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

    Wait, Parks is being shifted back to 9:30? When was this announced? And what will be taking its place?


    NBC have it scheduled there next week with an Office repeat at 8:30. I can’t help but wonder if it might have made more sense to put The Office repeat at 8PM and move Community but that’s another story.

  • Ultima

    Wait, Parks is being shifted back to 9:30? When was this announced? And what will be taking its place?

    Parks & Rec is airing two episodes at 9:00pm next week and then moves to 9:30pm for its final two episodes. Starting next week, repeats of The Office will air at 8:30pm.

  • bjssp


    Yeah, that seemed too easy.

    In a lot of ways, NBC’s schedule is the most interesting, as it could do many different things, many of them easily understandable and justified.

    I still think that NBC is going to cancel most if not all of its comedies. I wouldn’t be surprised, although disappointed, if Parks didn’t survive.

  • Ultima

    Is is the first time that TBBT beats AI during its half hour?

    With a repeat, yes. Obviously it’s been beat Idol with originals for over a year now.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Is is the first time that TBBT beats AI during its half hour?”

    Perhaps for a repeat, I’m not certain. It’s beaten AI many times now in new episodes.

    Edit: Ultima beat me to it.

    “ps Question to Bill did reruns ratings matter and in the summer? When season is over?”

    Of course they do.

    The networks sell advertising during reruns and summer episodes just the same way they do during the season with new episodes.

  • Ultima


  • Vanessa

    TBBT and POI is a monster. Great numbers on repeats. I saw a little bit of Glee lastnight very intense episode.

  • zth

    @Ultima, Bill:

    Yeah, I forgot to mention – obviously, my question was referring to repeats of TBBT. Thanks.

  • a p garcia

    Hannibal needs a better lead in, a 1.1 for Go On and a 1.6 for Hannibal doesn’t bode well for Go On.

  • Elizabeth


    Do you think that it would be even more risky for NBC to throw away Parks though? They are pretty much given a 1.5 – 1.7 for every episode, no matter where they move it too. That is a number that none of their comedies have been able to achieve on Thursday, aside from The Office.

    Ive gone back and forth on the renewal of Parks and I am still not quite sure where I stand. I am inclinded to think that they will give Schur, Poehler, and the rest of the cast and crew at least one more season.

  • bjssp

    I am wondering WTF NBC hopes to achieve with these constant moves and erratic schedules. The original move of Parks, I understood; it made sense to try to give 1600 Penn a boost. But now?

  • Petar Ivanov

    @To expand on that, advertisers air their ads during shows, but they buy ratings points, not “shows”. They certainly are given a price in advance, but if the ad isn’t seen by the promised number of demo viewers, they get make goods later.

    So they want ads on 10 shows not one particular show? Am i understanding this right? And what trully matter for the network is the pack of shows.

    And what mean make goods later? Like free ads or what? thanks.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Ive gone back and forth on the renewal of Parks and I am still not quite sure where I stand. I am inclinded to think that they will give Schur, Poehler, and the rest of the cast and crew at least one more season.”

    Back and forth no more. Parks is the only lock for renewal among NBC sitcoms.

  • Rita

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

    Certianly Scandal and Hannibal are competing for entirely different audiences. I think that Elementary and Scandal have some significant overlap — it seems like a fair amount of people watch Scandal live and DVR Elementary, or vice versa. I’ve never seen Elementary but in theory, a Sherlock Holmes show could have some overlap with Hannibal’s audience (for example, I think BBC’s Sherlock would have some substantial overlap in interest were it aired at the same time as Hannibal). However, I think in practice Elementary is a little Moonlighting to really attract the same people as Hannibal. I’ll always be bitter that they didn’t make Liu Sherlock.

  • KarenM

    Yep. Hannibal’s got the lead-in problem. Elementary has PoI and Scandal has GA. I don’t like Elementary and never seen Scandal but it’s hard to stop those shows with powerhouse lead-ins like that. Hannibal isn’t everyone’s cup of tea I understand that. A lot of people don’t like shows like that.

  • Tom

    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?

    If it’s just two hours on Thursday (4 slots), if I squint real hard I could see NBC just going with Parks and no existing spackle options (but I doubt it).

    If it’s 6 slots or more, I see no way that Parks is the only returning show (especially since they will need spackle of some kind for that many hours).

    So what are you thinking? Just 4 slots and maybe Whitney and more cheap Community as the other slots/spackle? Because that is what you have to have if no freshmen comedies come back.

  • bjssp


    If I had to bet, I’d say NBC will renew Parks. It’s got a syndication deal, so giving the show it completely owns a slightly longer life makes sense–especially if it orders a smaller final season of, say, 16 episodes and runs them straight through. It’s also well reviewed, which few comedies on NBC are these days. And that might be the best way to do things: order a bunch of new comedies and give a few older ones shorted final seasons, premiering a few new ones in the fall and then the rest once the older ones are done at midseason.

    Like you, I go back and forth on this. Whatever happens to each individual show, I expect NBC to cancel most of its comedies, and with good reason, too. If one or two survive, I wouldn’t be surprised. But if multiple of the current comedies are back on NBC next year, I will be amazed.

  • Rita

    Oh, and lest you need my first sentence spelled out, I mean that Scandal is a heavily-female skewing show for people who like politics and/or fifty-shades-of-grey/twilight-style “romance”, and Hannibal will be more even or male-skewing for people who like horror or high-concept shows.

  • slardbarg

    In the pack of middling NBC sitcoms, doesn’t Community’s proximity to syndication give it the best chance for renewal(after Parks of course)? Syndications gods and all!

  • Justin121

    Hannibal is a hit!

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