Thursday Final Ratings: 'American Idol' & 'Grey's Anatomy' Adjusted Up; 'Raising Hope' Adjusted Down

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March 29th, 2013

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American Idol, and Grey's Anatomy were each adjusted up a tenth while Raising Hope (9PM) 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 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol 2.8 9 11.43
CBS NCAA Basketball (Marquette/Miami) 8PM-9:30 1.7 7 5.77
ABC Wife Swap 1.4 5 4.23
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.2 4 2.46
NBC Community -R 0.7 3 2.24
8:30PM NBC 1600 Penn 0.7 2 1.92
9:00PM ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.9 8 9.02
FOX Raising Hope 1.3 4 4.16
NBC The Office -R 0.7 2 1.62
CW Beauty and the Beast 0.6 2 1.50
9:30 PM CBS NCAA Basketball (Syracuse/Indiana) 9:30-12:04 2.8 9 7.99
FOX Raising Hope 1.2 3 3.28
NBC 1600 Penn 0.7 2 1.91
10:00 PM ABC Scandal 2.6 7 7.97
NBC Law & Order: SVU -R 1.0 3 3.95

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

  • Ash

    @ BigFlop

    It really doesn’t matter what you or I think if we are talking realistically. But you have to think as execs to understand the way things work. We are at a point where most people care about money. Money is required and a necessity in life to live successfully. We can’t change that. The reason tv shows in general are cancelled are because of poor ratings and not viewers. Poor ratings=less money. To support their family, these people care more about the money a show makes than the popularity since they don’t gain anything from it. That’s just the way it isl

  • Match


    Who are you to dictate who gets to post what? Everybody comes on here every week and talks about the renewal prospects of their favorite shows. You don’t get to ban them just because you don’t like their show. The only thing Beauty has in common with TSC is the timeslot. It’s a different year, with different benchmarks. The shows target different demographics. They have wildly different production costs and overseas sales, which Pedowitz has claimed repeatedly are things he considers when renewing a show, and which TSC producers have said were the network’s major reasons for not renewing the show. Whether you personally think their show deserves a renewal or not, they have just as right as anyone else to speculate about it. Leave them alone.

  • Alex

    But,thinking about money and thinking about 18-49 as a target only, leads to produce bad tv shows.

    It really doesn’t. Every television show you’ve ever loved and ever will love has been made because executives are thinking about making money from it. Also the 18-49 demographic isn’t the only target of network executives. It happens to be the best or most consistent barometer from which to judge a shows chances of renewal but that’s not specifically the demographic networks target. Its just such a wide net that helps to give a big picture view.

  • BigFlop

    @Ash @Alex
    you don’t understand me!! I know what you are saying, but I disagree.

  • Ash

    @ BigFlop

    Why do you disagree? I respect your opinion but there has to be a reason why.

  • BigFlop

    I respect your opinion too, my disagreement is not with you
    I disagree with the way execs watch tv.


    The thing is if fox cancelled idol then other networks in town would be interested in it and would jump at brand.

  • Tom

    @ Match

    Save your sanctimony for someone else. I wish I could ban these guys. But, I’ll just have to settle for responding to the inevitable flood of vacuous remarks coming from Beastlings who just don’t get this site. My point about TSC was crystal clear and even you know it. So, if you disagree with the facts I use to support my reasoning, too bad. At least I know some facts.

  • Ash


    Agree. If only they considered about quality more than money….but there’s nothing we can do sadly :(


    At this point, it won’t matter which network Idols on. Its run its course and people don’t seem to be interested anymore as shown by the steep ratings decline.

  • charmedcraft

    Good for BATB

  • Alex

    @BigFlop & Ash
    As this site alone ably demonstrates on a daily basis quality is an entirely subjective thing. That you like a show or believe it be of high quality doesn’t mean that anyone else, let alone a network executive, would agree with you. As a quick example of this look at Work It which aired on ABC last year for all a couple of episodes. It got savaged by critics, it didn’t test very well and there was a huge number of people within ABC that couldn’t for the life of them understand why it had been picked up. The reason it was picked up is because Paul Lee (the head of ABC) inexplicably liked it which really should have been a huge cause for concern for his bosses. There were a lot of people within Fox that didn’t like or ‘get’ Glee when that got picked up and didn’t understand why it was getting such a big push. And the examples (good and bad) go on and on and on.

  • SJ

    That’s shockingly low for Raising Hope. Also, within the last few days, Hope, Idol, 1600 Penn, Nashville and Whitney have all hit series lows, Arrow equaled its series low while The Middle and Modern Family hit season lows (could be a series low for TM, not sure, but MF definitely hit a 2.7 for the season 1 “Fizbo” episode).

  • badboy

    Yeah very good for BATB. Every other CW show dipped in ratings this week except for SPN and BATB. Both seem to have very passionate fandoms.

  • Ash


    I said IF ONLY networks pick new shows based on quality. I know that will never happen. Besides, you don’t need to tell me that the quality of a show differs from person to person. I’ve been trying to say that on this site the whole time. :) The execs actually choosing creative, original shows was wishful thinking on my part.

  • Match


    I know facts too. I liked TSC, and I watched it last year. And the fact is, it was primarily cancelled for reasons other than ratings. The nosedive in the spring was the final nail in the coffin, but the producers had already warned the cast and crew by that point that the show was in danger. The reasons they knew that were because the show was very expensive, with pricey location shoots and lots of special effects, and because the overseas numbers were appallingly low. And when the show was cancelled, those are exactly the same reasons the network gave. The falling ratings just took away the last chance the show had to stay on the air with a slas
    From all of the Beauty fans’ posts, their show is cheap to produce and uses very few location shots and special effects, and everyone knows the overseas sales are solid. It’s airing in at least a dozen more countries than TSC did. If they’re right, the show is making the CW money, and therefore, probably stands a chance at renewal if the ratings hold steady. If the money is good enough, TSC’s ratings won’t matter much at all.

  • Alex

    I really disagree with this notion that networks aren’t picking up creative and original shows. Yes they also order more traditional or safer shows but that’s because people happen to quite like those shows as well.

  • Match

    *with a slashed budget.

    Sorry, my phone ate part of that.

  • CookyMonzta

    Nice pickup for Idol; another 410,000 viewers, I believe its biggest adjustment in total viewership this year. Unfortunately, 11.43 million is another low if you exclude the first season.

    Posted March 29, 2013 at 4:17 PM
    “Idol is down and dropping weekly….will it be at 2.6 next week? How long is Ryan Seacrest’s contract? Maybe Mario Lopez is available to host.”

    Could very well be at 2.6, assuming it hasn’t bottomed out like it did in last year’s top 8 (3.9 for the results show).

    As for Ryan Seacrest, his latest contract ends after next year. I don’t think he will re-up for 2015 or beyond; and he has nothing to lose by walking away, because he has nothing more to prove there, and he has plenty of other work to keep him busy and his pockets fat.

    Mario Lopez? Only if they pay him at least $25 million, which he will undoubtedly demand, because chances are that 2015 may be his only year with Idol, and not because HE’S planning to leave.

    Posted March 29, 2013 at 4:26 PM
    “…Idol is looking at its best days in the rear view mirror; I would give it two more seasons, tops before it is pulled. There is no way The Voice will have as long a shelf life on television as Idol, either, no matter how Jetson-like those red ejector seats look.”

    I’ve been saying that ever since the ratings for the first show of the year came in. My prediction is that, by 2015, Idol’s average viewership will either match or drop below the 1st season’s viewership. That is when it should be retired, rather than allow it to stay on and endure further ridicule, all in the name of money.

    You remember the Jetsons? So do I! I thought we’d have flying cars above the streets and highways by now! :-)

  • Alex

    The nosedive in the spring was the final nail in the coffin, but the producers had already warned the cast and crew by that point that the show was in danger.

    That may be because even before the ‘nosedive in the Spring’ the numbers weren’t great. By the time it went on hiatus in November Secret Circle had already dropped down to 0.8. To put that into context that’s the same kind of area that Hart of Dixie and Ringer were in during the same period and it was pretty clear to everyone that not all three of those shows were going to survive and indeed only one of them did.

    Having said that the Secret Circle/Beauty and the Beast comparison isn’t really as straight forward and simple as it might seem given the different situation that The CW is in this year. I don’t think Beauty and the Beast is as dead as it probably should be given its performance. I could see a second season airing on Friday’s with Nikita next season.

  • Claudia

    Dont care what BATB haters say, Im entitle to come to this or any website I want to post on my favorite show if I want to celebrate that its ratings are flat not lower, its my right not yours to take away. Whether they cancel it or it goes on, WE ARE ENJOYING THIS SHOW a lot, sorry about the miserable lives of the people that hate the show since they come out of their way to comment on every single post related to BATB, OBTW this is 2013 and BATB is not the Secret Circle, please get that right!

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