TV Ratings Thursday: 'Community' & 'Parks and Recreation' Rise; 'Hannibal', 'American Idol', 'Vampire Diaries' & 'Glee' Down

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April 19th, 2013

Hannibal Week 3

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.5/7 2.3/7 1.5/5 1.4/4 1.2/3 0.7/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.1/7 1.4/5 1.3/5 1.4/5 0.8/3 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 9.144 9.248 3.764 3.181 4.028 1.871

FOX was number 1 in adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with Total Viewers.

On FOX,  American Idol notched a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating down 9 percent from last week's 3.2. However, the show ran two minutes over, so its ratings are likely to go up in the final ratings, Glee earned a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating down 8 percent from last week’s 2.4.

On ABC, Wife Swap garnered a 1.5 up 7 percent from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Community earned a 1.3 up 8 percent from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Parks and Recreation scored a 1.7  up 13 percent from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating but down 11 percent from The Office’s 1.9 in the time period. A second episode also garnered a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, up 13 percent from last week’s 1.5, and up a huge 55 percent from Go On’s 1.1 in the time period last week . Hannibal notched a 1.4, down 18 percent from last week’s 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too optimistic.

On the CW, The Vampire Diaries scored a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, down 25 percent from a 1.2 on March 28. Beauty and the Beast earned a 0.6 among adults 18-matching its performance on March 28.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, April 18, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 3.0/10 11.19
FOX American Idol 2.9/9 11.90
ABC Wife Swap 1.5/5 4.73
NBC Community 1.3/4 3.19
CW The Vampire Diaries 0.9/3 2.14
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men - R 2.3/7 8.73
NBC The Office - R 1.0/3 2.31
9:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 3.2/9 10.75
FOX Glee 2.2/6 6.39
NBC Parks and Recreation 1.7/5 3.34
ABC Grey's Anatomy - R 1.1/3 3.98
CW Beauty and the Beast 0.6/2 1.60
9:30 CBS 2 Broke Girls - R 2.2/6 7.69
NBC Parks and Recreation 1.7/5 3.25
10:00 CBS Person of Interest - R 1.7/5 8.56
NBC Hannibal 1.4/4 3.50
ABC Scandal - R 0.9/3 3.37

via press note:


In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:
  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.3/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.2/6.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/3 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) trailed CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 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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  • HalCapone

    Not surprised by the decline of Hannibal. In spite of the critical praise (which seems worthy, IMHO), the subject matter of this show (not unlike The Following) makes it a tough sell as a recurring show. The dire state of NBC might save Hannibal for another season but like The Following, I don’t believe either one will last more than 2 seasons (maybe less). Both shows would have greater success on cable where edgier fare with lower viewership can survive.

    If only Idol would not adjust up (I would be happy)…but that’s just my strong hatred (yes, I am an Idol and Voice hater!!!) for all cheesy singing competition shows rearing its head.

  • aisha

    @ Revenger; The Vampire Diaries cast has signed for only 6 seasons and Nina Dobrev alreadly said she would not want to do more than six seasons. Plus I doubt Paul Wesley would agree to do more than that either.

  • aisha

    @ Carl- oh thats amazing to hear !:)

  • bluejoni

    Hannibal is so– s l o w !!!!!

  • Carl

    @aisha, if CW is ending in 2016 (which we don’t know, of course) I kind of hope they might keep SPN to then, so that it would be on to the end of their network. But I don’t know if they’d even want to go to 11 seasons. It’s silly for me to think about this when they’re not even in season 9 yet.

  • Joseph A

    WOW !! ,

    CBS Repeats Won The Night , and BEAT American Idol !

  • KarenM

    bluejoni, it’s not supposed to be an action show but a methodical psychological thriller.

  • Michael

    Whoa, I knew TVD at some point was going to go below a 1.0, but I didn’t think it was going to be this season!

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  • theCroup

    I worried Hannibal would fall against Person of Interest (even reruns). I figured they had a lot in common audience-wise. I hope it recovers next week. It’s still the most interesting scripted drama NBC has put out in a while. Of course the preview of next episode even made me a bit queasy, so we’ll see.

  • theCroup


    Fox announced that Glee would be renewed they are just hashing out details. Besides, Glee is still averaging above a 2.0 which isn’t bad by Fox standards at all, especially for non-animation scripted-fare. I think maybe only The Following is doing better.

  • Ellan

    I was very worried about BATB, but since it was steady in ratings, I’m quite happy even though I still have to worry for the rest of the season. I hope I get to see a second season for BATB. Last night’s episode was both good and sad for me.

    I was kind of worried when someone said that Supernatural was going to end next season because I don’t really remember hearing about it ending next season. I can see it end at Season 10 though. It seems to me like that is as far as it will go.

    As for Vampire Diaries, I haven’t been watching Season 4 because I really don’t like the storylines that they are doing now. Even though that is the case, I did enjoy the series before and if it ever goes back to something decent for me to watch, I will continue to watch it. I have to say that it’s sad to see this episode drop, but it’s not enough to say that it’s the end for Vampire Diaries. The ratings may have dropped this week, but they might go back up next week. So, I think Vampire Diaries will still do fine and it will end whenever it wants to end…..either by the network itself or by the actors themselves.

  • Michael

    For American Idol watchers, didn’t Ryan Seacrest confirm that the SAVE had a time limit? I could have sworn he said the SAVE could only be used until top 5! Now, the producers are making it seem like the judges can use it whenever they want lol.

  • Dani


    Glee definitely isn’t ending this season. Reports out this week have said Fox have confirmed it’s coming back for season 5, and it’s just negotiations holding up the announcement. After season 5 though, I could see it ending.

  • Wright

    Really hoping TVD and Hannibal adjust up. Both shows are great. Maybe viewers didn’t know TVD was new.

  • Bizarro

    So, finally we see that TVD and B&TB have their OWN audience. I really don’t see next week going up for TVD since it will focus just on Klaus since its the backdoor pilot for the Originals and no one from TVD was mentioned in the promo but who knows. B&TB I hope will maintain its .6 in the coming weeks.

  • Funeral Dinner

    Vampire Diaries always returns low after it’s March break, but 0.9 is a first for the show, so that sucks.

  • The End

    Dont worry about Hannibal yet. Doing so is meaningless, give it a few more weeks first.

  • Joseph

    I wonder if anyone has and can post ratings numbers for the overnight hours (April 18th into April 19th).

    I suspect that a lot of people, not just in Boston but elsewhere, were probably awakened by phone calls and told “Turn On Your TV!”.

    I suspect that around 4 A.M. EDT (1 A.M. PDT), the number of people watching TV was probably several times what is normal for that hour.

  • emily

    Wow Person of Interest does great on reruns it does better the most shows on network tv. I think the fact that you can’t watch in on line or on demand adds to this you basically have to either DVR it or watch it live. I like the show and only started getting into it so i don’t mind the reruns they have been showing as of late. It and Elementary are the only CBC shows i watch.

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