TV Ratings Thursday: 'The Big Bang Theory' Rises as 'Community' Hits Premiere Low + 'The Assets' Has Weak Debut

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January 3rd, 2014

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.7/7 1.3/3 1.1/3 1.1/3 0.7/2 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.6/5 1.1/4 0.7/2 1.0/3 0.5/1 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 10.850 3.202 4.418 3.338 2.549 0.815

CBS was number one with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory earned a 5.3, up two tenths from its last original's 5.1 adults 18-49 rating. The Millers earned a 2.9, up three tenths from its last original's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. The Crazy Ones returned to a 2.0, up a tenth from its last original's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men notched a 2.1, up two tenths from the 1.9 it earned three weeks ago. Elementary notched a 1.8, up a tenth adults 18-49 rating from its last original's 1.7.

On NBC, the season premiere of Community notched a 1.3, down six tenths from the 1.9 adults 18-49 rating last season's premiere earned and an all-time low for a premiere. Your predictions were about right. A second episode at 8:30 earned a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Sean Saves the World earned a series low 0.8, down two tenths from its last original's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. The Michael J. Fox Show notched a series low 0.8, down a tenth from its last original's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. Parenthood earned a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, up a tenth from its last original's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, the second season premiere of   The Taste earned a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, a far cry from last year's 2.1 adults 18-49 premiere rating. The premiere of The Assets earned a dismal 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, and has the distinction of being the lowest rated  in-season drama debut ever among the "Big 4".



Overnight ratings for Thursday, January 2, 2014:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.3 15 18.93
NBC Community -P 1.3 4 3.74
ABC The Taste (8-10PM) -P 1.2 3 4.74
FOX Sleepy Hollow -R 0.6 2 2.05
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.3 1 0.84
8:30PM CBS The Millers 2.9 8 11.55
NBC Community 1.2 3 3.03
9:00PM CBS The Crazy Ones 2.0 5 8.24
NBC Sean Saves the World 0.8 2 2.77
FOX Bones -R 0.7 2 3.04
CW Reign -R 0.2 1 0.79
9:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 2.1 5 8.55
NBC The Michael J Fox Show 0.8 2 2.52
10:00 PM CBS Elementary 1.8 5 8.92
NBC Parenthood 1.3 3 3.99
ABC The Assets 0.7 2 3.78


Via NBC 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 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/4 with an encore.


  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/2 with an encore.


  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.


  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/3 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/2 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/1 with an encore).


  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • Rex Graine

    The awful ratings for The Assets are upsetting because it should have been a cable series. It received virtually no promotion, whereas on cable it would have been promoted and rerun endlessly, so this grown-up, unusual, highly realistic drama would have found an audience.

    Instead it runs on ABC, home of the trashy, soapy melodrama, and absolutely no one watches it (or can–it’s not available On Demand). Frustrating.

  • reidjr

    No matter how you cut it 1.3 for Community is awful it would not shock me if it falls under 1.0 next week.

  • Charmed

    The Assets lower than some CW shows, so embarrassing… the question is do they pull it? It’s a limited series, but they would be as well as airing dead air rather than that

  • Melanie

    Dear NBC,
    Love what you’re doing with Thursday nights.
    The CW

  • CrimTV


    Lol :)

  • Warren

    Got to love the Community haters. They will hang on that 1.9 rating for last years premiere no matter what. Even if you point out that 1.9 is easily an anomaly compared to it’s season 3 & 4 ratings posted earlier in the thread.

    The simple fact is that the premiere was the same in 18-49 as the finale last year (and up 10% in total viewers)

    Community Season 4 Ratings-2013

    Ep. 1-1.9
    Ep. 2-1.2
    Ep. 3-1.1
    Ep. 4-1.2
    Ep. 5-1.5
    Ep. 6-1.1
    Ep. 7-1.1
    Ep. 8-1.0
    Ep. 9-1.2
    Ep. 10-1.3
    Ep. 11-1.0
    Ep. 12-1.2
    Ep. 13-1.3

    This suggests that if Community stays in that 1.0-1.3 range it’s quite fine for a 6th season pickup. It’s only if we start seeing 0.9’s do Community fans have to worry…and even then NBC is in such bad shape it could still survive.

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  • kline

    How is TBBT still going up???
    This has been a horrible season!

  • Janet

    @kline People who watch BBT (and most CBS shows) are primarily entertained by color, light, and sound. Content is irrelevant.

  • Suck Lore

    Big bang theory is definitely slipping. It was not funny. Two and a half men had degenerated from weird to out right bizzare.

  • ToXiX


    Thank you

  • Laurie

    I really wish more people watched Elementary live. I also wish CBS had a different lead in other than the atrocious Two and a Half Men. It couldn’t be more different than Elementary. They should have left POI as the lead in for Elementary. Elementary has the audience…dvr ratings prove that. It just needs a different time slot in my opinion.

  • Rebecca

    I’m still a little behind/messed up/busy after returning from Christmas trip, so I totally forgot to watch TBBT – I can see it on CBS site later. Remembered Community and streamed both episodes last night on hulu – hilarious, well done. Watched several scenes more than once. I’d give them more than an A minus. Was surprised to see Chevy Chase do that short scene as a hologram. Glad to see the Fixer guy from Breaking Bad on as a teacher. Nathan Fillion might be on Community some time, someone here said? Looking forward to that. Such a great show, most of the time. I wish more Nielsen households watched it. I hope it adjusts up somehow in the finals – and where are the final ratings? Also streamed SSTW – that show is growing on me. I still need to stream The Millers, too. Missed the first ten minutes of Grimm on Friday but saw the rest of it. I’ll get back on track by Sunday for Downton Abbey and my other shows that come back next week.

  • Joseph

    The Sugar Bowl on ESPN blew away all cable and broadcast competition (“Big Bang Theory” was aired in most of the country before the game kicked-off).

  • Sean

    I think that Community did fairly well since it’s up against the #1 comedy on TV, and because it’s on NBC…if it keeps it up it’ll be around for another year.

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  • Kaylie

    Im surprised Big Bang didnt rise to 20 million viewers with the lack of competition on the night overall.

  • HalCapone

    I’ve seen the final numbers for Thursday on another site but was wondering why this site didn’t post them (to my knowledge).

  • Paul J.

    “People who watch BBT (and most CBS shows) are primarily entertained by color, light, and sound. Content is irrelevant.”

    Oh, brother. Have and inflated sense of superiority, don’t you? Give me a break. Your snarky opinion is irrelevant.

  • Steve

    Wow. Disappointing numbers for Community. Looks like it sucks after all.

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