Thursday Final Ratings: 'American Idol' Adjusted Up; No Adjustment for 'The Michael J. Fox Show' or 'Community'

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January 17th, 2014


 American Idol  was adjusted up a tenth among adults 18-49 (as previously reported) versus the preliminary Thursday broadcast ratings.

Want to know why adjustments occur to the preliminary ratings? Read this.

Broadcast primetime final ratings for Thursday, January 16, 2014

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 3.9 12 13.35
CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 2.9 9 12.03
NBC Community 1.1 4 3.07
ABC The Taste (8-10PM) 0.9 3 3.27
CW Critic's Choice Movie Awards (8-10PM) 0.4 1 1.98
8:30PM CBS The Millers -R 1.9 6 7.83
NBC Parks and Recreation 1.2 4 3.05
9:00PM CBS The Crazy Ones -R 1.2 3 5.22
NBC Sean Saves The World 0.8 2 2.67
9:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men -R 1.2 3 5.28
NBC The Michael J Fox Show 0.6 2 1.99
10:00 PM ABC Shark Tank -R 1.2 4 3.64
NBC Parenthood 1.2 4 3.98
CBS Elementary -R 1.0 3 6.54

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • NBC Fan

    The MJF is easily the biggest sitcom failure ever. Next Year NBC should air the biggest loser on thursdays from 8-10, and take a break from comidies on thursdays.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    The sad news for FOX is that that 3.9 rating right there is higher than any non sport program they have aired all season besides one episode of the Simpsons.

    That 2.9 is very impressive for a Big Bang Theory repeat. Only The Simpsons, Family Guy, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family and The Millers has out rated that 2.9 repeat rating more than once. Super Fun Night The Crazy Ones both only got higher for their premieres and New Girl, Bob’s Burgers, and Two and a Half Men have all tied it once.

    The point is that if Big Bang Theory repeats were a show, they would be the number 3 comedy behind Modern Family and How I Met Your Mother.

  • CookyMonzta

    @Scott: Slim to none for X-Factor coming back. If AI sinks into the 2s before we even get to FEBRUARY, X-Factor is done. Period. End of story.

  • CrimTV

    @Patrick Ausgewahlt

    Um perhaps they would be #4 behind *cough* The Big Bang Theory *cough*

  • k:Alex

    Is it possible to bring ‘The Jay Leno Show’ back after the Olympics on Thursday at 9PM?

    NBC doesn’t want him to leave the network and they have real problems on Thursday.
    The decor of The Tonight show is still good and Jay is on fire in ratings and with the quality of the show. Could have a 1.6/7 rating.
    (and comedy shows, as we see by SNL, does really good on Thursday)

    8:00 Community 1.2
    8:30 Parks&Rec 1.4
    9:00 Jay Leno 1.6
    10:00 Parenthood 1.4

    Could work and maybe the ratings are even higher because their is nothing like it on prime time tv right now.

  • Bob

    American Idol is doing better than all shows. In fact, I believe except for Gold Globes and NCIS it may be 3rd overall in 18-49. People who are saying this is awful are idiots. Fox is probably very happy today. They know the show will never be another 15.0 rating. As long as it remains a top 10 show, I think they will be happy. Fox has made a fortune on the show over the years so a few years that it does not make a fortune for them but makes some money is probably ok. Some of you are so dramatic with your view on ratings. Oh for the record, I have not watched the show last year or this year. I was a huge fan back in the day, but grew out of it. However, even I am able to see that the ratings are fine. I mean most shows hardly get a 2.0 anymore.

  • CrimTV

    I don’t see AI falling as hard as last year with the positive reviews

  • Bob

    Is it possible to bring ‘The Jay Leno Show’ back after the Olympics on Thursday at 9PM?

    Jay Leno ruined NBC when they put him on at 10 o’clock every night. They will not do something so stupid again.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Community and Parks look like juggernauts compared to SSTW and especially TMJFS!!

  • HalCapone

    We need a poll for how low American Idol will go this cycle.

  • Pascal

    How can people watch American Idol and shows like that.

  • JT

    This is the first year that I’m not watching Idol at all.

  • CookyMonzta

    @HalCapone: In 2012, Idol hit a low 3.9. Last year, the low was 2.6. Arithmetically speaking, one would think this time it would go as low as 1.3; but I don’t think it will go that low this year. I’m thinking that, if we see a total viewership of as low as 8.5 to 9.0 million, I think the demo will drop to as low as 1.8 or 1.9.

  • SJ


    That’s kind of a backward logic. AI does badly = X Factor gets cancelled, AI does well = X Factor gets renewed? Really?

    Personally, I think the future of TXF depends on whether Fox can make money off of it and has nothing to do with Idol. But if their fates are related, a weakened Idol can only help X Factor’s chances. So Idol doing well would spell doom for TXF, not the other way around.

  • Joseph A

    Michael J Fox has some serious casting errors (The Aunt and the Wife) , but even a recasting would not be enough given the horrible lead it gets from SEAN ,

    Its a shame that Michel J Fox was not on CBS instead with the casting errors corrected.

  • CookyMonzta

    @SJ: I don’t see it that way. If Idol continues to slide, logic would have it that the same viewers are likely to tune out X-Factor in even bigger droves. So, if AI hits the mid-to-low-2s by February or March, one would think the chances for XF hitting the zeros on many occasions are very high, even to the point where FOX might be tempted to pull the show before they even finish the season.

  • Joe

    A Big Bang Theory repeat almost has as many viewers as a new Idol. Michael J Fox is pretty beloved so I’m surprised his show is so low. Even lower than most of the CW shows.

  • HalCapone


    Thx for the Idol stats. I agree with your 1.8-1.9 prediction. Last year, the median American Idol viewer age rose to 51.2, making it one of FOX’ oldest skewing programs. Older viewers are more apt to stay loyal to their programs (like CBS procedurals) to the very end. The addition of Harry Connick, jr. seems to be an acknowledgment by the producers that the Idol audience is graying. That being said, I think AI’s total viewer numbers will remain relatively consistent through this cycle but the key 18-49 demo should continue to deteriorate. Sure, American Idol is a strong competitor but it has become vulnerable enough that no other networks should fear it. I think it still has 2 or 3 years of viability left in its gas tank unless FOX turned this into a much shorter cycle filler program of 4 weeks or so which could extend its life a bit longer.

  • Rob R

    American Idol is still a show killer, even though weaker than it used to be. Never thought MJF would rate that shockingly, stunningly low. That is CW territory.

  • Rob R

    “The Today Show” (at about 5 million viewers) and “Days of Our Lives” (at about 3 million viewers last week) attract on average more viewers than NBC’s Thursday prime time line-up.

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