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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  • jean


  • CrimTV

    I think it’s time that Elena gets her emotions back, people obviously don’t like the fact she is emotionless

  • Bee

    OH MY GODDD!!!!! GO SCANDAL GO SCANDAL GO SCANDAL!!!!!!!! the one show fans do not miss!!! :)
    it would be amazing if it beat or tied greys, but i suspect itll adjust down as greys adjusts up.

    and wow at the lows this week. repeat madness and the spring hit hard.

  • KarenM

    Hannibal’s going to be cancelled for sure! *SIGH*

  • Chris

    Too much discontinuity with basketball and other Thursday evening stuff.. POI needs to be more regularly programmed…. Not twice in like 5-6 weeks. Really hurts the continuity of the show and the story lines.

  • jean


  • NBC Fan

    It is me or do breaks actually help Scandal?

  • Liz

    The Originals is going to be possibly the most racist show on broadcast. Almost all of the witches on TVD have been black, and they keep being made to do the bidding of the white vampires. Now there’s finally a story about the witches revolting against their oppression…only now they’re white and they’re going against a black vampire king. Unbelievable.

  • RyanCanada

    OMG i hope BATB, TVD and Elementary all Adjust up! PLEASEEEEEEEEE

  • Keith

    I really don’t get this whole excuse about the draft. If I were a Nielsen member, I would still watch my shows live and press that button every 15 mins to ensure that they continue to get good ratings over a draft pick. I mean what is the point of watching that live? Can’t they refresh their internet browsers to see who the picks are while watching their shows live?

  • TJ

    I’m not sure what to make of TVD ratings. It’s tempting to blame storylines, etc, but the demo ratings for it got lower last spring, too. I’m not sure how the overall viewership numbers compare to last season, but are those dramatically lower than this time last year? The viewership drop is what has stood out to me, but I always figured that as long as younger viewers hung in there the CW didn’t care much about that.

  • KarenM

    PoI’s always had tough competition from GA. Not sure why GA still does well. Good job for PoI anyway.

  • Andrew Dias

    @NBC Fan

    I noticed that, too. Should it’s ratings hold, it will be the second time Scandal comes back from hiatus to a series high.

  • John A

    Ah i didnt like TVD/The Originals Pilot. Its worrying that TVD is growing back to 1.2 area.

  • Joseph

    Well done scandal! Number one drama of the week! Congratulations!

  • Billy

    Everyone needs to calm down about the CBS shows this week. They will be fine going forward. You had the NFL Draft and first week they went up against NBA playoffs. CBS skews more male and they lost plenty of male viewers to sporting events last night.

    Notice how ABC and FOX take less hits against these sports. They are female skewing.

  • MichaelChickless

    Glue “How the hell did Scandal go up?”

    People who watch soap operas usually aren’t interested in the NFL Draft.

  • Mon

    I hope TBBT adjusts up by 0.3 again. TAAHM looks weaker than 2BG considering the former has stronger lead-in and not against The Voice.

  • Stop the Flop


    Now that really reaching.

  • Bri

    Everything was way down especially on CBS. POI at a 2.4 way down from its last showing. At least BBT had good numbers. Don’t remember the last time Two and a half men went under a 3.0.

    Glad to see idol getting some low number. Very happy that scandal was ABC highest rated show :)

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