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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  • Mike

    I am surprised the Critic’s Choice awards were that low, it was trending nationwide last night on Twitter.

  • TheVoiceCreatesFLOPS

    Even in their 13th season, idol can still get those Monster ratings… Wish more shows could be like that…

  • Fred

    Entire evening is depressingly low .
    What’s going to happen to Idol when BBT returns with a new ep ?
    FOX must be nervously shaking .

  • Seth

    Outstanding for American Idol.

  • senor chang

    Not a series low for Community, nope! It notched 1.0 a few times last season.

    Is there any particular reason why almost every show this week is down? I’d think HUD numbers would be higher than usual in January, but it seems like a lot of shows are hitting lows.

  • Ted Craig

    Just how cheap was it to air The Taste? Because its numbers were garbage last year, too.

  • Nick.

    It’s a shame that a such great episode Community aired against AI… Well, at least we know that at this rate AI won’t be such a huge obstacle a few weeks from now.

    Expecting Revolution on Wednesday to recover in ratings too.

  • GregP

    Wow… I know they’ll revamp Thursdays next fall (probably anchored around Blacklist) but How much longer can NBC stomach these ratings on Thursday nights without trying something new? Food Fighters? Celeb Apprentice? Swapping the 9 pm comedies with Dateline?

  • Tom


    No, not a series low for Community. Several S4 episodes hit 1.0.

  • Andrew

    Terrible for The Michael J Fox Show

  • Billy

    American Idol sinking like a rock already. It will be below a 3.0 in the spring.

  • The 47th

    It’s official. Parenthood DOUBLES the ratings of its preceeding program.

  • Josh


    No, it’s series low was a 1.0 in Season Four.

  • Dan S

    Poor NBC getting clobbered by CBS comedy reruns no less. Even though I don’t watch TBBT very impressive numbers for a rerun overall. Maybe that show should move to 9pm next season & give a bigger boost to their lead out shows at 9:30 & 10pm.

  • Michael1

    Is “American Idol” withholding Candice Glover’s album in order to avoid canibalizing viewership for the show? If you didn’t see last year’s finale, you might not know who she is. That may not be a bad strategy going forward.

  • Josh

    A great shame that Community dropped. It was an absolutely fantastic episode last night, one of the best in years.

  • Simon Cowbell

    Almost a full ratings point down in only it’s second day and already under a 4. I wonder how the Idol fanboys will spin this failure. Oh wait looks like I’m too late, they’ve posted way before me already with the same lame excuses as yesterday haha.

    Yesterday it was “people like the panel, ratings will stay the same and can even go up”… They went from a 4.7 to a 3.8 and now it’s “that’s still good bla bla”. NO IT’S NOT. They were up against a repeat of BBT.

    Imagine when BBT returns.. now imagine BBT and Olympics against AI.. Ouch..

  • Dee

    NBC had to expect this due to Idol’s return. If they were smart they would move comedies to Monday. Their stiffest competition would be 2 Broke Girls next year. Have Tues & Wed be the voice, Thursday be dramas, Friday be supernatural type shows.

    With two trending topics, twice last night for Community, this is shocking to me, especially with such a spectacular episode. I have a feeling there will be an upward adjustment. SSTW and MJF were basically Dead on Arrival, and I am shocked they made it this far. I see spackle orders of parks and community next season, as there is no positive buzz for either of the new comedies premiering in the upcoming weeks. But it seems like it was a very disappointing night for all shows last night.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Damn you American Idol, you’re killing my Parks and Community!

  • Shepherd

    BBT is going to murder Idol this season.

    Anyone know how many episodes of MJF NBC has left to air? Why is this show still on the schedule? Why is SSTW still on the schedule for that matter??!

    A 1.2 for Parks seems decent; all things considered.

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