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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  • tv_viewer

    Some of The Big Bang Theory’s highest rated episodes occur in the first two weeks of January because

    (a) No singing show (X Factor/American Idol)
    (b) No Thursday night football

    The real question is why did the rest of CBS line jump up? Both NCAA basketball tournament and individual conference tournaments are still months away. Preemption because of sports isn’t the likely answer.

  • CrimTV

    lol the difference between CBS and NBC is huge!

  • Joseph A

    I watched The Taste last night but had to finally just change the channel because of the horrible pacing of the episode.

    On the flip side , CBS had an amazing night last night with all of the casts putting out an amazing product.

    Great guests on TBBT and TWO and a Half Men !

  • Billy


    TBBT 6.1 at 8:30 is considered a “special”. It does not count in the yearly ratings. Therefore, the 5.5 is the previous season high for TBBT.

  • AllOfHerTw!st


    Go throw your wet blanket on something else!

  • David

    Ooh, that 1.4 will be a season high for Parks if it sticks in the finals. Nice!


    allofhertwist truth hurts doesnt it

  • r0ckmypants

    @MARTY – “yes nbc must be proud that its shows went up by .1, only 1 show got over the 4 million mark, nobody is watching them and these are not the finals”

    Perhaps you just aren’t good at math, but Community is the only show that went up by 0.1. Parks & Rec was up by 0.4, and Sean Saves the World and Michael J. Fox were both up by 0.2.

  • PurpleDrazi

    CBS up across the board! NBC not to shabby. ABC….uh…

    Go Elementary!

  • American

    Despite the high ratings, these last couple of episodes of TBBT have been pretty blah.


    @ CrimTV

    LOL–check out the 18-34 demo as well!

    GO CBS!

  • Bob

    Yes for The Crazy Ones. I wonder if Sarah Michelle Gellar’s People’s Choice Award helped. What a great show that I hope and pray is renewed!!!!!


    rockmypants my bad i miss read it, still 1.3 and 1.4 and total viewers are still pathetic no matter what

  • Gaius Bolling

    what gave the CBS lineup such a bump from the previous week? Just glad to see the crazy ones is up. I need a second season. best new comedy of the season!

  • Doug Blatt

    Doug here. Sorry guys. Mom got up earlier than I did. I woke up to her on the phone bragging to her sister she had typed something on the internet.

    What a night! Seems like everyone in America watch TV last night. Community and Parks were awesome. So happy to see the numbers up. Keep telling everyone you know to watch. I know I am. I’ve almost got the deli guy at the market. He promised to give both of them a try.

    The Taste? I can’t get into the cooking shows. Not sure why. Nothing against them. Just not my cup of tea.

    I watch BBT on DVR but not TM yet. SSTW was good and MJF never lets me down. TCO and TAAHM were late night viewing for me but worth staying up for. BRING BACK CHARLIE!!!!!!!

    I watched Parenthood. Water works again. Can’t seem to keep myself away from it.

    Hope everyone is having a great week,


  • Michael1

    It’s not the sports pre-emptions, it’s the lack of sports competition that’s boosting these numbers.

  • r0ckmypants

    @MARTY – Up is up. I don’t think NBC is complaining.

  • Buck

    Go Parks and Rec and Community! #sixseasonsandamovie

  • Mary

    I can’t believe no one’s mentioned this–

    It seems obvious to me why CBS went up. ABC’s regular programming, Grey’s Anatomy & Scandal, are on hiatus. I’ve always thought Elementary would win the hour without Scandal.

  • anna g

    Elementary is finally pulling some decent numbers and TAHM are up as well. Is it due to the gig freeze in US?

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