Thursday Final Ratings:'The Vampire Diaries', 'American Idol', 'Grey's Anatomy' & '1600 Penn' Adjusted Up; 'Beauty and the Beast' Adjusted Down

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March 22nd, 2013

Grey's Anatomy March 21

American Idol, The Vampire Diaries, Grey's Anatomy and the 9:30PM 1600 Penn were each adjusted up a tenth while Beauty and the Beast was adjusted down a tenth among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Thursday broadcast ratings. The final numbers for the NCAA Tournament, broken out by game, can also be found below.

Want to know why adjustments occur to the preliminary ratings? Read this.

Broadcast primetime final ratings for Thursday:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol 2.9/9 11.93
CBS NCAA Basketball S. Dakota Vs. Michigan (8-9:09PM) 1.8/6 5.47
ABC Wife Swap - Season Premiere 1.7/5 4.97
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.3.4 2.65
NBC Community 1.1/4 2.95
8:30 NBC 1600 Penn 0.9/3 2.49
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy (9-10:02PM) 3.0/8 9.39
FOX Glee 2.0/6 5.91
CBS NCAA Basketball Tournament(9:09-9:27) 1.5/4 4.71
NBC The Office - R (9-9:31PM) 0.9/2 2.27
CW Beauty and the Beast 0.6/2 1.72
9:30 CBS NCAA Basketball Akron Vs. VCU (9:28-11:39PM) 1.2/4 3.32
NBC 1600 Penn (9:31-10:01PM) 0.9/2 2.32
10:00 ABC Scandal 2.7/8 8.51
NBC Law & Order: SVU - R 1.1/3 4.24

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Jonny C…. formerly Jon

    @ Claudia

    I’m not a TSC fan ( I actually hated that how as much BatB) but I’m not blind enough to not see Batb doing terrible being placed behind a great leadin like the Vampire Diaries. The how should be doing .9 and 1s not .5 and .6’s. Batb fans should be lucky because if CW wasn’t so terrible right now and TVD wasn’t the leadin you guys wouldnt be saying much.

  • BigBrotherFan

    I like SCANDAL stop hating on it. It’s doing pretty well in the ratings. The acting is good but last nights episode was not too good, sadly. Total filler episode! ABC should fire HAWK and the red head girl they kind of bring the show down. Offer nothing and the actor who plays HAWK is not so one note!

    BATB deserves to be canceled. What a piece of dogCRAP! TVD will not be pulling in those numbers for much longer and they are wasting that lead-in on a show that is can barely keep 50% of the demo..NOT TO MENTION that piece of crap THE CARRIE DIARIES doesn’t have the benifit of following the CW’s highest rated show. BOTH SHOULD BE CANCELED!

    NBC WHAT A JOKE! Oh, geez.. .9’s across the board…UGLY UGLY NUMBERS! I assume that network UNIVISION beat it..HOW SAD NBC is now…such a sorry state and it is actually kind of sad to see UNI beating NBC on a regular basis. Remember when they would cancel shows after two or three episodes that couldn’t even reach a 3.0 in 18-49 demo?

    AMERICAN IDOL HOLY MOLY! I can’t believe how LOW it’s gone. I think THE VOICE AND AI are going to eat eachother up and BOTH will be in the 2’s. I also take back my Nicki defending a lot of people watching AI that I know…LIKE IN PERSON…LOL…Hate her on it! but CAREY AND URBAN are getting ripped to shreds by the people I know and the general feel is that Nicki is a good judge where CAREY AND URBAN FAIL but for whatever reason people don’t like her. :(

    Gosh I hate GLEE so much. I have NEVER in my life wanted a show canceled so bad. NEVER!

  • Melissa


    Grey’s was up against a boring basketball game not to mention this is Spring Break. Of course the ratings were going to rise. Let’s see how it does when POI returns.

    Grey’s Anatomy still faced its biggest competition last night: similarly-skewing Glee. I doubt there’s much crossover between a procedural and a female-skewing medical drama.

    And do you seriously think spring break is the same week all over the country? :roll:

  • rob60990

    POI fans go on and on how male skewing they think their show is and now they think Grey’s should benefit from it? Can’t have it both ways. And spring break? How exactly would that help the ratings? That doesn’t even make sense.

  • hiii

    good job glee :D

  • Tom

    “Whatever the CW decides to do thats up to them, they are the network executives they know better what is profitable and what is not…we as fans can only support the shows we like…”

    You know, this has to be one of the most pointless remarks I’ve run across here.

  • Jon

    Im surprised CBS bothers to show the early round NCAA basketball games. They should just shuffle all the early games to cable. They took a big ratings hit tonight.

  • Networkman

    @Jon, I starting to think that is the way CBS should go regarding the NCAA basketball games. Many people just don’t seem interested in these early round matchups. They should allow cable to air the first week and then just air the elite 8 matchups all the way until the championship.

  • Kat Sue

    To get the ratings up , they need to change the night. They will have to have something super great to beat Greys !

  • Melissa


    And spring break? How exactly would that help the ratings? That doesn’t even make sense.

    Exactly! If anything, spring break would hurt the ratings, because more people are out at night instead of sitting home watching television.

  • Alan

    TVD’s flashback episodes are so boring all the time. They shouldn’t make more of those anymore. I hope they do that now with the Originals.

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