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Metered Market Thursday Ratings
CBS Wins; Minimal Interest in Community Return on NBC

Thursday 2/07/13
Metered Market Results

Household
Rating/Share
CBS 9.0/15
Fox 6.2/10
ABC 5.5/ 9
NBC 2.2/ 4
CW 1.6/ 3

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-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 2/09/12:
ABC: + 8, CBS: - 2, CW: -20, Fox: -24, NBC: -29

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

-Honorable Mention:
American Idol (Fox)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
Community (NBC), Parks and Recreation (NBC), The Office (NBC), 1600 Penn (NBC), Glee (Fox), Beauty and the Beast (CW), Do No Harm (NBC)

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-Ratings Breakdown:
It was another Thursday overnight sweep for CBS, which populated the evening with its regularly scheduled line-up of The Big Bang Theory (11.7 rating/19 share -- #1 for the evening), Two and a Half Men (9.1/14), Person of Interest (9.3/ 15) and Elementary (7.3/13), which did not get much of a boost despite the added exposure from airing out of Super Bowl XLVII last Sunday. Competing Scandal on ABC (#2: 6.1/10), which is poised for time period victory among adults 18-49, is the hot ticket in the Thursday 10 p.m. hour.

In season-premiere news, critically acclaimed NBC sitcom Community was dead on return with a mere 2.5/ 4 at 8 p.m. Combined with lead-out Parks and Recreation, which also scored a 2.5/ 4, the two comedies dipped by an average of 22 percent from a one-hour installment of 30 Rock on the year-ago evening (3.2/ 5 on 2/09/12). Not so funny, is it?

Next on NBC was The Office (#4: 3.0/ 5 at 9 p.m.), which will officially conclude with a one-hour installment (episode No. 200) on May 16, followed by episode four of 1600 Penn at a series-low 2.0/ 3 (#4) at 9:30 p.m. In what could very well be NBC’s lowest overnight rating historically for an original scripted drama in the Thursday 10 p.m. hour, episode two of Do No Harm capped off the night with an abysmal 1.6/ 3. Comparably, that declined by 33 percent from its DOA arrival one week earlier (2.4/ 4 on Jan. 31). And Do No Harm was down by 43 percent from an encore of The Voice on the year-ago evening (2.8/ 5 on 2/09/12). Tick, tock…the cancellation clock is rapidly ticking.

Over at Fox, the once unstoppable American Idol finished second behind the CBS comedies, with an 8.4/14 in the overnights from 8-9 p.m. One year earlier it scored a 12.0/19. And lead-out Glee, which needs to officially graduate at this point, slipped to distant third-place 3.8/ 7 from 9-10 p.m. Compared to failed year-ago occupant The Finder (4.3/ 7 on 2/09/12), this was a loss of 12 percent. Like any high school based series, the shelf life for Glee is limited.

Elsewhere, a repeat of Shark Tank opened the evening for ABC with a third-place 3.6/ 6 from 8-9 p.m., which was 44 percent above NBC’s aforementioned Community and Parks and Recreation. Next was veteran Grey’s Anatomy, which finished second with 6.8/11 at 9 p.m. (on par with the year-ago evening), followed by sophomore Scandal at a very compatible 6.1/11 at 10 p.m. (#2). Comparably, Scandal built from year-ago occupant Private Practice (5.0/ 9 on 2/09/12) by 22 percent, with retention out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of Grey’s Anatomy (6.7/11) of a very solid 91 percent. Note to the cast of Scandal: Your renewal is on its way!

The CW capped off the evening with The Vampire Diaries (#5: 2.1/ 3), which decreased by 16 percent from one year earlier (2.5/ 4 on 2/09/12), followed by sluggish Beauty and the Beast at a 1.2/ 2 (#5) from 9-10 p.m. Not so beautiful, is it?

Source: Nielsen Media Research
Source: Marc Berman@TVMediaInsights

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