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.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Cass; I agree. The CW continues to sink with its renewal choices. I don’t know how long they think they can keep that up. Doubling down on low-rated shows certain to do worse in another season is a recipe for disaster.

    Nikita at least had syndication reasons (bolstered by decent international ratings for some countries like France) for being renewed. BATB has no such excuse except season one profitability driven by a high international license fee and relatively cheap production costs. That profitability is unlikely to remain true for season two. Renewing it for season three would be insane. But if the CW continues to drop next season in its average rating, what will they do then?

    I’ve looked at the pilots they’re considering and some of them look like disasters in the making. The “girl meets alien” one in particular looks like another BATB skewed toward the W18-34 demo which has been a disaster for the network so far. But it could generate the same fanatical female fans as BATB – and do as poorly in the ratings.

    The Hundred and The Tomorrow People look like they might have a shot. I can’t tell about Company Town since the premise is so vague. Blink looks like a disaster a la Cult. Reign is unclear. The Selection is a Hunger Games ripoff so it might either have a shot a la Revolution or it might be a disaster (a la Revolution!)

    What worries me about many of these shows is there is frequently literally NO ONE I’ve ever heard of on them. The Hundred at least has Paige Turco (from PoI) and Kelly Hu (currently recurring on Arrow.) Oxygen has Malese Jow from TVD and Grey Damon from TSC, but that’s about it. The Tomorrow People has Mark Pellegrino, which is a plus. Every one else is an unknown – to me at least.

    That tells me the CW is going to production companies who are casting the cheapest new actors they can find in order to keep the budgets down. Of course, everyone has to start somewhere, so some of these new people will be perfectly fine actors. But compare that to shows on other networks where name actors are common – even casting movie actors like Mikkelson on Hannibal.

    It’s just not promising.

  • Mon

    @Amanda / Sara
    Do you have male-female 18-49 for TBBT last night and the last new episode before it?Just curious NFL Draft’s impact on its ratings.

  • grey

    “Wow, Scandal beat Grey’s Anatomy.”

    And with a smaller audience.

  • Amy

    @ RSH We’re just going to have to agree to disagree regarding Klaus.

    I thought he was going to be a great villain when we saw the flashback episode to Katherine’s past. I liked Matt Davis playing Klaus taking over Alaric’s body. But Klaus on TVD? He draws ponies. He pouts all the time. He’s more talk than action.

    At this point I’m more afraid of Katherine because of how unpredictable she is.

  • Cass

    @Richard Steven Hack

    I think, uh, one of the pilots cast Matt Lanter from 90210. He might be the alien in that “girl meets alien” series you mention. I don’t know that big name recognition matters much anyway for the CW. Clearly, it worked out for The Following but there’s no heavyweight Kevin Bacon equivalent that the CW can touch. So all things being equal, everyone’s a relative unknown in every new show.

    The last time that the network had any star buzz was GG, I think. And they were all eager as hell to jump that sinking ship. The best thing they have going for them is name recognition re: source material, similar to how TVD’s pedigree got it greenlit. Although that didn’t exactly rake in the big bucks on SATC’s TCD prequel. I have no idea where CW goes from here but I hope they can get at least one more night stabilized so they’ll have the majority of the week be profitable.

    TVD/TO & Arrow/SPN & aliens in a town from tomorrow who breathe oxygen and fight each other for the throne. Or something.

  • Freddy Arrow

    @Patrick Ausgewahlt

    “Grey’s is very female skewing. Person of Interest is very male skewing.”

    Almost all scripted programs are female skewing. Its unlikely that Person of Interest bucks this trend. Obviously some show are going to skew MORE female than others, but to think that mostly men watch POI is most likely quite incorrect.

    “It’s like if they aired Pretty Little Liars and Tosh.0 at the same time. I think there would be 1% viewership overlap max.”

    I (a male) enjoy both and so does my sister, but maybe we’re in the 1%.

  • chris23

    ABC: Scandal the only show outside of VD to build or maintain last weeks demo and audience. Good for Scandal for building on Greys for the first time in the demo. Greys is still stable. Wife Swap is cheaper than scripted pulling the same ratings in that timeslot.

    CW: Great for TVD adjusting up escaping that 0.9 again. BATB renewed but still too bad it couldn’t bounce back up, but all but 2 shows declined from the week prior.

    NBC: I decided to check out Hannibal b/c its ratings weren’t horrible for 10 PM show on NBC.. Now it hits a 1.0… I hope it bounces back up. I only seen the pilot on demand but it was good.. I also checked out Hannibal due to the name and past stories on it to see the tv version as I did with Bates Motel.. Bates Motel is a better show in my opinion but Hannibal is still good. Comedies are what we expect.

    CBS: The hardest hit of all the networks but still wins the night.. shocked at two and a half men dropping a full ratings point holy crap!!! POI and Elementary hitting lows as well.. At least Big Bang Theory adjusted up 3 tenths.

    FOX: Ratings for both shows are what I expect even though glee is a tad bit lower than usual but like mentioned previously most shows were..

  • forg

    I knew it! TBBT will get a three tenths adjustment :D It will likely go back to 5s next week

    Great for Scandal! Now hit a 3.0 please :D

    The Office is ending quietly

  • Freddy Arrow


    “I mean, I knew it was a long shot at best: a Bryan Fuller show, heavily focused on characters and ongoing drama rather than episodic bad-guy-catching, emphasizing creepiness over gore? Since when has ANY of that appealed to Nielsen families? :(”

    The implied message here is that Hannibal is rather well sampled and liked by non-Nielsen households. Do you have any reasonable reason to believe this?

  • ann

    How could the CW renew Beauty &…with those horrendous numbers? If it’s this bad now, wait until next season. And what’s happened to TVD? Their ratings are really on a downward spiral.

  • Cass


    They renewed BatB because it’s cheap to produce, the last on-air CBS production, robust international licensing fee and its procedural nature means potentially better rerun ratings. Also, the CW historically never premieres so many new shows in the fall so people expected that it’d renew one of BatB or TCD.

    TVD always fluctuates between 1.0-1.3-ish in the spring. It rebounds higher in the fall. Nothing new there. However, ratings across the board have plunged.

  • Brandy

    Yay for BaTB,BBzt adjusting up!

  • Scandalfan

    Wow Scandal beat Grey that’s really scandalous. The show is smokin’ hawt.

  • JR35

    TBBT’s upward adjustments are notably higher than most others. But, doesn’t DVR come into play more after the period covered by these ratings?

  • halloween

    @ann TVD is the most stable show on the cw…this season has been basically flat compared to last season. But who really wants the show to go beyond 5-6 seasons?

  • TV Addict

    Community or The Vampire Diaries, which will fall below a 1.0? Answer:

  • s0303

    was hoping batb would adjust up, but it getting renewed today more than makes up for it :)

  • Barbie

    I blame Person of Interest’s decline on the fact that after two seasons, I finally decided to give it a chance and actually enjoyed it, so, of course the ratings would start to go down.

  • Jason

    Scandal haters please remain pressed boo. Nice to see Arrow seems to be back to number 1.

  • Bitter Ringer Fan

    wow first time Scandal beats Grey’s so i will officially stop calling it Flopcandal! and as i said months ago, if it ever hits a 3.0 i’ll start watching.

    TVD kept the 1.0 as its series low yet again meaning that there was a triple tied on the CW this week (Arrow and SPN got 1.0 aswell) I’m still dissapointed on TVD’ ratings though, i really thought because of The Originals, it would create enough buzz to get a season high or something close. Still it got picked up for a series but i think it’s going to struggle.

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