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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  • Alex

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

    Hannibal, Elementary and Scandal? Entirely possible. Hard to know before we see them all airing more originals against one another though. I’m feeling relatively positive about Hannibal’s future right now but like I said we’ll see what happens when CBS and ABC are back in originals again.

    It’ll also be interesting to see if the Office/Parks combo gives Hannibal a helping hand. Presumably Parks will perform better at 9:30 than Go On has. More eyes on NBC at 9:30 should give Hannibal a helping had.

  • Larry

    Looks like AI has bottomed out around 3.0. TBBT was still strong as a repeat.
    POI has got some really solid hold over numbers for a repeat.

  • Dan S

    I’m very pleased to see Hannibal didn’t drop in its 2nd week. There’s no reason to believe it’ll drop against new episodes of Scandal & Elementary. I for 1 don’t watch either of those shows & don’t consider them to be a serious threat. If people are enjoying Hannibal they’ll keep watching & hopefully grow from good WOM. Next week it has 1 hour of P&R leading into it that should provide a bigger boost than Go On has done.

  • m8991

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

  • Tom

    Almost all shows decline from their premieres.
    Most shows don’t go up against double repeats in week 2 though.
    I think Hannibal is an interesting case to watch, and to see how much (if any) of Elementary’s audience it steals away.

    As to Go On, it clearly won’t be a hit anywhere on its own. NBC will probably air enough hours of comedy next year that they will find a spot for it somewhere, though I wouldn’t bet on a 22 episode order.

  • KarenM

    Good for Hannibal but I’d rather it go up then remain steady.

  • Michael

    I don’t know why people aren’t voting for Amber on American Idol! She’s the whole package. She’s struggling for votes on a weekly basis. She’s definitely the third best performer there, after Candace and Kree!

  • OnceFan

    Yay at Hannibal tying its series premiere ratings. The show is phenomenal and deserves to blow up like Scandal. I hope the hype that’s starting to build around it maintains long enough for NBC to come to their senses and give it a reasonable timeslot where it actually has a chance to really shine. The show deserves to be around for a couple of seasons at least + it’s by far the best show of the whole season quality wise in what appears to be one of the worst television seasons for new shows in recent years.

  • Skylar James

    That is not good for Hannibal, no competition and it couldnt climb…

  • KarenM

    Glad PoI reruns are doing well. If Hannibal has a chance to go up in the ratings this week should’ve done it with Elementary and Scandal as reruns. It’s going to struggle with new episodes of those shows.

  • rob60990

    Go On needs to be canned.

    Hannibal holding steady is great news. NBC needs to reconsider airing it new all the way until the end of June if it holds up.

    Not a bad repeat rating for Greys.

  • Alex

    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 tend to agree.

    However, as I’ve said before a show NBC can prop up to a 1.9 is better than nothing and I’m not sure if they’re in a strong enough position to ignore that right now. It all depends on how they tend to schedule next season I suppose. I do wonder if a short second season order might sneak through.

  • KarenM

    Keep hyping Hannibal!

  • Ross

    Big fan of the site. I am new to the whole ratings world and I am really fascinated by all of this but I have one question:

    If Go On’s season finale was last night, why wouldn’t NBC show a new episode of The Office as it’s lead in?

  • Alex

    NBC needs to reconsider airing it new all the way until the end of June if it holds up.

    Reconsider what exactly?

  • Cougar Town Forever


    At NBC, anything is possible.

  • American

    Hannibal was steady. I didn’t watch it, but I’m just surprised to see a Thursday 10-er not flop out. Yeah NBC!

  • James D.

    Most of the Atlanta stations (outside of FOX, which aired AI in its entirety) were wall-to-wall weather until about 8:45 or so, so the numbers could change as a result.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Wow, POI interest repeats are insane

    The show hit twice(already) 1.9 this season. But to hit 1.8 rerun in April is amazing. Only other drama that i saw to hit 1.9 this season was NCIS once. And think once 2.0 again for NCIS. But POI overall rerun #s are the best on drama side.

    That speak enough for quality of the show. As i said a long time ago may be last creative crime drama that has quality, entertaiment and thinking these days in once on broadcast tv. Because is not pure procedural is hybrid and that make POI success so huge. Althou may dream for PoI is still a live start to think that that can hurt PoI. Uniqueness of the show is what make it towers ahead. Althou networks will try to copy ay least some sort of PoI i am sure in that.

  • zth


    I don’t really understand your question: last night’s episode of The Office was new.

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