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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  • bjssp

    Ugh, Hannibal! That show peaked a long time ago!

    Seriously now, it’s entirely possible that Hannibal will be adjusted up. As long as it’s not adjusted down, I think it’s still good for NBC. I’m not sure of the logistics, but can NBC rerun the episodes as many times as it wants? If so, it might want to plan a few (connected) marathon nights as the seasons for other shows end.

    I also think it’s more likely than not to be renewed. It’s easily NBC’s best reviewed show out of the last two seasons (probably even better than Awake) and a sign the network is serious about developing quality dramas.

  • Psychic

    TBBT is a beast.

  • Greg

    The Vampire Diaries fell below the 1.0 mark and Beauty and the Beast was rock solid. I was leaning on the fence if the CW were going to renew it or not, but not anymore.

  • Croq

    I expect Hannibal will get adjusted up, but at least at this time, I guessed right on the ratings…

  • rob60990

    Hannibal didnt do so well especially with an improved lead in. Well it beat Ready for Love. ;)

    CBS may have been testing something but remember they did this last year and nothing came of it.

    Not bad for Wife Swap in that timeslot.

    Beauty and Beast did ok with TVD being way down. Looking better for renewal. How will that Nikita nutjob spin this?

  • Markitos

    great for Parks & Rec :D

  • KarenM

    @Bill Gorman,

    First! I love to make excuses…

  • Percysowner

    Ouch for TVD. Good for BATB. I hope TVD adjusts up.

  • Ed B

    BATB’s numbers are good but I hope it adjusts up to 0.7. It really deserves it as last night’s episode was really good. And I hope TVD adjusts down just so we stick it to the haters that BATB won’t need a lead in next year if they move it to another night.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Hannibal’s problem’s it’s not going to appeal to the majority of women.”


    Hannibal got almost 50% higher ratings among women than men!

    Women 18-49 rating 1.7
    Men 18-49 rating 1.2

  • Shiro

    hope Hannibal will adjust up!

  • Rebecca

    If people want Hannibal to be on cable I wish we could trade it for Psych, since I’d love to watch Psych on regular network TV instead of having to stream it on a site that works only half the time. I know network shows have moved to cable in the past but has it ever worked the other way around? Psych would be fun on NBC.

    As always, I enjoyed Parks and will soon stream Community.

  • Kris

    give community a season 5. come on.

  • TVDude

    Not a bad night for Parks and Recreation, that’s on par to recent Office numbers, especially the 9:30pm episode.

    I predicted Hannibal would fall to around 1.4 this week. That’s high enough for it to be renewed on NBC. This is a time period where a show has struggled to get above a 1.0, if it stays above that, NBC will probably keep it there while the focus on other problems.

    As I’ve said before, I don’t think competition is a big factor for NBC Thursdays. When competition repeats, I’ve seen NBC’s shows fall regardless, I’ve also seen them rise against strong competition. There doesn’t appear to be much crossover. Perhaps, the real competition is on cable, but I don’t see it from broadcast numbers.

    Lastly, don’t be too surprised if Hannibal gets adjusted up in the final numbers. That seems to be a trend for the show.

  • BigBrotherFan


    Of course I have but for the TV spots I`ve seen for it they are NOT really playing him up much. I love Fishbourne. I know the “star“, as well, from COFESSIONS OF A SHOP A HOLIC lol (pretty sad) and even sadder guess nobody else cares to know Dancy, as well. lol

    I said this would happen and next week if NBC DOES NOT MOVE IT it gets SLAUGHTERED By Scandal and Elementry can`t wait for the 1.0`s HAHA

  • bjssp

    As for the rest of the night, I gave two thoughts. First, NBC really needs to make serious changes on this night next season. No matter what they do–go with all dramas, go with the traditional 4 comedies and one drama, or something else–the night needs new shows, perhaps all new. (I think moving Grimm here and pairing it with two similar shows might be good, but still, that’s mostly new, and it’s never been on the night regularly.) I wouldn’t stick the new MJF show here. As hard as it might be, I think four new multi cams might be a good idea.

    Whatever the case, it needs to be pitched as NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW just to get people to try watching again.

    Second, WOW that a TBBT repeat beat an original Idol, assuming one isn’t adjusted up. For whatever reason, people will watch this show no matter when it’s on. I take its moves last night as a sign CBS is considering going to 4 comedies next season and, more importantly, I take the results that it SHOULD.

    Let’s say CBS goes with a line up of TBBT, Mom or something else new, followed by TAAHM, followed by something new, followed by POI. If it fails, the network could plug a repeat of TBBT in one spot and, assuming it doesn’t move something from Mondays, it could repeat something else there. A 3.0 or higher in the demo is better than POI is doing now!

  • kevin

    Vampire diaries :O
    needs to adjust up!

  • Billy

    Just a heads up for everyone amazed with The Big Bang Theory repeat numbers:

    The 9:00 show actually would have been even higher except for the fact it had to compete with itself on TBS. At 9:00 TBS also ran an episode of TBBT so any numbers the show gets on TBS at 9:00 took away from the CBS numbers. If we combine the two when the cable ratings come out we can see how many people actually watched TBBT at 9:00.

  • Wild

    The Cw…. Ouch!

  • charmedcraft

    Surprised at TVD, but glad for BATB; hopefully BATB can keep the 0.6 in the finals.

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