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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  • tim_m

    Something has got to be wrong with those half hour ratings on POI. I wonder if some people saw Root with Finch and just assumed it was one of the early season episodes where she had him kidnapped and turned it off. I just can’t believe a new POI would drop that much 30 minutes in.

  • Rita

    Yeek. Hannibal is a known quantity, and honestly Scandal and Elementary aren’t really direct competition. I think it would be a better match for Netflix or a non-network. Also, Elementary really is weakening, no?

  • leonard

    Person Of Interest matched last week’s series low 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.

    Shonda Rhimes killed another show. D-E-A-D.

  • Tony JJ

    #Scandal is STILL trending worldwide! #AskScandal was still trending worldwide earlier today but is no longer trending. But #Scandal still is. After last nights episode I really could see next weeks episode jump to a new series high of a 2.9 or 3.0. It was that amazing.

    ABC should’ve picked up to pilot both of the Shondaland comedy pilots and tried them at 8. Go for a full night of Shondaland shows. Grey’s Anatomy is still strong after 9 seasons. ABC will want to keep this show going. They will throw $$$$$$ at Ellen and Patrick to continue on for season 11+.

  • networkman

    NBC would be foolish to not bring back Community for a shortened season. It should air until midseason and then finish before the Winter Olympics. They have nothing else that can hold up against The Big Bang Theory. I’m more impressed with Community than Parks & Rec.

    Regarding Glee, I’m really starting to get back into it. I enjoyed last night’s Stevie Wonder episode. Amber Riley can definately sing. I feel the show has found its direction again and the new class is becoming more appealing.

    Hannibal is not clicking with viewers. I really thought the show would have alot of buzz, but viewers did not return after the premiere. Most likely not impressed with the pacing of the show.

  • Billy

    The Big Bang Theory up .3 in the finals again to a 4.9 .

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    @International Funding
    Posted May 3, 2013 at 1:14 PM
    “I can vouch for the Hannibal international funding
    -– internet industry insider”

    Wow an insider!!!! Only an idiot would question that well published/written about fact in the first place.

  • Mumford

    It’s a shame Hannibal’s ratings aren’t higher. It’s a beautiful show, morbid as it is. Obviously not for the squeamish but the show is amazing. I’m addicted to it. The acting is great and I recommend people try watching it. I thought I wouldn’t get addicted to it but boy, was I proven wrong!

  • anonimo

    Yes Arrow and Spn beat Tvd ans BATB !!!!!!

  • j

    Scandal hopefully will have lotsa Liv flashbacks in one of the final 2 episodes cuz that’s when they have their best episodes. Yesterday was just Mellie finally going through with her stupid threat that she’d been hovering over for many episodes.

  • Rook

    RIP Hannibal. Stabilizing at a 1,0 just isn’t going to cut it.

  • W

    CBS did well last night! POI was an amazing and epic episode!

  • josh2770


    do you just hate all tv shows?

  • MW

    Of course TVD went down after last week’s horrible episode! 4X20 is the worst thing that ever happen to TVD universe, don’t get me wrong I was on board for The Originals, but then well we all know the baby bomb happened and many people simply quited, and I don’t blame them

  • todd35

    I love POI, but not liking the direction the story has gone… It has gone from simply “Big Brother” is watching you, to more of a Sci-Fi Artificial Intelegence… I don’t like the “Root” charactor either, She should have died at the beginning of the season… They should have focused more on “HR”, Elias, and The Russian Mob… IMO…

  • Bret Undersood

    POI is really good, more people should watch it, but it’s doing about the same as last year during the spring, so just enjoy the show, it got renewed, and be happy.

  • Justin121

    Is Grey’s having a 1-hour or 2-hour season finale?

    It does better with 2 hour events.

  • Justin121

    The Last Great Ratings Sensation designation belongs to Desperate Housewives.

    (In reply to @BIGDADDY).

  • leonard

    It will be a 1-hour season finale, followed by Scandal season finale.

  • Justin121


    Thanks for the reply. Ever since the show got its groove back (shooting finale), it’s been getting 1-hour finales, even though seasons 7,8,9 are far superior to seasons 4,5,6.

    What’s wrong with ABC? So they said goodbye to Desperate Housewives, now they had to go and mess with their one remaining success?

    Basically, I believe the show could have benefited immensly from 2-hour finale events for those past 3 “come back” years”.

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