TV Ratings Thursday: ‘American Idol’ Down, Soft Start for ‘Rake’,’ Parenthood’ Rises, ‘Reign’ Returns Up

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.5/7 1.9/5 1.3/4 1.1/3 1.0/3 0.9/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.7/6 1.1/4 1.1/4 0.8/3 1.0/3 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 9.577 8.787 3.065 3.934 3.225 2.222

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

On FOX, American Idol earned a 3.3 down 13 percent from last Thursday’s 3.9 adults 18-49 rating. The premiere of Rake garnered a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too optimistic.

On ABC, The Taste earned a 1.1 up 22 percent from last week’s 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Community matched  last week’s 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. Parks & Recreation matched last week’s 1.2 adults 18-49 rating . Sean Saves the World and The Michael J. Fox Show swapped timeslots this week.  At 9PM, The Micheal J. Fox Show garnered a 0.7  adults 18-49 rating up 7 percent from last week’s 0.6. At 9:30, Sean Saves The World notched a series low 0.7 adults 18-49 rating down 13 percent from last week’s 0.8. Parenthood earned a 1.3 up 8 percent  from last week’s series low 1.2  adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, the one hundredth episode of The Vampire Diaries scored a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating,  even with its most recent episode on December 12. Reign returned to a 0.7 up 17 percent from a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating for its most recent episode on December 12.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, January 23, 2014:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol 3.3/10 12.10
CBS The Big Bang Theory – R 2.9/9 12.78
ABC The Taste (8-10PM) 1.1/3 3.94
NBC Community 1.1/3 3.05
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.1/3 2.68
8:30 CBS The Millers – R 1.9/5 8.83
NBC Parks & Recreation (8:31-9:01PM) 1.2/3 2.96
9:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory- R 2.4/6 9.75
FOX Rake – Premiere 1.7/5 7.06
NBC The Michael J . Fox Show 0.7/2 2.24
CW Reign 0.7/2 1.77
9:30 CBS The Crazy Ones – R 1.4/4 6.12
NBC Sean Saves the World 0.7/2 2.60
10:00 NBC Parenthood 1.3/4 4.25
CBS Elementary – R 1.2/4 7.62
ABC Shark Tank – R 1.1/3 3.93

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,” 2.8/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.4/6; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 2.2/6.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; “Late Show,” 0.5/2; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.8/4.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.6/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.2/4).  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 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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