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:

Note coming soon

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • Alex

    Again I feel compelled to ask what metric you (or anyone else) is using to definitively state that any given hour is the most or second most competitive hour of the week. If you’re going to throw around statements like that you should probably have some grasp of the criteria being used because unlike most watched its not something easily or simply measured. For the record I’d be concerned about citing Spotted Ratings where there seems to be some confusion about what the words objective and subjective mean.

  • Petar


    My bad. Not now. next season if they want to go one more time with result shows.

  • Sapphire

    BATB needs to stay on the air, freaking show gets better as the weeks go on :)

  • Petar


    ASK ERIDAPO he has all info and will give it to you. he is a friend.

  • methix0r

    hope TVD will adjust up , it should

  • Joseph

    Fox should consider resting “American Idol” for a couple of years and bring it back for the 2015/2016 TV season with a new host(ess), new judges, and a significantly-changed format.

  • Ally

    Yes! BatB is holding steady!
    Yea yea, another beastie here… and i think the cw would be crazy to cancel it, they should move it 2 tuesdays after #HoD and it will get the same ratings bc thats how dedicated the fans are.. plus we all know the CW is gonna most likely have ‘The Originals’ air after TVD…
    Another reason it should be renewed? The CW is low on good shows.. #TVD, #Arrow, & #SPN are all great and then its #HoD & #BatB .. if the cancel #BatB then they had better be REALLY confident in the pilots they pick up.. & i doubt they are feeling all too confident about them (besides TheOriginals)..
    Lastly, Beauty and the Beast is honestly getting a lot better every episode.. and i’m so glad that more people are starting 2 realize that & give it a second chance. ;)
    Ok done with my rant.. Fingers crossed it returs with higher ratings!

  • frodo

    @ Alex

    repeating yourself over and over when Melissa posted facts. You stated that Revenge does not have a competitive time slot. I do not seeScandal airing opposite the biggest show on TV, Downton Abby the Bible or events such as the Golden Globes, Grammys and NFC. If you do not think this is a factor in its decline than obviously you are daft. Nothing more to say. How anyone can compare Thursday at 10 PM with Sunday at 9PM in terms of competition is just mind boggling. Your obviously deluded and do not deserve a reply.

  • CookyMonzta

    Posted March 29, 2013 at 1:00 PM
    “On Thursday isn’t NBC a Peacock network, but a Backed Turkey.”

    I assume you mean a baked turkey. More like a wild turkey; one or two bright spots (Voice, Revolution, Sunday Night Football), and a host of bloody spots (too many to name).

  • Anon

    Those NBC numbers are just a flatline. The patient twitched at 10PM, but it was just a twitch. The patient is dead.

  • CookyMonzta

    Posted March 29, 2013 at 1:20 PM
    “Fox should consider resting “American Idol” for a couple of years and bring it back for the 2015/2016 TV season with a new host(ess), new judges, and a significantly-changed format.”

    I suggested that once before, minus the retirement part. Not only should they replace the host and judges, but they should get rid of the ENTIRE front office (Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe among them).

  • CookyMonzta

    And if that don’t work, THEN you retire the show.

  • CookyMonzta

    @Joseph: My bad. I have trouble with small print. You said “resting”, not “retiring”.

  • Mike

    Glad to see Idol continue to fall. The arrogance of the folks behind it last year is coming back to bite them in the butt. The Voice is by far the best show as far as the talent. And the judges are by far the best. Go The Voice.

  • Mickey


    If Beauty and the Beast can maintain 0.6+, I think it will be renewed.

    I was going to say the exact same thing. The problem the CW faces is that, if the last couple of years are anything to go by, odds are its new shows won’t fare any better than BatB, and there’s a good chance they’ll fare worse. Even Arrow, which premiered at 1.3, is now whittling down to 0.9-1.0s.

    Logically, they’ll want to premiere The Originals behind TVD, and they need fodder for Fridays (with no veteran shows in line to be retired there), and BatB is actually a decent pairing with Nikita, so I’m betting that’s what will happen. Then they may give it another couple seasons for syndication, à la Nikita.

    I gave up on BatB after the first couple of episodes, but I’ve heard it has gotten a lot better, so if it’s renewed I’ll give it another shot.

  • imadiva

    Excuses Excuses people all was talking about the competion Revenge has and the other shows on tv, don’t either and they do just fine,they haven’t lose viewers because their shows haven’t went down in quality and comparing it to scandal just shows jealous, we still have better ratings then you, even if they move it, keep hating haters.

  • Sam

    B&B. a 0.6 !!!! Cool.
    Go Beasties !! Go !! Roar !

  • Franamado

    Beauty and the Beast came through again with a great episode last night. Action, an emotional roller coaster ride, and suspense was the order of the day. If you are not watching this show you are missing out. If you stopped watching, come back. You will love the direction it is heading in.

  • Nathan

    As Much as I LOVE Scandal, if ABC moved this show to any other time slot, it would experience a HUGE decline. As others have stated, ABC should not even dare think about moving this show.

  • Claudia

    @ Mickey many people that stop watching the show at the beginning have come back, Ive watch it all along so Ill be biased to tell you how good it is going, at least last night episode was so good and its heading into a new direction ala Nikita with the Beast element, IMO its an amazing show!

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