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.

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  • samurai99


    “I said this would happen”

    Funny, on the ratings poll you predicted a 1.7. You have the weirdest excuses.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Second, WOW that a TBBT repeat beat an original Idol, assuming one isn’t adjusted up.”

    It would be the second time. TBBT repeat beat the corresponding Idol half hour last week.

    We don’t see half hour breakdowns in the final ratings, but the full episode Idol rating is somewhat likely to be adjusted up (and Glee adjusted down) because there was a 2 minute overrun into Glee’s hour.

  • Can’t remember

    @Bill, excuse or no. Hannibal is an excellent show. The acting is excellent and the writing is pretty good. That does seem to equal the kiss of death on network telly (esp on NBC).

    BTW…no one wears sarcasm well.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “BTW…no one wears sarcasm well.”

    I find that it fits better than cluelessness, but your mileage may vary.

  • BH


    Totally deserved!

  • lll

    CBS keeps making a two-hour comedy block with a drama at 9pm central for a while now. The ratings hold well; I believe they will do it Fall 2013.

    Vamp Diaries is a crying shame. Did anybody know it was on? Beauty and the beast held most of TVD ratings. Good for them.

    A rerun of BBT beat all new American Idol. Slap in the face.

  • zth

    Wow, CBS won every half hour/ hour with all repeats. Impressive.

  • KarenM

    @Can’t remember, even I’ll admit the writing fell somewhat last night on Hannibal with him killing that girl and putting her in the cabin. A few too many plotholes.

  • bjssp


    It’s kind of risky, because that lets another network put a big show (either one it currently has or something it might have in the future) in the spot, making it harder for CBS to win the night. (Hard, but not impossible.) For instance, if CBS did that, I think it’s almost guaranteed NBC puts its new MJF comedy there, and that could turn around the entire night, because if that show blows up, as I think it could, anything that comes after it will blow up as well, giving a nice lead in to the rest of NBC’s schedule. As we know, that doesn’t mean the rest of the night will work, but it makes it more likely than not.

    If CBS goes to 4 comedies on Thursday next season, I kind of expect TAAHM to move up to 9:00 and Mom to be in between that and TBBT.

  • Ike

    “Devour these half hour ratings like a cable news anchor with some actual news to report!”

    LOL LOL LOL cable news BURNNNNNN!!!!!

  • Carmen

    @ KarenM

    Hannibal’s problem’s it’s not going to appeal to the majority of women. Most women don’t want to see bloody shows with “viewer discretion advised” before viewing”

    Maybe, but if your theory is true, then NBC has aired yet another show for a niche (or highly limited) audience.

    They continue to do this with almost all of their comedies and many of their drama’s.

    Then when the target audience is not large enough to compete with the more mainstream shows on the rival nets, NBC fans continuous whine and provide a steady stream of fan bingo excuses.

    Again, if your theory is correct, and Hannibal is a turn off to many (most?) women, then whose fault is that?
    The women who object to the content or
    NBC for airing a show that they know cannot connect with a huge part of the population.

    It doesn’t matter to me who watches Hannibal, I’m an Elementary fan.

  • Ivan

    Hannibal, best show made for the last decade !

    I hope it stays stable around 1.5 and get more seasons. Or some other networks (FX, AMC etc.) picks it up if canceled. Netflix also likes to revive shows lately. Hope dies last anyway. :)

  • Justin121

    The Big BEAST Theory!

    Vampire Diaries series low and first-ever sub-1.0 rating.

  • KarenM

    Interesting that P&R did a lot better in 18-49 than Hannibal. I guess those who like comedies hurried up and turned off the TV for Hannibal. That’s a pretty big plunge. Of course the same could be said for CBS with PoI.

  • Fake Me Out

    So how many people do you think CBS has working away in the backrooms trying to figure out a plausible way to split TBBT up into 4 shows … one for each male character … in hopes of cloning these results? Better yet, keep TBBT going and the same time spin-off separate 13 episode seasons for each character.

    Repeats beating (or close to it depending on the finals) by a wide margin all new episodes from the other nets other than Idol coming close … mind boggling! Congrats to the cast & crew of TBBT on being a raging ratings monster.

  • mia

    Wow VD is at a series low

    BTTB an 0.6 and total viewers are stable, if it remains this way for the next 4 weeks it will get a season 2.

  • Carl

    Glee didn’t drop as much as I’d expected after all that school shooting mess last week.

    Do you think spring weather is the reason for TVD’s drop? I’ve heard people complain about the quality of this season (I don’t watch the show), but then, people complain about everything.

    I really wonder what the ratings for Arrow and SPN will be next week if spring weather is having an impact.

    Not bad for BATB. While the ratings don’t seem to rise above that level, they also don’t drop, even with TVD dropping.

    Hannibal always seemed more like a cable show to me. The numbers are starting to shift in that direction.

  • Can’t remember

    “I find that it fits better than cluelessness, but your mileage may vary.”

    Err, seriously? I’m rubber you’re glue? You are an adult. Well…

  • BigBrotherFan


    I said it would happen EVERY week before that.

    I was right. It`s flopping.

    I was being conservative with my guess…ENJOY WHILE YOU CAN!

  • outlawz

    thats C.Beast.S for yall

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