TV Ratings Thursday: 'Scandal' Rises as 'Two & A Half Men', 'American Idol', 'Parks & Rec', 'Big Bang Theory' + More Hit Lows

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April 26th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.6/8 2.2/7 2.2/6 1.4/4 1.1/3 0.7/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.4/4 1.7/6 1.7/6 1.2/4 1.1/4 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 11.876 8.172 6.433 3.250 2.452 1.720

CBS was number 1 in adults 18-49 and with Total Viewers.

Note: Broadcast faced unusually stiff competition last night as ESPN and NFL Network carried the NFL draft beginning at 8PM/ET.

On CBS The Big Bang Theory earned a season low 4.2, down a full ratings point from its last original's 5.2 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men earned a series low 2.8, down a full point and a tenth from its last original's 3.9 adults 18-49 rating. Person of Interest notched a series low-tying 2.4, down three tenths from its last original's 2.7. Elementary scored a series low 2.0, down a tenth from its last original's 2.1.

On FOX,  American Idol notched a series low 2.7, down three tenths from last week's 3.0 adults 18-49 rating. Glee earned a 1.8, down three tenths from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Wife Swap garnered a season low 1.1, down four tenths from last week's 1.5 18-49 rating. Grey's Anatomy earned 2.7, down a tenth from its last original's 2.8. Scandal returned to a tie a series high 2.8, up two tenths from its last original's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Community earned a series low tying 1.0, down from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Parks and Recreation scored a season low 1.3 down four tenths from last week's 1.7  Hannibal notched a 1.0, down four tenths from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, The Vampire Diaries scored 0.9, down a tenth from its last original's 1.0. It should be noted that last night's episode was also a backdoor pilot for potential spinoff The Originals.  Beauty and the Beast earned a 0.5, down a tenth from its last original's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, April 25, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.2 14 14.38
FOX American Idol 2.7 9 11.10
ABC Wife Swap 1.1 3 3.42
NBC Community 1.0 3 2.40
CW The Vampire Diaries 0.9 3 2.15
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 2.8 8 11.03
NBC The Office -R 0.9 3 1.84
9:00PM ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.7 7 8.12
CBS Person of Interest 2.4 7 12.99
FOX Glee 1.8 5 5.24
NBC The Office 1.7 5 3.13
CW Beauty and the Beast 0.5 1 1.30
9:30 PM NBC Parks and Recreation 1.3 4 2.54
10:00 PM ABC Scandal 2.8 8 7.760
CBS Elementary 2.0 6 9.94
NBC Hannibal 1.0 3 2.40

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; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/7; 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; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 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) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) 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 and a 0.3/2 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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  • BigBrotherFan

    I’m not going to do a FANTASY schedule crap because I don’t know enough about other series to really say but here’s what ABC should do

    I WANT NASHVILLE ON AFTER WHEREVER THE BATCHELOR ENDS UP (THE two fan bases I can see cross potential there..as strange as that sounds)

    Those are the only ABC shows I care about (MINUS THE BATCHCRAP!)AND HAPPY ENDINGS is pretty much toast, anyway!

  • hiii

    why?????? glee is amazing.. it should be moved on tuesday :(((

  • qrwanda

    Oh! and Kevin Chapman as Det. Lionel Fusco gave an Emmy worthy performance last night. So gritty.

    Actually this show feels as if it could or should be on TNT or HBO.

  • DW

    ratings are not hurting the walking dead and it goes from april -october with out a new episode.

    AMC may have stumbled in PR with their shows , but they did the right thing with TWD 8 in the fall go off by mid December , come back after the super bowl. i think that’s what the nets need to do. 11 in the fall 11 in march.take jan / feb. add new programming or specials or sports there or reruns.

  • Kyere Wright

    So with Hannibal down, what does that do for Deception’s renewal chances?

  • sally

    the only network shows I watch on Thursday night are Person Of Interest and Elementry, I don’t watch any realty shows or singing shows

  • See BS

    Wow. First night of sweeps is a blood bath all around. I expected CBS to go down since they attract the same low-brow viewer as football, but I am in shock at everything else.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Kyere Wright

    I hope if Hannibal goes below a 1 it could put up a good argument to give DECEPTION a second season. I hope.

  • Lukes

    really low for Big Bang theory numbers!

    Ugly numbers for Hannibal and Vampire diaries! Just the good season or something more?

  • theCroup

    Hannibal has a limited season and it’s premiere was pushed back to run into the summer. It’s kind of obvious NBC didn’t have much faith in it for the long run so I doubt it will do anything for Deception’s chances.

  • JoshuaCanada

    Wow,what a brutal night. Hannibal is lower then Deception now, ouch, too bad especially since I thought last nights episode was the best so far.

  • Sherri

    Man, I’m really enjoying Hannibal, I hope it gets adjusted up!

  • Joseph A

    I followed the NFL Draft last night , and the NBA ,

    normally watch TBBT, Two Half Men,

  • Antonio

    Wow, if TVD doesn’t get adjusted up, both Arrow and Supernatural will have beat it this week. That’s got to be the first time that ever happens, right?

  • DaxJackson

    Parks and Recreation wth…why is it on so late for… it used to be on after Community at 8:30?

  • David Howell

    This might have been a good week for the male-skewing CBS lineup to go into reruns. A 4.2 for TBBT certainly suggests as much.

    Ouch for CW. They shouldn’t have been affected at all. ABC certainly weren’t, at least after their 8pm zero hour (see what I did there?). I guess Wife Swap skews more male than the Grey’s/Scandal pairing?

    As for NBC, I don’t think there’s anything more to say about their Thursdays anymore.

  • Dan B

    I didn’t watch TVD last night. Didn’t look interesting. We did DVR it though. I think the show has been lame this season.

    Elementary is no surprise. You yank a brand new show off the air for a few weeks, what do they think is going to happen?

  • Master Cho

    The NFL draft is likely the cause of the ratings decline.

    Vampire Dairies and Beauty and The Beast, aren’t exactly Sports fans demographic.

    Same should be said for everything that night.

    In the case of Beauty and The Beast, it didn’t do too badly considering TVD ratings were low.

    However, I know TVD was 0.9 (before adjusting up) last week, and BATB pulled a 0.6.

    I don’t understand the all the doom and gloom comments for BATB.
    Even ifit doesn’t adjust up to 0.6,0.5 is still pretty solid and still renewing numbers.

    Did better than TCD and HOD.

    Hannibal I don’t think gets this excuse though (NFL Draft) and in my opinion it means the show is all but dead now.

    Just think it fits better on HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, or Stars. Don’t think most network TV audiences like this type of show.

    You could say the same for the following, however Hannibal is more intelligent and is more a study of the dark aspect of human nature.

  • Jenny

    Oh my @ NBC! NBC should have kept Grimm where it’s at, and moved Hannibal. But, oh well now.

    Congrats to Scandal if it doesn’t adjust down in the finals!

  • rob60990

    “So with Hannibal down, what does that do for Deception’s renewal chances?”

    It means nothing. Deception is still dead. New dramas NBC will renew are Revolution & Chicago Fire.

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