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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  • k:Alex

    No, Hannibal, their is no reason the ratings could go down.

  • Sergio

    Hannibal – Nailed it 1.4!! :)

  • bluejoni

    @Karen I know Hannibal is a psychological thriller and not an action show BUT it’s still way too slow !!! The Following and Bates Motel are WAY better !!!

  • KarenM

    @bluejoni, I don’t like TF or BM but I find Hannibal fascinating.

  • Liam

    Idol beaten by not one but two Big Bang repeats, and one in its time-slot.
    Idol still going well, but dreadful numbers at the same time.

  • Carrie

    Someone posted the Half-hours, and since they showed TVD as 9 at both slots, doesn’t that mean it won’t adjust up? Or does it work differently?

  • KarenM

    Next week’s Hannibal’s been pulled I guess because of the violence and what’s going on in our country. I hate censorship and this definitely won’t help the show especially when it needs ratings.

  • CrimTV


    “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”

    I see next week’s episode of TVD rising because of the curiosity of what the new series would actually look like. I’m certainly very excited!

  • CrimTV

    @Ashton Butcher

    “VD has been an awful mess this season as the series is clearly showing its age.”

    How is it showing it’s age, it’s previous series low, 1.0, was hit last season a few times and this season has been on-par if not higher than last season and the premiere scored a 1.6, which was higher than last season.

  • Ron H.

    I love reading all of the contortions and rationalizations HANNIBAL fans (all twelve of you) write in an attempt to convince themselves that the ratings for the show are anything other than a profound disappointment. If a show with that much marketing behind it, against all repeat programming, can’t manage more that a 1.3 in demo and paltry 3.5 million viewers (plus a 3/10th point loss from lead P&R), it’s called a FLOP. The show is a bloody, pointless bore and the only thing that will save it is the desperation of the network that airs it.

  • Revenger

    @aisha where did you read that Nina Dobrev didn’t wan to continue after season 6? I can’t find it anywhere. I did however read that Julie Plec said it could last anywhere from 6 to even 10 years. The show is not nearly as bad as a few people are saying. Like I said I see it lasting another few years comfortably.

  • CrimTV


    Yeah exactly, I heard they *signed* a 6 season contract, not that they didn’t wanna continue further, and their feelings have probably changed now they have been in the series for 4 seasons. They can still renew contracts!

  • CrimTV

    @Ashton Butcher

    Yes I agree this season isn’t as good as season 3, but it’s still an amazing show and my favourite 1-hour drama.

  • bjssp


    NBC, at Bryan Fuller’s request, has decided to pull the fourth episode of the show, which will still be shown overseas. There are no continuity issues, but there will only be 12 episodes this season.

  • aisha

    she said “”I always like it when a show ends on a good note. I don’t like anything to be dragged out past the point of quality ’cause I think you can only tell a story so long until it gets watered down,” she explained at the Toronto International Film Festival. “And I think every show that I’ve enjoyed has made it to the sixth season and put a conclusion to it.”
    And in all honesty I would NOT want the show to have more than six seasons because I wouldnt want the quality to be ruined from it being dragged out too long. A lot of people are complaining about the show in its fourth season so

  • Ivan

    Haters gonna hate. If you fins Hannibal so bad (and this is the only truly good new show this season) go watch your soaps and stupid teen dramas. he loves me, he loves me not…. haha who cares.

    Can’t understand how good shows like Awake (last year) and Hannibal have lower ratings and boring sh*t like Glee and TBBT manage to make it season after season. It’s almost not worth it watching NBC CBS FOX ABC in America. Thank god there is FX, AMC, Showtime, Cinemax, HBO so we can see some quality TV getting a chance. TV for the masses is always bad, it always has been like this and always will.

  • Jo

    With Hannibal skipping over the next episode, it’s going to lose even more viewers due to continuity headaches. Well done, NBC.

  • Alex

    This isn’t specifically a Vampire Diaries point although it certainly relates to that.

    Actors find it very easy to say they don’t want a show to drag on until the bitter end or that they only want to do x number of seasons but the vast majority of them tend to find it much more difficult to actually follow through on that. The lure of a consistent (and not small) pay check and that in reality the offers for work outside of the show don’t flood in like you think they will/your agent tells you they will have a way of changing people’s minds. Not to mention that by the time you get to 5+ seasons (on broadcast) the likelihood is that your show has entered syndication which means that you start earning even more money per episode.

  • theCroup


    I think you meant to direct that to KarenM since I didn’t hear about the pulling of the episode until now. I am a bit relieved though because that preview was very graphic. I watch a lot of the supposedly dark and gory shows and movies and seeing corpse “angels” with flayed back skin for wings made my stomach turn. If the whole episode was that graphic, I think it was a good call to pull it.

  • Revenger

    She doesn’t actually say she doesn’t want to after season 6 but that is a hint . I guess we’ll see. I personally don’t see it ending that soon.

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