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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  • Melissa


    I don’t like Elementary and never seen Scandal but it’s hard to stop those shows with powerhouse lead-ins like that.

    I wouldn’t call Grey’s Anatomy or Person of Interest “powerhouses”. They both average around 3.0, which is good, but not huge.


    It’s interesting to see POI and Elementary reruns held up better than GA and Scandal.

    No, it’s not interesting at all. Person of Interest and Elementary are procedurals. Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal are serialized dramas. Procedurals repeat very well most of the time, whereas serialized dramas repeat poorly most of the time. A 1.3 is actually a high rerun number for Grey’s Anatomy.

    @Petar Ivanov

    Beat all NBC dramas not name revolution and all abc dramas not name grey and once.

    Scandal and Castle also consistently score above 1.8.

    try this with some crap or dump soap or srialized and see what will happen

    What were you saying a few months ago about never insulting other shows? :roll:

  • Unicorn


  • Unicorn

    half-hours? :)

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Hannibal beat the odds by staying steady from its premiere, lack of competition or not. It will be interesting to see how the next two to four episodes go. I suspect it won’t crash, but might drift lower. The Freddie Lounds character is a hot babe which helps.

  • Alex

    For those of you that think Go On won’t be renewed, just what do you think NBC’s schedule will be like next year?

    I don’t think its especially hard to imagine

    Monday: The Voice / New Drama
    Tuesday: The Voice / Revolution / Parenthood
    Wednesday: Multi-Cam (Maybe Whitney or Guys with Kids) / Multi-Cam / Law & Order: SVU / Chicago Fire
    Thursday: Parks & Rec / New Comedy / Michael J Fox / New Comedy / New Drama
    Friday: Unscripted / Grimm / Rock Center

    If Hannibal gets renewed all reports seem to indicate it’ll be a midseason return. In theory I suppose they could shift SVU to Thursday at 10 and try something else in that Wednesday 9PM slot and probably get a more consistent and bankable 10PM hour on Thursday in the process. And I’m sticking with that Wednesday multi-cam block because NBC seem strangely enamoured with putting comedies there.

  • Melissa



    Wife Swap – 1.3/1.6
    American Idol – 2.7/3.4
    The Vampire Diaries (R) – 0.3/0.3

    Grey’s Anatomy (R) – 1.3/1.2
    Person of Interest (R) – 1.8/1.7
    Glee – 2.4/2.3
    Beauty and the Beast (R) – 0.3/0.3

    Scandal (R) – 1.0/0.9
    Elementary (R) – 1.4/1.4
    Hannibal – 1.6/1.7

  • ryan


    I KNOW that but it still match TVD num.
    Can you name me any other show on CW do that
    even if it was a repet.
    You are welcome

  • Bear

    Hannibal remains steady?! Thank you God!!!! There just might be some hope for network television after all.

  • Kelly

    @ Ryan – Arrow repeats beat TVD repeats all the time. This week both Arrow and Supernatural repeats beat TVD – they both got 0.4. So no, tying a TVD repeat is not a huge deal. Better check your facts next time before being rude.

  • Bigbrotherfan

    Oh great! I have someone pretending to be me! Haha

  • Claudia

    @Kelly he/she meant what other show after TVD does that!

  • Kelly

    @ Claudia – that’s not what was said at all. Ryan asked me to name any show on the CW that can tie a TVD repeat, other than BaTB, saying I couldn’t do it. I named two that can not only tie, but beat, a TVD repeat – Arrow and Supernatural. What you’re saying makes no sense. Name any other show that’s on after TVD that can tie it in a repeat? BaTB is the ONLY show on after TVD, so of course I can’t name any other show. I don’t een know how this turned into an argument. I’ve never once tried to state that a 0.3 is a bad number for a BaTB repeat. All I’m saying is, a BaTB repeat tying a repeat of TVD is not some amazing,ago all thing – just this week, two other CW shows in repeats beat TVD, so tying it is not that big of a deal. That’s the only point I was trying to state.

  • ryan

    @ KELLY

    I meant show after TVD
    btw you free to check the history of any show come aftet TVD
    And when you do tell me :)
    bec i know what i said and i already checked.

  • ryan

    @ claudia

    Am pretty sure @ RYAN is he not she :D

    thats or am really in big proplem xD

  • Kelly

    @ Ryan – you obviously didn’t check very well then. You asked, I provide :) I only had to look at one other show, out of the other 3 that have followed TVD since it started, (SPN, Nikita, Secret Circle) to find some numbers that completely disprove your claim.

    Thursday April 6th 2012 – Vampire Diaries repeat 0.4, Secret Circle repeat, 0.4.
    Thursday December 29th 2011 – Vampire Diaries repeat 0.3, Secret Circle repeat 0.3.

    I’m sure there are more, but I can’t be bothered to go back any more pages (and I haven’t even looked at Nikita or Supernatural, both of which have also followed TVD, and both of which I’m sure have repeats that tied TVD repeats). So, Secret Circle, which followed TVD last year, tied it in repeats at least twice – and we all know what happened to The Secret Circle! If you don’t believe me, feel free to check this site – that’s where I found the info, clear as day :) I have no idea why you’ve made such a big deal out of this – I’ve not once insulted Beauty and the Beast, or insinuated that a 0.3 for a repeat episode was bad. All I’ve said was that tying a repeat of TVD is not this amazing, huge deal. I’ve now proven that by providing you with two instances of The Secret Circle (the show that followed TVD last year) repeats tying Vampire Diaries repeats, and the Secret Circle went on to be cancelled – I.e. tying a TVD repeat is not a big deal! If it was tying a TVD orignial… well that would be another case all together. But tying a repeat is not a big deal. Now can we stop this really rather pointless argument now?

  • ryan

    @ KELLY

    ops you are wrong again bec in its final rate now BATB (R) num are even higher than TVD so ya am sure from what i said
    bec (SPN, Nikita, Secret Circle) didnt do it before :)

    ”I’ve not once insulted Beauty and the Beast, or insinuated that a 0.3 for a repeat episode was bad.”

    i know that and i respect you for it

    ”All I’ve said was that tying a repeat of TVD is not this amazing, huge deal”

    belive me it is..
    when a show like BATB is fighting for its renewal
    then the num. will matter since like i said it never happend before :)

  • Kelly

    @Ryan – but I’m not wrong, coz now you’re changing what you said. You said, and I quote ‘it still match TVD num. can you name me any other show on CW to do that’. You did not ask me to name a show that BEAT TVD, you asked me to name a show that MATCHED TVD and said I couldn’t do it, and I could. So I’m not wrong at all, you’ve just changed the goal posts from saying a show that ties TVD to a show that beats TVD.

    Also, BaTB didn’t actually beat TVD this week, it tied it. Yes, I know total viewers were higher for BaTB, but that doesn’t count in rankings, especially because the 18-49 demo is rounded. Because of this rounding, it could very well be the case that TVD demo was higher, but due to rounding, they’ve ended up the same. We simply have no way of knowing. What you can say though is that a BaTB repeat beat a TVD repeat in total viewers, and I have no idea if any other show after TVD has done that, basically because I can’t be bothered to go back and find out :p but saying as total viewers are not considered important in ratings, I still can’t understand why a BaTB repeat beating a TVD repeat in the part of the ratings that don’t matter is such a big deal, and I think most people at this site would agree with me. But hey, if you wanna get excited over it, be my guest! For the record, I actually think BaTB will be renewed, as long as it can hold what it was getting before the hiatus. I just personally don’t think a repeat of the show tying a repeat of TVD in the demo and marginally (and it really was marginally) beating it in total viewers is anything to write home about.

  • Kelly

    @ Ryan – ok, so, I lied. I did go back an have a quick look at some early TVD ratings. And guess what I found?

    Thursday November 27th 2009
    8PM Vampire Diaries repeat – 0.9
    9PM Supernatual repeat -1.0

    So there you have it. BaTB is not the first show following TVD to beat it in the ratings in a repeat. And with that, this is my final post on the topic. It’s not even a topic I’m interested in, I have no idea why I keep arguing!

  • ryan

    @ KELLY

    OKAY OKAY YOU WIN omggg i was WRONG and you were right :D

    you are getting out of control girl

    k so you prove me wrong hope you can have some peace now in your life

    my main point….it was a big thin dat num of BATB
    matched TVD when the show is fighting for its renewal

    and ask anyone will tell you it is matter :)

    ” I have no idea why I keep arguing”

    TELL ME ABOUT IT??? i dont even konw why we need to do this :D

    but i think you are some secret circle fan or somthin so that’s will explain alot.

  • Kelly

    @ Ryan – just to set the record straight – I’ve never seen an episode of the Secret Circle in my life. The only shows I watch on the CW are TVD and Arrow.

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