Thursday Final Ratings:'The Big Bang Theory', 'American Idol', 'Vampire Diaries', 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Mentalist', Adjusted Up; 'Secret Circle','Scandal' Adjusted Down

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May 4th, 2012


The Big Bang Theory, American Idol, Vampire Diaries, Missing, The Mentalist and Grey's Anatomy were each adjusted up a tenth, while Touch, Secret Circle, was adjusted down a tenth and Scandal was adjusted down two tenths  among adults 18-49 versus Thursday's preliminary numbers.

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Thursday, May 3, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.7/16 13.91
FOX American Idol 4.0/13 15.56
NBC Community 1.4/5 3.20
ABC Missing 1.2/4 6.32
CW Vampire Diaries 1.2/4 2.54
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement 2.7/8 8.88
NBC 30 Rock 1.4/4 3.04
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.3/9 9.24
CBS Person of Interest 2.5/7 13.27
NBC The Office 2.3/7 4.44
FOX Touch 2.0/6 6.72
CW Secret Circle 0.5/2 1.23
9:30 NBC Parks and Recreation 1.7/5 3.26
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 2.5/7 12.94
ABC Scandal 1.9/5 6.69
NBC Awake 0.7/2 2.15

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • John A

    Community fans kinda silent today? Not happy with that 1.4?

  • Linda

    Great news for GA, getting adjusted up, glad to see Missing climbed a little. Bad news for Scandal adjusted down two tenths. This show is getting worse each week I predict it will decline further.

  • Sid

    “Pretty sure CW will look at either the numbers for the first 10-12 episodes, or the Season average before deciding renewal. Secret Circle should be safe there.”

    CW should do that with RINGER and renew it as well then. ;)

  • FH14


    Actually I’m not a retentionista, but I do admit that even later in the seasons shows can get viewers from their lead-ins, though its typically such a small number than it doesn’t make much of a difference. But given how small the CW’s ratings are across the board, a very small tick up and down makes a huge difference.

    And conventional wisdom says that ratings drop when a show is moved to Friday by sheer virtue of being on Friday. SPN, and Smallville before it, were able to pull good numbers because their ratings were excellent before the move and the viewers drop didn’t decimate their audience.

  • rob60990

    I wish ABC would air GCB after Grey’s. It would probably do better.

  • Bunny

    @The End


  • rob60990

    “I hope it keeps falling since I’m sick of Shonda shows…”

    Then I’m sure your happy to know Gilded Lilys tested poorly.

  • SteveO

    Haha Scandal. I don’t root for the show to drop, I really don’t, but I’m glad for some reason.

  • JJJ

    The Secret Circle is dying.

  • Michael

    I enjoy both Scandal and Revenge!

  • MoHasanie


    Revenge has fallen because of the 2 month break, and also, its lead in has become much lower than than in fall. If you put Scandal on a two month break, I think it would probably pull low 1’s, and if you remove that Grey’s lead in, and give it a lead in that gets 2.4, then I think it would pull Awake numbers.

  • Tara

    ABC is wasting it’s GA lead in on Scandal. Be a brilliant idea to put another show in Scandal’s place unless 1.9’s are acceptable now.

  • GGMustDie

    Yay TVD! Yay TSC! I still watch the show, but lately I haven’t watched the second half of the show. It’s so crappy and hopefully, the CW will cancel it!

  • Brandy

    People saying SC is still sure to be renewed, Deadline reports :Ringer&SC Likley cancelled, GG &Hart of Dixie Likley Renewal, Nikita Bubble

  • Steve

    Scandal is basically just…. there. It isn’t doing much but its not doing horrible. But that by no means gives it a right to be renewed. Like I said before, its relatively stable… at borderline cancel-able ratings. Private Practice stays above 2.0. Revenge stays above 2.0. GCB does about the same as Scandal, but with a lesser lead in. Scandal really is the lowest on the 9/10pm totem pole on ABC and thus should be let go barring a ratings explosion.

  • Harris

    I feel bad for TSC fans, but at the same time, this bodes well for Nikita, which makes me happy. Still meaningless for Ringer though.

  • Allison

    Looks like Scandal is toast. See ya wouldn’t wanna to be ya!

  • Kyle

    Scandal is NOT good. Period. The ratings STINK no matter how you look at it.


    Are you kidding me!?! Revenge is MUCH better and actually has a BETTER shot at getting more viewers. Scandal has air consecutive episodes and falls BELOW 2.0. No way Scandal is renewed at this point. Not good enough.

    I am not a fan of Revenge or Scandal but I get so mad at people who think just because you are steady you are going to get renewed. At this point move PP back to the Thursday night slot. It always average 2.7-2.2 in that time slot.

  • Ron

    @ Mo, just ignore Max, he’s become a broken record with his Scandal vs. Revenge crap.

  • Mi

    PP’s next season is going to get cut due to cost, it’s more expensive than Scandal is, and there’s not much of a difference between 2.1 and 1.9.
    I think Scandal could get renewed for 13 episodes and share timeslot with PP next season. I hope ABC leave enough room for as many pilots, they do have some that seem good.

    TVD had another great episode and is fairly stable imo. I watched TSC but let’s face it, it should be cancelled. They don’t know how to tell a story and killing characters every episode for shock purpose is well.. boring.

    I hope POI gets higher ratings next fall. I wonder if maybe it’s affected by the NBA playoffs, but dunno.

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