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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

Scoreboard CBS FOX ABC UNI NBC CW
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
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8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 3.3 10 12.40
NBC Parks and Recreation 1.6 5 3.01
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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
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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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  • eridapo

    I don’t think the adjustments for Basketball are going to be that high… Remember that the NCAA final scored a 7.6 demo, so I would expect ACC/SEC Basketball to score lower. If we assume that it did 5 in the areas where it was shown, the adjustments to CBS would be 5 times .03 yields .15. I actually believe that the Basketball hurt CBS rather than help it. I’m more incline to believe that ACC/SEC games probably only did a 3.0, so the adjustments would be only around a tenth of a point..

  • Miah

    @SJ

    I agree! It does not make sense. There were 2 weeks of repeats, a new episode last night and now we have to wait until April 4th for another new episode. Someone at NBC has to get their head out of their ass. I am very happy to see Parks and Rec went up in ratings though. Love that show!

  • abcfamilyfan

    this is what happens when you put ur show on hiatus for weeks and then not promote its return. Poor Greys

  • Brian J

    @Sylerwind:

    That’s exactly it. Parks is a clear choice for a renewal, I think, since NBC owns the show, critical reception has stayed the same, and most importantly, it is a (relatively) big show for NBC.

    At the same time, it wouldn’t surprise me if NBC simply wiped its slate clean. Both Parks and Community, the most likely candidates for renewal, already have enough episodes for syndication, and while more is better in that regard, it has to work on developing new shows sooner rather than later.

    I’m genuinely curious to see what NBC does, because it has a reason to go in so many different directions (canceling all of its comedies, renewing one or two, renewing a few but holding them) and it isn’t clear which direction it will go. Perhaps the answer is to renew both Parks and Community but ship them off to Friday or even Saturday night, freeing up the more important slots for something new.

  • Barb

    Nicki Minaji ugly freak on A.I. ruined it.

  • Brandy

    BaTB fans better hope and pray it dosent adjust down.This is it’s fourth 0.5 .Not good.

  • matt

    performance idol show was 3.8, all that matters

  • Tabitha

    TVD was pre-empted by basketball in my area.

  • Tom

    @ Immaculite

    I will; but not before you. Incidentally, although you’re obviously an expert on audience polling, did you ever consider that B&B’s bad ratings might be attributable to global warming?

  • CP

    The CW in VA was airing ACC basketball even though ESPNU was also airing it. Who F’d that up?

  • gerry

    @CASam44
    hooray for parks! LOVE IT!

    how is it pushing the gay and interracial ‘agenda’? by having interracial and gay characters? please.

    sadly, TCD would be renewed as a no brainer w a .5 in its slot. but with a .4 for that and a sad .5 for batb coming in after a show that yields 1.1-1.3 every week, i don’t know…

    i’d prefer they cancel batb, but they will likely cancel tcd, and if cw can afford to promote an additional new show properly it should cancel both. (but if they want to throw an s2 of tcd at me i won’t complain).

  • Kberger

    I can’t figure out POI’s ratings for the life of me. I was dreading coming to this site to see if it kept falling. Now with increased competition this week it is up? Weird.

  • qrwanda

    @JR

    Go HR?! LOL

    You mean go away HR, I can’t wait until Carter & the crew brings them down.

  • gerry

    (repost w everything in the right order.. whoopsie!)

    hooray for parks! LOVE IT!

    @CASam44-
    how is greys pushing the gay and interracial ‘agenda’? by having interracial and gay characters? please.

    sadly, TCD would be renewed as a no brainer w a .5 in its slot. but with a .4 for that and a sad .5 for batb coming in after a show that yields 1.1-1.3 every week, i don’t know…

    i’d prefer they cancel batb, but they will likely cancel tcd, and if cw can afford to promote an additional new show properly it should cancel both. (but if they want to throw an s2 of tcd at me i won’t complain).

  • Billy

    @John A

    DST is an issue. It is the first night all the networks had originals on. Look at those 8:00 numbers. They are down about 15% across the board. If it was one or two shows maybe. It is across the board. That is the DST effect.

  • 6 seasons and a movie

    Community will bounce back. This was TVD’s season premiere they were up against.

  • Gabe

    Excuse or not, Community has by far the worst time slot.

    It’s up against
    a. Big Bang Theory: CBS’s highest rated show
    b. American Idol: Fox’s highest rated show
    c. Vampire Diaries: Cw’s highest rated show

    No wonder every (new) show that gets the Thursday 8pm spot flops.

  • 6 seasons and a movie

    Idol has gone down for practically every week it’s on. It’s frigthening to think how low they could go by the end of this cycle.

  • Petar

    @eridapo
    I don’t think the adjustments for Basketball are going to be that high… Remember that the NCAA final scored a 7.6 demo, so I would expect ACC/SEC Basketball to score lower. If we assume that it did 5 in the areas where it was shown, the adjustments to CBS would be 5 times .03 yields .15. I actually believe that the Basketball hurt CBS rather than help it. I’m more incline to believe that ACC/SEC games probably only did a 3.0, so the adjustments would be only around a tenth of a point..

    ME – as alwasy i think you are rigt. Last year CBS preemted the same way POI and in finals wasn’t adjust at all. And than again thursday line up was with 2 weeks off. Like this season will be. If there are adjustments will be tenth no more.

  • Potato

    ARE YOU F*****G KIDDING ME?!? Community, just make up your mind, are you getting cancelled or not?!? And why would the ratings go down after what almost everyone agreed was the best episode of the season last week?!

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