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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  • TV Addict

    STILL AT A 1.0!!!! #sixseasonsandamovie

  • Leoben Conoy

    @From what I’m reading, there was an NFL draft on last night? That is probably what hurt all the shows last night.

    Correct. It destroyed almost everything in its path last night.

  • Tony JJ

    one of my comments didn’t post. responding to senor chang


  • Jelly86

    CBS still rules Thursday and will continue to do so next season. This is how I would schedule Thursday for next year:

    8-Big Bang Theory
    8:30 – Mom – New Comedy
    9:00 Person of Interest
    10:00 Elementary

    I would move 21/2 Men to Sunday –
    7:00 60 Minutes
    8:00 Two And A Half Men -New Night/Time
    8:30 Greg Garcia Multi-camera Comedy -New
    9:00 Beverly Hills Cop -New
    10:00 Good Wife-New Time (Final Year)

    CBS has to make major adjustments on Sunday by adding two comedies and moving Good Wife to 10:00 pm, so, if there are any NFL overruns only Good Wife will suffer.

  • Rob

    Wow, almost everything was a season or series low. Eesh.

  • Michael

    The TVD fandom blaming every ship and character for low ratings lol. I’m enjoying the chaos.

  • ViolaDeWynter

    I’m so glad Hannibal is getting canceled. WORST SHOW EVER, and most of its fans seem to be The Following haters which on the other hand is THE BEST SHOW EVER! Well guess what, my favorite show is a huge hit and yours is about to get axed. Take that!

    Sincerely, The Following’s BIGGEST FAN and a HBIC 8)


  • Jon

    @Ron…..If they would have kept Revenge on Wed nights it would be pulling in similar numbers to Scandal right now as well. By putting it on Sundays against TWD was such a stupid move, nothing can compete with that show, networks might as well just show some cheap reality programing in that slot

  • Roco

    @rob, you’re the real idiot for being such a hater..

  • Jon

    @ Peter….2.4 is a series low for POI. I’m a huge fan of the show, but that was not a good number, and the episode was quality as usual, and sets the table for a tremendous finale next month

  • Leoben Conoy


    @I’m so glad Hannibal is getting canceled. WORST SHOW EVER, and most of its fans seem to be The Following haters which on the other hand is THE BEST SHOW EVER! Well guess what, my favorite show is a huge hit and yours is about to get axed. Take that!

    And you have the literally the worst opinion in the history of message boards. Take that!

  • Claudia


    Ive been reading you for awhile, when HOD and BATB go on par, you like both shows when you feeled threatened HOD could get cancelled you are against BATB…whats your deal you like it or not? But you know TSC & BATB scenarios are different, the only thing these two shows have in common is the timeslot even the target demo is different and not to mention the production cost and how they sell internationally, just an example, they canned TSC and never made a DVD release and so far BATB cast and crew are already talking about the DVD for the first season….how about that for renewal hints?

  • Serial Rocker

    Not sure why so many people think that the CW wouldn’t be hurt by the sport programming. Plenty of homes are still one tv families and so if dad wants to unexpectedly watch the sport then the kids are watching TVD online or recorded the next day. As such, the CW ratings are hit too.

  • MDM

    Lots of people must have been watching the Draft. Not at all surprised at the Hannibal rating.

  • 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

    Of course it doesn’t have to be renewed, but if it is one of the few consistent performers on the CW, the CW should consider keeping it around if possible. Plus if it goes to eleven seasons, it will beat Smallville and be the longest running scripted show that on the CW (counting the years of the WB and UPN). I think I read that eleven seasons would make it the longest running American produced genre show. With Doctor Who hitting its 50th anniversary, nothing can top that. It would be a nice little landmark for Supernatural, a show that spent years with Dawn Ostroff wanting it gone, burying any publicity for it and not being able to dump it because its ratings were too good.

  • KarenM

    @ViolaDeWynter, there’s no accounting for taste.

  • DanielR

    @ViolaDeWynter You are aware that most people who pan The Following and like Hannibal tend to do so because they appreciate that the latter actually treats violence and death as having stakes whereas the former is a pathologically cynical show that treats death as a spectacle, right? People who are huge fans of the following and detractors of Hannibal are probably the same kind of people who used to line up to watch the poor and dissidents be torn up by animals in the Coliseum.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    The Big Bang Theory is up .1 from last year, but a million and a half viewer total viewers increase. Weird. The Big Bang Theory will adjust up. Always does. It could be .1, .2, or its even been three before.
    I think the real story is that HIMYM was only .1 away from Two and a Half Men in its last original. I dunno was rating CBS local programming at 6 gets, but I’m pretty sure it isn’t a 4.2 lead in.

  • Melissa


    Don’t remember the last time Two and a half men went under a 3.0.

    That’s because it never has. Its previous series low was a 3.3 on 3/14/13.


    Grey’s premiere 4.3. GA is anything but stable.

    First of all, Grey’s Anatomy earned a 4.4 for its ninth season premiere. Secondly, aside from its first few weeks, Grey’s Anatomy has been pretty stable in the high 2’s/low 3’s all season.


    Heck if you want no lead-in for Grey’s then maybe it should be at the 8pm slot!

    Sure, because it’s not like the local affiliates air programming at 8pm. :roll:

    Now look where Grey’s is, and look at where POI is. Which one is more stable?

    I see nine-year-old Grey’s Anatomy at a 2.7 and sophomore Person of Interest at a 2.4. Stability is irrelevant if the show is stabilizing at a low level.

  • NBC’s Diego


    NBC’s New Tuesday (my idea):

    8pm: THE VOICE
    9pm: HANNIBAL
    10pm: GRIMM

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