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TV Ratings Thursday: Olympics Win Night, 'The Big Bang Theory' & 'American Idol' Down, 'The Crazy Ones', 'The Vampire Diaries' & 'Two and a Half Men' Hit Lows

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February 7th, 2014

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Scoreboard NBC CBS FOX UNI ABC CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 5.8/16 2.5/7 2.1/6 1.3/4 1.0/3 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.8/16 1.4/5 1.5.5 1.2/4 0.6/2 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 19.556 10.411 7.643 3.248 3.220 1.896

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

On NBC, the first night of The Olympics earned a 5.8 adults 18-49 rating down 23 percent from a 7.9 for the first night of the 2010 Winter Olympics. It’s an imperfect comparison, since in 2010 the first night of competition was on a Saturday, against weaker competition, and came after the opening ceremony. Your predictions were accurate.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory earned a 5.0 adults 18-49 rating, down 4 percent from last week's 5.2. The Millers scored a 2.7 up 4 percent from last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. The Crazy Ones garnered a series low 1.7 down 11 percent from last week’s series low 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men notched a series low 1.8 down 10 percent from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. Elementary earned a 1.8 down 5 percent from last week’s 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, American Idol earned a 3.0 down 6 percent from last  Thursday’s 3.2 adults 18-49 rating.  Rake garnered a 1.1 down 15 percent from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, The Taste scored a 1.0 down 9 percent from last week's 1.1  adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, The Vampire Diaries tied its series low with a 0.9 down 18 percent from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. Reign matched last week's series low 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, February 6, 2014:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC The Olympics (8-11PM) 5.8/16 19.56
CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.0/15 17.02
FOX American Idol 3.0/9 10.94
ABC The Taste (8-10PM) 1.0/3 3.17
CW The Vampire Diaries 0.9/3 2.13
8:30 CBS The Millers 2.7/8 10.93
9:00 CBS The Crazy Ones 1.7/5 7.55
FOX Rake 1.1/3 4.34
CW Reign 0.6/2 1.66
9:30 CBS Two and a Half Men 1.8/5 8.13
10:00 CBS Elementary 1.8/5 9.33
ABC Shark Tank - R 0.9/3 3.33

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Via NBC Press Note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday Night (note that the Philadelphia market is excluded from these averages):
  • Jay Leno’s final telecast hosting “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has delivered the show’s highest overnight rating in nearly five years, since March 2009.
  • Leno averaged a 9.2 rating, 22 share in households in the 56 markets metered by Nielsen Media Research (with the Philadelphia market excluded last night), best since March 19, 2009 (the night President Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. President to appear on a late-night talk show, 11.3/26).
  • The final “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” more than tripled the show’s season average in metered-market households, 2.8 /7 heading into this week.
  • “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” followed last night with its highest rating ever, a 4.6/15 in metered-market households.  That tops the prior record of a 4.2/12 with a special 11:56 p.m.  ET telecast on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012.  The prior high for a weeknight “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” was a 3.9/13 on March 19, 2009, the night of President Obama’s appearance on “Tonight.”   The 4.6 is also the highest for the “Late Night” franchise since “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” earned a 4.6/20 on  Thursday, May 14, 1998, the night of the “Seinfeld” finale.
  • Fallon tripled the show’s 1.5 season average in metered-market households heading into this week.
  • Guests on “Tonight” Thursday included Billy Crystal and Garth Brooks, with appearances by Oprah Winfrey, Jack Black, Carol Burnett, Sheryl Crow, Jim Parsons, Kim Kardashian and Chris Paul.  Appearing in taped messages were Jimmy Fallon, Bob Costas, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, Charlie Sheen and President Barack Obama.
  • The Feb. 6 edition of “Late Night” featured Colin Farrell, Chris Pratt and musical guest 2 Chainz.
  • Fast-official national ratings for “Tonight” and “Late Night” are expected later today.
Late-Night Details:
  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 9.2/22; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.9/5; 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,” 3.4/15; "Late Show," 0.5/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/3.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (4.6/15 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" (1.9/12 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).

 

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