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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  • Marc

    Rough for NBC. Can’t get more than 3.5M viewers all night…

  • bjssp


    Nearly as many as The Following seems to have on a regular basis? I didn’t watch the episode yet, but after reading some reviews, the consensus is that while it wasn’t a great episode, it wasn’t downright stupid as many episodes of TF are. And there’s also word that the show really picks up in the fourth or fifth week.

  • KarenM

    @bjssp, I didn’t stick with TF. And no last night’s episode definitely wasn’t downright stupid but you can always nitpick any show. A lot of people live to do that unfortunately.

  • Stefany

    Glad beauty and the beast remain steady this week. We need second season this show is too good to get cancel

  • bjssp


    It’s always been a fairly popular show, but only in the last two seasons has TBBT really shot up. Based on what I’ve seen and heard, lots of people are still new to the show, and lots of people don’t watch it regularly. (At least I don’t. I am often not home on Thursday nights, and I am a stickler for some NBC shows, despite liking TBBT.)

    Whatever the reason for its success is, I think it’s safe to say that the show hasn’t peaked just yet.

  • Jason C.

    Wow. After the fan response from last week’s episode, I expected Community to drop. NBC needs to do that Zeebox giveaway more often.

  • Can’t remember

    @KarenM, I did say the writing is pretty good. The overall quality compared to most scripted network telly is excellent. Then too it’s all a matter of opinion, but I’d take superior acting and good writing over TBBT or it’s like any day. Alas, I’m in the minority.

  • bjssp

    @Bill Gorman:

    How could the C3 numbers ever be lower than the Live+SD ratings?

  • BigBrotherFan

    poi ratings for a repeat would get a renewal on NBC LOL

  • carla

    POI repeats beautifully, even with a second-tier episode like that one with dull Zoe.

  • bjssp


    True enough about nitpicking. Aside from the personal qualities of some posters, I’ve avoided some sites because the commentators there seem to be obnoxiously negative hyenas, waiting for a show to fail. I don’t comment there that often, but The AV Club seems to avoid that, at least for recaps of The Good Wife.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “How could the C3 numbers ever be lower than the Live+SD ratings?”

    They measure two different things.

    C+3 commercial ratings measure average commercial viewing within 3 days of air date.
    Live + Same Day program ratings measure average total program viewing (incl commercials) before 3am following air date.

    My earlier point was simply that whoever commented about C3 ratings certainly had no actual information to back up that comment, and that we’ve found that Live+Same Day program ratings to be excellent predictors of show futures.

  • Claudia

    Last night ratings for TVD & BATB, proved the theory that people watching BATB are not the same people watching TVD, and wherever you want to put the Beast we will follow dont need Lead in from TVD to stand alone.

  • bjssp

    @Fake Me Out:

    I’m going to be very curious to see how negotiations for raises go when TBBT’s cast’s contracts are up. Parsons, et al should have CBS by the balls.

  • aisha

    woahh,,, vampire diaires fell below a 1.0 ?! :( not good.

  • bjssp

    @Bill Gorman:

    Oops, my bad. I had assumed all were measuring the same thing, just based on different lengths of time. I guess that’s just Live+SD and Live+7, then, right?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Oops, my bad. I had assumed all were measuring the same thing, just based on different lengths of time. I guess that’s just Live+SD and Live+7, then, right?”

    Unless *commercial* ratings are specifically mentioned in the context of the number, all ratings you see in public are *program* ratings.

  • david

    Good to see Batb steady from a few weeks ago. TVD below a 1.0 that does not happen very much. I think Hanible is still doing good for NBC Thursdays at ten.

  • Marth


    An hour-late POI rerun beats a new Hannibal in both demo/viewer#.

  • Kev0170

    Looks like Thursdays next season could be another empty hole for another network to fill if idol continues this downward trajectory

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