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[02/15/13 - 08:28 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Big Bang Theory" Sparks Valentine's Day Victory for CBS
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for thursday, february 14, 2013)

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

CBS (13.794 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) held onto the top spot on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (17.625 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.4, #1), "Two and a Half Men" (13.744 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.8, #2), "Person of Interest" (14.825 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #4) and "Elementary" (10.872 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #7).

FOX (8.748 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "American Idol" (12.333 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.6, #3) and "Glee" (5.164 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #10).

Next up was ABC (7.565 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3) with the launch of "Zero Hour" (6.290 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12) followed by new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.369 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.7, #6) and "Scandal" (8.036 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.8, #5).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.478 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) offered up new episodes of "Community" (2.747 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.1, #13), "Parks & Recreation" (3.153 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.5, #11), "The Office" (4.115 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.1, #8), another "The Office" (3.962 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.0, #9) and a repeat of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.445 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T14).

And finally, originals from "The Vampire Diaries" (2.305 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T14) and "Beauty and the Beast" (1.407 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) on The CW (1.856 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) rounded out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" delivered a 1.4 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Beast" a 0.6 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - Scandal
0.00% - The Office
-4.35% - Elementary
-6.25% - Person of Interest
-7.32% - Two and a Half Men
-9.09% - The Vampire Diaries
-11.48% - The Big Bang Theory
-12.20% - American Idol
-12.90% - Grey's Anatomy
-16.67% - Beauty and the Beast
-22.73% - Glee
-25.00% - Parks & Recreation
-38.89% - Community

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - The Office - 9:30 (vs. Up All Night)
+18.75% - Two and a Half Men (vs. Rob)
+8.00% - The Big Bang Theory
+7.69% - Scandal (vs. Private Practice)
+3.45% - Person of Interest
-4.55% - The Office - 9:00
-11.76% - Parks & Recreation
-12.90% - Grey's Anatomy
-13.33% - Zero Hour (vs. Winter Wipeout)
-21.43% - Elementary (vs. The Mentalist)
-21.43% - Community (vs. 30 Rock)
-23.08% - The Vampire Diaries
-28.00% - American Idol
-37.50% - Beauty and the Beast (vs. The Secret Circle)
-66.00% - Glee (vs. American Idol)

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," 2.5/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.8/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.5/7.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.7/4; "Late Show," 0.7/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.0/5.

* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.6/5 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" (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households 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 (2/16/12):

FOX (16.50 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.0, #1) was the top draw on Thursday thanks to a two-hour edition of "American Idol" (16.50 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.0, #T1).

CBS (13.36 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2) then had to settle for second place with fresh installments of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.52 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.0, #T1), "Rob" (10.91 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.2, #3), "Person of Interest" (13.25 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.9, #5) and "The Mentalist" (13.61 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #6).

Next up was ABC (6.78 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3) with originals from "Winter Wipeout" (5.13 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T10) - a season low, "Grey's Anatomy" (8.13 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 3.1, #4) - tied as its season low - and "Private Practice" (7.09 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.6, #7).

Next up was NBC (3.09 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) and its mix of "30 Rock" (3.60 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #12), "Parks & Recreation" (3.51 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9) - tied as its series low, "The Office" (4.34 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.2, #8) - its series low, "Up All Night" (3.01 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T10) - its series low with regular telecasts - and a repeat of "Grimm" (2.03 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (2.86 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #13) and "The Secret Circle" (1.76 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14) closed out the night on The CW (2.31 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" posted a 1.7 rating while "Circle" delivered a 0.9 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+13.04% - Private Practice
+8.33% - The Vampire Diaries
0.00% - Winter Wipeout
0.00% - The Secret Circle
-3.45% - The Mentalist
-5.56% - Parks & Recreation (vs. 2/2/12)
-5.88% - Rob
-6.67% - 30 Rock
-9.09% - The Big Bang Theory
-12.00% - The Office
-12.12% - Person of Interest
-12.28% - American Idol
-16.67% - Up All Night
-20.51% - Grey's Anatomy

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+35.14% - The Big Bang Theory
+23.08% - Rob (vs. Bleep My Dad Says)
+21.43% - Parks & Recreation (vs. Perfect Couples)
+8.33% - Private Practice
0.00% - The Secret Circle (vs. Nikita)
0.00% - Person of Interest (vs. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
-6.67% - The Mentalist
-7.14% - The Vampire Diaries
-7.41% - American Idol (vs. American Idol/Bones)
-16.22% - Grey's Anatomy
-21.05% - Winter Wipeout
-22.22% - 30 Rock (vs. Community)
-33.33% - The Office
-34.78% - Up All Night (vs. Parks & Recreation)

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," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.9/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.4/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5). 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 0.9/4 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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