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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  • bluejay72

    idol pls go down a bit more…

  • Nathan

    SCANDAL!!! :D
    Stupid ABC for putting it off the air for three weeks, it just came back from its break…

  • SP

    I believe Hannibal can build on this. At least 90% of the reaction online was positive. Watch Hannibal and see one of the best pilots you’ve ever seen.

  • Josh

    Hannibal did a decent job… considering the timeslot. That 1.6 rating would get it renewed on NBC in that slot but next week will likely be lower… if it can stay at 1.3 or above, has a shot at another season.

    Sad because it was a really good show… seems to me it would go great with GRIMM on Friday nights. Would hate for Hannibal to be canceled due to timeslot placement.

  • Justin121

    Ouch @ TBBT, Idol, Community, Grey’s, Person, Office, Go On, Elementary.

    Good for Scandal.

    New Girl & Mindy same old.

    Not good for Hannibal.

  • Joseph

    Scandal did extremely well in half hours also! Well done! So happy this show is doing well. Also happy for 2+ 1/2 men- good retention out of TBBT

  • Al

    Great for Scandal!

  • Anonymous

    NBC is so stupid for putting Hannibal on Thursday nights. Why can they not move it to Fridays after Grimm? Those people who scheduling it needs to face a possible termination.

  • feinn

    Hanibal won’t last long poor nbc…will be around 1.0 in a couple of weeks

  • JD

    Wow Go On blows on its own. Good for Hannibal for raising half a ratings point from it. Damn NBC, get Hannibal a decent lead-in. After the Voice at some point would be great, considering its better than anything else they’ve got (save for Thursday comedy).

  • danny94

    I really Hope Abc Move Scandal to sundays next season where it will get crushed.

  • Remote Patrolled

    Now are those good numbers for Hannibal?

    I know it had a terrible lead in – but the show also received TONNES of press pre-launch. And yet debuts lower than Awake!

  • forg

    Series low for The Office. Although still top NBC sitcom. But good thing they’re ending now.

  • lll

    I wonder did 18-49 demo knew Person of Interest was new tonight for the ratings to be low. Either that or maybe not too many people liked the return of Samantha Shaw. Well something went down (besides the ratings), and I am willing to listen to suggestions.

  • Kyle R

    I can’t imagine NBC really expected Hannibal to do better than that when they put it in literally their worst non-weekend timeslot against two established hits. Seriously, why not put TNN finale thursday at 10 and put at least the premiere after The Voice? I just don’t understand NBC at all. All their messes are clearly their own fault.

  • Gabe

    Community, once again you disappoint with such terrible ratings.

    Everything did bad at 9. Hanniibal DOA.
    At least Scandal went up.

  • Potato

    I hold by my theory that NBC doesn’t care what ratings hannibal gets this year and already plan to renew it. Fuller has a 3 year, 39 episode plan (which is not too much of a commitment for the network) and according to the AV club it’s sold well overseas. It’s only got 5 or so more weeks airing in-season and if it can stay above a 1.2 it’s probably safe.

  • were123

    I hope Hannibal, somehow, can mantain that rating, but it’s unlikely. Crossing my fingers for a la Scandal rating hold!

  • samurai99

    1.6 for Hannibal is a bit lower than what I was expecting, but it can still get renewed on NBC if it doesn’t drop much. I was watching Elementary last night, but I’ll watch it online later today.

    Relatedly, I was hoping Elementary could at least stay at a 2.2, but it’s still keeping up with the other other 10 PM shows. People saying Elementary has no competition are in denial.

    How many nights a week is the Mindy Project on?

  • BigBrotherFan

    haha Hannibal flopped but what did NBC expect? HUGH DANCY has zero pull with people and can’t headline a show..COME ON! Thats pretty bad considering many people likely just sampled it. I expect it to go down to a 1.2 next week, sorry, DANCY is no KEVIN BACON..No star power. Back to CO starring in ENGLISH period films, again. lol

    GO ON is gonna get axed for sure now.

    Great numbers for SCANDAL and finally a episode to get excited about after the last two being complete bores!

    FLOPamentry likely suffered the decline because of HANNIBAL having itself barely sampled…FLOPAMENTRY will go up the next time it aires to the typical 2.3-2.4

    NEW GIRL AND MINDAY kinda failed.

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