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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  • Dante

    The Crazy Ones is an interesting case.

    One one hand, I think it should be at least only 2-3 tenths behind The Millers if it can’t match them. But on the other hand, I do wonder how much The Millers is inflated by TBBT and how TCO would do in that slot. CBS would never switch them but it would be interesting.

    Anyways, TCO is looking more and more like ____My Dad Says weekly and it will probably be cancelled at the end of the season.

  • KC

    I never even heard about The Assets – what the heck kind of show is it?

  • Cyrax86

    Whoa at those 0.8s, how low those shows will go? NBC should have axed them for the remaining 3 freshmen comedies.

  • Fernando

    The Crazy Ones was awesome last night! Sarah M. Gellar is stealing the show!!! I hope people watch the show because is really good!

  • Matt k

    The Assets = poor abc ripoff of The Blacklist

  • The Cool Max

    Bad night for NBC, AGAIN.
    Terrific for CBS.

  • jsg5

    It’s amazing how Community manages to stay on the air despite every indication pointing to the fact that people don’t find the show funny/entertaining. Since the same appears to be true for Revolution, let’s hope it sticks around for 5-6 seasons too.

  • Trevor Lloyd

    TBBT was so awesome last night! The acting was spot on. Great numbers too!!

  • rob60990

    @Fred, The Assets was promoted as a miniseries event so it was never meant to be long term.

  • Valentin

    @Fernando, yeah right?! What I don’t get is that it grows with viewers but not with the demo. CBS should’ve tried it behind TBBT.

  • gerry

    great for parenthood. it is so steady. i’m sure it’ll get a final season. its the best thursday performer in what has been a death slot for nbc for the past few years.

    now from their 8-10. sigh. i am guessing they’re regretting cutting some of the comedies they did last year. i don’t watch community but if it can hold these numbers, i think it has a shot at renewal, along with parks and rec, for short final seasons. and i’m guessing everything else, comedy-wise, will get the ax. again.

    the taste is cheap to produce, and i watched the whole thing, but that number is just horrible. i’m not really expecting it to see another season, though with the horror that abc is turning into, i might be speaking too soon. maybe it will bump up once the actual competition begins..?

    strong tbbt last night, both in numbers and in plot.

  • steven

    No six seasons and a movie for Community. I’m getting of hearing that ALL OVER THE INTERNET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cyrax86

    February 27th can’t come soon enough for ABC with the return of Grey’s Anatomy & Scandal.

  • HalCapone

    Isn’t Community still one of the highest rated sitcoms on NBC now? Just trying to look at the glass as half full but I know the Olympics can’t come fast enough for basement dweller NBC. Broadcast network television audiences just aren’t into to any comedy that isn’t traditional and broad. Maybe Community should incorporate a laugh track ( to emulate Big Bang Theory’s live and enhanced studio laughter) so less sophisticated viewers know when to laugh at the meta humor. It might also help to create some new lovable nerd characters possessing awkward social skills who obsess about getting laid–that seems to work for The Big Bang Theory.

  • TimsDale4ever

    SSTW is gradually getting better — to bad the ratings aren’t.

  • Helen

    I love how the rerun of Bones got more viewers than Sean Saves the World. :)

  • David James

    The Assets is just bad. But I do remember Do No Harm got 0.7 last season in that same time slot. The Taste was mediocre but it’s cheap reality filler doing its primary job which is to fill space.

    The Big Bang Theory did well last night. The Millers bounced back up while The Crazy Ones stays at its usual 2.0. Two and a Half Men unfortunately continues to attract viewers but the end is near (I hope).

    Community didn’t do very well but it’s an NBC sitcom so those that expected it to get a 2.0 all of a sudden were wrong unsurprisingly. However it does give me hope Parks and Recreation may get a final season spackle renewal. Sean Saves the World and The Michael J. Fox Show are going into Reign’s normal rating territory. In fact I expect The CW might even out rate NBC this Spring. Parenthood continues to be a self starter, and it’s certainly deserving of a renewal for that reason alone.

  • Spike

    wait isnt a 1.3 amazing for NBC comedies at this point? i mean look at the other mess

  • Fred


    I think Lucky 7 premiered better!
    I knew Asset would fail, but not this low .
    I figured a 1.2 or so. But after watching it I realized that ABC made an awful decision committing to this show. Not a bad show just doesn’t fit with the network at all.
    Plus there was so little promotion. Just some previews here and there.

    EW, TV GUIDE etc… Nothing of note.

    ABC should quickly yank it and air Scandal reruns or Shark Tank. Almost anything can do better than a 0.7 . If ABC airs another ep next week it could get 0.3-0.4. ! Shows usually drop significantly after a premiere.

  • CrimTV

    Shame for The Crazy Ones :(

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