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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  • Flame

    A TBBT repeat win a ratings point of AI? *lol*

    Guess the question will not be if TBBT beats Idol head to head or outright, the question will be, by how much? And how many other shows will beat Idol on the same night?

  • Michael1

    The repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” got more viewers than did “Parks and Recreation”, “Sean Saves the World”, and “The Michael J. Fox Show” COMBINED.

  • Flame

    Add: wITHin a ratings point, of course

  • Jen

    NBC should be announcing the cancellation of SSTW and MJF any second now.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Oh no, Community. I recorded it and went indoor go-kart racing last night.

  • psychic

    I watched a few minutes of Parenthood and I was surprised at how real the conversations seemed. Characters constantly talking over each other, tripping over their words, rethinking their sentences, just like real life. It was somehow both refreshing and annoying.

  • Austin

    It should be noted that Parenthood retained 200% of MJF’s lead-in.

  • Tim

    With NBC and ABC as low as this, and AI wilting on FOX, presumably this means that even the return of originals on CBS next week should not stop the CW having a big uptick when TVD and Reign return? What would be the excuse if they don’t?

  • Billiam

    wow. Sad that a repeat of TBBT did much better than most original eps of most script shows….

  • Bradley

    Parenthood consistently grows out of crap ratings in the timeslot before it. It deserves at least a final season next year.

  • Nicki Minaj A Trois

    They said Nicki brought the ratings down. They said nobody’s tuning in because Nicki was obnoxious, but guess what haters. AI with Nicki had a 5.6 on its 2nd day and now its only 3.8. Way to go Idol you improved so much that you lost almost 2 full points. Suck it!

  • Bradley

    Also, shouldn’t Parenthood be listed above Shark Tank. Same demo, higher viewers.

  • PurpleDrazi

    Even in repeats CBS still looks good against new shows. Wow.

  • HalCapone

    How low can the network shows go? Let the race to the bottom begin.

    The most astonishing result was not that American Idol is falling off a cliff or a Big Bang repeat is the dominant scripted show but the 10pm hour is nearly dominated by a repeat of a Friday reality show. Parenthood is NBC’s best scripted show by a long shot and deserves so much higher ratings.

  • Jacquelyn

    Even in reruns, TBBT has numbers other networks/shows would kill for.
    Not horrible for AI but its time as come.
    MJFS is in serious trouble.

  • Raffie

    Good grief. I don’t think I watch a single show this year that averages above a 2. Well, Modern Family is about it.

  • Cougar Town Forever

    Wow, terrible night all around, except for CBS who’s repeats school ABC and NBC. Even Fox has to be disappointed with sub-4 numbers for AI this early in the season. AI is clearly coming back, but I am assuming that weak numbers for AI are hurting The X Factor’s renewal prospects.

    The MJF show has to be the biggest disaster since…Smash? A guaranteed full season order, and now NBC is stuck with a show that’s pulling a 0.6!!!!! As bad as the numbers are for Community and P&R, I don’t see how NBC doesn’t give at least one (or probably both) a 13 episode renewal. I know a 1.1/1.2 is pretty bad, but every new show they try does worse! A 1.1 is a heck of a lot better than a 1.2. Community is in its fifth season and P&R is in its sixth. In the last five years EVERY new show that has premiered has done worse than both of these shows by the end of the year, year after year. And the trend seems to keep getting worse, not better.

    Each year, people say that “NBC should just cancel everything, because a whole slate of new shows has to have something that does better than the current ones.” And each year, the shows do worse, not better. Until NBC can demonstrate that they have at least one or two shows that can do better than Community and P&R, they will keep coming back to spackle up NBC’s leaky schedule.

  • gerry

    @ ted craig

    i’m sure the production for taste has to be next to nothing. they have a set. they have four judges to pay, and a crew. that’s it. i see taste being around for awhile. its cheap to make and its throwaway programming to air against things like idol/tbbt/and olympics (?).

  • Tom

    NBC should cancel MJF and SSTW and give Community and Parks & Recreation reprieves. The more episodes in syndication the more $$$. Plus it would be a travesty for Community to end three episodes shy of the 100 mark. A lot will depend on how NBC will approach the renewals/cancellations of comedies this season.

  • brandy

    Can a show at #1 still be counted as “fading away”? (yes, I know it was against repeats, but still…the only thing that will beat it is Big Bang Theory.)

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