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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  • Fernando

    YaY!!!! The Crazy Ones once again was awesome… I hope the people who watched last night see how great the show is and start watched. The entire cast rocked last night.

  • TimsDale4ever

    lmao, “COMMUNITY is a show people tune in for”. Seriously? What ratings are you looking at?

  • Steve

    Not surprising seeing as how CBS had no competition minus NBC. We’ll see how well they hold up once ABC’s regular Thursday is up and running again.

  • HalCapone

    CBS and to a lesser degree, NBC, should be writing thank you notes to ABC for their winter/Olympics filler schedule and to FOX and The CW for a night of reruns. It’s clear The Assets is no Scandal and The Taste is no Greys. Apparently, MJ Fox Show and Sean Saves The World must be truly despised since they received no bumps whatsoever and are therefore most definitely bear chow.

  • Chris M

    So happy for Community, but we do need to realize that half the country was snowed in.

  • Tom

    I watch TCO because I worship at the altar of SMG. I really get a kick out of her portrayal of needy and insecure Sydney. However, while TCO has its witty moments, the writing is anything but convincing. Mostly, the show looks like a SNL skit that was thrown together on short notice. This is clearly a case of good casting trumping mediocre writing.

  • Z

    Elementary just gets better and better

  • Alan

    Nice repeat numbers for The CW.

  • tv_viewer

    ABC didn’t air Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal last week and this week. The question is why did The Taste and The Assets didn’t increase from last week but the entire CBS lineup improved from last week? Why did even two shows that are destined to be cancelled (Sean Saves the World and The Michael J. Fox Show) increase but the ABC line up didn’t?

    I wish I could say that ABC viewers know that Paul Lee is a moron and did this to show their disapproval of him. The more likely answer is that viewers intuitively know that these two ABC programs are Winter Olympics filler and that only the most hard core fans of these shows bother to watch them.

  • joel

    Community beat Parks & Rec while going up against much more formidable competition.

  • Z

    The Taste is a good show. Sometimes BBT can be silly and make no sense.

  • Blake

    Still wish Elementary had Person of Interest as its lead-in.

  • Benjamin

    Hmm. Idea for ABC.

    Thursdays starting 1/16:
    8PM – Once Upon A Time In Wonderland (the rest of the run)
    9PM – The Taste (2 hours)

    Saturday 1/18:
    8PM – The Assets (episodes 3 to 5)

    Saturday 1/25:
    8PM – The Assets (episodes 6 to 8, end?)

    1 – The Taste isn’t strong, but it’s ABC’s strongest Thursday show till Gray’s and Scandal return. Move it away from The Big Bang Theory and make it a little bigger.
    2 – The Assets ratings are too awful to merit staying on a weekday for 6 more weeks. But they’re not too awful for Saturday. Air them in bundles and maybe more people will watch and binge. It finishes faster.
    3 – Once Upon A Time In Wonderland will probably do better if it gets back on the air now than if it sits till March. ABC has to want another show to pair with Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal in March. So at least air Wonderland now in a slot people are familiar with it airing in, while it has some value.

    1 – It’s a schedule change. Shows weakness. How can they blink faster than NBC with its 9PM hour comedies?
    2 – That’s it, really.

  • The 47th

    If Parks&Recreation AND Community are renewed and kept in their timeslots, I don’t see any reason why they would not renew Parenthood as well.

    Bringing back their comedies means they admit they are going to have those low numbers next year, and considering that, Parenthood is actually one of the best performers of the night, as it’s a show pulls ‘decent’ numbers even if its lead-in’s are dismal.

    It’s a safe asset they can always rely on, and God knows they need that.

  • Kitsune

    “How can they blink faster than NBC with its 9PM hour comedies?”

    Because a 0.6 is exponentially more pathetic than a 0.8. Not defending NBC here (move the Blacklist here after the Olympics!) a 0.6 is just far worse than a 0.8. Considering it’s doing a FIFTH of what ABC was doing there in the fall.

  • Kitsune

    Do this post-Olympics, NBC!

    8 – The Voice
    10 – Believe

    8 – The Voice
    9 – About a Boy
    9:30 – Growing Up Fisher
    10 – Chicago Fire

    8 – Revolution
    9 – Law and Order: SVU
    10 – Chicago PD

    8 – Community
    8:30 – Parks and Recreation
    9 – The Blacklist
    10 – Parenthood

    8 – The Michael J. Fox Show
    8:30 – Sean Saves the World
    9 – Grimm
    10 – Hannibal

    7 – Dateline
    8 – Celebrity Apprentice
    9 – Crisis
    10 – The Night Shift

  • Janet

    Anyone mocking Community’s small gain is just wrong. It managed to be NBC’s #1 program of the entire night (tied) while directly competing with the biggest hit on network television.

  • Mumbo

    Say what you will, but Community and Parks are NBC’s top two comedies.

    Parenthood is dead. Come on. It’s getting beat by too many other NBC dramas. If Revolution is on the lower half of the bubble then Parenthood is certainly below it.

  • Pr


    NBC’s highest rated dramas:

    1) The Blacklist
    2) Chicago Fire
    3) Chicago PD
    4) Grimm
    5) Revolution
    6) Parenthood
    7) Dracula

  • James

    Community’s coming back (Joel McHale has leaned on friends to guest-star – hello Nathan Fillion). Craig Ferguson does well considering they give him basically zero budget.

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