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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  • marco

    following is the winner, idol in toilet!!!!1

  • frodo

    While I think Scandal is an awful show its still the biggest success story for ABC this year.

  • theCroup


    Glee may be well past its prime (in quality and in ratings) but even with the expense and lowered ratings it makes money. It gets a high ad rate for its young audience. A renewal on a big money maker makes perfect sense.

    There are a lot of less expensive shows out there that are losing money but I doubt the networks are scrambling to pick those up just because they cost less.

  • Jay Raskin

    The lowest demo ratings American Idol ever got was 4.1 in Season 1 and 3.9 in Season 11. This season it has been below its lowest demo ever in 20 out of 32 episodes. It hit series low marks six times: Feb 14(3.7), March 5(3.5), March 14(3.1), March 21(2.9), March 28(2.8) and now May 2(2.5).

    It started with 17.93 million viewers on its first episode of this year, on January 16th and now has 10.98 million. It has literally lost 1/3rd (6 million of its viewers.

    I think probably that when/if it returns next year it will have all new judges and a new format.

  • Ian

    I hope Grey’s goes up to a 3.0 and Scandal either stays or goes up! Both were amazing last night! Best shows on broadcast television right now in my opinion!

  • RyanCanada

    @frodo? have you even watched Scandal? how can anyone say its an awful show? u must have crap taste.

  • theCroup


    So, I’m thinking it’ll have 4 celebrity judges again, only they will sit in rotating star trek chairs that start out with their backs to the auditioners… They’ll have to hit a button that turns their chair around to vote someone through to Hollywood.

  • Glenn

    I dont think its a bad score for BATB since almost every show went down average taken is BATB doing better than most shows on the CW

  • sarah nz

    Sad that PoI got an 2.4 :(

    Hopefully it can adjust up, as others have sad it was an awesome episode about The Machine and Harold.

    Does this time of year have some sports finals on in America ?

    I ask because last year had a similar ratings fall for original episodes in the last couple of weeks of the season, and most likely the finale next week may have a similar rating as well…

    Date – 18-49 rating, Audience
    5/04/2012 – 3.00, 13.69
    4/04/2013 – 2.70, 14.57
    26/04/2012 – 2.40, 12.73
    25/04/2013 – 2.40, 13.22
    03/05/2012 – 2.50, 13.27
    02/05/2013 – 2.40, 12.76 preliminary

  • Brett

    @Senor Chang

    Has your source told you Community’s renewal chances?

  • viistor

    Hannibal, The Following, The Cult : the networks should realize by now that the majority of people just don’t like shows that try to celebrate and glamorize killers/villains/evil.. Same thing is happening with OnceUponATime now since it morphed into the EvilQueen show.

    The same is true for shows that are basically ridiculous : Glee

  • Charmed

    I hope TVD adjusts up, but I can’t see it. I just hope it isn’t doing a Gossip Girl and the ratings don’t take a nosedive.

  • Charmed

    R.I.P Hannibal. At least Bryan Fuller can focus solely on they Pushing Daisies movie!

  • Melissa

    Person of Interest’s 2.4 is not awful, but I think CBS will move it next season. A sophomore show in the Thursday 9pm hour with CBS’s highest rated comedy hour as a lead-in should not be losing to a nine-year-old drama. Grey’s Anatomy dominated Person of Interest last night, especially during the 9:30 half-hour (3.0 to 2.2).

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Posted May 3, 2013 at 10:34 AM
    “I hope Hannibal gets renewed. I made sure to watch it live last night and DVR Elementary. I like Elementary too, but it doesn’t seem to need the help.”

    Unless you are part of a Nielsen household, how you choose to watch Hannibal is irrelevant.

  • caveez

    It’s simple, the ratings for POI dropped these last 2 weeks because of the NFL Draft and the NBA Playoffs, same as last year around this time. A huge demo market that affects POI and not Gray’s. All things being equal, POI wins as it had earlier this year.

    The POI last night was insanely good and really is groundbreaking stuff. It truly is a mind bender of a series that constantly makes you think and shake your head at how epic it is.

  • sarah nz

    @ Kylie24

    Why the need to insult people for not watching PoI (in response to the half hour ratings/storyline I am assuming) ?

    It was a very heavy mythology story since the PoI was who it was and if you weren’t up to date in all episodes you would be lost in some places or even perhaps not enjoy it as much.

    There was no need to do that and puts any opinion you share in the same league as the one line “CBS is old people they don’t know how to work a remote/ don’t have an remote” people that can’t articulate any other reason for CBS having the ratings it does as a whole.

    I know that is what the internet is for now, but don’t have to like reading it all the time even when skimming comments it gets through. Rant over.

  • sarah nz

    Wow – just really comprehended what I saw on the table… American Idol got a 2.5 and just under 11 million ????

    Maybe we will stop getting it and The Voice here in New Zealand.. who am I kidding they would just replace them with even more cooking shows here :(

  • Jim

    Deception’s not looking too bad right now…

  • sammy

    @Melissa, you think?

    In that case CBS also needs to move CM, NCIS-LA, CSI … to other time slot? yeah right.

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