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Thursday TV Show Ratings: American Idol, Parks and Recreation, Last Resort, Scandal, Vampire Diaries

american idol ratingsThursday, January 17, 2013 ratingsNew Episodes: American Idol, The Vampire Diaries, Last Resort, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, 30 Rock, Parks And Recreation, The Office, 1600 Penn, and Rock Center with Brian Williams. Episode Reruns: The Big Bang Theory, Two And A Half Men, Person Of Interest, Elementary, and The Carrie Diaries.

8pmLast Resort: 1.0 in the demo (-17% change) with 5.01 million.
9pmGrey’s Anatomy: 2.9 in the demo (-9% change) with 8.68 million.
10pmScandal: 2.6 in the demo (-7% change) with 7.95 million.

8pmThe Big Bang Theory: (rerun) 3.3 in the demo with 11.90 million.
8:30pmTwo and a Half Men: (rerun) 2.4 in the demo with 9.13 million.
9pmPerson of Interest: (rerun) 1.6 in the demo with 9.36 million.
10pmElementary: (rerun) 1.4 in the demo with 7.05 million.

The CW:
8pmThe Vampire Diaries: 1.4 in the demo (+8% change) with 2.90 million.
9pmThe Carrie Diaries: (rerun) 0.5 in the demo with 1.15 million.

8pmAmerican Idol: 5.6 in the demo with 16.2 million.
Year-to-year, the Thursday premiere was down slightly — vs a 5.7 rating and 18.02 million.

8pm30 Rock: 1.3 in the demo (-13% change) with 3.50 million.
8:30pmParks and Recreation: 1.9 in the demo (+27% change) with 3.89 million.
9pmThe Office: 2.1 in the demo (-5% change) with 4.15 million.
9:30pm1600 Penn: 1.2 in the demo (-25% change) with 4.15 million.
10pmRock Center with Brian Williams: 1.2 in the demo (+9% change) with 4.38 million.

These are the fast affiliate ratings. The “demo” refers to the viewers in the 18-49 demographic. The percentages represent the change since the previous original episode. (Percentages aren’t given for reruns or specials.) “Million” refers to the total number of viewers.

To see past ratings for a particular show, click the show’s link. The show pages are updated with the daily final ratings when they become available. Those pages include percentage changes in both the demo and total viewership, in addition to season averages to date.

What were you watching last night? The return of Parks and Recreation, the Thursday debut of American Idol, other new episodes, or something better?


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JonPau January 24, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Last Resort was a very good show. Hope a cable station gets it like USA.


Kate January 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Disappointing how the Carrie Diaries took Beauty and the Beast’s spot. Didn’t the two-hour premiere of the Carrie Diaries on Monday was enough? Beauty and the Beast wasn’t aired the previous Thursday to that either, because of that one award show. It’s sad how the CW isn’t even promoting Beauty and the Beast. Isn’t winning the PCA’s for Favorite New TV Drama say anything to them? They keep promoting Arrow and the Carrie Diaries. Such a disappointment. I can’t wait to see Beauty and the Beast this upcoming Thursday. It is their moment to shine.


Art January 19, 2013 at 7:53 am

If they already know they’re cancelling “Last Resort” why are they saying the “season finale” will be next week instead of saying the “series finale” will show next week? I certainly hope one of the lesser networks (AMC, TBS, TNT, USA, or even Netflix or Huluplus) will pick up the show. It’s WORTH it! It’s such a good show, and it’s being penalized because people record it on their DVR? Boy, if they looked at MY TV habits, apparently I wouldn’t watch ANYTHING since I don’t watch ANY show on the night it’s on. I DVR everything.


geri January 18, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Person of Interest. My favorite show. I like Elementary too.


Dylan January 18, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Was watching the best show since prison break, but since they were canceled a few shows ago the writers have put in stupid things no doubt at order of abc idiot executives who wrote last resort out. I have liked about 5 shows in the last 30 years, Magnum PI, Gilligan’s Island, the Equalizer, Prison Break and Last Resort. Abc executives are some of the most stupid idiots to cancel this show, they should have just moved it to a different day of the week because they are so afraid of loosing commercial money to the shows they have it up against now which of course make it not get so much. I guarantee if this was on at a better time and day it would become the next prison break and last for years.


Judy January 18, 2013 at 3:19 pm

wow…Person of Interest did great…coming in #3 with a re-run!! Love that show!!


SNAPPS January 18, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Great night for primetime shows like American Idol, Parks and Recreation, and Big Bang Theory.


Keith January 18, 2013 at 1:52 pm

All that was worth watching last night was The Vampire Diaries and the return of Suits.


Why Watch January 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I really question the American intellect when shows like American Idol still get a huge rating. But that is what happens to the brain of someone who watches it, it idles and decays into mush, like the Hula ads made fun of.


lusta January 18, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Totally agree, they keep on pushing shows to the American public that is simply trash. I do not watch any of the three networks anymore. Watch more History, Nat Geo, at least you learn something.


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