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.

  • 1976GG

    Can anyone explain : BATB ranked 4th (wk24) on season AVERAGE below 3 already renewed shows ? So therefore why wouldn’t it be top of the list for renewal over HOD, TCD & Cult, I understand Nikita & syndication blah blah blah, thanks
    Vampire Diaries 1.3
    Arrow 1.1
    Supernatural 0.9
    BATB 0.7

  • halloween

    @1976GG BatB has gotten multiple .5 this season after TVD…that is why its in the danger zone

  • HalCapone

    OMG. What is that giant flushing sound coming out of 30 Rockefeller Center?

  • Ice Mountain

    @ Chris

    I definitely think BatB will move as CW will likely put The Originals behind VD next season. A nice option for BatB would be either anchoring Tuesdays or moving to Fridays with Nikita. I think BatB should end up with Supernatural on Tuesdays that should make for a real solid combo.

    @ Ash

    Yeah they get very defensive and take it personal. The excuses are real clownlike material.

  • Ash

    @ Rachel

    Who said I was offended? These two shows could rot in a hole for all I care. I don’t even know what day TCD airs let alone what’s its about! So please stop with the misguided assumptions of what shows I watch ok ;)

  • Ice Mountain

    @ halloween

    What danger zone are you talking about? A fantasy one?

  • HalCapone

    Old, wrinkled lady Grey still has got IT. Don’t suspect peeps will be saying the same thing about POI–not that it will even come close to reaching the age of lady Grey before being canceled.

  • Ash

    @ Ice Mountain

    That’s why even though iyoy might want to correct them, it’s best to ignore as theres no point in arguing with ignorant fanboys,

  • Reven8ger

    Best ratings for Grey’s since episode 3 of season 9 !

  • Ash


    No one has been saying anything about POI, and you go out of your way to bash it? Why waste your time?

  • Rachel


    The tone of your post was very defensive. Don’t give me a reason to make assumptions. I said one bad thing about TCD and you decided to “put me in my place”. For what? It’s pointless if you could care less. People are always trying to start arguments out of nothing on this site.

  • 1976GG

    Thanks, but a good lead doesn’t necessarily garuntee an audience, IMO in the US 9pm on a Thurs is the death timeslot, not only are BATB up against biggies like, TBBT, Greys & Glee, it is also a freshman series up against long established large audience pleasers, I think the fact that it has the 4th highest ratings on the network should stand for something and honestly, I was a big HOD fan in its first season, it was one of those harmless shows you could sit and watch without really switching your brain on, but this season I’ve lost interest, it’s not airing here at the moment but I have watched online but I’ve given up, where can Season 3 go?? I think BATB given a different timeslot could really shine & weirdly I’ve seen a lot of comments from people saying they’ll not watch season 1 until its renewed for season 2, WTF

  • Beauty&theFlop

    Beauty & the Beasts fans deluded ramblings really make me cringe, the “its doing well overseas” thing so will b saved based on that one is far and away the saddest.

    As for those who say its been a bigger success than TSC then why does TSC have over 800k likes on facebook & Beauty has less than 200k? hmmmm

  • Saraline

    Lead in means nothing!! For example I dont watch TVD but I watch BATB. Good job Beasties. We rose in demo and ratings and we even rose in the second half of the episode.

  • Ash


    I wasn’t putting anyone is any place. Just telling you a fact. Plus you just said to another poster that you don’t care if TCD gets cancelled and no your criticizing me for not caring about the show but still commenting on it? A little hypocritical don’t you think ;).

  • Rachel


    You’re right. You didn’t put anyone in their place…but you certainly tried. And yes, I don’t care if TCD gets cancelled. Which is why I’m not going around trying to start arguments about the show. I said it would be cancelled and you decided that you didn’t like what I had to say. You’re backtracking as if you didn’t get defensive but the tone of your reply was condescending.

  • 1976GG

    You need a hug, TSC is gone, build a wall & get over it.
    Nobody is deluded about BATB doing well internationally, I can only speak for myself & there honestly is a real buzz about it here…..that is all.
    If its not renewed I feel it’ll be a real shame, as there is so many arcs they can explore with it also figures don’t lie, it is ranked 4th with overall season averages behind three already renewed shows,
    delusional – NO
    FACT -Yes

  • Brandy

    @Dillan I meant to say maybe her pregnancy was a part of it(I heard she and Freddie take turns working so one will always be home with the kids) but if the show did even reasonably well,they could’ve worked around it.Greys Anatomoy did when Meredith Grey aka Ellen Pmpeo got pregnant in real life in season five.Sarah Jessica Parker got pregnant in season five of SATC.Marcia Cross got pregnant in season four in real life with twin girls on DH.Judging Amy’s Amy Brememan was pregnant in real life in a later season. I think Holly Marie Combs on Charmed(Piper) got pregnant in real life during the shows run.Army Wives has the actresess who plays Roxy or Pamela pregnant in real life in season seven.Kate Leavering (Kim ) on Drop Dead Diva is pregnant in real life for season five.Yet, just because these woman got pregnant (as series regulars/series stars even if they’re not the “main star”) and thier shows weren’t cancelled.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Ash: “Plus it doesn’t matter if TCD cant pull 1 million viewers. I think it’s been stated multiple times that number of viewers doesn’t matter.”

    Now you’re making the same mistake I recently made. Number of 18-49 viewers DOES matter.

    But frequently the number of 18-49 viewers tracks the rating anyway. Not always, but much of the time. After all, if you have no viewers, you have no ratings. The opposite is not true – you can have a 0.0 rating and still have viewers. It’s happened.

    The real problem for TCD is that it’s ratings suck halfway through its first season. There is ZERO chance it gets renewed.

  • Ash


    Look, my comment didnt mean to come out condescending and I’m sorry you took it the wrong way. Your right that there’s no point of this argument since we both could care less about this show. So thanks for a good discussion :)

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