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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  • Spencer

    Even if Idol is top rated on FOX…the Costco have these celebrity judges must be really high.

  • rob60990

    “That is sad Grey’s and POI was not even on.”

    Since when does an older skewing procedural and a young skewing soap opera share an audience? Get a clue.

  • zth

    And wow, 1600 Penn couldn’t beat repeats of The Office or Community. Do No Harm was pulled out after a 0.7, just saying.

  • Spencer

    * cost to

  • JulieDawn

    Nice to see BATB steady, especially going into the Easter weekend which (yeah I know Fan Excuse Bingo) could have affected ratings. Hopefully it sticks for the finals.

    Best thing on this page though is the picture – good choice! ;)

  • r0ckmypants

    Okay, I don’t even like Scandal, but I can look at the numbers from last night and see why it dropped: CBS was up. The basketball game was higher than Elementary usually is.

    Yes, Scandal has a more comfortable timeslot: no competition from NBC, less competition from cable, etc. But it’s been flat, and it’s not like it tumbled last night.

  • kbmv


    The NCAA tournament might not get the same ratings as TBBT but they make a lot more money for CBS.

  • rob60990

    Those were the final 2 episodes of 1600 Penn.

  • BigFlop

    excuses, BINGO!!!!

  • kevin

    Grey’s Anatomy did very good consider that NCAA did better this week then last week

  • PurpleDrazi

    Come on Raising Hope…you’re better than that. :-(

  • frodo

    Anyone have the half numbers.

  • BG

    Grey’s and TVD :D

  • Claudia

    @Tom I wont even respond to you today, regardles of a .5 .6 or .7 anything among that makes me happy and Im in such a good mood today because this is so 2013 and many things have changed from the TSC cancelation scenario to be comparing BATB to that fate. HAPPY BEASTIE NOT BEASTLY Here!

  • kevin

    Grey’s’ Beats ‘Idol’ as Thursday’s #1 TV Show for the 2nd Week in a Row in Adults 18-49


    hi, is there any way to see how the ncaa did with combined numbers for the 3 i believe networks they were on?

  • s0303

    @frodo…the half hours numbers have already been posted, they’re on page 2.

  • kevin

    @frodo page 2 you have the half numbers.

  • Brian

    BATB is holding it’s own and so many other CW shows are way lower..it was a great episode last night…

  • Skylar James

    NBC in 6th, behind the CW. LOL.

    AI series low, I’m glad people are over this format, The Voice is definitely better.

    GA the number one show once again, deservedly.

    BATB steady, but how will it do after another hiatus? Remember TSC crashed when it returned from its final hiatus last year, so fans of the show better not celebrate yet. Not that I’m expecting Carrie to get renewed either…

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