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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  • Bradley

    @Networkman You’re not understanding the “business’ of television. Parks and Rec is owned by NBC so the money it makes in syndication is theirs. Also, P&R is arguably one of the most respected shows (of all networks) among critics. To say that Community deserved more eps than P&R makes no sense from a business standpoint. And, ultimately, television is a business.

  • Tomcatt630

    Maybe some people think ‘Assets’ is a news documentary/educational show, and avoiding it like the plague!

    Also, being first full work week, ratings are up since viewers are back to daily routines; clicking to see what’s on. No New Years hangovers, etc.

  • Russell

    Next Thursday:

    CBS line-up will be repeats and will come in second place to FOX
    NBC will have a new Community, Parks and Parenthood and reruns from 9-10
    ABC will have Taste and Assets
    FOX will have American Idol and I think FOX will win because of limited competition

  • Rebecca

    Yep, it’s fun catching up. I’m done with my two missed Ellen shows now (even watched the bit I knew would make me cry – cancer fighter and her family, from audience) and set the DVR for tonight’s LMS and Grimm (just have to remember to change the channel on the dang digital cable because it’ll only record what’s on the channel I’ve left it on. Had to go switch it to CBS last night before leaving for my second meeting). We’ll watch tonight’s recordings before erasing them to make room for the Golden Globes on Sunday. Also watching the “John Adams” mini series on dvd, off and on, borrowed from Dad. I think I’d be indoors even if it wasn’t so cold outside, lol. At least for now our snow is gone and isn’t due back for a while. If you’re affected by this Polar Vortex stuff, hang in there. I’m also catching up on movies (favorite theater is less than a mile from me), since I’ve seen many potential award winners but not all of them yet (won’t go see “Her” but I have others on my list). Saw “Saving Mr. Banks” twice. “Frozen” three times. Next I need to see “Walter Mitty” and “Wolf of Wall Street.” Already saw “American Hustle” and some others. If I run out of stuff to see I’ll see “Grudge Match.”

  • Networkman

    @Bradly, But Community should of been on at the start of the Fall season and would have helped Parks & Rec maintain respectable numbers. Therefore it would help NBC’s owned program but also give viewers that like Community the opportunity to watch more episodes. Since Community is really the stronger of the two.

    If Parks & Rec would of continue the entire season @8pm, I could see it pulling in less than 1.0 demo. It already will have over 100 episodes by the end of the season. So with poor numbers such as that, I would think it best for NBC to cancel it. Just because it is owned by NBC, how low can it go before it is time to cancel it. When does it just become too costly?

  • Tomcatt630

    AI turned off alot of loyal viewers last year with you know who in the pink wigs. Will they get some back?

    They haven’t generated a true star like Kelly Clarkson in years.

  • gerry

    @ Bradley

    but now parks is at 830 at pulled a 1.4 – i have nothing against community but i think its a bit early to consider community the better of the two.

    that being said, if they both keep up these sort of numbers through the rest of the season, nbc should keep them both for final seasons, be them short or long. obviously i prefer longer.

    and honestly i think they will. might be a bit much to risk having zero successful comedies/having to start from scratch, being that they have nothing to show from the comedy slaughter last year.

  • KH

    Still remember back in the day when NBC dominated Thursdays. I have bad memory, what was the last NBC comedy to pull in good ratings, like in the 18-49? I think it’s been a while, right?

  • sara

    Fox keeps running repeats and ending up at the bottom. Is this the strategy? Or are they totally unprepared to enter the ratings battle? What do they tell advertisers? “Don’t worry, that’s the plan. We totally give up this month cause it’ll make us look better when we actually do put on some new stuff”?
    or they’re just MORONS

  • Tim

    All comedies of the night are up! Way to go, CBS and NBC!

  • Eric McInnis

    Fox keeps running repeats and ending up at the bottom. Is this the strategy? Or are they totally unprepared to enter the ratings battle? What do they tell advertisers? “Don’t worry, that’s the plan. We totally give up this month cause it’ll make us look better when we actually do put on some new stuff”?
    or they’re just MORONS

    Or it’s because American Idol’s airing next week, and they had no other shows to air there, so they just do some repeats. And CW’s doing the same thing, and no one complains about that. Huh. T_T

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt


    The Office got a 3.0 for the finale on May 16th. This season the Michael J. Fox Show’s premiere 2.2 is the best they have gotten.

    Last time an NBC comedy hit over a 4.0 was April 28th, 2011

  • Jake


    Patrick Ausgewahlt is correct. The last NBC comedy to pull in good ratings was The Office. And the last time an NBC comedy hit over 4.0 was that show’s season 7 episode “Goodbye Michael”, which hit a 4.2

    Now, NBC can’t expect any of their shows to get that number. It’s sad how far they have fallen.

  • Jacquelyn

    I know I should stop being surprised at this point: but holy moly, TBBT.

  • Kissan

    Community just won’t die will it?! LOL this show can go up against up the freaking Walking Dead, Golden Globes, Grammys or even the freaking Super Bowl and it’ll still get a 1.0 or above. Good job for CBS, maybe the Peoples Choice Awards helped TBBT and Crazy Ones more than we thought since they both won awards. I have to say NBC has had a great week so far without The Voice. That Jimmy Fallon special did good on Sunday, The Blacklist repeats all had above a 1.0 on Monday, Biggest Loser and Chicago Fire both held their own on Tuesday, while Revolution, SVU and Chicago PD did good yesterday. It looks like NBC is having a good year so far. Good for them.

  • Aron

    Every show will be down next week I believe, cause of the Idol premire

  • Alex

    even though there numbers are still tiny, I’m happy for community and parks and recreation. community last night was possibly the funniest thing I’ve watched in months, and definitely the best episode of the show since remedial chaos theory. parks was also great last night, and its worth noting that a 1.4 is a season high for them.

    i hope this means both shows will get a renewal, but it might still be too early to tell.

  • Carl

    So Parks has a 1.4 (which is, for the current NBC Thursday lineup, a good number), and it’s time to cancel it? I don’t get it.

    The show is losing an original cast member (Rashida Jones) and a big name actor (Rob Lowe) this season. I assume that would be a cost cutter.

    If we’re talking about a quality level, then I could see someone saying it may be time to wind up, as they really need to move on from endless Jerry jokes and they need to develop April more, but in terms of ratings, for NBC, those aren’t bad.

  • Carla

    Way to go Elementary!

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