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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  • Ivan

    At least it’ll air overseas (two days later here) so I’ll be able to watch it. Too bad Hannibal won’t have a second season, but such a stupid and lame network like NBC I was expecting it.

  • Nick

    If CBS had Big Bang Theory at 9pm it would most likely be pulling over a 7.0.

    Geez, American Idol. A 3.0 would be better. And Hannibal . . . sigh. NBC needs to put this behind The Voice pronto.

  • Percysowner

    I thought season 9 was supposed to be the last season of supernatural ? Maybe im wrong. Maybe its season 10.

    Jared and Jensen have contracts through season 10. Both have said they would consider going longer. It is currently the 3rd most watched show and has beaten Arrow once or twice and the last outing out did this week’s TVD. My understanding is that the CW has contracts with the affiliates through 2016, so they may well want to renew SPN until the end of the affiliate contracts. It may be the show that lasts the entire run of the CW.

  • Janet Snakehole 3

    Hannibal needs to move to a different time slot. There is no way it can compete with Scandal or Elementary. I love Hannibal. Please NBC be smart about this one.

  • Janet Snakehole 3

    Ron H. you are one terrible, nasty and probably lonely person. Go away.

  • Percysowner

    @Carl Jared has said that he appreciates what the show has done for him and he’s willing to stay as long as they want the show to go on. Jensen has said he would like to go to 11 so that they can go one season longer than Smallville. Actually 11 season would, I think, make Supernatural the longest running genre (Sci Fi, Horror, Fantasy) show in U.S. history. Obviously nothing will beat Doctor Who.

  • Rook

    10 minutes ago I would have been sad Hannibal was down. After reading that they’re going and pulling an episode that has NOTHING to do with a situation like Boston, I hope they get cancelled ASAP. All the cancellation is is an attempt to get some attention and seem sympathetic…plus it really isn’t possible to have the story work if you pull an episode since it’s so heavily serialized.

    I kind of understood the Castle pull, since it was bomb related, but this is just attention-seeking off the back of a tragedy, and I hope it burns Fuller and Co. right to the ground.

  • theCroup


    I just went and read that the episode has to do with brainwashing children to kill other children. (I thought maybe it was for graphic content.) I don’t condemn that decision given the school shootings and the marathon bombings (in which a child was one of the originally reported fatalities).

  • Bitter Ringer Fan

    I just don’t get how a TBBT rerun can pull a 3.2! TVD hit a series low i hope it gets adjusted up so it can keep 1.0 as its series low. Now i’m gonna say something cheesy but BATB is “steady as a rock” !!! lol it’s true almost lock for renewal.

  • Jubling

    Well Secret Suckle fans can finally give up and move on to something else to hate and cast impeding doom on .
    Or just they can wait to hate BATB Season 2 or (insert new CW show here). ;)
    It’s renewed, Suckle fans.

  • The End

    Well I did say Hannibal gets progressively more darker as it goes along lol.. I didn’t debate the shows darkness on here for nothing.

  • Mi

    “Jared and Jensen have contracts through season 10. Both have said they would consider going longer. It is currently the 3rd most watched show and has beaten Arrow once or twice and the last outing out did this week’s TVD.”

    An SPN’s original episode beat Arrow once this season and it was in a week where Criminal Minds was a repeat while Arrow faced more competition. The end result that week, of DVR ratings, was equal to both shows (both got 1.4).

  • Jared

    If The Originals gets picked up to series do you think the CW would pair it with TVD? Or use it to open up a new night?

  • networkman

    @bjssp, I do feel both Community and Parks & Rec should end their run on Thursday. And then NBC should put their two new comedies on another night. NBC should make an annoucement early in the season, letting viewers know both comedies are airing thier final season. NBC has nothing else to go against the Big Bang Theory. In the fall, they should expect each show to get at least 1.5-2.0. Community should end in January like 30 Rock did and Parks & Rec get the full 22 episode season ending in May of 2014.

  • Carl

    @percysowners, thanks. I’d never heard them talk about whether they’d do a season 11.

  • Ann

    TVD suck now and the ratings show more and more people realize this.

  • Bradley

    Parks and Rec was the #1 show for the 8 o’clock hour in men 18-34. That’s one of the all important categories. Why doesn’t NBC give the show a pat on the back with an early renewal. Show it some loyalty. They’ve never been able to breathe.

  • snoot

    Evidently a 2.2 can get you a two season renewal nowadays.

  • CCV

    I see Jean everywhere on here rooting against some of the best shows television offers. What the hell DO you watch–bad girls club? Geez, do you have anything original or insightful to say in criticism? Because I haven’t heard anything of the sort. Is it because these shows–Mad Men, Breaking Bad, et al–are “made” for smarter people and, therefore, talk down to the masses? The joke is on you, if this is the case. They are smarter because they DON’T talk down to their audience. The rest of the $#!t on tv assumes the audience’s stupidity and treats them like idiots. If you cannot articulate your opinions, which I’ve never seen you do, then keep them to yourself, because you do those who actually have legitimate reasons for disliking such shows a disservice.

  • Ember

    ugh. batb steady… God help us all. Okay so I keep hearing that HOD is a lock for renewal because of syndication, but its only halfway there! are they (the cw) really willing to wait two more seasons just for syndication?

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