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[01/25/13 - 08:30 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Tops Viewers, Demos Behind "American Idol"
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for thursday, january 24, 2013)

Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

FOX (11.214 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with a new "American Idol" (15.533 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.1, #1) and the return of "Glee" (6.896 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.7, #4).

CBS (9.261 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T2) then snagged the silver with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (11.495 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #2), "Two and a Half Men" (8.567 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5), "Person of Interest" (10.002 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7) and "Elementary" (7.750 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10).

Sharing second place in adults 18-49 was ABC (6.661 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T2) with the series finale of "Last Resort" (5.394 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #14) plus a new "Grey's Anatomy" (8.875 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.0, #3) and a repeat of "Scandal" (5.713 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #8).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.781 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up originals from "30 Rock" (3.838 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #11), "Parks & Recreation" (3.888 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9), "The Office" (4.187 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.0, #6), "1600 Penn" (3.320 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T12) and "Rock Center With Brian Williams" (3.727 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #15).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (2.737 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T12) and "Beauty and the Beast" (1.815 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #16) on The CW (2.276 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" delivered a 2.0 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Beast" a 0.9 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+35.00% - Glee (vs. 12/13/12)
+20.00% - Last Resort
+16.67% - Beauty and the Beast (vs. 12/13/12)
+8.33% - 1600 Penn
+7.69% - 30 Rock
+3.45% - Grey's Anatomy
-4.76% - The Office
-7.14% - The Vampire Diaries
-8.93% - American Idol
-10.53% - Parks & Recreation
-33.33% - Rock Center With Brian Williams

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+160.00% - The Vampire Diaries (vs. The Covenant)
+130.77% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. Grey's Anatomy (Repeat))
+40.00% - Beauty and the Beast (vs. The Covenant)
+5.26% - The Office (vs. 30 Rock)
0.00% - Parks & Recreation
-5.56% - American Idol
-6.90% - Glee (vs. The Finder)
-7.14% - 1600 Penn (vs. Up All Night)
-12.50% - 30 Rock
-20.00% - Rock Center With Brian Williams (vs. The Firm)
-20.00% - Last Resort (vs. Winter Wipeout (Repeat))

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," 2.2/6 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.9/8.

* 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 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.2/6.

* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.9/6 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 Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households with an encore telecast) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).

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


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (1/26/12):

FOX (12.75 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.1, #1) held onto the top spot on Thursday with new episodes of "American Idol" (16.99 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.4, #T1) and "The Finder" (8.51 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.9, #4), which hit a series high.

CBS (11.27 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) then claimed the silver with fresh installments of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.96 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.4, #T1) and "Rob" (11.58 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.5, #3) followed by repeats of "Person of Interest" (10.48 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #5) and "The Mentalist" (9.56 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T6).

Next up was NBC (3.65 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with its mix of "30 Rock" (3.84 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9), "Parks & Recreation" (3.48 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8), a second "30 Rock" (4.00 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T6), "Up All Night" (3.03 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.4, #11) and "The Firm" (3.77 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.88 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up encores of "Winter Wipeout" (4.86 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10), "Grey's Anatomy" (3.99 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12) and "Private Practice" (2.79 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #14).

And finally, the feature "The Covenant" (1.31 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) on The CW (1.31 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the film delivered a 0.5 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+31.82% - The Finder
+11.11% - The Firm
+3.85% - The Big Bang Theory
0.00% - 30 Rock - 8:00
-2.78% - Rob
-3.57% - American Idol
-15.00% - Parks & Recreation

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+125.00% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. The Big Bang Theory (Repeat))
+52.17% - Rob (vs. Bleep My Dad Says)
0.00% - Parks & Recreation (vs. Perfect Couples)
-25.64% - The Finder (vs. Bones)
-27.27% - 30 Rock - 8:00 (vs. Community)
-28.95% - American Idol
-52.50% - 30 Rock - 9:00 (vs. The Office)
-53.49% - 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," 2.4/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.7/3 with an encore; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2 with an encore).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 with an encore in metered-market households 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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