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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  • FringeFan

    Everything pretty much crashed & burned last night. Just shows that you can’t take huge hiatus & expect people to tune right in except if you’re Scandal.

    Love Hannibal, but it’s going to be cancelled plus half the time I can’t even understand what he’s saying. Uhm, hello do you really have to whisper?!

  • tv_viewer

    The cancellation bear just ordered Hannibal’s liver with fava beans and a nice chianti.

  • brandon

    Season/series lows all around! (except for Scandal)

  • feinn

    All numbers low across the board? Why

  • BigBrotherFan

    Ohhhh LOOK my prediction was RIGHT ON THE MONEY WITH HANNIBAL!!!!


    Scandal did amazing of course!

  • Anthony

    Not surprising that Parks is down. That is the third timeslot it has aired in the last three weeks. NBC seriously needs to figure out what it is doing with it’s scheduling. How will anyone watch if they can’t figure out what time a show is on?

  • Adwhois

    Gotta chuckle at NBCs programming. Though I do like Community

  • Dillan

    Ouch for pretty much everything, except Scandal.

    I was expecting more for TVD. Obviously, The Originals will still get picked up, but I thought after all the hype for it, it would score at least a 1.0. I thought the pilot was great and I’m hoping it will adjust up.

    BATB down to TSC levels. If the next few episodes get 0.5’s, I can’t imagine a renewal.

  • Lesley

    The Hannibal drop should be the headline here, not the rest. Thats the obvious one to gasp about, the one that makes a difference.Why was it left out of the headline? Is it a strategy? Its not very objective anyway.

    Mikkelsen is a great actor ,I agree, but he is getting a bit type cast as the baddie. He was the baddie in a Bond movie too.Id rather see him do something different.

  • KarenM

    It’s a shame I got involved in Hannibal but even though this week’s episode was weak it still has some of the best character and character interactions I’ve seen on network TV in a long time.

  • CrimTV


    The viewers number on April 26, 2012 (this time last season) was 2.22 million, so viewing aren’t down that dramatically, but it scored a 1.1 this time last year. Hopefully it adjusts up though :)

  • feinn

    @dillan batb has been at tsc levels or lower all season…nothing has changed

  • Sarah

    Glee down. :)

  • DonnaT

    Even if/when TVD adjusts up, I expected a higher demo + viewers for this “back door pilot” unless TVD viewers are as bored/annoyed by the “B plot” of this episode, namely killer/emotionless Elena as I am.

    However, relatively speaking, IF The Originals holds 0.9/1.0 average next season (or whatever is next year’s 20%+ of The CW average) and TVD averages 1.0 -1.2ish(again adjusted for next year’s overall CW performance), The CW will have a second strong night if The CW doesn’t mess around with the successful Wednesday pairing of Arrow/SPN

  • Verus

    Goodbye Hannibal. Such a shame the show is really interesting.

  • Wright

    TVD was great. I bet live + dvr ratings will be really high. How can you not like a show that has Klaus and Elijah in it?

  • Rachel

    I hope The Originals doesn’t get picked up. It sucked.

  • Dave

    I really enjoyed The Originals last night. I hope it’s ordered to series. Those crazy shippers need to back off and stop hating on Phoebe Tonkin aka Haley! The girl was phenomenal last night!

    LMFAO at Floppity and the Beast! :D


  • João Paulo

    Series slow para POI, damn hiatus.

  • alexjones

    pretty bad night all around, I imagine the NFL draft was responsible for most of it. POI’s ratings look pretty bad on first glance but when you consider what is was up against those are actually pretty good ratings. Elementary also held up okay. I think the originals will still get picked up despite somewhat dissapointing ratings, nearly everythign was down tonight and that’s still good ratings by CW standards, I doubt the BATB ratings tonight will have much effect one way or another, 0.5 is still okay ratings.

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