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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  • Rebecca

    If you relied on the schedule guide on the right side of this web page, they didn’t note The Office yesterday as a new episode. TVGuide and futoncritic did, though.
    Watching Office now and just streamed Go On’s season finale (should it be noted above that GO was a season finale?). I’ll watch Community and then Parks (I save the best for last).

  • Percy

    Why are people saying that Community should be cancelled and Go on should be renewed? Community did better then it last night and it’s also on its forth season. Go on only seems to do well when it has the voice in font of it.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    @Cougar Town Forever

    Because a lot of us who love Community realize that its ratings are getting to the point where they’ll be bringing down NBC as a company, and they won’t be increasing. The days of Community getting above a 2.0 are long gone. Plus, NBC will be doing a massive overhaul of their comedies in the next couple years, and I can see them veering away from single-cam comedies.

    I’d rather see Community go out when they’re still in the 1.0 range, rather them seeing 0.X ratings in seasons 6 or 7 and then pulled from the schedule. At least if it’s announced as a final season, they can write the season as one big series finale, like they did with Fringe.

  • Ultima

    @Cougar Town Forever
    why does everyone assume that if Community will get renewed, it will be for a “final” season?

    Because the show has very poor ratings and it’s very unlikely to be cost effictive to continue producing episodes beyond ~100.

    The Office is ending because its ratings are in decline and the show is too expensive to make.

    The Office is ending because most of the main cast is leaving.

  • samurai99

    Wow, POI interest repeats are insane, and Elementary does pretty good as well.

    Glad that Hannibal could maintain it’s demo from last week, but it had no competition tonight. It’s a lock for renewal with these ratings, but I’m worried they’ll fall once Elementary and Scandal come back. I certainly won’t be watching live with Natalie Dormer joining the Sherlock Holmes team.

  • bjssp

    @Cougar Town Forever:

    Why renew the show at all at this point? Its ratings aren’t particularly great, and the consensus is that Community has fallen off creatively. I guess, were it to be renewed and suddenly shoot up in the ratings, its hypothetical final season would be reconsidered.


    Isn’t it possible they are competing for entirely different audiences?

  • JJF

    POI reruns are very good for a drama. That’ll bode well for syndication performance and hopefully a long life on CBS. It’s especially good considering the show isn’t pure procedural.

  • Thomas

    Glee did soooo well because it was the gun violence theme

  • Petar Ivanov

    CBS reruns start to look really crazy. I mean next season may look more profitable for them too make less originals and more reruns.

  • zth

    American Idol up, but it is EMBARRASSING that it lost to a Big Bang Theory repeat:
    during the first half hour:
    TBBT 2.9
    AI 2.7

  • Derek

    I tuned in for the premiere of Hannibal… but am probably only going to keep watching it until Elementary comes back from repeats. I’m not sure how common that is. Definitely seems like two shows that could end up fighting over the same audience though.

  • PurpleDrazi

    Good for Hannible. Holding steady at a 1.6 is good enough for NBC.

  • Hi

    NBC need to change the schedule! This flops (community, go on, etc) are killing Hannibal! Hannibal is doing miracles when raise the ratings on this death slot!

  • Travis


    The gun shot was hardly advertised though.

  • Ultima

    I’ve read two articles in the past few days about how Go On has legitimately improved and how it deserves to be renewed.

    The ratings certainly haven’t shown any improvement – 1.1, 1.1, 1.1, 1.0, 1.9, 1.1, 1.1

    With two freshman dramas being renewed (and potentially a third in Hannibal), I don’t see any reason for a face-saving renewal. Go On will be canceled.

  • Cougar Town Forever


    I agree that we have no idea what the execs at NBC think. I am including to say that NBC is toying with the idea of putting GO On on Thursdays next fall.

    However, Go On’s ratings are terrible when it is not being lead in by the Voice. If you exclude episodes where it had the Voice as its lead in, it actually has had lower demo ratings than Community AND WHITNEY! I have to think that if NBC decides to renew any sitcoms besides P&R, the most logical next choice would be Community. The ratings are dismal, but its numbers are better than any other (non P&R) sitcom, excluding when Go On or TNN aired directly after the Voice. (I actually think NBC could air 30 minutes of grass growing after the Voice and it would pull a 1.5)

  • Wright

    Glad to see Hannibal steady. It’s a great show. I LOVE Will!!!


    I absolutely love hannibal what a great new show. I hope NBC really just keeps patient with this one as rock steady numbers for the show. NBC barely has any hits of its own. I hope they keep the show. Also for idol it’s nice to see the shows ratings uptick a bit. I think Candace’s water cooler moment brought some fans back. It’s a top final 5 girls and they are talented it’s been a very hit and miss season for American idol.

  • samurai99


    “AI up – no competition”

    Uh, Wife Swap? Community? Parks & Rec? Heck, TBBT repeats beat half the shows on network, they should probably count.

  • zth

    @Ultima who said:
    The ratings certainly haven’t shown any improvement – 1.1, 1.1, 1.1, 1.0, 1.9, 1.1, 1.1
    With two freshman dramas being renewed (and potentially a third in Hannibal), I don’t see any reason for a face-saving renewal. Go On will be canceled.

    I agree with you. A 1.1 for a season finale is bad.

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