Thursday TV Ratings: PARKS AND RECREATION and COMMUNITY Hit Series Lows; THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Tops NBC and ABC’s Programming

     February 22, 2013


The TV ratings for Thursday evening’s programs are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • A fantastically funny and heartfelt wedding episode of NBC’s Parks and Recreation sadly scored a series low for the comedy, hitting a 1.3 rating and 3.03 million viewers and a 1.4 rating and 2.91 million viewers for two back-to-back episodes.  The first installment is a drop of 13% from last week’s 1.5 rating.
  • Season four of Community continues to struggle, as last night’s Comic-Con-inspired episode notched a 1.1 rating and 3.08 million viewers.  That’s down 8% from last week’s episode and marks a series low for the show.
  • On the flipside, The CW’s The Vampire Diaries bested all of NBC and ABC’s programming in its timeslot, earning a 1.3 rating and 2.89 million viewers for a rise of 30% from last week’s 1.0 rating in the demo.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, February 21st, including Elementary, Two and a Half Men, Grey’s Anatomy, Zero Hour, The Big Bang Theory, and more.


  • community-conventions-of-space-and-timeNBC’s comedy block kicked off with a creatively so-so episode of Community (creator Dan Harmon’s absence is really starting to show), and the installment garnered a 1.1 rating and 3.08 million viewers for an 8% drop from last week’s 1.2 rating for a new series low.
  • Not faring much better ratings-wise was two back-to-back episodes of Parks and Recreation, which hit a 1.3 rating and 3.03 million viewers and a 1.4 rating and 2.91 million viewers.  That’s down 13% from last week’s 1.5 rating, also marking a series low.
  • “Series low” was the secret word for NBC last night, as 1600 Penn also notched its worst performance thus far with a 1.0 rating and 2.30 million viewers.  That’s down 9% from its last original episode’s 1.1 rating for this freshman series.


  • The ratings juggernaut that is The Big Bang Theory continues to dominate the night, as it scored a 5.4 rating and 17.35 million viewers to make it the most-watched and highest-rated show on Thursday by far.  That’s a slight drop of 2% from last week’s 5.5 rating.
  • Two and a Half Men was up 3% from last week’s 3.8 rating with a 3.9 rating and 13.44 million viewers.
  • The procedural Person of Interest garnered a 2.9 rating and 14.13 million viewers, which is down 3% from last week’s 3.0 rating.
  • New series Elementary (which is really quite good) hit a 2.3 rating and 11.05 million viewers, even with last week’s performance.


  • zero-hour-anthony-edwardsABC’s new series Zero Hour took a steep dive in week two, notching a 1.1 rating and 5.32 million viewers.  That’s a drop of 21% from last week’s 1.4 rating for the series premiere, which itself was incredibly low.
  • Grey’s Anatomy saw an uptick in viewership, hitting a 3.0 rating and 8.54 million viewers for a rise of 7% from last week’s 2.8 rating.
  • Scandal garnered a 2.7 rating and 7.62 million viewers, even with last week.

The CW

  • Over at The CW, fan-favorite series The Vampire Diaries outperformed all of NBC and ABC’s programming in the 10pm hour, hitting a 1.3 rating and 2.89 million viewers.  That’s up 30% from last week’s 1.0 rating.
  • Beauty and the Beast scored a 0.6 rating and 1.56 million viewers, up 20% from last week’s 0.5 rating.


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