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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  • harry

    Wow POI without the 4.0 lead in drops at 2.4 …. while greys with 1.1 lead in stable at 2.7 , so much bragging for POI beating greys having 4x greys lead in….

  • samurai99

    Well looks like I owe BBF an apology. Hannibal still might get renewed, I’ve heard people say another network is covering part of the cost, but those are some bad ratings. Though I think it has been brought down partly all the violence in the news lately.

    Elementary underperforming a tiny bit, but still strong.

  • Hardline_Pro

    What is going on with CBS?!?! What a bad night for them.

  • CrimTV


    Don’t mean to sound like a ‘fan excuse bingo’ but I honestly think people aren’t watching because of the emotionless Elena storyline as they think it’s practically like having a completely different character, mainly Katherine on the show! And of course they either support Delena and Stelena with no feelings for both it will turn viewers away

  • zth

    Wow, the NFL draft killed everything not called Scandal on TV last night – probably because Scandal is skews very female-ish.

  • michael

    Go SCANDAL!!

  • Carlos

    What it happened last night? Almost the whole tv shows felt. Hannibal was bad :(
    Glee series low :'(
    and person of interest, I never had seen it with this rating in new episode.

  • A

    You have to remember that in the US, most college/university graduations are taking place Thurs, Fri, and Sat of this week and next week during primetime programming.

  • glover

    Scandal beat American Idol and Greys Anatomy. Oh my God, ABC created a monster!

  • Winston

    Poor batb, you can’t blame spring because it was reaching these levels before now.

  • zth

    On another note, Scandal beats American Idol for the first time ever.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    The missing episode four of Hannibal was cannibalized (that was Fuller’s pun) into a series of “Webisodes” on the Web. I downloaded them as well as last night’s episode. The Webisodes covered some scenes from the missing episode, which Fuller said would be aired internationally but not in the US. The scenes covered interactions between Hannibal and Graham, Hannibal and Bloom, Hannibal and Crawford, and Hannibal and Abigail Hobbes. Fuller said in his intro that the latter would be significant going forward.

    Hannibal episode five was pretty good. Graham continues to deteriorate. The situation with Crawford and his wife I thought was a distraction, although it does draw from the book. In the book it was said there was mean speculation that one reason Crawford was mentoring Clarice Starling was because of his wife.

    PoI was pretty good with some major events concerning Fusco, Carter and the Machine. The next couple of episodes should be epic.

    TVD was excellent. The Originals “pilot” episode was well done. The actor playing Marcel was good. Joseph Morgan was excellent. And we now know why Hailey is in the mix for the show. If the new series can keep the quality of this episode, it should do well after TVD next season.

    BATB episode was the best yet. Yes, I said that! :-) It was all Muirfield conspiracy all the time and that’s what the show should have been all along. Of course, this doesn’t change the basic problem with the premise but it does improve the pace of the show. Of course, plot holes abounded since computer server rooms don’t flame up like gas stations, and they have fire suppression systems which this one clearly didn’t. :-) Also, the characters still act like idiots at times.

    Still, it would be a mistake to renew it. :-)

    Given the really bad ratings for many shows last night, I think waiting for the finals would be a good idea.

  • Skylar James

    You’re missing The Office from the description

  • senor chang


    You’re being incredibly obnoxious right now, just so you know. It hurts a little too much right now.

  • Eric Robinson

    Hannibal is dead… Damn you NBC. Why did you have to put it on Thursdays? Why?!

  • Burr

    Huh for CBS – all week their numbers have suuuucked. Tonight was no better.

  • Nick

    Ouch for TVD. A 0.9 and extremely low viewership. I thought it would have gone up last night because of The Originals. Guess not.

    B&B sunk a lot in viewership as well though. The 0.5 is nothing new. :p

  • Guardian Owl

    I can’t be the only one who decided not to tune into Hannibal because they pulled the fourth episode, it’s not like this is a light procedural where you can change the order and not really affect things much this is a fairly serialized show and no, chopping it into pieces and releasing it as webisodes I don’t consider adequate. I’ll start watching the show again once the fourth episode airs outside the country and I can watch it.

  • Skylar James

    @Dave: let’s see how Flopkita performs tonight, me thinks another season low is due

  • Anna Bones Clarkwood

    I don’t know about any of you but I laughed a lot with this weeks TBBT, much more than normal.

    Well, the good thing is TBBT fans will watch & enjoy it sometime, whether in 3 days or 7 or on TBS & probably multiple times.

    I actually enjoyed all my Thursday programs this week.

    Those include (no order):


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