TV Ratings Thursday: 'The Big Bang Theory', 'Scandal' & 'Two and a Half Men' Up, Decent Debut for 'Hannibal', 'Grey's Anatomy' & 'Person of Interest' Down, 'American Idol' Flat

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April 5th, 2013

The Big Bang Theory The Tenure Turbulence

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.1/9 2.3/7 2.2/7 1.5/4 1.4/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.9/7 1.9/7 1.8/6 1.2/4 1.3/4 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 13.294 7.7.34 6.870 3.647 3.302 0.955

CBS was number 1 in adults 18-49 and with Total Viewers.


On FOX,  American Idol matched its series low with a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. New Girl earned a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating down 9 percent from a 2.2 for its last original episode on March 26. The Mindy Project garnered a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating up 8 percent from a 1.3 on Tuesday.

On ABC, Wife Swap garnered a 1.2, down 14 percent from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.  Grey's Anatomy earned a 2.7 down 7 percent from last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. Scandal earned a 2.7 up 4 percent from last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory scored a 4.9 adults 18-49 rating up 2 percent from a 4.8 on March 14. Two and a Half Men earned a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating up 12 percent from a 3.4 on March 14. Person of Interest garnered a season low 2.7 down 7 percent from a 2.9 on March 14. Elementary tied its series low with a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating down 9 percent from a 2.3 on March 14.

On NBC, Community earned a series low 1.0 adults 18-49 rating down 9 percent from a 1.1 on March 21. Parks and Recreation scored a1.5 adults 18-49 rating down 6 percent from a 1.6 on March 14. The Office garnered a series low 1.7 adults 18-49 rating down 11 percent from a 1.9 on March 14. The timeslot premiere of Go On notched a 1.1 down 42 percent from a 1.9 on March 26. The series premiere of Hannibal earned a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, up 78 percent from a 0.9 for the premiere of Do No Harm on January 31 but down 20 percent from a 2.0 for the Awake premiere on March 1, 2012. It was NBC’s top rating in the time period with entertainment programming since March 15,2012. Hannibal is up 60 percent from NBC’s average in the time slot this year. Your predictions were a little optimistic.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, April 4, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.9/17 16.79
FOX American Idol 2.8/9 11.28
ABC Wife Swap 1.2/4 4.10
NBC Community 1.0/3 2.41
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.4/1 1.16
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men 3.8/12 13.58
NBC Parks and Recreation 1.5/5 2.92
9:00 CBS Person of Interest 2.7/8 14.34
ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.7/8 8.39
FOX New Girl 2.0/6 4.87
NBC The Office 1.7/5 3.42
CW Beauty and the Beast - R 0.2/1 0.75
9:30 FOX The Mindy Project 1.4/4 3.52
NBC Go On 1.1/3 2.43
10:00 ABC Scandal 2.7/8 8.11
CBS Elementary 2.1/6 10.36
NBC Hannibal - Series Premiere 1.6/4 4.31

via press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:
  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.3/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.9/5.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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

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  • Robsten_Fan

    Why people hate so much NBC?
    No one is watching anything on it?
    Can someone tells me why?! o.O
    Sad for Hanibal! :(

  • Mrs. Angela Lansbury

    My word! Cheerio!

  • DenverDean

    WOW at AI. Hannibal did better than expected with horrible lead-in. NBC should move right away to give it a better shot. It’s going to die in that timeslot.

  • juan

    That is actually really bad! Isn’t lower than the Awake premiere? It is sad because Hannibal was great(Awake too actually).
    Hopefully a lot of people DVR’d it and decided to give it a try next week. Elementary and Scandal are on repeats for the next 3 weeks so hopefully Hannibal benefits. After The Voice, it would have DEFINITELY done better.

  • eridapo

    @ PARIS…

    You are not Max, so stop trying to copy him and at least try to be original.

    Halves per Marc Berman

    POI 2.9 14.54 /2.6 14.14
    Elem 2.1 10.73 /2.0 10.00

    WS 1.1 4.05/ 1.4 4.15
    Greys 2.7 8.33/ 2.8 8.46
    Scandal 2.7 8.12/ 2.7 8.11

    Idol 2.6 10.51/ 3.1 12.04

    Hannibal 1.6 4.41/ 1.5 4.21

  • AgentVee

    I see we have more anti-Revenge fans posting on Thursdays.

  • Gio

    Hannibal did great!

  • AaronExplicable

    Is that a series low for the Office?

  • Mike

    Well American idol and NG and TMP. Don’t share an audience. Glee doesn’t ether. Fox needs to find a show that is a perfect fit, every show isn’t comparable with AI

  • Douglas from Brazil

    Scandal tied Greys but I think Greys will be adjusted up as usual.So for Hannibal is a decent number,I hope it keeps the numbers to be renewed.

  • Seth

    Excellent for American Idol

  • outlawz


  • Petar Ivanov

    One more amazing POI episode last night. Insane good script and acting. Thanks to the people adding Bear to this awesome team. Best show. Best writers. Best actors. Best script. Great dogs like actors(they are two)

  • boop

    Elementary will be going away for yet another hiatus.

  • cam3150

    Yay for Scandal!! Tied with Grey’s and Person of Interst!!! A great episode last night!

    Person of Interest is way down, why? It’s such a great show!

    I guess a decent debut for Hannibal, by NBC standards, but I imagine it will only down from there.

  • Lane

    I tried to watch Hannibal last night but is was terrible. Poor NBC.

  • Jayzel

    Interesting number for scandal. It’s a hit. Maybe I will start watching. Fitsy time Idol isn’t mentioned in the headline. It’s old news now…

  • CBSviewer

    I hope Hannibal continues like that. It was agood first episode and a 1.6 is VERY GOOD for NBC :)

  • s0303

    pretty good for hannibal considering go on numbers…my prediction was right…why wouldn’t nbc at least air 2 episodes of the office before it to give it a better chance???

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