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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  • JJF

    Looks like most shows were down. CBS took a hit across the board. (That’s how you know it’s not related to a specific show. lol) I think POI held up the best though, at least demographically. (Audience was down quite a bit.) I imagine this’ll correct itself once people realize it’s season finale time and the shows are finally new again.

  • Petar Ivanov

    PoI match last season 2.4! Not 2.7.

  • Jamie

    So, Scandal becomes the highest rated 10 PM drama on all of television? Not bad!

    The Originals will still get picked up but those are horrible numbers for TVD. It’s enjoyable but I guess people aren’t enjoying emotionless Elena.

  • FierceR

    LMAO @ Seth’s comment “Floppibal”

  • Ash

    @ Glue

    Scandal skews primarily female. So the NFL draft had little to no effect on it

  • Douglas from Brazil

    I hope Hannibal recover next week and also until June.

  • SJ

    Oh please, Grey’s and Scandal will switch right back in the finals…

  • Elizabeth

    This shocks me. I cannot believe that Parks hit its series low in the demo last night. Especially with a 1.7 lead in by The Office. This wont change NBC’s likely renewal right?

  • eridapo

    POI 2.5 13.13/ 2.3 12.85
    ElEm 2.1 10.39 / 1.9 9.48

    WS 1.0 3.25/ 1.2 3.59
    Greys 2.5 7.81/ 2.8 8.43
    Scandal 2.8 7.98/ 2.7 7.54

    AI 2.6 10.57/ 2.8 11.64
    Glee 1.8 5.56/ 1.7 4.92

    TVD .9 2.18/ .9 2.12
    BatB .5 1.29/ .5 1.29

    Hannibal 1.0 2.34 / 1.0 2.46

    Wow… The Spring has hit CBS hard this week, but given that most of these shows have been off for a couple of weeks it is understandable why they are down. It is also possible Basketball and the NFL Draft affected the more male friendly CBS line up.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Looks like most shows were down.

    Nope. POI was the same like last season. Against NFL draft and playoffs is big for crime show.

  • Gabe

    Hannibal ratings as expected. I called it the day after its premiere. Guess it’s not a certain renewal any more, and Rob’s prediction was premature.

  • Samunto

    Those lows across the board are scary.

    Oh Hannibal. Please rise in the coming weeks!

  • SJ

    So it’s a 2.4 for POI? And since Glee will likely adjust down to tie its non-Thanksgiving series low of 1.7 (how’s that 2-year renewal taste, Fox? :D) it looks like only Grey’s and Scandal somehow DIDN’T drop or match their series lows. Really, really bad night for TV.

  • Fed master

    Survivor beat this week NCIS, NCIS LA, Person of Interest and TAAHM. It will be the second highest rated show this week for CBS. Iconic show!!

  • s0303

    wow…survivor beat tahm and both ncis this week!

  • JacobYates

    If I were the networks, I’d cut the shows some slack. I mean, didn’t every show fall?

  • Petar Ivanov


    I guess NFL drafy and NBA games will be 5+ demo at least.

    Only draft will be 4.0+

  • feinn

    Orignals probably still get picked up…ratings are so so…but reviews were better than I expected
    Better off calling it the klaus diaries

  • Dat

    All CBS shows hit hard this spring!
    ABC is stabilizing on Thursday, with an exception of Scandal which is increasing. Nice.

    POI hits harder than usual, but it’s been expected since other CBS shows have also decreased substantially after the basketball tournament.

  • Giuppy

    OMG, TVD beaten by Supernatural another time! *__*

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