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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  • buttondiet

    Hopefully the Vampire Diaries can adjust up for the 3rd time in a row!


    Community ratings up and Hannibal stays at 1 hope for them they are able to be renewed and put on Fridays.

    NBC Friday:
    8pm: Community
    8:30: New Comedy
    9pm: Grimm
    10pm: Hannibal

  • cam3150

    Other sources are reporting Scandal at a 2.7?? Either way, what a GREAT episode!!!! Wow, I’m still thinking about it.

    What has happend to POI?? It’s a great show and used to do really great in the ratings.

  • Herald

    Great for Grey’s! I’m sure it’ll keep rising for the last two episodes which are going to be huge!

  • Lisa

    @ally, why would Scandal doing badly make you as a Revenge fan happy? I’m really not seeing the connection here. And no, I don’t watch either show anymore. Just curious.

  • BigBrotherFan

    NBC needs to pull HANNIBAL now and just air it on Saturday. What a HIGH PROFILE FLOP! The show is not catching on and isn’t too far from SMASH numbers. Time to go to Saturdays and be done with it!

    Regardless, those are still great numbers for SCANDAL and what a great episode last night!
    I still think they are setting up Mellie to get killed off but with this show, who knows? it’s clear that CYRUS doesn’t care who he has to take out for benefit of Fitz and I can see Millie biting the dust..can see her perhaps blackmailing about Defiance? Just a thought…or anyone think she maybe the mole and that Scott’s character is actually working for her? thought it was odd she knew about Olivia and Fitz.

    American Idol…Geez..WOW…Not sure what to say!?

  • John A

    A real good TVD Episode. Adjust up to a 1.0 please.

  • Alejandro

    Will this be the week TVD finally falls to a 0.9?

  • samurai99

    Elementary was on fire, last night, easily the best episode of the season! Hopefully more people will start tuning in again for the last few episodes.

    That 2.0 should put to rest the mytha that Elementary is going to get moved to Friday or Sunday rather than CSI or H50.

  • Oliver


    What do you suggest NBC do when a new comedy bombs out the gate? Tolerate it for 5 months, using lots of promo resources in an attempt to prop it up?

    Personally, I’d put an established veteran there instead…

  • j

    eridapo, stop being so BIASED, CBS is doing just fine!

  • Dillan

    Regarding TVD, some changes need to be made next season because people clearly aren’t liking this season. I honestly think Kevin Williams needs to come back as Julie isn’t making the best decisions.

  • TimsDale4ever

    You would think that the closer AI gets to the end the ratings would go the other way. lmao

  • CrimTV

    The thing is people are complaining that TVD is down to a 0.9, but that’s only a tenth below the series low in it’s 4th season.

  • Rachor Samien

    Elementary, H50, Mentalist, CSI etc. all 10pm dramas hits all time low. Maybe CBS 10pm rating standarts has been changed.

  • Oliver


    Are you trolling? It’s on at 10pm Thursday and it’s a cheap import that’s airing most of is season in summer, hardly “high profile”.

  • TV Addict

    Community!!!!! #sixseasonsandamovie!!!

  • Seth

    Floppibal is dunzo

  • Tea

    Go greys still going strong :)

  • J

    Would like to see Vampire Diaries not adjust up later today :p

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