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[01/18/13 - 08:32 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Dominates with Night Two of "Idol" Premiere
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for thursday, january 17, 2013)

Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

FOX (16.185 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1) was the top draw on Thursday thanks to night two of the "American Idol" (16.185 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1) premiere.

ABC (7.211 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then claimed a distant second place with its mix of "Last Resort" (5.010 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #14), "Grey's Anatomy" (8.675 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.9, #3) and "Scandal" (7.949 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.6, #4).

Next up was CBS (8.976 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and its all-repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (11.896 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2), "Two and a Half Men" (9.132 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Person of Interest" (9.364 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) and "Elementary" (7.049 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.890 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) offered up originals from "30 Rock" (3.496 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11), "Parks & Recreation" (3.888 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7), "The Office" (4.152 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.1, #6), "1600 Penn" (3.040 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T12) and "Rock Center With Brian Williams" (4.383 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T12).

And finally, the return of "The Vampire Diaries" (2.909 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9) lead into a rebroadcast of "The Carrie Diaries" (1.154 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) on The CW (2.031 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" delivered a 2.2 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Beast" a 0.7 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+26.67% - Parks & Recreation (vs. 12/6/12)
+16.67% - The Vampire Diaries (vs. 12/13/12)
+9.09% - Rock Center With Brian Williams
-4.55% - The Office
-6.45% - Grey's Anatomy
-7.14% - Scandal
-7.14% - 30 Rock
-16.67% - Last Resort
-25.00% - 1600 Penn

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+43.59% - American Idol (vs. American Idol/The Finder)
+33.33% - Rock Center With Brian Williams (vs. The Firm)
+27.27% - The Vampire Diaries
+23.81% - Scandal (vs. Private Practice)
-5.00% - Parks & Recreation
-14.71% - Grey's Anatomy
-18.75% - 30 Rock
-27.59% - The Office
-36.84% - 1600 Penn (vs. Up All Night)
-44.44% - Last Resort (vs. Winter Wipeout)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

* 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," 2.5/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.7/7.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.1/5.

* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.8/6 in metered-market households and a 0.6/4 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

* From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (1/19/12):

FOX (12.26 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) was the demo king on Thursday thanks to night two of the "American Idol" (17.74 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1) season premiere and a new "The Finder" (6.78 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.2, #8).

CBS (14.02 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #2) then was the most-watched network with new episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.71 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.2, #2), "Rob" (11.73 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.6, #3), "Person of Interest" (14.34 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.3, #5) and "The Mentalist" (14.02 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.9, #T6).

Next up was ABC (7.10 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3) with original installments of "Winter Wipeout" (5.87 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.8, #12), "Grey's Anatomy" (9.32 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 3.4, #4) and "Private Practice" (6.10 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.1, #9).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.20 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4) served up its mix of "30 Rock" (4.08 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.6, #13), "Parks & Recreation" (4.31 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.0, #10), "The Office" (5.98 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.9, #T6), "Up All Night" (4.03 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.9, #11) and "The Firm" (3.41 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #15).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (2.72 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.1, #14) and "The Secret Circle" (1.66 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #16) on The CW (2.19 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) rounded out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" posted a 1.5 rating while "Circle" delivered a 0.9 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+29.41% - The Finder
+7.41% - The Mentalist
+5.26% - Parks & Recreation
+3.12% - Person of Interest
0.00% - The Big Bang Theory
0.00% - The Office
-5.00% - Up All Night
-8.33% - The Vampire Diaries
-10.00% - The Firm
-10.53% - Grey's Anatomy
-11.11% - 30 Rock
-12.20% - Rob
-12.50% - Private Practice
-12.50% - The Secret Circle
-18.18% - Winter Wipeout

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+112.50% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. Grey's Anatomy (Repeat))
+110.00% - Private Practice (vs. Private Practice (Repeat))
+83.33% - The Vampire Diaries (vs. The Vampire Diaries (Repeat))
+40.00% - The Secret Circle (vs. Nikita (Repeat))
+33.33% - Rob (vs. Bleep My Dad Says)
+23.81% - The Big Bang Theory
+6.45% - Person of Interest (vs. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
+3.57% - The Mentalist
-4.76% - Parks & Recreation (vs. Perfect Couples)
-27.27% - 30 Rock (vs. Community)
-28.21% - American Idol
-30.77% - Winter Wipeout
-35.56% - The Office
-38.89% - The Finder (vs. Bones)
-40.63% - Up All Night (vs. Parks & Recreation)
-60.00% - The Firm (vs. 30 Rock/Outsourced)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 3.0/8; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 4.0/9; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.8/4; "Nightline," 1.3/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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