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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  • Seymour

    I never understand why any of the networks run reruns in January and February. Those are 8 weeks of gauranteed high viewership, thanks to cold weather and early sunsets. They should be programming the heck out of those weeks to maximize (18-49 year old)eyeballs.

  • Gary

    The Crazy Ones up 20% from a week ago in the demo. Excellent!! Last night’s show was awesome as usual.

  • Ram510

    Please people. Continue to watch The Crazy Ones!

    Happy Community was up, but I’d have to say I didn’t care too much for that episode

    I wish Parenthood could finally rise above a 1.3

  • Kitsune

    @Seymour: February tends to be pretty tightly programmed, as it’s sweeps period, IIRC, though I don’t think Sweeps are as valuable as they used to be. ABC seems to be ignoring them entirely, probably cause NBC and Fox have them in the bag this year.

  • Networkman

    It is time for ABC to pull The Assets effective immediately. They can simply burn it off on Saturday either in the Summer or during the Olympic Games. Why not just show 3 two hour episodes on Saturday during the Olympics to complete The Assets episode order.

  • Linda E.

    Isn’t it funny how things change? Some people were so gleeful at CBS’ slow start in September, they predicted the network would lose it’s crown. Don’t be counting your chickens too soon.
    I only care about one show on CBS, and it’s doing reasonably well, and will be back next season, which I’m happy about.

  • Networkman

    I’m more impressed with Community’s 1.4 than Parks & Rec performance. Community has to go against Mega Hit, The Big Bang Theory. Community was even able to pull more viewers than Parks & Rec. Parks & Rec can not lead off a night, helping the comedies following to higher ratings. I really wish NBC could give Community 3 more episodes this season to get it to 100 total. I think it deserves that more than the full 22 episodes Parks & Rec received.

    NBC still should get rid of the entire comedy lineup on Thursday next season. It still is weak when it is only able to tie Univision in the demo.

  • Networkman

    @Benjamin, I like the idea of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland coming back in January to finish its episode order. Viewership levels will be down come March and April and keeping this show off the air for 3 Months will guarantee that no one will care about its return. Why not just finish it now. And I think The Taste would be stronger from 9-11pm.

  • milo

    I don’t think anyone expected Community to go up from its premiere, if it can keep the numbers in that range it should be back for at least a short season.

    How many shows have risen from their premiere this season? It’s rare enough that it does deserve some attention.

  • Billiam

    Wow. TBBT keeps growing… amazing. CBS had a good night.

    It’s a shame The Assets hasn’t done well. I’ve watched both episodes and it is pretty good but compared to The Americans, it pales…

  • Matt M.

    Go TCO? The show only got 9 MILLION VIEWERS and a 2.4 demo ratings out of 2 comedian that both averaged 17 MILLION VIEWERS and almost a combined 4.0! Sorry, not TCO is STILL a flop. So Is elementary. ALL shows should’ve easily garnerd WELL above a 2.0 and 10 million viewers considering the night started with 20 million viewers and almost a 6.0.

  • TVDude


    Nuff Said.

  • Networkman

    Congrats to Elementary for hitting 2.0 demo once again. It is taking advantage of Scandal being off the air. Viewers has stated that the last two episodes have been very good. Could quality episodes help continue to see it rise?

  • epidrone

    Matt M–

    The shows showed a lot of growth. It’s like you assume that because viewers are unattached for the evening, they’re going to tune into another show.

    TBBT’s ratings at 8pm are not going to drive the night so that Elementary benefits to some enormous extent. They just won’t. That’s the problem, in my opinion, with a two hour comedy block. You have three chances to turn viewers away, especially when the comedies themselves are so different than each other. Do you think someone who enjoys 2.5 Men is going to find Elementary compatible? It’s the most bizarre lead-in in any of the network lineups, in my opinion. A thirty minute sex joke into a talky character-heavy drama.

    I don’t disagree that Millers should have retained more, but that’s where the real loss was. Another big loss between Millers and TCO. Calling Elementary a flop because it’s not showing more retention out of TBBT is, frankly, absurd.

  • susie

    besides shields abcs other freshman dramas are doing really bad this year

  • gerry

    @ mumbo

    revolution would crash and burn if they ran it on thursday at 10. nbc also isn’t committed to doing parenthood for two more seasons.

  • James

    @susie – Shield’s not exactly tearing it up.

  • Mark

    Community is up…You have The Ass Crack Bandit to thank for that…

  • Kev

    after that cliffhanger last week, its no surprise BBT got such huge numbers! Great night for CBS overall!

  • ToXiX


    Agreed. Two and a Half Men has been funnier than Big Bang for most of the season.
    Also enjoyed seeing Josh Peck from Drake & Josh on Big Bang last night.

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