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.


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  • CookyMonzta

    And I thought Idol had bottomed out. The people must not like the shenanigans they are pulling to throw the most deserving of the contenders under the bus. We already have enough sex vixens in the music industry.

  • Billy

    The Big Bang Theory got a huge .3 bump up in the final ratings again to a 4.5.

  • Rook

    RIP Hannibal. I know the episode pull wasn’t s huge factor, but I’m sure it’s at least an influence on this drop…hopefully they at least air it before the series is pulled entirely.

  • Jay Raskin

    Last year, only the April 5, 2012 episode of “American Idol” failed to reach a 4.0 rating among 18-49 year olds. That episode did a 3.9.
    This year, 21 of the 31 episodes have failed to hit a 4.0.
    This is the fourth episode that has failed to reach 3.0.

  • Cass

    @TSC’s Revenge
    BTW, ratings have been down across the board so I wouldn’t necessarily read too much into this weeks 0.9; furthermore, it is likely to adjust up 0.1.

    I never thought I’d say this but I hope it doesn’t adjust up and The Originals backdoor pilot marks the new series low for TVD. I had high hopes for it and was fully on board until the plot-twist-from-soap-opera-hell smacked us all in the face. It’s a good thing I’m not a shipper and more invested in the relationships. I’d probably be even more disappointed.

    At this point, The Originals can probably go two ways. Considering they were willing to jump the shark in the pilot, either it rampages awesomely from here on out or it curdles up in a ball and whimpers to its death.

  • Amy

    @ Cass I’m just hoping JP decides to be the showrunner of The Originals and leaves TVD in more capable hands.

  • TSC’s Revenge


    I agree on The Originals…  I think the spin-off has been ill-conceived from the start.  It’s a bad idea that smacks of a desperate attempt by a desperate network.  AFAIK, Peodwitz made his bed… now he can lie in it. CBS/WB are fairly cash rich; however, I would imagine that even they have their limits on how long they will put up with a poor performance by the CW.  Only time will tell…

  • Jess

    oh god if Hannibal gets the axe I am going to cry. It’s my favorite thing on TV right now and it’s so beautiful and brilliant and I may have sent many love letters to NBC (oops).

    Part of me does think it’s too early to panic though… or at least that’s what I’m telling myself… have to see how the ratings are next week.

  • kris

    they need to move Hannibal maybe on mon, tues or after law and order i like hugh dancy but i am watching scandal at that time

  • Nikki

    hahaha and they renewed beauty and the beast.. this is disgracful.

  • Jon

    Let’s be honest it really doesn’t matter where Hannibal is placed on the schedule, it’s still dead weight. I don’t think we have even seen the bottom for it yet. I predict a 0.8 for next week. Scandal and Elementary are big hits.

  • Martine

    Hannibal is dead. It really doesn’t strike me as a show worth watching. Too many serial killer shows, and its on the bottom of that big heap.

  • Martine

    Is Hannibal about the serial killer? I am assuming here. i really don’t recall what it is.

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