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.

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  • Charmed

    Glee half hours?

  • s0303

    happy hannibal held steady :) yes, it was against repeats, but it increased quite a bit over its lead in for the second week…go on really doesn’t deserve a second season…

  • ht

    It seems that any show that can hover around the 1.4 – 1.7 demo range is safe these days on network tv. Pretty low bar.

  • Alex

    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?

    They did. The Office was new last night.

    Unless you’re asking why people were confused about whether The Office was new or not last night. Which is fair and I have no real answer for.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

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

    Nonsense. 35.5% of adults 18-49 were watching TV from 10-11pm last night. Only 3.9% of them were watching ABC, CBS and NBC. On a night with new ABC & CBS shows that might have been ~5.7%.

    And Hannibal doesn’t need to climb. A 1.6 is a lock for renewal on NBC. As is a 1.5, and maybe a 1.4.

  • RyanCanada

    LOL @ nbc’s numbers with really no competion? what does this mean for GOON? and Community?

  • bjssp


    The articles were talking about the show’s creative prospects. I should have made that clearer.

    @Cougar Town Forever:

    But do ad salesman make that distinction? If you include all ratings, which might not seem fair but is the way it’s done, I think, it’s NBC’s number one comedy, probably by a pretty wide margin. Who knows how a time slot switch, which seems quite likely if it’s renewed, would affect that, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true.

    And nobody is talking about putting Go On as an anchor for a night if it is in fact picked up. It would clearly need to sandwiched in between stronger shows.

    Of course, I’m on record as saying I expect NBC to clean house, so…

  • Fred

    American Idol was quite good last night. A fantastic intro featuring several great Burt Bacharach/Hal David/ Dionne Warwick classics. Two former Idol winners including Kelly Clarkson sang some great songs. And someone deservedly but sadly was eliminated.

    NBC’s Hannibal looks like it will be renewed. Not dropping is a very good sign for a new show. I realize it had weak competition, but still this is NBC after all. Any show with even the slightest sign of hit potential should be given time to grow.
    NBC’s only sitcom worth saving is Parks and Recreation. Although if P&R were on CBS or ABC it would be axed.

  • Billy

    What an embarrassment to FOX and American Idol. TBBT’s 2.9 for a repeat beat American Idol’s 2.7 in its half hour.

  • Ross


    Darn, I just noticed it was. I rely on this site for the TV Listings on the top and it said it was a repeat. Guess I have to watch it now.

    Sorry for the confusion.

  • Gabe

    Hm. Not great for community, especially since Big Bang was a repeat and this was a special episode. Then again, maybe some people didn’t like the whole puppet/muppet theme and tunes out.

    Good to see some decent numbers for Glee for a change. Hannibal has a fighting chance as it is.

  • TomZ

    For all the people who say that community should be canceled because it didn’t have competition and only got a 1.2… Well go on had less competition and had worse numbers (1.1). They really should have moved community away from Thursday…

  • Alex

    It seems that any show that can hover around the 1.4 – 1.7 demo range is safe these days on network tv. Pretty low bar.

    Not at all.

    It might be safe on NBC in that region but everywhere else it would at the very least be in danger territory if not outright dead.

  • Billy

    I know a lot of the fans of the NBC shows and FOX shows last night are happy those show went up this week. However, we must put it in perspective. It is only because CBS and ABC were in repeats. If CBS and ABC were new NBC and FOX certainly would not have risen for the night.

  • PW


  • TVDude

    I’m starting to think that regular competition doesn’t really impact NBC. I have yet to see a case where it does, aside from the once a year special.

    Keep the last couple of seasons in mind, Hannibal’s rating this week is fantastic. It’ll be interesting to see how well it does after Parks and Rec next week, since I think it won’t have as strong of a night. Either way, with the final episodes of The Office coming to prop up Hannibal, I don’t see it going low enough this season to not renew it. The expectations were rather low given the time period anyway. So, it’s really exceeding expectations considering how well Do No Harm did.

  • Keith

    Posted April 12, 2013 at 9:04 AM
    It’s interesting to see POI and Elementary reruns held up better than GA and Scandal.

    I think it’s interesting that the lead-ins to POI had a insane 2.9/2.0 rating (for repeats). I’m sure that played no part in POI’s repeat numbers. I’m sure if the show before POI got a 1.4 rating, then the powerhouse known as POI would have still hit a 1.8. *rolls eyes*

    In addition, more people watch Grey’s/Scandal in 18-49 when they are new over those other two shows so not out of the ordinary for some of that audience to check out other shows since they already saw the Grey/Scandal episode. Not everyone is going to watch a show they already saw again, especially when Grey’s/Scandal are in no danger of cancellation and repeat ratings are not taken into consideration.

  • Jason C.

    It’s odd with Community. They got a 1.5 a few weeks ago with a new episode of BBT. Now with a repeat, they get a 1.2, and this was arguably it’s most heavily promoted episode. Not sure a 1.2 is necessarily a good thing, though.

  • JacobYates

    AI just edges out a TBBT repeat. Lol

  • Eric Robinson

    You know what? I wished that it would go up, but it being steady is totally fine with me. A pilot that dark and complex simply shouldn’t exist on network tv. The fact that it didn’t go down is shocking. Even if you have to factor in that it faced no competition. Though, I’m pretty sure that the audience for Scandal and Elementary just don’t overlap with Hannibal.

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