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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  • Potato

    @CC, yeah, I guess it is. I never thought of it that way before. I guess if a show’s doing well, there’s not much to say!

  • Brandy

    @networkman a0.6 out of a 0.9 is nt as bad retention as the usual 0.6out of a 1.2-1.3.People are saying BATB retention isn’t bad this week only because VD dropped a lot.If VD got a 1.3 and BATB got 0.6,people would still be saying bad it’s retention is.

  • Revenger

    I really dont see TVD ending as soon as season 6. It will most likely adjust up in the finals and for a cw show to be at the end of it s fourth season and never have dropped below a 1 is a very good sign. TVD has nothing to worry about at the moment.

  • MichaelChickless

    @KarenM “Hannibal needs to be on cable”

    Apparently that’s considered Fan Excuse Bingo.

  • tscchope

    eauty and the Beast has been stable at 0.6 for weeks now.
    Praise from you rsh, about an episode was then preidctably followed by your batb will be cancelled unless … and that was the first episode you were predicting would start BATB’s fall from grace a la TSC last season. That hasn’t happened this week at least.

    The ratings predict renewal

  • pete5125

    @aisha-CW has been in the same boat for several seasons, they are a 10 hour net, that has 3 strong vets, 3 weak vets, a rerun hour or 2, and a plan to launch 3 to 4 hours every season with a marketing budget that will allow them to turn 1 into a CW Hit, 1 will become a weak vet, 1 will be cancelled mid-season the other by seasons end and will take one vet with them, and ATM will return every season as the only reality that has ever been a hit for them.

    2012 season Arrow is a hit… Beauty will return, so will HOD, Supernatural, Nikita, VD, ATM leaving them 3 to 4 hrs to fill
    90210 and GG final season

    2011 season nothing was a hit the renewed HOD, VD, Supernatural, Nikita, GG, 90210, ATM
    Smallville and OTH final Season

    2010 season nothing was a hit Nikita was renewed, VD, Supernatural, GG, 90210, ATM, OTH, Smallville

    2009 season VD was a hit, Dawn turned it into a Female Drama net all comedies where gone and guy dramas moved to Fri, crazy moves but Fri was a hit, at this point CW gives up on being a network and becomes a home to help groom CBS/WB syndication

    Going by memory…but I have always been impressed that a net that gets zero eyeballs in the summer has always found a way to launch a fall show to impressive numbers

  • Bev

    maybe they had enough of the real excess and excitement going on in Boston…

  • Brandy

    BATB is stable, but at mediocre to low ratings.Are CW really going to want another HoD on thier hands?BATB might be stable now, but next season lets see if remains so on another night, especially on Fri.Im not sure CW will renew every show that’s stable at low to mediocre ratings.Plus, HoS was renewed not just cause its cheap,stable,does well online but also cause the last three weeks of the last season,HoD was doing better than the rest of the new shows as well as a couple vetran shows and it was the third highest rated show and Arrow is the hit this year they didn’t have last yearBATB is the fourth highest rated cw show tied with HoD.So the situation between HoD last season and BATB this season are different.

  • Bev

    …to bother with Hannibal, i mean.

  • Dani


    Agreed, entirely. I get that it’s disappointing to see the show below a 1.0, and as a fan, I’m disappointed too. But at the end of the day TVD is on the CW, and has taken 85 episodes to drop below a 1.0 (and it may still adjust up, making this statement untrue). Compare that to Arrow, the CW’s new ‘hit show’, that has been below a 1.0 multiple times in it’s first season. This is no insult to Arrow btw, I watch it too, I’m just trying to put TVD’s ratings into some perspective. Dropping below a 1.0 for the first time at the end of your fourth season on the CW, of all networks? That’s pretty impressive.

    So yeah, I’m disappointed (I was hoping the show would be able to hold out until season 5 before dropping below a 1), but I can’t for the life of me understand people throwing around comments like, and I quote ‘The Vampire Flop Diaries’ and saying how this is the beginning of the end for the show. Lets see if there’s any adjustments, and lets see if this is a downward trend for the show or just a blip, before calling doom and gloom on the show. The simple fact of the matter is, it’s still the number 1 show on the network, so if TVD’s on it’s way out well, what does that say about every other show on the network?

  • Freyja

    with Supernatural ( which is arguably the CW’s most popular show) ending next year,

    Where did you hear that?

    Basically SPN will end when the cast and crew want it to end, there has been nothing to indicate season 9 will be the final season.

  • CookyMonzta

    Assuming Big Bang and Idol are each adjusted up 0.1 and 300,000 viewers, it is alarming that BOTH Big Bang repeats beat Idol in the demo. Idol bottomed out 2 weeks ago, but they have gained little, and now REPEATS are beating them.

  • Revenger

    @Sami That’s exactly what I was saying.:) It’s like one episode dips below a line and everyone gives up on the show. It still has a few years

  • Ram510

    Since Vampire Diaries has fallen below a 1.0 can CW just throw Nikita a bone and renew it for a 4th season. It’s not like CW is doing any good anyways

  • Claudia


    Are you openly acknowledging BATB could go somewhere for S2?????

  • Nola

    I’m sorry for the fans because of BATB ‘will be’ wiped off the CW Network!

  • aisha

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

  • Abigail

    It has to go up, it just has to!

  • Carl

    @aisha, I think Carver talked about a 3-season plan, and Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles are signed on up to season 10. I guess it would depend on the ratings for season 9 though.

  • KarenM

    @Paully for the win, never watched NYPD Blue. I heard they showed a butt on TV. How’s that edgy? L&O? Oh, please, how do you compare that to Hannibal as far as violence goes anyway? I’ve never seen a violent L&O episode but then again I didn’t watch it much.

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