TV Ratings Thursday: 'The Big Bang Theory', 'Grey's Anatomy' & 'Two and a Half Men' Up; 'Scandal' Down, 'American Idol' Hits Low,

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May 3rd, 2013

Scandal A Woman Scorned

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.7/8 2.2/7 2.2/7 1.4/4 1.4/4 0.7/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.6/6 1.7/6 1.7/6 1.5/5 1.4/5 0.7/3
Total Viewers (million) 12.017 8.102 6.752 2.940 3.566 1.692

CBS was number 1 in adults 18-49 and with Total Viewers.


On CBS, The Big Bang Theory scored a 4.6 up 2 percent from last week's 4.5 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men earned a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating up 11 percent from a series low 2.8 last week. Person of Interest matched last week’s series low 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. Elementary notched a adults 18-49 rating, even with last week’s series low 2.0.


On FOX, American Idol earned a 2.5 down 11 percent from last week's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, a series low for a regularly scheduled episode. Glee scored a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week.


On ABC, the season finale of Wife Swap matched last week’s season low 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. Grey’s Anatomy earned a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating up 7 percent from last week’s 2.7. Scandal garnered a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating down 7 percent from last week’s series high 2.8. The minority of you who predicted Grey’s would beat Scandal were right.


On NBC, Community garnered a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating up 20 percent from last week’s series low 1.0. A one hour episode of The Office earned a 1.8 up 6 percent from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. The season finale of Parks and Recreation scored a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating up 15 percent from last week’s season low 1.3, but down 12 percent from a 1.7 for last year’s season finale. Hannibal notched a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating matching last week’s series low.


On The CW, The Vampire Diaries earned a 0.9 down 10 percent from last week’s 1.0 Adults 18-49 rating. Beauty and the Beast notched a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, May 2, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.6/16 15.69
FOX American Idol 2.5/8 10.98
NBC Community 1.2/4 2.80
ABC Wife Swap 1.1/4 3.62
CW The Vampire Diaries 0.9/3 2.13
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men 3.1/10 11.90
NBC The Office 1.8/6 3.47
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.9/8 8.50
CBS Person of Interest 2.4/7 12.76
FOX Glee 1.8/5 5.23
CW Beauty and the Beast 0.5/1 1.26
9:30 NBC Parks and Recreation  - Season Finale 1.5/4 2.89
10:00 ABC Scandal 2.6/8 8.13
CBS Elementary 2.0/6 9.50
NBC Hannibal 1.0/3 2.51

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," 2.4/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.4/6.


  • · 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," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.9/4.


  • · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 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 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters



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  • Oliver

    Surely that 1.2 has sealed renewal for Community? Better than any other comedy, aside from Parks, can achieve on its own.

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    And the natural order is restored! Go Grey’s!

  • Tony JJ

    I want Scandal to keep rising. Last night was incredible. Maybe a 3.0 for the finale?

  • DW

    hmmm. Hannibal. if you were only a 9 pm show on the west coast. i would watch you in real time.

  • eridapo

    Per Marc Berman

    POi 2.6 13.03/ 2.2 12.48
    Elem 2.0 10.12/ 1.9 8.84

    WS 1.0 3.63/ 1.1 3.62
    Greys 2.8 8.23/ 3.0 8.76
    Scan 2.7 8.15/ 2.6 8.12

    TVd .9 2.15/ .9 2.11
    BAtB .5 1.25/ .5 1.25

    Idol 2.4 10.20/ 2.7 11.75
    Glee 1.9 5.63/ 1.7 4.82

    Hannibal 1.1 2.55 / 1.0 2.46

    What has happen to CBS this week? Heck what has happen to it since February? It seems like the bottom fell out by nearly five tenths of a point. Sure spring might have something to do with it, but many of CBS shows have lost millions of viewers when the quality remains the same. Even TBBT is down from its 5.5+ fall numbers to a 4.6

    The sad part about last night is that for hour dramas only Greys hit a 3.0 last night for at least a half hour.

    Welcome to the New Normal (not the TV show) of television.

  • noda

    no way TVD it was sooo goood,c’mon ://
    Hope it’ll go up

  • Dan

    I think Community will get a final season from NBC but I really wouldn’t be surprised if it doesn’t.

  • Billy


    If NBC were smart they would not renew Community just because it is better than the rest of their low rated comedies. They should renew Parks & Recreation and go with all new comedies. They need to get rid of this low rated garbage and find the next hits.

  • Dillan

    Ouch, AI down to X Factor levels.

    TVD will adjust up as always.

  • ally

    good to see Greys beating scandal again. Hope to see scandal crash and burn next season. (Bitter Revenge Fan)

  • m8991

    What’s the big drop with POI? It used to have similar numbers with GA. Last night’s episode was an epic!

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    Wow, PoI loses .4 at the half hour!

  • AlanJ

    Glee down again this week its needs to be moved away from greys and POI

  • m&m

    PR was pretty funny last night

  • Cyrax86

    Still nice for Scandal & Parks and Recreation but once again, ouch for Hannibal. It is a goner!

  • RyanCanada

    all those ratings are horible, and WTF is happening with Vampire Diaries? like i wonder if its due to Elena’s bad girl storyline i know everyone was pissed about that, but shes got her Humanity back so maybe that will bring the people back. i hope BATB and TVD adjust up. i wanna see Elementary up also

  • Melissa

    Person of Interest had an ugly half-hour dropoff. Grey’s Anatomy should adjust up to 3.0.

  • Bee


    but whaaa? how did scandal go down TWO tenths after last week’s amazing episode (the only show where going down 2 tenths is a surprise lol). and it might potentially adjust down to a 2.5? huh? bizarre. maybe some viewers weren’t excited about all the mellie in the promos hahaha

    also, cue scandal haters gloating about scandal not beating grey’s in 3..2..1..

    LMAO that that’s now the new benchmark.

  • qrwanda


    Person of Interest was EPIC last night, so much action/drama packed into 1 hour. How does Jonathan Nolan & JJ Abrams do it. I felt like I was watching Inception last night with a little bit of Dark Knight mixed in.

    Can’t wait till next weeks finale. WOOT WOOT

  • eridapo

    TVD is down to below a 1.0 which is reflective of how the Silas/ Elena arc have been big failures. It seems no one who watches cares for the new baddie nor for the Katherine lite Elena. The show should have stuck to telling a story of a girl who falls for a vampire.

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