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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  • Sony Tark

    Just my opinion POI half hour rating drop fans thought the Carter character was going to be killed off it looked like a done deal 1- the kill order was given 2- Carter went with the guy who was going to kill her 3- Carter’s number came up the machine identifies her as an asset 4- the machine tries to contact Finch but is distracted by Root 5- Reese/Shaw are in a gun fight that should have been Reese/Carter 6- POI has been killing off all the good law enforcement people this season


    Last Thursday’s Person of Interest was too awesome for words,so many questions answered,but yet so many question’s remain,Root,The Desama spy network and The Machine shutting down because of the virus,so much danger for The Team and also Det.Carter’s life being threatened by HR,this show is like a live action DC comic book,dark and exciting at the same time.I love it.

  • Penny

    Hannibal is so amazing. Visually creative and the cast is amazing together. Each episode is filled with great acting and action. America is truly messed up if they pass on this and watch crap like Teen Mom and Jersey Shore.

  • Melissa


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

    Criminal Minds is eight years old and does not have a hefty lead-in like Person of Interest does. NCIS: LA aired against The Voice this week, which averaged above a 4.0 at 9pm, explaining its drop. Person of Interest does not have to face this kind of competition. CSI is twelve years old and still manages to win its timeslot, something that Person of Interest still struggles to do.


    I think we have a new bingo excuse. A show is doing poorly because it is too male skewing. lmao.

    Tell me about it. :lol:


    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.

    I don’t agree with that. Season four was pretty dull, but it still felt like the old Grey’s Anatomy more than these newer seasons do. Season five was a little over-the-top, but the finale was definitely the most shocking and heartbreaking. Season six was dull throughout but the beginning and end were awesome. As for season seven, it was definitely one of the worst seasons aside from the musical episode. Season eight was probably my favorite since season five, but season nine has been awful.

  • Maya


    Even worst if it started with a 1.6 not a 1.4 to 1.0 the whole “you can’t compare tha ratings of the beginning of the season, of last year” blah blah it sounds like a fan excuse to me, I watched TVD since day one, and I’ve never in my live give up to a show that I saw it since the beginning but TVD it’s not appealing anymore for me the only reason for I keep watching it is Klaroline but because of the Originals that’s not gonna happen, the thing for me is, they are running out of ideas, they can’t keep this love triangle interesting for far too long, it feels like they don’t know how to handle things anymore and other thing that it’s bothering me it’s so many storylines that never leads anywhere or the killigs of the beloved character I mean it doesn’t feel the same, and not in a good way.

  • Justin121

    Aside from the musical episode?

    Wow. We’re definitley NOT on the same page.

    Season Four was more than dull. It was by far the worst season. It killed Grey’s. It effectivley jumped the shark in its first episode when Izzie did a CPR to an animal. It felt so distasteful all the way through the fifth season’s finale. Then again season six was bad until the finale.

    Dear CPR season

    Ghost Sex season

    Hospital Merger season

    were so bad except for the last two’s finales.

    After that it had the old Grey’s feel back, with April and Jackson replacing Izzie and George.

  • Melissa


    Aside from the musical episode? Wow. We’re definitley NOT on the same page.

    The musical episode was pretty ridiculous, but at least it added some life to that dull season.

    Season Four was more than dull. It was by far the worst season. It killed Grey’s. It effectivley jumped the shark in its first episode when Izzie did a CPR to an animal. It felt so distasteful all the way through the fifth season’s finale. Then again season six was bad until the finale.

    Season four was still more tolerable than seasons seven and nine because it was buoyed by still having Izzie and George.

    Ghost Sex season

    I’m really sick of people saying that. If you watched the show, you would know that it was hallucinations from Izzie’s brain tumor.

    After that it had the old Grey’s feel back, with April and Jackson replacing Izzie and George.

    Not at all. Once Izzie and George left, THEN the show jumped the shark. April and Jackson cannot even be COMPARED to George and Izzie. Izzie was played by a great actress, and added so much to the show. April is an annoying, whiny character, who spends most of her screen time complaining that she lost her virginity. George was a sweet, loving character who helped keep everyone put together. Jackson is a stuck-up, annoying, “waste of screen time” character.

  • jules

    In general, I think in America more women watch TV than men, and in households the women hold the remote, not men. That’s why “men” shows like POI, Hannibal, Hawaii 5-0 etc get lower numbers than the typical women soaps, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal etc.

    Bingo, Ivan, Bingo.

  • josh2770


    thank you i was trying to get that point across but of course rob60990 trolls just about every thursday SO ANNOYING :(

  • Suzie

    Always think Big Bang is hilarious.

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