Ratings: ‘American Idol,’ ‘Parenthood’ Hit New Lows

Ratings: 'American Idol,' 'Parenthood' Hit New Lows

CBS tops the night as “Two and a Half Men” and “Crazy Ones” switch timeslots — and both improve

CBS topped Thursday as “American Idol” and NBC's “Parenthood” hit new lows.

Fox's other show on the schedule, “Rake,” also fell to a new series low, shortly into its existence. For NBC, “Parks and Recreation” and “Community” both matched series lows.

CBS was first in ratings with a 2.5 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and first in viewers with an average of 10.5 million, according to preliminary numbers. A timeslot switch for “Two and a Half Men” and “Crazy Ones” helped both in the ratings.

“The Big Bang Theory” at 8 p.m. earned a 4.9/16 and had 17.5 million viewers, both primetime highs on Thursday. “The Millers” at 8:30 received a 2.8/9 and 11.2 million viewers. “Two and a Half Men” in its new timeslot at 9 earned a 2.5/7 — a 32 percent increase from its last original — and 10.1 million viewers. “The Crazy Ones” at 9:30, which swapped half-hours with “Men,” received a 1.9/5 and 7.4 million viewers. It was up 12 percent. “Elementary” at 10 got a 1.6/5 and 8.5 million viewers.

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ABC was second in ratings with a 2.4/7 and in viewers with 7.8 million. The “ABC News: Countdown to the Oscars” special at 8 had a 1.0/3 and 4.7 million viewers. “Grey's Anatomy” at 9 got a 3.0/9 and 9.3 million viewers. “Scandal” at 10 received a 3.3/10 and 9.3 million viewers.

Fox was third in ratings with a 1.5/5 and in viewers with 6.6 million. “American Idol” at 8 hit a new low for a regular telecast on any night with a 2.3/7. It also pulled in 9.8 million viewers. “Rake” at 9 hit a new low with a 0.8/2; it had 3.5 million viewers.

NBC and Univision tied for fourth in ratings, each with a 1.1/3. NBC was fourth in viewers with 3.2 million viewers. Univision was fifth in viewers with 2.8 million.

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For NBC, “Community” at 8 tied a series low with a 1.0/3. It had 2.6 million viewers. “Parks and Recreation” at 8:30 dropped 23 percent from its last original to a 1.0/3 — tying a low — and had 2.5 million viewers. The “Hollywood Game Night” premiere at 9 was down 20 percent from its last original with a 1.2/3 and 3.4 million viewers. “Parenthood” at 10 got a 1.1/3 — a new low — along with 3.6 million viewers.

The CW was sixth in ratings with a 0.7/2 and 1.6 million viewers. “Vampire Diaries” at 8 had a 0.9/3 — tying a low — and 2 million viewers. “Reign” at 9 hit a new low with a 0.5/1, and had 1.3 million viewers.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in total viewers with 1.3 million.

  • hupto

    The time swap makes sense. It puts the three multi-cams together, which lead into the single-cam, which hands off to the drama. Much better flow. Good fix.

  • Ed Galo

    The judges are the reasons for the low ratings, no one can figure how the executive producers brought back the judges, especially Jlo , who was on season 10, 11, when Idol had the worst TV ratings in Idol history, and Keith who was on season 12, which
    also had the worst TV ratings, maybe they did the show for free or for a small salary as long they could have all the free exposure they want to enhance her careers, like Buno Mars did when he performed at the Super Bowl??