TV Ratings Thursday: 'The Big Bang Theory', 'Parks and Recreation' & 'Community' Rise; 'The Assets' Falls Even Lower

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January 10th, 2014

Parks & Recreation January 9

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.0/9 1.2/4 1.2/3 1.0/3 0.7/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.9/6 1.1/4 1.1/4 0.7/2 0.5/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 12.082 3.610 3.180 3.954 2.406 0.945

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory earned a big 5.6 adults 18-49 rating up 4 percent from last week's 5.4 adults 18-49 rating. It was the highest rated TBBT since February 21, 2013.  The Millers tied its series high with a 3.3 up 18 percent from last week's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. The Crazy Ones garnered a 2.4 up 20 percent from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men notched a 2.4 up 9 percent from the 2.2 it earned three weeks ago. Elementary notched a 2.0 up 11 percent from last week's 1.8.

On NBC, Community earned a season high 1.4 up 8 percent from last week’s premiere’s  1.3 adults 18-49rating. Parks & Recreation returned to a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating up 40 percent from a 1.0 for its most recent original on November 21. Sean Saves the World earned a 1.0 up 25 percent from last week’s series low 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. The Michael J. Fox Show notched a 1.0 up 25 percent from last week’s series low 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. Parenthood matched last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, The Taste matched last week’s 1.3 adults 18-49 premiere rating. The second episode of The Assets fell even lower to a 0.6 down 14 percent from last week’s  0.7 adults 18-49 rating and earning the dubious distinction of being the lowest rated original telecast of any Big 4 drama this season.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, January 9, 2014:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.6/17 20.08
NBC Community 1.4/4 3.57
ABC The Taste (8-10PM) 1.3/4 4.47
FOX Sleepy Hollow -R 0.7/2 2.40
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.3/1 0.95
8:30 CBS The Millers 3.3/10 13.61
NBC Parks & Recreation 1.4/4 3.37
9:00 CBS The Crazy Ones 2.4/7 9.62
NBC Sean Saves the World 1.0/3 3.16
FOX Sleepy Hollow -R 0.6/2 2.42
CW Reign - R 0.3/1 0.94
9:30 CBS Two and a Half Men 2.4/7 9.48
NBC The Michael J. Fox Show 1.0/3 3.14
10:00 CBS Elementary 2.0/6 9.85
NBC Parenthood 1.3/4 4.21
ABC The Assets 0.6/2 2.93


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," 2.6/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.8/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/3; "Late Show," 0.7/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat 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" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • rob60990

    I recall CBS having big gains omespecially for TBBT this time last year but it wont last so fans of The Crazy Ones shouldnt go crazy especially since it lost almost a whole demo point from its lead-in.

  • Kyle

    Some people don’t seem to understand that a 1.4 on NBC makes it their top rated comedy. Also, everybody was expecting Community to drop this week.

  • were123

    For one, total viewership doesn’t matter.
    Most shows drop from premiere, so the fact that Community rose is promising. Also, looking at NBC comiedies, Parks and Community are saving face. A 1.4 might look tiny, but we’re talking about a network whose comedies can go as low as 0.8, so a 1.4 for both is a big deal and should both keep it like that renewal is assured

  • Tom Shaw

    Strong night for comedies across the board.

    Note: Parenthood does not qualify as a comedy.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    ABC is so dead this season…the only show to be up this season is Scandal and all new show failed.Veterans aren’t doing better either.ABC will burn in fifth place this season.They getting what they deserve.

  • senor chang

    everything rose! yay, everybody!

    especially happy for Community and Parks, the two NBC comedies that just won’t die ;)

  • Doug Blatt

    This is Doug’s Mom. He let me see what goes on here and I just want to say, “Wow!” You guys really know your stuff. And thanks for taking Doug under your wing. It’s so nice seeing he has friends.

    I don’t watch as much TV as Doug does but my favorite new show is The Millers and from what I can tell that show is really taking off. 13.61 million people watched it last night and I was one of them. And a 3.3 in the demo. From what I’ve read in your previous discussions that sure seems good. Great news for me because I plan on watching that show for years to come.

    I don’t understand Community or Parks and Rec but I guess you kids love it. Only it doesn’t look like enough of you kids love it. Hopefully those shows will catch on because I want Doug and his friends to be happy.

    Nice meeting all of you.


  • Ron

    @ John and others: Fox was in repeats and no Greys/Scandal, plus its January when overall viewership is almost always up.

  • TV Addict

    Community was AMAZING last night, and so was Parks. I’m glad the ratings reflect that.
    #sixseasonsandamovie and also congrats to P&R for 100 episodes.

  • CrimTV

    @Douglas from Brazil

    No way Univision overtakes ABC. They will finish in fourth as usual.

  • senor chang

    (in retrospect, I realize Parenthood was even and The Assets dropped a tenth. hush.)

  • David James

    Parks and Community both got nice ratings last night, good for them. Parenthood as usual was also a self starter, and in the middle of this, Sean Saves the World and The Michael J. Fox Show continue to pull mediocre ratings. Obviously Parks and Community’s aren’t that good either, but they’re certainly miles better than the other two.

    CBS last night was very impressive. Similar to the bump they saw in January last year.

    The Assets is just. Wow. The Taste mediocre.

  • reidjr

    Cougar Town Forever

    The thing is the Taste does not cost much to make it would not shock me if it gets picked up for a couple more seasons.

  • were123

    “It was the highest rated TBBT since February 21, 2013″
    No, it wasn’t! The season premiere on September got both a 5.5 and a 6.1!

  • Jason


  • Michael1


    “Also, everybody was expecting Community to drop this week.”

    Was there some special ingredient on this week’s episode of “The Taste”? We’re in the sweet spot between “Thursday Night Football” / “The Sugar Bowl” and “American Idol”. That’s the cause for inflation. And there are a couple of weeks left to go. NBC should be airing the entire season of “Community” during these weeks.

  • Thomas

    Really happy for yesterday’s ratings.

    TBBT rose and TAAHM as well (tho, unpopular opinion here, but TAAHM this season is funnier than TBBT this season).

    Community, go up and up #sixseasonsandamovie

    Elementary, just keep going up, okay? You can do it!

  • reidjr

    TV Addict

    It will get a 6th season no question but my guess is it will be a very short season.

  • Jason

    The Taste 1.2/1.3/1.3/1.3
    The Assets 0.7/0.5
    Elementary 2.2/1.9
    Parenthood 1.3/1.3

  • John A

    Its impressive Community rose against a strong rated TBBT. But TBBT has been horrible the last 2 episodes.

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