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TV Ratings Thursday: 'Community', 'Reign' & 'American Idol' Hit Lows + 'Scandal' & 'Grey's Anatomy' Return Up

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February 28th, 2014

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Scoreboard CBS ABC FOX NBC UNI CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 2.5/8 2.4/7 1.5/5 1.1/3 1.1/3 0.7/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.5/5 2.2/8 1.1/4 0.9/3 1.0/3 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 10.54 7.76 6.63 3.16 2.75 1.63

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

On CBS The Big Bang Theory returned to a 4.9, down three tenths rating from its last original's 5.2 adults 18-49 rating. The Millers earned a 2.8, up two tenths from the 2.6 it earned two weeks ago. Two and a Half Men earned a 2.5 in its new timeslot, up from from the 1.9 it earned the last time it aired at 9:30PM. The Crazy Ones earned a 1.9, up two tenths from the 1.7 it earned two weeks ago when it aired at 9PM.  Elementary returned to a 1.6, down two tenths from its last original's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. 

On ABC,  Grey's Anatomy returned from hiatus to a 3.0, up three tenths from its last original's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating. Scandal earned a 3.3, up from the 3.2 adults 18-49 rating it earned back in December. Your predictions were correct! Earlier in the night the Countdown to the Oscars special earned a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, American Idol hit a new series low with a 2.3, down a tenth from last week's series low 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.  Rake garnered a 0.8, down two tenths from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Community returned from hiatus to a tie its series low 1.0, down a tenth from its last original's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. Parks and Recreation earned a series low tying 1.0, down three tenths from the 1.3 its last new episode earned. Hollywood Game Night earned a 1.2, down three tenths from the 1.5 adults 18-49 rating it earned two weeks ago. Parenthood returned to a new series low 1.1, down two tenths from its last original's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, The Vampire Diaries matched the series low 0.9 adults 18-49 rating it earned two weeks ago. Reign hit a new series low with a 0.5, down a tenth from its last original's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, February 27, 2014:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.9 16 17.50
FOX American Idol 2.3 7 9.81
NBC Community 1.0 3 2.62
ABC Countdown to the Oscars 1.0 3 4.69
CW The Vampire Diaries 0.9 3 1.95
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8:30PM CBS The Millers 2.8 9 11.24
NBC Parks and Recreation 1.0 3 2.46
9:00PM ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.0 9 9.31
CBS Two and a Half Men 2.5 7 10.05
NBC Hollywood Game Night 1.2 3 3.39
FOX Rake 0.8 2 3.45
CW Reign 0.5 1 1.31
9:30PM CBS The Crazy Ones 1.9 5 7.42
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10:00 PM ABC Scandal 3.3 10 9.27
CBS Elementary 1.6 5 8.53
NBC Parenthood 1.1 3 3.55

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Via NBC Press Note:

Detailed Thursday Late-Night Results in the Metered Markets:

 

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 3.5/9; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 3.0/8.

 

  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 1.4/7; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.2/6.

 

  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.8/6 in metered-market households and a 0.8/5 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

 

  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.7/6 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" (0.7/5 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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