Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Vampire Diaries', 'The Big Bang Theory' & 'American Idol' Adjusted Up

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April 26th, 2013

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The Big Bang theory was adjusted up three tenths and American Idol and The Vampire Diaries were each adjusted up a single tenth  versus the preliminary Thursday broadcast ratings.

Want to know why adjustments occur to the preliminary ratings? Read this.

Broadcast primetime final ratings for Thursday, April 25:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.5 15 15.05
FOX American Idol 2.8 9 11.40
ABC Wife Swap 1.1 3 3.42
NBC Community 1.0 3 2.33
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.0 3 2.24
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 2.8 8 11.32
NBC The Office -R 0.9 3 1.84
9:00PM ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.7 7 8.24
CBS Person of Interest 2.4 7 13.22
FOX Glee 1.8 5 5.24
NBC The Office 1.7 5 3.25
CW Beauty and the Beast 0.5 1 1.24
9:30 PM NBC Parks and Recreation 1.3 4 2.59
10:00 PM ABC Scandal 2.8 8 7.90
CBS Elementary 2.0 6 10.07
NBC Hannibal 1.0 3 2.40

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Bee


    OMG. love it, love it, love it.
    and there’s only one secret: the show is GOOD. last night’s episode was tremendous. despite the huge break, the draft, the spring, etc, fans waited with bated breath because the show is amazing and every episode feels BIG, esp. the one it left us on 3 weeks ago. WOO!

  • Billy

    If the The Big Bang Theory’s season low is a 4.5 that is off the charts good. Their season low is better than almost every show on TV’s best ratings.

  • Bee


  • heba

    that was a really good episode of scandal so the ratings r well deserved

  • Beauty&theFlop

    Beauty & the Flop never even adjusted up, what a f*****g flop.

    Cannot believe it giot renewed. Someone on its production team must be screwing Pedowitz.

  • Dat

    Wow, don’t you see the trend? ALL CBS shows this week has decreased in ratings due to NFL draft pick. As a result, POI was impacted as well. Think of it this way, if NCIS – CBS’ #1 drama – got a 2.8 this week, then 2.4 from POI is respectable.

  • John A

    Yes for TVD. I dont watch it but Thats great for Scandal but the haters will continue.

  • Bookworm

    Wow, Scandal end up beating Grey?!

    Goo Scandal! Now, let’s get working on that 3.0. We are too close to not hit it now. Either way, Grey did great and still dominated that 9pm hours. POI, what the hell happened? I think the 8 and 9pm hours took a bigger hit from the drafts than the 10pm so that might be a reason why they are down a little.

    Scandal is the number one drama in the 10pm slot, can anyone confirm that it is the number one drama of the week? Or did NCIS beat it?

  • Leoben Conoy

    *sob* Hannibal


  • Andrew Dias

    Scandal’s growth this season has been tremendous. It went from barely hovering around a 2.0 last season (and the beginning of this one) to tie for #1 drama of the week.

  • Ultima

    Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory apparently has the same feelings about ‘proper endings’ as many people on this site…

    “They can’t cancel it – it ended on a cliffhanger!”

    “No, they can’t just cancel a show like Alphas. They have to help the viewers let go. Firefly did a movie to wrap things up; Buffy the Vampire Slayer continued on as a comic book; Heroes gradually lowered the quality, season by season, until we were grateful it ended!”


  • John A

    Amazing to see TBBT adjust up by 3 tenths.

  • DenverDean

    One more thing, where are the ABC Bingo Players with the “ABC’s scheduling is killing [insert slipping serial]?” Doesn’t really hold water.

  • Andrew Dias


    NCIS adjusted up to a 2.8, same as Scandal. So, they’re tied as #1 drama of the week.

  • Ron

    BahahahBahahaha where is robflop hating on my precious Scandal :)

  • Melissa


    That has nothing to do with my point. Petar Ivanov is always going on and on about how Person of Interest is the only drama up versus last year, but tonight, its average fell to a 2.9, making it flat with last year.

  • Dat

    Props to Scandal execs for knowing what to do to a good drama show.

  • John A

    Yeah i enjoyed that Shelden joke on TBBT.

  • harry

    we all know how talented Shonda Rhimes is at writing season finales for her shows… We can expect something around high 3’s for greys anatomy and scandal finales hopefully !!!!

  • BigBrotherFan

    WOOHOO! Scandal TOP performer of ABC night! EXCELLENT!

    Wish AI was a bit higher, though :(

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