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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  • Leoben Conoy

    What a damn shame.

    Another great, well casted, well written, well acted, and very well directed TV show is D E A D.

    Its my favorite new show after The Americans (and The Neighbors) and I now literally have no faith in its renwewal chances.


  • Raul

    Yes Greys Anatomy hit a series low, hope it’s gone to adjust down(such a horrible show)

  • Bizarro

    @Beauty and the flop
    Just a bitter TSC fan, B&TB is doing better than TSC after the final hiatus. B&TB and TSC both got a .5 but however B&TB did not loose as many viewers as TSC did in its 19th ep. TSC got 1.14 million for its 19th ep and right now B&TB has 1.29 million. Also TVD had a 1.0 last year (but it will probably adjust up in the finals). B&TB is doing better than TSC two weeks in a row now. So, save your .4’s until it actually happens especially when the show your comparing it too did worse than the show that is on.

  • Michael

    I’m glad that Klaus Diaries is hitting lows. Kevin Williamson needs to return and save Vampire Diaries!

    SCANDAL was excellent last night!

  • reiaod

    Blip of nonsense for scandal because of EW cover story. That show is going to burst worse than revenge. ABC with its ridiculous short shelf life one season only nonsense shows.

  • Trey

    Nothing to do with these ratings really, but why didn’t this site write an article about Heroes potentially being picked up by Microsoft? All these stories about shows being revived but you don’t write anything about the biggest news for Heroes fans in 3 years?

  • A.E

    @Paleonut@Percysowner supernatural doesn’t have to get renewed beyond ten seasons,probably once they are done with supernatural if TVD still running they might pair Arrow and TVD together

  • rob60990

    “Yes Greys Anatomy hit a series low”

    No it didn’t but thanks for making an idiot out of yourself. :D

  • heba

    thats because scandal is like the only show that abc ever promotes did u see the promos for they put like 4 new promos for it and plus it made the cover last on entertainment weekly

  • A.E

    @Antonio actually both shows beat TVD once or twice but i don’t remember the actual date

  • networkman

    Parks & Rec did poorly considering it had the chance to follow an all new episode of The Office.

  • Kat

    @Liz Definitely seeing it too. The majority of the TV industry is white/male/privileged, so, I don’t expect anything.

    Go SPN! I really hope Hannibal will rise next week.

  • Leoben Conoy

    Any chance a cable network goes and grabs Hannibal?

    None right?

    (a Walking Dead / Hannibal 2-hour block would be wet myself)

  • Mike

    So many reruns last week w no nfl draft. How bout next year you switch that around and pit ur rerun up against nfl

  • Wright

    Of course SPN should air longer than 10 seasons. I would love to see Dean and Sam fighting demons with their walkers.

  • Brandy

    @Bizzaro, thats true but overall BaTB is doing worse than SC did ratings wise,with SC doing 0.8_0.7 til mid April and BATB mainly having 0 5_0.6, only a few 0 7s & no 0 8

  • Tony JJ


    Grey’s didn’t overrun last night though. Scandal started at 10:00 on the dot when it usually starts at 10:02.

  • A.E

    @Wright LOL that would be fun to see

  • meep

    Is there a Save Hannibal online petition or Kickstarter fund yet?? Someone needs to save this amazing show.

  • Katie

    Wow all the CBS shows were down. Person of Interest usually has almost 15 million viewers. From what I’m reading, there was an NFL draft on last night? That is probably what hurt all the shows last night.

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