Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory', 'American Idol', 'Grey's Anatomy', 'Two and a Half Men', 'The Office', & 'Wife Swap' Adjusted Up; 'Scandal' & 'The Mindy Project' Adjusted Down

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April 5th, 2013

Grey's Anatomy

The Big Bang Theory was adjusted up three tenths, American Idol, Wife Swap, Two and a Half Men, Grey's Anatomy and The Office were each adjusted up one tenth while Scandal and The Mindy Project were each adjusted down one tenth among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Thursday broadcast ratings.

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 CBS The Big Bang Theory (8-8:31PM) 5.2/17 17.24
FOX American Idol 2.9/9 11.72
ABC Wife Swap 1.3/4 4.01
NBC Community 1.0/3 2.32
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.3/1 1.01
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men (8:31-9:01PM) 3.9/12 13.71
NBC Parks and Recreation 1.5/5 2.93
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy (9-10:02PM) 2.8/8 8.58
CBS Person of Interest (9:01-10:01PM) 2.7/8 14.57
FOX New Girl (9-9:31PM) 2.0/6 4.77
NBC The Office (9-9:31PM) 1.8/5 3.44
CW Beauty and the Beast - R 0.2/1 0.74
9:30 FOX The Mindy Project (9:31-10PM) 1.3/4 3.24
NBC Go On (9:31-10:01PM) 1.1/3 2.45
10:00 ABC Scandal (10:02-11PM) 2.6/8 8.04
CBS Elementary (10:01-11PM) 2.1/6 10.48
NBC Hannibal - Series Premiere (10:01-11PM) 1.6/5 4.36

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


    Peter Ivanov said

    “CBS kill them all…. again on Thursday. TBBT still beats. POI stable as rock once again. May be only new show so stable in last 5 years. Next season will be #1 broadcast drama with aging NCIS and Greys fast droping. For this season #3 of the season is deserve award.

    Elementary is lead-in dependent from PoI. When PoI drop 2 tenths and Elementary drop 2 tenths. When PoI is up and Elemntary is up. This is srill normal for new shows but next season will be in danger if CBS move it. But thursday is best network and CBS day. May be the only so stable day so Elementary will stay there i guess.”

    You are correct about Elementary being lead-in dependent but how can you say that POI isn’t?

    POI has a lead-in 3X larger than Greys yet still gets beat by it….yes Greys is falling but even these anemic numbers are better than POI. In fact, POI is one of CBS’ weakest shows at 9pm from M-Th Minds and NCIS:LA beat it with much smaller lead-ins, Monday comedies also beat it…so how is POI going to be the biggest show next fall? POI is a 10pm show that will get maybe a 2.3 which is okay but it needs a solid lead-in or it will fade and fade hard.

  • Alex J

    I didnt realize it before, but Hannibal had some good overall numbers 4.36 is #9 out of 17 for the night.
    Its also that makes it the most watched show on NBC last night.
    They need to pair Hannibal with Grimm on a Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs and see what happens.

  • Jonny

    I dont understand why people choose networks to watch and not shows to watch. The remote was invented a very long time ago.

  • Cass

    @Alex J
    They need to pair Hannibal with Grimm on a Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs and see what happens.

    Grimm is exceeding expectations where it currently is on a Friday and is one of NBC’s few bright spots. As mentioned in a previous Renew/Cancel index, there is no reason any fan of the show should be promoting its movement if their primary goal is that it stays on the air for as long as possible.

  • Norma

    How in the world does TBBT rise 3 tenths. Its a half hour show how can one rise 3 tenths in 30 min.

  • kbmv

    TWD ratings > TBBT ratings.

  • Petar Ivanov

    I would be deeply disappointed if they separated Elementary and POI. Like you, I also fear it’s not strong enough to anchor its own night nor dismal enough to be shuffled off to Sundays a la Mentalist. Since CBS owns it, and it’s a procedural that’s bound to have widespread international appeal, there’s no reason for them not to protect it. I prefer the status quo and hope CBS will continue to stick their new drama post-NCIS: LA next season.

    Well i am not Elementary die hard fan but start to watch it. Elementary is CBS baby so it will be protected no doubt about that. And is so compatible with PoI so i think will stay one more season with POI. Althou TM was compatible too was WB show. Until PoI and Elementary are new CBS wave procedurals. They are with that procedural sructure but also add twists and arcs so more like hybrids trying to add more young viewers than traditional procedurals. I think that is the future of network dramas. Or at least crime dramas. And last 2 years show it to us. If next year again that type of drama is successful for CBS think and other networks will start to make it.

  • lll

    At least POI didn’t go down. The fact that it didn’t go up is not good either. I don’t think a lot of 18-49 people knew it was on (total viewership is rock steady as ususl) or it was because of Samantha Shaw. Something has to be blamed for this ratings drop. At least it’s renewed.

  • Cass


    Haha, I think the other networks have already been trying to copy CBS’s oeuvre of super-procedurals for years. Out of everyone else, I think ABC has been most successful, balancing procedural and serialized elements and catering to their more women-oriented audience. Better to stick with what works for your audience than trying to pilfer from CBS’s barn.

  • Keith

    Poor Person of Disinterest still can’t beat a primetime soap opera in its 9th year. It’s funny how Petar is now describing POI as stable when it hit a season low and notes that Grey’s will continue to decrease in the ratings.

    Speaking of which, here are the results from last year, 4/5/12:

    CBS Person Of Interest 3.0/8 13.69
    ABC Grey’s Anatomy 2.8/8 8.19

    Looks like Grey’s is actually the one steady from last year at this time while POI decreased 0.3 in the 18-49 demo.

  • Cass


    POI is renewed. It doesn’t matter if it dips or doesn’t surge in the ratings in the spring. In the first place, there’s the daylight savings effect so no surprise if shows lose some of their audience. In the second, trends matter more than any individual airing. CBS isn’t going to be making any decisions on one showing (ignoring the fact that CBS has already decided so it doesn’t matter).

  • marquee 922

    I thought NBC had problems with their comedies man FOX is dismal especially due to the fact that they renewed two losers like Flopping Hope and The Flop Project. At least NBC has Whitney and Guys with Kids which can grow into big time sitcoms over the next couple of years.

  • Jason C.

    @ Billy

    As a Community fan, I agree with you. There’s simply no way NBC will renew this show with these laughable ratings. People can be optimistic about it’s chances all they want, but at this point it’s pretty much a done deal.

  • Cass

    Poor Person of Disinterest still can’t beat a primetime soap opera in its 9th year.

    It doesn’t matter if it beats or doesn’t beat Grey’s Anatomy. They are both renewed and will be around for another couple years at least. In the first place, the two shows are what you’d call counter-programming at the movies. For example, on Valentine’s Day with a great romance movie out, other studios release macho-action vehicles to capture the residual audience.

    That’s the point of scheduling two wildly differing shows against each other (as opposed to the Fox vs ABC cannibalistic comedy showdown). The primary goal isn’t to jockey for position. It’s to achieve good ratings. Which both shows have done. Saying one is #1 or #2 is the same pointless network PR as trumpeting total viewers.

  • thesnowleopard

    Yikes at Hannibal. That’s not a good premiere number. At all.

    Pair it with Grimm? And this helps Grimm…how, exactly?

  • marquee 922

    @ Keith

    I know you were talking about the demo but the show has more viewers than Grey’s by a mile you’re talking almost 15 million people to almost 9 million people. The demo race is super close so its not like Grey’s is beating POI by a country mile only a damn point.

  • ashley

    i dont watch scandal but looking at the facts scandal is still abcs second highest rated show

  • SJ


    Not a series low for New Girl. It hit a 1.9 once this season. Mindy, however, has hit that series-low 1.3 for the fourth or fifth time already. Fox really shouldn’t have renewed it.

    What I do find strange, though, is that Mindy had the exact same demo number on Tuesday and today, and on Tuesday it followed a repeat of New Girl – which also had a 1.3.

  • diana

    stop trying to be max

  • rob60990

    “At least NBC has Whitney and Guys with Kids which can grow into big time sitcoms over the next couple of years.”

    lmao, let me guess. You think this because they’re both multi-cam right? All 4 shows are losers and deserve to be cancelled.

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