Thursday Ratings: American Idol Up From Last Week

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As talent-free as last night’s American Idol episode was, the ratings were still up 8 percent from last week’s hour long episode. Huzzah! Big Bang still beat it, though.

On FOX, a two hour American Idol scored a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating up 8 percent from a 3.7 for last week’s hour long episode.

8:00

CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.4/16 17.35
FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 3.9/10 13.50
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.3/4 2.89
ABC Zero Hour 1.1/3 5.32
NBC Community 1.1/3 3.08

8:30

CBS Two and a Half Men 3.9/11 13.44
NBC Parks and Recreation 1.3/4 3.03

9:00

ABC Grey’s Anatomy 3.0/8 8.54
CBS Person Of Interest 2.9/8 14.13
NBC Parks and Recreation 1.4/4 2.91
CW Beauty And The Beast 0.6/1 1.56

9:30

NBC 1600 Penn 1.0/3 2.30

10:00

ABC Scandal 2.7/7 7.62
CBS Elementary 2.3/6 11.05
NBC Law & Order: SVU – R 1.1/3 3.86

Half Hour breakdown from Marc Berman

8:00 p.m.

ABC – Zero Hour
Viewers: 5.38 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#5)

CBS – The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 17.34 million (#1), A18-49: 5.4/16 (#1)

NBC – Community
Viewers: 3.08 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#4)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 12.75 million (#2), A18-49: 3.6/11 (#2)

CW – The Vampire Diaries
Viewers: 3.03 million (#5), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#3)

———-

8:30 p.m.

ABC – Zero Hour
Viewers: 5.26 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#5)

CBS – Two and a Half Men
Viewers: 13.44 million (#2), A18-49: 3.9/11 (#2)

NBC – Parks and Recreation
Viewers: 3.03 million (#4), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#3)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 14.07 million (#1), A18-49: 4.0/11 (#1)

CW – The Vampire Diaries
Viewers: 2.74 million (#5), A18-49: 12/ 3 (#4)

———-

9:00 p.m.

ABC – Grey’s Anatomy
Viewers: 8.60 million (#3), A18-49: 3.0/ 8 (#2t)

CBS – Person of Interest
Viewers: 14.40 million (#1), A18-49: 3.0/ 8 (#2t)

NBC – Parks and Recreation
Viewers: 2.91 million (#4), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#4)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 13.75 million (#2), A18-49: 4.0/10 (#1)

CW – Beauty and the Beast
Viewers: 1.60 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

———-

ABC – Grey’s Anatomy
Viewers: 8.49 million (#3), A18-49: 3.0/ 8 (#2)

CBS – Person of Interest
Viewers: 13.86 million (#1), A18-49: 2.8/ 7 (#3)

NBC – 1600 Penn
Viewers: 2.30 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 13.44 million (#2), A18-49: 3.9/10 (#1)

CW – Beauty and the Beast
Viewers: 1.52 million (#5), A18-49: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

———-

10:00 p.m.

ABC – Scandal
Viewers: 7.86 million (#2), A18-49: 2.7/ 7 (#1)

CBS – Elementary
Viewers: 11.47 million (#1), A18-49: 2.4/ 6 (#2)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU (R)
Viewers: 3.57 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#3)

———-

10:30 p.m.

ABC – Scandal
Viewers: 7.37 million (#2), A18-49: 2.6/ 7 (#2)

CBS – Elementary
Viewers: 10.63 million (#1), A18-49: 2.2/ 6 (#2)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU (R)
Viewers: 4.15 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 3 (#3)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

 
  • fantoo1

    Also only

  • http://twitter.com/avrohama aj rabin

    I wouldn’t be surprised if idols ratings plunge next week after last nights debacle.

  • fantoo1

    Idk about Wednesday, but next Thursday will be mostly reruns so I’m sure it will go up on Thursday.

  • sagi

    I helped with the ratings. Watched it for the first time this season and it will be the last. Seriously, I thought I was watching the WTF joke tryouts instead of the best of the hundreds of thousands they auditioned all over the country. So blatantly obvious they picked only guys that no one would care to vote for so a girl will win! And the judging…? Really? I wonder how many truly talented and worthy male singers who deserved a shot got turned away for their agenda? Not that I am against a female winning, it’s just that the way they are going about making it happen. I think it’s time to stick a fork in it. I miss the good ole days of Idol :( 

  • fantoo1

    If you aren’t a Nielson viewer, you didn’t help at all. And those aren’t the only guys, there are 10 more guys next week, so you really only saw half of them.

  • elliegrll

    In last week’s top 25 Broadcast shows, Wednesday’s episode was the second most watched show among people 18-49, and Thursday’s show was 5th.

    Among total viewers the episodes were the 4th and 5th most watched broadcast shows for week.   So, still comfortably in the top 10 in both categories.

     http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2013/02/20/tv-ratings-broadcast-top-25-the-big-bang-theory-tops-week-21-viewing-among-adults-18-49-with-total-viewers/169949/

  • elliegrll

    If you think these guys are bad just go watch the boys in the top 34 and 24 from seasons 8 and 9, who didn’t make the top 12.  As I recall, there were a lot of posts about how painful those semi final episodes were to watch, too.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3ZGXZCUE2YYOS7QV6QSTKM4SA buffynut2001

    Oh, sagi! Watch the girls on Wed. next week. Last night’s show was awful in comparison to the girls’ episode!

  • sagi

    It was just my opinion, ya know?

  • justmefornow

    Last Thursday was Valentine’s Day so that would explain the slight rise in ratings this week.
    Regardless, last night’s joke of a show was an insult to the thousands who auditioned for this show and were turned down for these clowns, and to fans of this show who have stood by it for years.

    On the positive side, those of us who have favorites from the last few years, much stronger popular male contestants like P2, Scotty, James and even Colton, should be happy none of these pathetic guys this year probably will impact their fan bases.

    There’s at least that.

  • fantoo1

    I think it just makes it worst when there is so many fodder to get through. Remember Season 8, group 1? Trainwrecks left and right, with Danny Gokey giving the only memorable performance.

    I also went back and read posts from Season 11 boys night and people were saying the boys were just as bad as the Season 9 boys…

  • sagi

     wasn’t trying to be serious about my ONE tv making a difference at all, it was just a lead in to MY OPINION!

  • fantoo1

    Lol apparently you have never seen the semi finals episodes before. Every year I see people complain about how weak it is, then the top 10 usually end up being good. We won’t even be seeing most of these guys(if any) in the top 10.

  • girlygirltoo

    Of course it was up — the guys were on!

    Haha, I’m joking (sort of)

  • justmefornow

    They’ll be 5 guys in the top ten.
    So unless all 5 that make it next week are the only 5 in the top ten, then yeah, some of those that made it last night will be there.

    That’s pretty sad.

  • fantoo1

    Well it wouldn’t be a bad thing if Devin or Curtis made it. They both are good singers. And if Charlie can get his nerves together and pick better songs, then it won’t be that bad.

  • elliegrll

    I think that Curtis and Devin are pretty good, so if they are 2 out of the 5 then that’s not so bad.  There’s also one person who is a niche singer, who may appeal to those who like Phillip Phillips, but he has to find the right songs.

    fantoo1 said: Well it wouldn’t be a bad thing if Devin or Curtis made it. They both are good singers. And if Charlie can get his nerves together and pick better songs, then it won’t be that bad. So if there are 3 good guys next week and Devin/Curtis are through, then the guys won’t be so bad.

    Ha ha, these are the three that I was thinking of, and then I read your post.

  • http://twitter.com/ladymctech ladymctech

    I specifically remember Season 8 semi-finals as being pretty bad, both men and women. 

    I am probably in an extreme minority, but I really don’t mind if TPTB are angling for a female or non-WGWG winner. A variety of winners is a good thing for Idol and Interscope, and maybe even a necessity at this point if the show is to survive.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    I specifically remember Season 8 semi-finals as being pretty bad, both men and women. 

    Adam, Kris, Anoop and Danny sang circles around those five guys last night.  

  • elliegrll

    I specifically remember Season 8 semi-finals as being pretty bad, both men and women.

    It really was bad, but I think that the top 10 was one of the best casts ever.  There were 36 semi finalists that year, so I think that just like this year it would be expected that the talent would range from great to so-so.

  • fantoo1

    That is when it was all said and done. If you compare it on a group by group basis, they were bad semi finals overall. Danny was the only good one from his group, then group 2 Kris was passable plus Adam, then no guys from 3. Anoop was okay, but boring and wasn’t even voted through the first time.

  • b_james

    Go watch any semifinal episode, honestly, and you will see lots of bad contestants.  I just watched some from the first few seasons, and it was DREADFUL.  There are good ones, and there are not so good ones.  That hasn’t changed.  

  • jammasta

    Ratings aside, I don’t see this as much different from last year. This is basically the Sing For Your Life round from S10 and S11 and I feel the singing could equally have been as bad as the past two nights (yes, that includes the girls’ night) but now they can’t edit out the crap and the fodder.

    Another reason I’m not pushing the panic button yet is that as much as the last two nights haven’t been great, they’ve sent through 10 contestants, and 7 of them have given capable performances (I’d say only Elijah, Tenna, and Charlie did not deliver at all of the 10 contestants they sent through).

    Aside from that, we’re not yet at the semifinal episode. I don’t expect the Idol episodes to be fully great for a few weeks. I wouldn’t be concerned unless we aren’t left with many good contestants after the mass eliminations are done.

  • girlygirltoo

    Every year has its share of dreadful contestants (or performances) in the Hollywood rounds and even in the semifinals. But overall, last night’s group was by far the weakest I can remember from top to bottom. But in previous years, by the time we’re at this point in the competition, it seems like there has always been a bunch of standout contestants. I see maybe (?) 2 or 3 standouts this year — and they are all girls.

  • elliegrll

    Adam, Kris, Anoop and Danny sang circles around those five guys last night.  

    Season 8 had a semi final round that included 3 performance episodes, the last one aired on March 3, and 36 contestants.  

    Before we could get to a very talented top ten, we had to hear performances by Mishavonna Henson, Kai Kalama, Tatiana Del Toro, Brent Keith, Taylor Vaifanua, and countless others who were horrible.  

    But, even if we include some who made the top 13, we also had people who had bad semi final performances like Matt Giraud, who still gets teased about his Viva La Vida cover, Jasmine Murray, and Michael Sarver, who only made it after Simon told people to vote for him, because of his backstory.

  • elliegrll

    Adam, Kris, Anoop and Danny sang circles around those five guys last night.  

    Season 8 had a semi final round that included 3 performance episodes, the last one aired on March 3, and 36 contestants.  

    Before we could get to a very talented top ten, we had to hear performances by Mishavonna Henson, Kai Kalama, Tatiana Del Toro, Brent Keith, Taylor Vaifanua, and countless others who were horrible.  

    But, even if we include some who made the top 13, we also had people who had bad semi final performances like Matt Giraud, who still gets teased about his Viva La Vida cover, Jasmine Murray, and Michael Sarver, who only made it after Simon told people to vote for him, because of his backstory.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Yes, but in the final 18 season 8 guys that Idol viewers were able to vote on, we had Adam, Kris, Anoop and Danny. We had guys who were great vocalists and presented themselves well at the same point in the competition that we are at cureently.
    I stand by my original comment, that these four guys sang circles around any guy we heard from last night.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    That is when it was all said and done.

    No, that was during the semi-final rounds, where we were voting on the final 18 guys. I was comparing the final 18 guys from season 8 to the final 20 from this year. The only difference is the fact that in season 8, we were able to vote when they got to this point in the competition.

  • elliegrll

    I guess that I still don’t get it.  You are picking out guys that made the top 13, and comparing them to at least 15 guys who won’t.  I would hope that those in the top ten of any season would be better than those who couldn’t make it out of the semi final round.  Why not compare these guys to other males in the top 36, who didn’t go on to the top 13/10.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    I am comparing four of the final 18 guys in season 8 to what we saw last night.  In season 8, there was a final 36, 18 of that final 36 were male. This year there is a final 40, instead of a final 36.  

    Adam, Kris, Anoop and Danny weren’t in the top 10 during the semifinal rounds. They were in the top 18 boys and had to make it out of their semifinal round. Those four, DURING the semifinal rounds of season 8 (where there were 18 male singers) sang circles around any male from last night.

    Season 8- 36 semifinalists- 18 males

    Season 12- 40 semifinalists- 20 males

  • fantoo1

    You are forgetting the Season 9 guys rounds lol. They were bad.

  • jammasta

    Why not compare these guys to other males in the top 36, who didn’t go on to the top 13/10.

    I agree, the comparison is both more fair and more apt.

  • standtotheright

    Season 8- 36 semifinalists- 18 males
    Season 12- 40 semifinalists- 20 males

    4/18 seemed like standouts to you in S8. So far, 10/20 have not in S12. Wouldn’t this argument be stronger if you got through next week and still hadn’t found 4 standout males?

    I’m actually agnostic on the question of whether or not you will, as I’m still not doing more than watching an occasional YT and couldn’t name most of these guys if my life depended on it.

    But math is math.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Wouldn’t this argument be stronger if you got through next week and still hadn’t found 4 standout males?

    Yes, but I was originally responding to this comment:

    I specifically remember Season 8 semi-finals as being pretty bad, both men and women.

    Therefore, I named four male contestants that were not anywhere close to the ten male semi-finalists we saw last night. Now, there is the possibility that the next ten male semi-finalists will be better than the ten we saw last night, but that wasn’t the original post I was responding to.

    We could still end up with four out of ten guys who are as good vocally as Adam, Kris, Anoop, Danny were, but for that to happen, next week will have to be the week we find those four. (because it sure didn’t happen this week)

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    Except for a few, the top 10 they have picked so far have been decent. Isn’t that all that matters in the end? We won’t even hear from the other 10 ever again(unless they come back next year of course). 

  • jammasta

    Therefore, I named four male contestants from the season 8 semi-final
    rounds that were much better when compared to the ten male
    semi-finalists we saw last night

    Why compare all 10, though? There are 5 contestants who aren’t even relevant anymore in those 10.

    We could still end up with four out of ten guys who are as good vocally
    as Adam, Kris, Anoop, Danny were, but for that to happen, next week will
    have to be the week we find those four. (because it sure didn’t happen
    this week)

    Those guys have had a full season behind their back. It’s not really fair to compare the five guys who went through last night to these guys yet. And, for what it’s worth, Anoop and Danny turned out really underwhelming compared to their semifinal performances. And, if you add Matt, he turned his crappy semifinal performance into a good run to a 5th place finish. Who’s to say Paul, Curtis, Devin, Elijah, and Charlie are surely not capable of doing the same thing?

    Point is, it’s too early to fully write off any of these guys as “not as good vocally as those from previous seasons”. They could have found a really good vocalist last night who didn’t perform to their ability.

  • elliegrll

    The original poster didn’t say that all of the males were bad.  I think that the basic point is that as a group the majority of the people in the top 36/24 have always been mediocre or nothing special.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Those guys have had a full season behind their back.

    Not at the point that I’m talking about, which is (again) DURING the semi-final rounds.

    It’s not really fair to compare the five guys who went through last night to these guys yet.

    I was comparing the season 8 semi-final performances to the season 12 semi-final performances thus far. That is fair.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    The girls show is going to suffer because the boys lake of talent.

  • jammasta

    I was comparing the season 8 semi-final performances to the season 12 semi-final performances thus far. That is fair.

    I read your last quote wrong. Sorry about that. Mixed up “are” and “were”. Although I still think it was kinda pointless to add the guys in S12 who were eliminated into the mix of contestants who were weaker than the good performers in S8.

    That said, I didn’t think Anoop’s and Kris’s performances were that much better than anything that came out of Paul, Devin, or Curtis vocally. To be honest, however, the girls this week who went through were not up to par with a lot of the better S8 semifinalists either, and that’s even including Kree. I can name 8/36 who I think performed better at this stage than any of the 10 who went through this week. And, if you add Anoop and Kris into the mix, there’s 10/36.

    A lot of the talent we’ve seen this season doesn’t seem up to par with that of previous seasons. But I’m not panicking just yet. There’s still potential with this group. Not that this is encouraging, but I don’t see this group as one that’s as weak as that of S6 and S9 where a handful of contestants carried the season and the rest were blah.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Am I missing something though? We’ve never really seen this stage before right? Typically the most we see is 24 people…maybe in a few years it was 32 (and when it was that many, they mostly sucked). They are showing us the step *before* the green mile for the first time.

    There is nothing to compare this too IMO.

    I mean, one of the main reasons I opted not to watch this live was that I remember how painfully sucky most top 24 weeks are – ESPECIALLY that first week of semis – and I reasoned this would be twice as bad for twice as long. Heh.

  • sdmama

    Next week, Vampire Diaries will be re-run.  After next week, Arrow will be re-run, until mid March. I might as well watch American Idol live until these shows return. Some other people may start watching if they want to vote.
    Big Bang Theory, wowza. But American Idol is still a beast compared to others. Two and a Half Men STILL raking in that many viewers? If Fox is serious about needing more viewers, they would have moved it to Tuesdays/Wednesdays.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    In season 8, we had a top 36 after the official “green mile”. This year we have a top 40 vs a top 36 in season 8. The difference is that we (the Idol viewers) were allowed to vote on the top 36 in 2008, but this year we aren’t allowed to vote until the top 20. I’m not sure about how many we were allowed to choose from in other years.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Oh, okay thanks. I guess season 8 comes the closest. But man, I remember that semis being really long, boring and painful. So I’m not surprised if this is.

    All you need is 10 good and/or entertaining people to make a good year. So I guess it remains to be seen if this will be one of those years.

  • fantoo1

    I think Kree and Amber’s performances were better than just about anything in the season 8 semi finals. Especially the S8 girls.

  • jammasta

    I’ve watched some of the girl performances in S8 semifinals a lot, namely Allison, Alexis, Lil, and Felicia. I definitely preferred all four of theirs to any performance this week…. Actually, I don’t think ANYBODY this week did as well as many of the S8 semifinalists. I definitely do see some truth in that last statement, though.

    I do think that as much as the last two nights were terrible, 7 of the 10 contestants who DID survive are potentially Top 10 ready, including 3 of the guys. I think Paul, Devin, and Curtis look a lot worse than they actually were because the guys surrounding them were, for the most part, horrible. Not saying that the three were excellent, but they weren’t bad.

    Season 8 eliminated 27 people (and brought back 4) in a week. Most of those eliminations were really needed, since a lot of those people were not good, and we were left with a really solid Top 13 (with a few weak performers who still needed to be cut). This can still happen with S12, but the process will be much slower. Rather than 27 eliminations in one week, we have 30 eliminations over 3 weeks to get to a Top 10. It’s gonna be slower and more drawn out, so I do not expect great Idol episodes for the next 2 weeks.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    For me, there is no one in S12 that compares to Adam, Anoop, and Kris.  They sing circles around the 10 we have seen thus far.  We’ll see if we can say that again next week.  I also believe we will never see a season as good as Season 7 again.

  • ceecee21

    Not only are the producers manipulating the kind of male contestants they want there is a diversity manipulation going on as well with both the girls and the boys.  Don’t know if this is coming from the producers or is happening because of the judges.