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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  • Dan S

    So with NO GA or Scandal last night & CBS’s shows still did mediocre in the ratings. I’d say goodbye to both C1’s & 2.5 Men. Elementary will likely get bumped to Sun next season assuming CBS wants it for 2 more seasons to reach syndication.

  • David James

    Imagine the ABC press release about the percentage gains the day after Scandal’s return!

  • Fernando

    @Valentin Yeah it’s really good, I don’t understand either, hopefully adjusted up in the finals the show is so much better than The Millers and Two and a Half Man is done already. TCO brings a lot of different things the dialogue is fast and funny, the Video game thing yesterday was so good and well done! I hope still getting better and better and the ratings help for a second season.

  • Kissan

    Wow did Community bomb. I was expecting at least a 2.0 cause it wasn’t that much competition but I was wrong. Community and The Taste were both trending on Twitter last night and I’m surprised they both did bad ratings. SSTW was so funny yesterday I wonder why it keeps falling. But with MJF, NBC got what they deserve for picking it up for a full season. The show sucks. The Assets was bound to fail. I feel REALLY bad for Parenthood. It has a 0.8 lead in and is in one of NBC’s death slots and it also tied Community for the highest rated NBC show for the night…and it’s at 10:00. This show has also been steady in the 1.2-1.3 demo even though it goes up against Scandal and Elementary. Parenthood deserves a final season. #sixseasonsandamovie

    Anyways, what a TERRIBLE way to start out 2014!

  • Michael1

    If Saturday Night Live is a 90 minute show, and they only air 60 minutes of a repeat from 10 to 11 on the following Saturday Night, who not air the remaining 30 minutes on Thursday at 8 pm? It would provide the remaining comedies with a much stronger lead-in that what they’regetting now. Especially if they keep doing parodies of “The Big Bang Theory”.

  • Anon

    I was surprised to see originals on CBS last night; I expected them to wait until the bowls were over.

    If the female leads on TCO kissing can’t help the ratings, nothing can.

  • Valentin

    @Fernando I hope so but CBS doesn’t seem to worry about its Thursday line-up crashing after TBBT, I don’t get it. The Millers is doing no better considering the lead-in. I got this feeling that Sarah is cursed w/ TV Series….

  • mathew

    I thought those were the best episodes of the big bang theory, the millers, the crazy ones and sean saves the world. While two end a half men was ok.

  • senor chang

    Community is still NBC’s highest-rated comedy. It could go sub-1 and it’d probably still be above the entire freshman class (maybe not About A Boy or Growing Up Fisher). It is surprising to see it premiere so weak, but…eh.

    Sad number for The Assets. My first instinct is to point and laugh; my second is to remember that a new drama premiering the day after New Year’s with minimal promotion was bound to fail. Too bad.

  • Doug Blatt

    Did anyone catch that repeat of Reign? How did I miss that episode the first time around. Holy Moly! Talk about quality.

    No surprise that BBT is still tearing it up. And 2.9 for TM Wow. I haven’t seen last night’s BBT or TM because I was watching CMT on NBC. Why is no one watching CMT!? Are the only smart people in America commenting on this web site? We need to SAVE THIS SHOW!!!! Mom HATED CMT. Said she couldn’t understand anything that was going on and why would anyone do a whole story about Nick Cage. Classic Mom. She doesn’t get it.

    TCO was stellar last night. SMG is killing it. Robin who? Just kidding Robin, you’re the bomb. TAAHM is still great but I sure miss Charlie. BRING BACK CHARLIE!!!!!

    I’ll watch SST and MJF later today. I haven’t given up on you boys. Keep the comedy coming!!

    I hate Parenthood. It makes me cry every time I watch and I get enough crying in my life as it is. I’m not saying it’s not a great show. It just hits me in places I rather not be hit during my TV time.

    Happy New Year. Let’s make 2114 the year of the commenter people!!!

    Oh, and can I get a nickname on here? I’d make up my own but that seems weird. Any suggestions?

  • NBC Fan

    Terrible for the nbc comidies at 9pm. If the Maya Rudolph show is ready by late february then they should just air it there and burn off SSTW and TMJFS on Saturdays.

    Record breaking preformance for The Assets.

  • Sashay

    Is there a show on broadcast that has a less compatible lead-in than Elementary? I turned in a minute early and CBS went from ticks-on-ballsack jokes to a Sherlock Holmes soliloquy with a moving score, lol. No wonder its DVR gains are so ginormous.

  • ToXiX

    I forgot Big Bang & Two and a Half Men were new last night.
    Thank God for DVR :D

  • HalCapone

    @Matt k @Fred
    The Assets is not a ripoff of The Blacklist; it is based on actual historic events and is produced by ABC News. In a sense, I suppose calling it a docudrama is appropriate. It is an 8 week mini-series whose story has a beginning, middle and end based on historic events so it wouldn’t expanded beyond its 8 week run even if it’s ratings were phenomenal which they are anything but.

  • Fred

    @David James

    I don’t recall any season premiere scoring a 0.7 on ABC.
    I think it broke Lucky 7s record.
    But Do No Harm set record lows for NBC and all major networks if I recall correctly
    Waiting for an ABC press release. But I doubt even they couldn’t spin last nights disaster.
    At least The Taste is so cheap that ABC probably made a profit with it.

  • cfsv

    They have to move a drama or something into Thursday….this is way too painful. On the plus side Parenthood ties with Community for highest rating that night and was highest in viewership for the night, (for NBC only of course). Go Parenthood!

  • Fernando

    @Valentin I’m thinking that too. I love Sarah and watch everything that she does, even Ringer! If TCO don’t get along (which I think is unfair) Sarah needs to focus on Movies instead.

  • diegobitch

    Do No Harm hasn’t got the crown anymore. Welcome The Assets as the Lowest Rated In-Season Premiere eEver among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox.

  • k:Alex

    It’s a shame so less people watch Sean and so much The Millers, Sean saves is a good show en still funnier every episode.

    Is it because he is gay, or are the characters not like how the most people live?
    I don’t get it?

    MJ Fox show isn’t fun, last night episode was ok, but nothing more.

  • ludotv

    Thursdays have to be NBC Execs’ total nightmare & a wise new year resolution would be to revamp it all, probably not with comedy since CBS is killing them every week. Community came back weak but hardly a surprise debuting mid-season on the bloody 2nd of January after far too much controversy that never helps. And it has a reputation for a self-important show now which won’t help attracting new viewers. It really would be better off on cable as it is clearly a niche comedy (in my opinion…)

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