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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  • Ram510

    Interesting that GA, POI and Scandal all tie in preliminary rating and almost tied AI. Who would ever predicted Scandal would almost tie AI at the start of the season. Although in sure GA and AI will adjust up

  • Cougar Town Forever

    Ouch for AI. Sheesh, the slow death for AI isn’t looking that slow any more.

    Go On is a disaster. The Office got 1.7 before it and Hannibal got a 1.6 after it. Whitney, Community, and Go On all pull about the same numbers. From a renewal standpoint, that horse race is easily the most interesting thing left ratings wise. Of course, it may just make sense to put all three horses down (but save Community because I love it).

    For those who didn’t watch, I thought Hannibal was pretty good.

  • eridapo

    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…

    Is it? I think Scandal is nothing more than the second hour of Greys.. Those two shows are very compatible, but if you were to move Scandal to another night it would lose a full demo point….

  • AaronExplicable

    The ratings had nothing to do with Samantha Shaw, she was only in the episode for no more than 5 minutes.





  • Kyle R

    I hope Hannibal can stay around a 1.5. Best pilot of the season, hands down.

  • carla

    Forcible intro of Shaw is a bomb for POI. A great show dragged down by injudicious acts of ego from producers. Concentrating on main four (Reese,Finch, Carter, Fusco) only is the ticket to continued success.

  • Dan P

    I enjoy “Go On”, but I can’t complain if NBC gives it the axe. Terrible numbers. At this point, NBC should keep Parks and ditch all of its other sitcoms.

  • LisaNeedsBraces

    A decent debut for Hannibal. It almost tied The Office as NBC’s highest rated show of the night. It has the added bonus of debuting to great reviews and there’s a lot of social media chatter about it today, which may help it build some buzz for next week. It could be a show that builds.

    As predicted, it also dinged Elementary while leaving Scandal untouched. It’s actually good counter-programming on this night because Scandal appeals so heavily to women and Elementary skews so old, so Hannibal is the type of edgy show that might draw the younger males.

  • samurai99


    So, you call the highest rated 10 pm show on CBS a flop, call a 1.6 on NBC a flop, and you think that The Following is good television. Can you give one example on why I should take your opinion seriously?

  • Clarke

    Wow, bad numbers for Go On. I thought it would do better after The Office. Hannibal not very strong either, it will meet the same sad fate as Awake..

    American Idol losing steam, FOX is in really bad shape this year. Fox is the one network I don’t really watch anything on, does anyone else find their programming annoying & obnoxious (Glee especially).

    Nice to see Elementary holding up, love that show.

  • Ron

    A 1.6 is not good because it will plunge in the coming weeks most likely. NBC should have had it sampled after the Voice if they were serious about it being seen.

    New Girl interestingly rose in viewers but dropped in the demo. Shows how old Idol skews these days. But the fact it beat the Office in its normal timeslot is pretty bad. I hope people at least tune into the finale next month.

    Based on the half hours I think Greys will adjust up to a 2.8 edging out Scandals 2.7

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Hannibal’s rating is not that great, but for NBC for a spring debut isn’t that awful, either. It’s possible the ratings will actually go up if there’s enough buzz.

    I was impressed with the quality of the show. The cast was excellent, the writing good, the pace “stately” but not too slow. I didn’t notice a lot of plot holes. The only potential problem is the show is very intense and grim and rather cerebral, not to say a bit arty, so it may not suit a lot of people in the general audience. So I suspect it won’t be anywhere near a “hit”, even for NBC.

    Person of Interest was very good. Nice to see Sarah Shahi back. Looks like an interesting new group of villains Reese and Finch will have to deal with in the future.

  • Elijah

    Awww I wanted elementary to do atleast 2.3

  • Ram510

    What happened to Community and Go On? Poor NBC

  • Alex

    All things considered I think that’s a solid but unspectacular debut for Hannibal. A 1.6 doesn’t look great but its the best performance NBC have had at Thursday 10PM in just over a year and its right in line with where both SVU and Chicago Fire were on Wednesday night. Not to mention the fact that it was just a tenth below The Office for the night. Given the context of NBC’s schedule as a whole and Thursday in particularly being a complete mess a solid start for Hannibal. We’ll see where it goes for the rest of the run. I really like it though.

    The rest of the NBC Thursday line-up remains a mess. Go On sinks without a trace on Thursday and surely confirms it won’t be getting a second season. And to think things started so promisingly for it. Community also seems to be confirming that it won’t get another season. I suppose Parks & Rec might just squeeze out another short episode order for syndication purposes. And The Office has completely collapsed.

    Scandal had another good night for ABC whilst Elementary continues to be the weakest link of CBS’ Thursday line-up.

    The entire Thursday 9PM hour is just depressing. Not a single show above a 3. Surely everyong has to make changes there next season?

  • TomZ

    Poor Community… but it’s timeslot is really hard, and this season isn’t funny like the other three. NBC’s comedy block is a failure…

  • Potato

    Flop flopper, mc floppity flop flop flop. Flop flopper, flop on the flopper flop flopp. FLOP FLOP Flopping floppy flops flop floper flip flopping FLOP FLOP FLOP!!!!!

  • Cougar Town Forever


    Didn’t you get the memo: Go On is NBC’s biggest new “hit” of the season. I think they are going to try and anchor Thursdays with it next season. ;-)

  • Bee

    GO SCANDAL! AHHHHHH! last night’s episode was amazing. it’s thiiiiis close to another series high. would be awesome if it crossed the 3.0 mark sometime this season. and how crazy is it that not only did its audience fly up to the 2.6-2.8 range, but also that it kept that whole audience. once people watched, they couldn’t stop :)

    that’s low for grey’s. but i have a good feeling it’ll adjust up.

    ouch for elementary. looks like the hiatus + hannibal (small numbers and all) might have taken a bite out of it.

    hannibal did about as well as you could expect for an NBC show premiering midseason with a 1.1 lead-in lol

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