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Metered Market Thursday Ratings
CBS Wins; Soft Start for Zero Hour on ABC

Thursday 2/14/13
Metered Market Results

Household
Rating/Share
CBS 8.6/14
Fox 5.9/10
ABC 5.6/ 9
NBC 2.4/ 4
CW 1.4/ 2

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-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 2/16/12:
ABC: +12, CBS: + 2, NBC: no change, CW: -26, Fox: -47

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-Winners:
The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Two and a Half Men (CBS), American Idol (Fox), Person of Interest (CBS), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Scandal (ABC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
Zero Hour (ABC), Community (NBC), Parks and Recreation (NBC), The Office (NBC), Glee (Fox), Beauty and the Beast (CW)

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-Ratings Breakdown:
It was another clean Thursday overnight sweep for CBS care of its combination of The Big Bang Theory (11.1 rating/18 share - #1 for the evening), Two and a Half Men (8.3/13), sophomore Person of Interest (9.1/15) and freshman Elementary (7.1/13), which dropped by 17 percent from The Mentalist on the year-ago evening (8.6/15 on 2/16/12). The recent post-Super Bowl airing has not benefited Elementary, which dipped from lead-in Person of Interest by 22 percent. Although veteran Two and a Half Men has certainly benefited out of red-hot The Big Bang Theory, CBS could…and should…find something new and promising next season to benefit from the stellar lead-in support.

In series premiere news, ABC drama Zero Hour, headlined by former ER star Anthony Edwards, opened with a modest (and distant third-place) 4.4/ 7 in the overnights at 8 p.m. Comparably, this was 32 percent below the debut of former time period occupant Last Resort (6.5/11 on 9/27/12). Given most new shows drop in the vicinity of 10 to 20 percent in week two, Zero Hour could end up in the ER. Stat!

Zero Hour led into long-running Grey’s Anatomy, which perked up to a second-place 6.3/10 from 9-10 p.m. (equal to the year-ago evening), followed by sophomore Scandal at a very compatible 6.0/10 at 10 p.m. (#2). Comparably, Scandal built from year-ago occupant Private Practice (5.5/ 9 on 2/16/12) by nine percent. The retention out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of Grey’s Anatomy was 94 percent. And Scandal is poised for time period victory among adults 18-49. See you next season, Scandal!

Over at Fox, American Idol was on the map, finishing second overall from 8-9 p.m. with an 8.2/14. But, comparably this was down by 26 percent from the two-hour edition on the year-ago evening (11.1/17 on 2/16/12). Tired Glee followed with a third-place 3.6/ 6 at 9 p.m., which dropped by a considerable 58 percent from the 8:30 p.m. portion of American Idol (8.6/14). Yes…it is time for the musical gang from William McKinley High to graduate. And you too, Sue Sylvester!

Elsewhere, the overnights were abysmal on NBC with its combination of Community (#4: 2.1/ 3), Parks and Recreation (#4: 2.1/ 3), a one hour installment of soon-to-conclude The Office (#4: 2.8/ 4) and an encore of Law & Order: SVU (#3: 2.3/ 4), which is temporarily filling in for canceled Do No Harm. Click on the following for news of the new NBC drama to inherit the Thursday 10 p.m. hour: http://tinyurl.com/ccmpv4h. One week earlier, Community returned with a 2.5/ 4 in the overnights at 8 p.m.

The CW capped off the evening with The Vampire Diaries at a below-average 1.8/ 3 from 8-9 p.m. (-22 percent from the year-ago evening) and freshman Beauty and the Beast (#5: 1.1/ 2), which slipped by 21 percent from failed year-ago time period occupant The Secret Circle (1.4/ 2 on 2/16/12).

In late night, David Letterman on CBS ruled the 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. time period, with a 2.8/ 8 in the overnights (3.1/ 8 to 2.4/ 7 by half hour: -3 percent from the year-ago evening). Next was Jay Leno on NBC and Jimmy Kimmel on ABC each at a 2.5/ 7 (3.0/ 7 to 2.0/ 6). Relocated Nightline on ABC scored a 1.6/ 5 in the 12:30 a.m. half-hour.

Craig Ferguson on CBS led the 12:30-1:30 a.m. daypart with a 1.4/ 5 (1.6/ 5 to 1.1/ 4: +8 percent), followed by Jimmy Fallon on NBC at a 1.3/ 4 (1.3/ 4 to 1.2/ 4: -7 percent). At 1:30 p.m., Carson Daly closed the night for the Peacock net with a 0.8/ 3.

Source: Nielsen Media Research
Source: Marc Berman@TVMediaInsights

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