TV Ratings Thursday: 'American Idol' Hits Series Low, 'Grey's Anatomy' & 'Scandal' Dip, + 'Beauty and the Beast' Flat

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March 29th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.3/7 2.3/7 2.0/6 1.4/4 0.9/3 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.8/7 1.9/7 1.6/6 1.2/4 0.8/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 7.053 6.917 7.530 3.524 1.990 2.621

Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for CBS (NCAA Basketball tournament) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

CBS and ABC tied for number 1 in adults 18-49 while FOX won with Total Viewers.

NOTE: Versus last week, A18-49 usage was down -7% from 8-10p and -8% in the 8-9pm hour  last night.

On FOX,  American Idol scored a 2.7, down two tenths from last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. This is the lowest Adults 18-49 rating ever for any Idol, any night. A one-hour Raising Hope earned a 1.3 from 9-10PM. Two half hour episodes earned a 1.4 at 9PM and a 1.2 at 9:30PM. Both are down from its last original's 1.5, which aired a month ago.

On ABC, Wife Swap garnered a 1.4, down three tenths from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.  Grey's Anatomy earned a 2.8, down two tenths from last week's 3.0 adults 18-49 rating. Scandal earned a 2.6, down a single tenth from last week's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, the NCAA Tournament earned a preliminary 2.3  adults 18-49 rating from 8-11PM, but as noted are likely to be adjusted in the final ratings, and only cover the primetime portion of the telecasts.

On NBC, two episodes of 1600 Penn scored a series lows 0.7 at both 8:30 and 9:30, both down from last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, The Vampire Diaries earned a 1.2, down a single tenth from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.  Beauty and the Beast was even with last week's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, March 28, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol 2.7 9 11.03
CBS 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament -Live 2.3 7 6.92
ABC Wife Swap 1.4 5 4.27
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.2 4 2.43
NBC Community -R 0.7 3 2.35
8:30PM NBC 1600 Penn 0.7 2 1.89
9:00PM ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.8 8 8.33
FOX Raising Hope 1.4 4 4.57
NBC The Office -R 0.7 2 1.66
CW Beauty and the Beast 0.6 2 1.55
9:30 PM FOX


Raising Hope

1600 Penn







10:00 PM ABC Scandal 2.6 7 8.05
NBC Law & Order: SVU -R 1.0 3 3.96

via press note:

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  • blergh

    Half hours?

  • John

    The voice sucks!!!! #teamidol

  • rob60990

    Grey’s did fine going into a holiday weekend. Same as last year’s Holy Thursday episode. Wife Swap barely doing better than Shark Tank reruns were doing.

  • Samuel

    I’m really sad to see that about Idol. Last night was pretty good, it’s certainly much better than the Shakira/Blake/Adam Show.

  • Melissa

    Grey’s Anatomy wins again!

  • CBSviewer

    Raising Hope :(

  • densino




  • Same

    BandB is a lock for renewal

  • Jarrod

    WHAT!? That was the best episode BATB ever! This last half of the season is literally going places. I really hope it adjusts up!
    As for Grey’s and Scandal, I’m sure they’ll adjust up. Grey’s does most of the time.

  • nerv

    Only a 1.3 for Raising Hope season finale? With Idol’s ratings like that, I doubt RH would get a boost. Glee was also having trouble there…

  • Claudia

    Thanks at least a picture of our Beast! Annoying Happy Beastie Fan here :)

  • Sean


  • Terry

    Wow, Idol is still sharply declining. The Voice is a much better show anyways.

  • Alan

    Badratings all round American Idol Baeat by Greys again! :O

  • densino

    ROFL at Raising Hope

  • X-Tina Factor

    American idol is GOING, GOING… GONE! Go THE VOICE!!!!! America’s favorite singing competition.

  • Tea

    Grey’s Anatomy #1

  • Bookworm

    I had a feeling Scandal and Grey would be down (though not by much) due to Spring Break/Holiday. Still, these are great numbers and clearly they both are being renewed. Idol did horribly, again. When the Big Bang Theory comes back, it is going to get slaughtered by majority of CBS’s line up (minus Elementary).

    Is the first time that nothing on Thursdays’ have hit above a 3.0? This looks like a sluggish night all around, the whole week has been this way.

  • Bee

    the bad news continues for idol. but not surpising
    given how low yesterday went.

    yay for greys being the #1 show again and topping idol!!

    awesome again for scandal. the show is so steady. its been in 2.6-2.8 all 2013 right?

  • BigFlop

    Revolution with a tough competition 2.6
    Scandal WITHOUT competition 2.6 (ouch) enough said.

    good for Greys and TVD

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