TV Ratings Thursday:'Big Bang Theory' Wins Night as All CBS Shows Rise, 'American Idol' Down, 'The Office', 'Parks and Recreation' Up, 'Awake' & 'Missing' Hit Series Lows

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May 4th, 2012



Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.0/9 2.8/8 2.1/6 1.4/4 1.4/4 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.9/7 1.6/5 1.6/5 1.5/5 1.4/5 0.9/3
Total Viewers (million) 10.95 12.32 7.353 3.07 3.56 1.83


FOX was the number one network among adults 18-49, while CBS was on top in total viewers.

On CBS, Big Bang Theory was Thursday night's top program, scoring a 4.6 rating among adults 18-49, up 12% from last week's 4.1. Rules of Engagement earned a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating, an 8% increase from last week's 2.5. Person of Interest  got a 2.5 in adults 18-49 up from last week's 2.4. The Mentalist garnered a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, up 9% from last week's 2.2.

On FOX, American Idol earned a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating, down from last week's 4.0. Touch got a 2.1 in adults 18-49, up 11% from last week's 1.9.

ABC's Missing scored a series low 1.1 adults 18-49 rating down 21% last week's 1.4. Grey's Anatomy earned a 3.2 in adults 18-49, down 3% from last week's 3.3. Scandal garnered a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, up 8% from last week's 2.0.

On NBC,  Community earned a 1.4 among adults 18-49, even with last week's performance. 30 Rock got a 1.4 in adults 18-49, down 13% from last week's 1.6. The Office scored a 2.3  adults 18-49 rating, up 10% from last week's 2.1. Parks and Recreation garnered a 1.7 in adults 18-49, up 6% from last week's 1.6. Awake scored a series low 0.7 adults 18-49 rating d0wn from last week's 0.8.

The CW's Vampire Diaries scored a 1.1adults 18-49 rating even with last week.. Secret Circle earned a 0.6 in adults 18-49, up from last week's 0.5

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, May 3, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.6/15 13.27
FOX American Idol 3.9/12 15.05
NBC Community 1.4/5 3.28
ABC Missing 1.1/4 6.28
CW Vampire Diaries 1.1/4 2.44
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement 2.7/8 9.01
NBC 30 Rock 1.4/4 3.06
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.2/9 9.00
CBS Person of Interest 2.5/7 12.96
NBC The Office 2.3/7 4.44
FOX Touch 2.1/6 6.84
CW Secret Circle 0.6/2 1.23
9:30 NBC Parks and Recreation 1.7/5 3.35
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 2.4/7 12.67
ABC Scandal 2.1/6 6.78
NBC Awake 0.7/2 2.14


Via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.5/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • Dillan

    Yay for TSC. The show is definitely getting renewed.

    TVD even with 1.1? I guess it’s better than going down, but I wish it would go up.

  • Brittney

    Thank goodness TSC went up a tick, hopefully it can go up again next week.

  • SteveO

    So many .6’s for the CW. Haha, but sad.

    Also, nice TBBT!

  • fra

    Good TVD was up from the preliminary of last week! What about half hours?
    I hope it will be adjusted up like last week…. so maybe for the season finale we will have a 1.4 like last year!
    TSC is up, but it’s still low…
    Scandal is a LOCK, after 5 weeks, it’s still on the SAME LEVEL, it deserves the renewal

  • One

    Damn, an 0.7? Even Missing is outdoing Awake. Sorry, Kyle Killen.

    Concerned about POI’s refusal to rise. It was definitely more than the draft that was responsible for that number last week and this week…

  • HB

    TBBT was amazing last night!

  • BrieK

    PoI still low. I guess it wasn’t the promos…or the NFL draft.

  • rob60990

    Missing tied Vampire Diaries. I guess it was bound to happen. There’s only 2 episodes left so I doubt they will it at this point.

  • Go

    Scandal!! Woo hoo!

  • One @ MattM

    Compelling? It’s about as compelling as those brown things in my toilet this morning…

  • Sid

    Go SCANDAL! :D

  • Bunny

    Multi-cams wins again!

  • Michael

    The only shows I watch on Thursdays:

    The Vampire Diaries: Renewed for Season Four
    Person of Interest: Renewed for Season Two
    Scandal: Yet to be renewed; I hope it does

  • fra

    TVD had a 1.1/1.1
    TSC a 0.6/0.5
    I think TVD will get a 1.2 in the finals, and TSC a 0.5.

  • John A

    Lol so Secret Circle should be renewed cos it got a 0.6? If it got a 0.5 again we be declaring it cancelled.

  • Amy

    Glad to see shows up for a change. Hoping that TSC gets renewed.

  • MoHasanie

    Well obviously Scandal will be adjusted down, and Grey’s should be adjusted up. Revenge is much more impressive than Scandal, because its lead in only got a 2.4, compared to a lead in of 3.2 for Scandal.

    Very impressive for TBBT. But POI ratings are a little disappointing.

  • P&B

    This is why POI will be moved from the 9pm timeslot, 2.5 is way too low and POI lost demo at the half hour it went from a 2.6 to a 2.4.

    Nice ratings for TBBT.

  • HB

    I doubt TVD Finale will go out with 1.4 like last year. I am thinking 1.2 or 1.3

  • BrieK

    I think Scandel is a keeper. It already has a loyal fan base and I wouldn’t be surprised if the show gains viewers. Last night was great.

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