So i am not happy. I prefer greys to be even with POI but around 3.0 so everybody to be happy.

    ps man may sweeps will be disaster for all broadcast shows. Expext a lot of lows.

  • Kavyn

    It looks like pretty much everything dropped last night compared to last Thursday.

  • s0303

    don’t know what nbc should do with community, it is so unstable…probably a short season, i guess.

    i really like batb, but it and carrie diaries probably should both be cancelled…

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