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_T

    @John_M: I know its all personal opinion, but I think Howard and Bernadette are hilarious. I do not see how they are horrible characters. Once again, just my opinion.

  • qrwanda


    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.

    I really hope so. I would like CBS to renew for 2-3 guaranteed additional seasons. So that way we don’t have to wait for it to be announced.

    C’mon CBS, do the right thing :)

  • Dan S

    @Brian J, no show ever gets shipped to Sat unless its to burn off a cancelled show like Smash. I wouldn’t rule out Community going to Fri but highly unlikely the higher rated P&R will which likely will stay on Thur. My guess is NBC will replace The Office with the new MJF comedy at 9pm & stick with single cams on Thur.

  • JJA

    Were the Vampire Diaries’ ratings affected by Jeremy and Taylor being off the show?

  • qrwanda


    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.

    I really hope so. I would like CBS to renew for 2-3 guaranteed additional seasons. Like they did for TBBT. So that way we don’t have to wait for it to be announced.

    C’mon CBS, do the right thing :)

  • 6 seasons and a movie

    Glee almost lost out against the Office even though they had a way bigger lead in. Glee is done for if you ask me, get her cancellation bear!

  • batman

    Idol went gay, I quit watching.

  • Ash

    @qrwanda @kerri

    There would have to be a serious plunge in ratings for POI to get cancelled. So I wouldn’t worry about it too much ;)

  • Tom

    @ CP

    I assume that The CW aired the basketball game so that viewers without cable could watch it. ACC basketball is huge in Virginia, so I assume they probably drew a bigger audience than B&B would have.

  • Brian J


    Eventually, though, something will work against it, and the sooner NBC gets started, the better off it will be. If it’s absolutely determined to have comedy in these slots (8:00 and 9:00) next season, pairing a new niche comedy with Parks might be a good idea. I happen to think it would be a better idea to counter program with something else, but NBC shouldn’t give up on the slot. Things can change very quickly.

  • Zth

    Two and A Half Men ended at 9:02 also, so considering the basketball preemption too, TAAHM will be adjusted up at least 3-4 tenths.

  • SJ


    Maybe because when the internet-savvy Community audience realized that this episode was going to focus on a character that outlived his usefulness three years ago, they decided to skip it?

  • gerry

    @ Tom

    (it wouldn’t take much to draw a larger audience than batb)

  • Immaculate


    Waah. You’re more obsessed with BatB’s failure than I am for its renewal. BatB’s ratings have been pretty stable. Yeah, it doesn’t have a big fan base, but it does seem to have a consistent one. Whether that is enough to retain the show for a second season is not up to me but up to the executives.

    Maybe one day you’ll stop acting with the immaturity of a child and misogynistic pansy and grow up, but I’m not holding my breath. I think BatB has a better chance of renewal than that ever happening.

  • CassiusClay

    The show was falling apart anyway, the finishing touches to it’s demise are can be spoken in two words: Nicki Minaj

  • Igwell Predicts…

    … Sony will give NBC a good enough deal for a renewal of Community, continuing its role as cannon fodder against The Big Bang Theory.

  • eridapo

    For all those talking about pre-emption, think about this…

    To have a significant impact.. your market has to be large..

    If your TV Market is 1% or less of the national total, it would take a 10.0 demo rating to shift the ratings by a tenth…
    If your TV Market is 2% of the national total, it would take a 5.0 demo ratings to shift the ratings by a tenth, and
    If your TV Market is 3% of the national total, it would take a 3.3 demo rating to shift the ratings by a tenth.

    So for all of you that are commenting about your show not being shown in your area… you should find out the size of your TV market and what were the ratings for the program shown in your market to figure out the impact on the national totals..

    Most NCAA BB games do not score anywhere near a 10 on any market.. If anything, most games would probably just do a 3.0 or 4.0 in most local markets so their impact would be about a tenth at most (it may be two tenths because some shows were rounded up/down (example 3.551 to 3.6))

  • K

    Last 2 BB episodes have been disappointing as far as laughs have gone.

  • Michael1

    Expect a boost for “Community” next week. It saw its highest ratings last season for the 2 weeks when CBS aired the NCAA tournament.

  • Bubba666

    Get rid of Nikki and Mariah and the Idol ratings will got up. Nikki’s a walking train wreck and Mariah’s the “Oh, So entitled” diva. BARF!!!!

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