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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  • Anne

    BATB is fine this is 2013 cant compared to previous years, ratings are catastrophic everywhere!

  • ht

    Don’t forget Hannibal is an interntional co-production so if NBC can it you can be sure you’ll find it elswhere in the cablesphere or online platforms.

  • Stacey

    @Carlos Glee didn’t hit a series low. It had lower on Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day.

  • rob60990

    Grey’s crushed Person of DisInterest! See fans are blaming the NFL draft. Excuses excuses. Shocked Grey’s didn’t hit a new low. ABC is too busy promoting dangerous hot mess Scandal. Well they got the hot mess part right. :D

  • Freyja

    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.

    This is how I felt, and I don’t watch TVD at all stopped way back in season 2, cause I couldn’t stand Elena then. I think The Originals is going to be better than TVD more adult oriented and less high school drama.

    Am I looking at the ratings right did Scandal and Two and a Half Men beat AI? Very nicely done!

    YAY for SPN beating TVD again heheheh

  • Bella Bellini

    I thought more people would watch The Vampires this week because of The Originals pilot :( I liked it. Hopefully it gets picked up anyway.

    They really messed with the continuity by not airing that ‘controversial’ episode of Hannibal. I need to track it down online. I will be really upset if Hannibal is cancelled. One of the best shows on TV right now.

  • Carmen

    I’m a big critic of and generally have no sympathy for fan bingo excuses, but in the case of last night I think there is an arguable excuse.

    That is, The 1st round of the NFL draft.

    That is huge with a large segment of the population. Mostly male, but also an increasing number of females are into the draft. At issue is how it (the draft) will impact the season and perhaps most importantly. . .their own fantasy football picks

  • Tessa

    I know it’s too early and there’s a big chance TVD adjusts up but I can’t help to be proud of Supernatural – the little show that barely gets any promotion outside whatever its online fanbase gives it – to beat TVD both in demo and total viewers. Even if that changes it’s still the second time it has happened in the preliminaries this season and it shows remarkable stability for the 8 year old show.

    That said I hope “The Originals” pilot rises. I root for the CW and want them to have at least one more successful show.

  • forg

    TBBT hit a 4.0 last year when it faced NFL draft and knowing how it adjusts up in the finals, maybe this will be one of those weeks where it will get a 3 tenths adjustments

    Impressive for Greys and Scandal. ABC needs the 8 PM that works to make this a winning night overall

  • david

    wow pretty much everything down last night. I was hoping the Originals would do better and to bad to see BATB fall this week. I am pretty sure everything will rise next week.

  • Funeral Dinner

    Is it really relevant to say TBBT has dipped when nearly 15 million people still watched it?

  • Ivan

    Americans are really dummy people. :D Best show for the last 5-6 years ( Hannibal) and can’t get more than 1.0? And the nonsense Glee with those numbers? This must be some bad unfunny joke …

    Seriously now, is it possible for Hannibal to get picked up by some cable/premium network? FX, HBO, Showtime etc.? It’s a shame, such a good show to get wasted.

  • Chris

    Boy, the impact the NFL Draft had on original programming last night was (at least as far as I’m seeing it) kind of catastrophic. The NFL Draft seems to draw more interest than the NBA Playoffs. That’s how much of a ratings machine the NFL is. In the middle of the offseason, people are still interested.

    P.S. I’m a regular watcher of The Big Bang Theory, Community (when TBBT is a rerun), The Office, and Parks and Recreation who was instead watching the draft last night. So I’m not alone in different programming plans last night.

  • Dave

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

    Have you check the latest index on this site? Nikita is certainly coming back(whether final, short blah blah)!

    Ratings are irrelevant for Nikita! :D

  • Potato

    Almost everything was down about the same amount… so… is it a wash?

  • Shiro

    Hannibal, please go up next week. really wish people don’t stop/give up from watching it.

  • John

    LOL at everyone being “OMG ______ NOOOOO”.Pretty much all the shows are down this week, lets see if next week is better before we go crazy.

  • J

    Grey’s premiere 4.3
    Person of Interest 2.9

    Look at them now, dropped almost 1.5 rating while POI dropped to a .5.
    GA is anything but stable while POI is more stable.

  • Dave


    I completely agree with your analysis on The Originals! I thoroughly enjoyed it and for one am glad high school won’t be a setting for the new series!

  • Eidnic

    P&R seems to be on at a different time every week, I can’t fault people for not watching. I would tune in at 8:30, see that it was The Office, and assume P&R wasn’t on this week. I wish networks would be consistent with when they air new episodes.

    The same excuse can’t be used for Community though, which is a shame because Jim Rash wrote last night’s episode and he’s very talented.

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