TV Ratings Thursday: 'The Taste', 'Community' & 'The Michael J Fox Show' Slide Against Weaker 'Idol' Night Two Premiere (Updated)

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January 17th, 2014


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.9/11 1.5/5 1.2/3 1.0/3 1.0/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.9/10 0.9/3 1.1/4 0.7/2 0.9/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 13.40 7.22 3.07 3.35 3.14 1.95

FOX was number one with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On FOX, night two of the American Idol premiere earned a 3.8, UPDATE: Like yesterday, we have early time-zone adjusted ratings for American Idol, and the program adjusted up to a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating down sharply from yesterday's 4.7 adults 18-49 premiere rating.

On ABC, The Taste earned a series low 0.9, down four tenths from last week’s 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Community earned a 1.1, down three tenths from last week's season high 1.4  adults 18-49 rating. Parks & Recreation earned a 1.2, down three tenths from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating . Sean Saves the World earned a series low tying 0.8, down two tenths from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. The Michael J. Fox Show notched a series low 0.6, down four tenths from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. Parenthood earned a series low tying 1.2, down a tenth from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, The Critic's Choice Movie Awards earned a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating, down two tenths from last year's awards show.

Overnight 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 11 13.40
CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 2.9 9 11.89
NBC Community 1.1 4 3.17
ABC The Taste (8-10PM) 0.9 3 3.24
CW Critic's Choice Movie Awards (8-10PM) 0.4 1 1.95
8:30PM CBS The Millers -R 1.9 6 7.94
NBC Parks and Recreation 1.2 4 3.08
9:00PM CBS The Crazy Ones -R 1.2 3 5.33
NBC Sean Saves The World 0.8 2 2.67
9:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men -R 1.2 3 5.23
NBC The Michael J Fox Show 0.6 2 2.01
10:00 PM ABC Shark Tank -R 1.2 4 3.57
NBC Parenthood 1.2 4 3.97
CBS Elementary -R 1.0 3 6.47


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," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; 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,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.


  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 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" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).


  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 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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  • Doug

    Holy smokes at those AI ratings – already down below 4 after the second night…ouch!

    And the MJF #s are practically invisible….eek

  • Rene

    Even with no competition, NBC collapses.
    DAMN, poor Parks and Rec and Community :(


    That’s still quite GOOD for American Idol. They expected around 20% decrease, so it’s OK. I’d like to see XF or VOICE get those numbers in their 13th season [if they get that far]. IDOL doesn’t need to premiere with huge huge ratings, but rather stay steady as season goes on.

  • Maximillian

    I would have thought that CCMA would have done higher

  • Samuel

    Bad demo for Idol but it shed less than 2 million viewers which isn’t great but not awful.

  • Tom

    Decent numbers for Community and Parks & Recreation. I’m hoping Community is adjusted up a tenth, as it currently has higher viewership than Parks – so it’d not impossible for that to happen. Either way they are still NBC’s two “strongest” (least weak?) comedies, so I remain hopeful of renewals.


    WAY TO GO IDOL!!!! Looks good

  • Alex

    NBC got hammered with the return of Idol. YIKES!!!

  • Maximillian

    Isn’t MJF .6 a network Big 4 low for a new airing?

  • casey

    I actually thought that the good word of mouth would help IDOL to rise night two

  • marsv

    Not good and not bad for Parks and Rec.
    MJFS is so low(

  • The Cool Max

    Glad that AI is slowly fading away.
    NBC is in major trouble.

  • Lukes

    global disaster!

  • Douglas from Brazil

    I don’t understand…no new TBBT las night but Community and Parks fell to low?

  • Potato

    Is that a series low for Community?

  • NotSweet

    Erk, TMJFS shouldn’t even exists. not funny and Modern Family wannabe? just cancelled it already NBC.

  • casey

    NBC at CW levels…how embarassnig for MJF

  • Michael1

    Wait, so an “American Idol” winner from 9 years ago performing a musical that is more than 50 years old, can get better ratings than the premiere of the current season, when they’re singing contemporary songs?

  • Mathew

    not a series low for sean its a series low tying

  • Alex

    Cool cool cool.

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