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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  • qrwanda

    LOL I love how fans of diff shows cheer for a bad rating of another show! It reminds me of 1st grade when I would say Barney was better than Baby Bop.

    Can’t Barney & Baby Bop be the bomb?!


  • JJF

    POI’s losses seem to be on par with CBS’ entire lineup. You cannot single POI out when the entire network is tumbling like a stone. Did CBS stop being carried some places or something? lol

  • rob60990

    Go Greys. ABCs real Thursday anchor. Scandal dropped just like i expected. I guess fans can gloat it rose in total viewers. Lmao.

    Person of DisInterest didnt even rebound and its half hour drop is pathetic. I thought it was going to be beating Greys regularly? Greys crshed it at 930.

  • hello

    Scandal really is the true winner for ABC this year.

  • ROLY


  • Mark

    Ever since Kevin Williamson left TVD and Julie Plec took over completely, the show has really gone down in quality.

  • ryan

    Elementary actually held steady when almost everything else this week has dropped. It is the number one 10 PM drama for CBS, and has 83% retention out of POI. CBS won’t move it next season.

    Hannibal is dead.

  • Bryan


    You’re a fool for falling the revenge vs. scandal debate. Both are good shows with some of the same fans. Please grow up!

  • senor chang

    FWIW, Hannibal is also the cheapest drama on broadcast television.
    I’d have liked to see a rise, but I’ll take stable. We’ll just have to wait and see if NBC will, too.

  • Dan S

    Poor Hannibal ties its series low. I just can’t see this show coming back with such dismal numbers. Maybe NBC should take an established show like Parenthood or SVU to plug in at 10pm on Thur. I can’t believe P&R has already had it’s season finale. It should return all the same.

  • Fred

    Kind of surprised CBS’s Elementary isn’t achieving bigger #s. A 2.0 is fine for a 10:00 drama. However given the promotion after the Super Bowl, I expected more from this show. In addition critics seem to love it.
    I guess Scandal is too much competition.
    I will be shocked if Hannibal lives another season.

    Grey’s continues to impress me. ABC is very lucky to have this show. Not many serial dramas hold up this well after so many years.

  • MichaelChickless

    Go Community!

    Come on Person Of Interest!

    Elementary isn’t looking all that bad.

    Hannibal’s too good for broadcast TV. ;-) :-)

  • ryan

    And it’s actually 91% retention for Elementary out of POI’s last half-hour. Again, this show isn’t moving. A 2.0 isn’t a blockbuster hit, but it is very good for 10 PM.

  • Mon

    Looks like POI needs to get out of there. I think Beverly Hills Cop might take its place because Eddie Murphy isa big comedy star and might attract a lot of TBBT audience to try his show. Or else Monday after the comedies is also a fine place for BHC. TBBT did spectacular. The episode was hilarious. The show deserves the high ratings it’s been getting.

    If it were not for its cast members leaving, The Office could still be renewed. That’s still a pretty strong rating for an NBC comedy.

  • Bee

    omg 0.4 drop for POI last night? lollllll wowza.

    and man has CBS taken a hit this spring. but it’s not that huge of a surprise. their bad scheduling has FINALLY caught up to them. i always wondered in past years how CBS and its shows always held up relatively well while all the other shows were hitting lows. but not this year. their shows are FINALLY hitting the lows that come with “new episode.. 3 week break.. one episod.. 4 week break.”

  • Bryan

    Well, Hannibal is gone. Good thing I didn’t get invested. Can’t be that cheap to make with Laurence Fishburn on the payroll. The Following seems to be the big winner this season. I love me some Bacon!

  • samurai99


    What exactly would they replace Hannibal with if they pulled it?

  • danny94

    Still good numbers for Scandal, Overrated show in my opinion don’t get what all the hype is about

  • CBS makes me happy

    @qrwanda I agree

  • BigBrotherFan


    So was “666 Park” ave and look how that turned out!

    Also, how in the world do you know it’s CHEAP? Are you working for NBC? You think a 1 is okay enough for an hour long drama when a REPEAT OF LAW AND ORDER does better?


    I think the only one HANNIBAL is doing better than at this point (and not by much) is DO NO HARM and SMASH lol

    Something tells me NBC plugging in a LAW AND ORDER repeat and get the same number (if not better) would be better for them at this point.

    As SCANDAL nears it season finale HANNIBAL WILL SEE below 1’s LOL

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