TV Ratings Thursday: 'Community', 'American Idol' & 'Glee' Up + 'Hannibal' Steady

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April 12th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.7/8 1.9/5 1.6/5 1.5/4 1.2/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.1/7 1.1/4 1.4/5 1.3/5 0.8/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 9.772 8.986 3.911 3.531 4.192 0.942

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

On FOX,  American Idol notched a 3.1, up two tenths  from last week's 2.9. Glee  earned a 2.4, up four tenths from its last original's 2.0 on March 15.

On ABC, Wife Swap garnered a 1.4, up a tenth from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Community earned a 1.2, up two tenths from last week's series low 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. Parks and Recreation was even with last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. The Office garnered a 1.9, up a tenth from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49.The season finale of Go On was even with last week's 1.1. Hannibal was even with last week's 1.6 premiere rating.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, April 11, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol 3.1 10 12.75
CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 2.9 10 11.15
ABC Wife Swap 1.4 5 4.59
NBC Community 1.2 4 2.96
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.3 1 0.99
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men -R 2.0 6 8.21
NBC Parks and Recreation 1.5 5 3.11
9:00PM FOX Glee 2.4 6 6.80
NBC The Office 1.9 5 3.77
CBS Person of Interest -R 1.8 5 9.98
ABC Grey's Anatomy -R 1.3 3 4.41
CW Beauty and the Beast -R 0.3 1 0.90
9:30 PM NBC Go On 1.1 3 2.66
10:00 PM NBC Hannibal 1.6 5 4.34
CBS Elementary -R 1.4 4 7.31
ABC Scandal -R 0.9 3 3.580

via press note:

  • 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," 1.7/5 with an encore delayed by golf; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.1/6.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.3/2 with an encore delayed by golf; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.9/4 delayed by golf).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/2 delayed by golf).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.2/2 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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  • Ultima

    It doesn’t matter how many ratinga GO ON had drawn. NBC just has to renew alt least one freshman show to save face

    Revolution? Chicago Fire?

  • Well…

    Not that it matters but the first episode of Hannibal was not actually a pilot. The show was bought on presentation out of Fuller’s deal with NBC. Just for those calling the last ep a pilot…

  • David Howell

    CBS shows hold up well in reruns like always. And nothing more sums up the change in Thursdays more than Idol being beaten by a TBBT rerun when it’s having an up week. Jeez.

    Community should sneak a renewal if only because it skews so young.

  • bjssp


    Uh, as of the week ending April 7, NBC is at a 2.4 and Fox is at a 2.5. Perhaps the math that isn’t obvious to me prevents NBC from taking the lead, but The Voice shows no signs of slowing down and Idol, while stabilizing, might very not climb all that much.

    It’s certainly possible NBC will finish third in the demo, but unless there’s something I am not seeing, it will be neck and neck–if NBC doesn’t overtake Fox soon.

  • CrimeDawg

    Glad to see Hannibal did pretty well in its second week. I think it is a very good and interesting show.

  • Freddy Arrow


    “It doesn’t matter how many ratinga GO ON had drawn. NBC just has to renew alt least one freshman show to save face and wants to work with Perry. That is why Go on will be back next season. I guess it will be against TBBT cuz no sitcoms would beat the beast comedy.”

    I guess it does happen, but I’ve never understood these “face saving renewals”. Renewing some poorly rated show just makes the network, and the executives in charge of it, look worse, not better.

  • MFitz

    Zth come on I have seen you here before quit trying to troll reactions from Idol fans.BBT has beaten AI all season and you know it so quit trying to rub it in as BBT has been at or near top show every week.

  • Dan S

    Short of CBS expanding to 2 hrs on Thur NBC should stick with 4 comedies. P&R can go on at 8pm & MJ Fox at 9pm leaving 2 new comedies at 8:30 & 9:30 respectively. Community could be held once more as a midseason replacement but dump all other comedies. Hannibal could return in the fall but with only 13 episodes they’ll need to have a strong backup like Dracula or Crossbones ready to step in at midseason.

  • Max Vrany

    @bjssp, NBC and FOX tied last week. You can’t pass someone in a race based on cumulative weekly averages if you tie them. You have to beat them, and since the season is almost over, the margin of victory to affect the average is that much bigger.

    Specifically, they have to win by .56/week. Last I checked, tieing != winning by .56/week.

    Unrounded numbers:
    FOX 2.533902649
    NBC 2.392851033

  • Jonathan

    Wife Swap has been insane this season!! They really stepped up the crazy!!

  • Ultima

    Uh, as of the week ending April 7, NBC is at a 2.4 and Fox is at a 2.5.

    More accurately, FOX is at 2.53 and NBC is at 2.39.

    There’s only six weeks left in the season and that’s a pretty large gap to overcome – NBC would need to beat FOX by ~0.6 per week to pass them.

    When The Voice came back, NBC went from being crushed by FOX to being on par with them. They have yet to start making up any ground and they’re running out of time.

    Sure, they have a few extra hours of The Voice, but they need a lot more than that and they have nothing else.

  • Potato

    @Cougar Town Forever

    “I actually think NBC could air 30 minutes of grass growing after the Voice and it would pull a 1.5″– Didn’t that happen last tuesday? ;)

  • The End

    Positive for Hannibal, don’t write it off. The network may of just found its friday show to pair with Grimm next season.

  • Glen

    Yes Hannibal was up against repeats but a good sign that it help steady and a 1.6 is okay for an NBC show. In fact, it isn’t getting any support from Go On, which got a 1.1. Maybe NBC should just keep it in it’s timeslot and hope good reviews/press will help it grow.

  • bjssp


    We’ll see what happens.

    I forget how we got into this particular discussion anyway, lol.

  • Ultima


    Also, right now, it looks like FOX will beat NBC this week.

  • bjssp

    @Max Vrany:


    @The End:

    I don’t think it’ll be moved this season. No reason to do so, right? The questions are, how might it best support the show now, i.e. putting repeats on Tuesdays or Fridays, and where it might go next season?

  • DKD

    bjssp said “I’ve long thought that a part of the problems network face is not so much the competition, although that is a problem, as it is the fact that lots of people just aren’t tuning in. Getting them to do so is easier said than done, of course, but it’s certainly possible.”

    The percentage of people that are watching TV at any particular time is so consistent that professional TV researchers can predict it by just knowing what time of year it is and looking back at previous few years. It rarely changes and if it does it’s usually with in 1 or 2 percentage points. It can go up if a major event happens that draws people to the screens. But, its hard to change people’s lifestyles. That’s even more the case now that so many people have DVR’s that can record for them if they want to go out or do something else.

  • Mattia

    I don’t understand why they moved Glee from tuesday to thursday… now it has good ratings only when Grey’s Anatomy is on hiatus

  • Ultima

    I don’t understand why they moved Glee from tuesday to thursday

    FOX wanted a two-hour sitcom block.

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