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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  • René

    now i’m worried about parks and rec. :(

  • Dennis


    The Millers has never been funny so no surprises there lol

  • Dan

    @RidersDX, they did give it a chance and 19% didn’t stay for the second episode.

  • Samunto

    Ouch Community. Those were 2 great episodes! I’m sad.
    Sean & MJF will probably be doing 0.3 in April.

  • Hobbitual

    Oh well. At least if Community is canned this season, it will be with Harmon at the helm.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Community just slightly behind the CBS comedies. ;-) :-)

    Not horrible for Parenthood.

    Go Elementary!!

  • Billy

    NBC just needs to clean house of all their comedies and start over again. Their comedy numbers are embarrassing. Community will be below a 1.0 before the season ends.

  • John A

    What more could NBC expect from Community? That was the worst episode of TBBT ever.

  • Boiler

    Great for CBS!! Now if somehow the demo would recognize the aging population to help them more. Fewer people are basically deciding what we watch

  • Michael1

    Wait, so 2.4% of the demo watched TBBT and not “The Millers”, and ratings for “Community” managed to go down from 8 to 8:30? Are the first 30 minutes of “The Taste” all lame introductions? Did these particular episode of “Sleepy Hollow” and “The Vampire Diaries” really pick up in the second half? Was it the storm?

  • Dan

    For all those talking about Community ratings vs. the NBC average keep in mind that was the season premiere and it will likely start dropping now.

    I’m not rooting for any show to fail, just suggesting a little pragmatism as we will likely see 0.9’s shortly.

  • TV Addict

    As a die hard Community fan… I am upset but feeling ok. Those numbers are not good, but if it can keep getting them it has a chance of being renewed. Of course, it very well could drop. I guess only time will tell.

  • Carl

    Those ratings aren’t really a surprise for Community. The truth is, unless the show is hugely expensive compared to the new sitcoms, it’s still performing better than most of their new sitcoms, none of which seem to have any potential to grow, and will likely get another season unless it has a huge crash. I don’t watch the show, so I’m not saying this as a fanboy.

    I’m glad Elementary went up a little.

  • Sonic

    Community lost audience last season, plus the gamer community isn’t really liking Joel Mchale anymore. So, im not surprised with this drop. Elementary still doing well!

  • Devin

    Community was fantastic last night. A return to form for the series.

    Hopefully good word of mouth will boost next weeks ratings. Hopefully.

  • Adrian

    if NBC keeps falling and CW stays even-ish, cw could beat NBC, that’s crazy

  • trish

    @sonic – what did Joel do to the gamer community?

  • Carl

    @Rene, why? This doesn’t hurt Parks and Rec, does it?

    @Billy, NBC is too niche and most of their shows won’t change this. Canning all of their sitcoms for more crap like their sitcoms this season won’t help.

  • Fred


    I thought Asset felt like a cable docudrama . How could ABC even think this would perform OK?
    So unlike the usual glossy ABC fare.
    Nice change of pace but not on this network and not when ABC needs a new hit drama.
    Nashville should most definitely be renewed . Those ratings don’t look so bad in comparison .

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    John A
    What more could NBC expect from Community

    #2 in its timeslot! Woo hoo!

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