Ratings Update: Zero Hour Clocks In at Record Low for ABC, Community Drops Hard

Matt Webb Mitovich
Ratings Update: Zero Hour Clocks In at Record Low for ABC, Community Drops Hard

Zero Hour on Thursday night premiered to 6.3 million total viewers and a 1.4 rating (per Nielsen finals), making it ABC’s lowest-rated in-season scripted premiere ever.

The byzantine conspiracy drama was down 41 percent in the demo from Last Resort‘s launch and down 38 percent from Missing‘s spring 2012 opener.

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Leading out of that, Grey’s Anatomy drew 8.4 million viewers and a 2.8 rating (adjusted up in the finals), while Scandal (8.04 mil/2.7, per finals) ticked down a tenth week-to-week.

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Of note: For Valentine’s night, TV usage across primetime was down 6 percent, people being in love (or out looking for love, sometimes in electrical closets) and all.

Fox’s American Idol (13.2 mil/3.6) dropped a handful of eyeballs week-to-week while slipping 12 percent in the demo. Glee (5.2 mil/1.7) fell 13 and 23 percent.

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Over on CBS, The Big Bang Theory (17.6 mil/5.4) drew the night’s best demo while sliding 7 and 13 percent. Two and a Half Men led out of that with 13.7 mil/3.8, dipping 3 and 7 percent. Person of Interest dominated its hour with 14.8 mil/3.0, ticking down just a tenth, while Elementary was steady at 10.9 mil/2.2.

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Community‘s honeymoon period didn’t last long, as Week 2 of Season 4 (2.75 mil/1.1) plunged 29 and 42 percent to an all-time low. Parks and Recreation led out of that with 3.2 mil/1.5, down 16 and 25 percent. The Office‘s hour-long episode (4.1 mil/2.0) ticked down just a tenth. An SVU repeat (3.6 mil/1.0) improved on Do No Harm‘s second/final episode demo by 43 percent while more-or-less matching its audience.

The CW’s Vampire Diaries (2.3 mil/1.0) dipped 8 percent and a tenth, while Beauty and the Beast (1.41 mil/0.5) ticked down 5 percent and a tenth.

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What were you tuned into this Thursday? Or did you and your honey score a dinner reservation at that quiet French place?

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