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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  • Dan S

    Uh Oh, suddenly Hannibal doesn’t look like its a lock for renewal. It did no better than Community at 1.0 & even had the same number of viewers. Not too worried about P&R, it should be back next season. Congrats to Scanal that handily won the 10pm hour.

  • Dochas

    Not surprised by TVD but I thought it was the strongest episode they’ve had in the past two seasons. I hope The Originals gets picked up because I believe it’s going to be much better than Diaries.

  • feinn

    Batb is cancellation now? Tsc 2.0

  • s0303

    batb and hannibal :(

    not surprised tvd didn’t do that well…i had no interest in “the originals” premiere disguised as an episode of tvd…

    really good for scandal, though i would be surprised if it beats grey’s in the final ratings…

  • Glue

    2 And A Half Men, Glee, The Big Bang Theory, The Vampire Diaries, Parks And Recreation, Community and American Idol fell hard. (TVD Fell from a 1.0)

    How the hell did Scandal go up?

  • Ethan

    Hopefully the cw passes originals…one crappy vampire show is enough

  • ryan


    okay we are f.. up now

  • BenUK

    Noooooooo TVD noooooooo

  • Ed B

    I hope BATB adjusts up. TVD ratings was horrible. No one wants to see The Originals.

  • Janus

    Supernatural does better than Vampire Diaries for second time this year. Amazing.

  • Sky

    Is that 2.7 demo rating for POI correct? Marc Berman’s half hours for the show are 2.5 and 2.3. Shouldn’t that mean POI actually scored a 2.4 for the hour?

  • John

    Hannibal is done. Glad I didn’t get invested in the show. Mads Mikkelsen is an amazing actor though. I hope he does more TV projects in the future.

  • senor chang

    I know you’re probably right, but I’m still going to make an angry-judgey face at you for your withering realism. > : (

    @Tony JJ
    I don’t get this reasoning. It sucks that shows are cancelled, yes, but wouldn’t you rather have thirteen episodes of a show you like than…four?

  • Liz

    I’d love to see half hours on TVD. I can’t imagine plenty of people didn’t turn it off in disgust after the big “hook” for the spin-off was revealed. LOLOLOL.

  • Samuel

    Did anyone else get really depressed reading this?

  • Gabe

    Bloody hell. Scandal tied second with TAAHM, beat Greys, American Idol and Person of Interest. Who would have thought a year ago? Not a fan of the show, but well done anyway!

  • CrimTV

    @Ed B

    I hardly think that saying TVD’s ratings are ‘horrible’ when last weeks preliminary for TVD was a 0.9 too. CW will probably still pick up The Originals because a 0.9 is still a good rating for The CW!

  • Juan

    Damn what happened to TV last night I’m happy thought that scandal and grey’s did fine, scandal hit series high, also hope grey’s gets adjusted up, I thought it was such a great episode and really wanted it to be up, haven’t seen scandal yet though

  • MichaelChickless

    POI? Come on! Elementary? Not too bad….

    Hannibal? No! Community? No!

    Is it too late to bring back the Paul Reiser Show? ;-) :-)

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