TV Ratings Thursday: 'The Office' & 'Glee' Rise, 'Scandal' Hits High + 'Elementary' & 'Wipeout' Hit Lows

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May 10th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.7/8 2.4/7 2.4/7 1.5/5 1.5/5 0.7/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.7/6 2.0/7 1.9/7 1.5/5 1.3/5 0.7/3
Total Viewers (million) 12.094 7.270 8.641 3.279 3.510 1.724

CBS was number 1 in adults 18-49 and with Total Viewers.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory scored a 4.6, down three tenths from last week's 4.9 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men earned a 3.4, up two tenths from last week's 3.2 adults 18-49. Person of Interest was even with last week's series low 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. Elementary fell to a new series low with a 1.8, down two tenths from last week's series low 2.0.

On FOX, American Idol earned a 2.8, up two tenths  from last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. Glee scored a 2.1, up two tenths from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, the season premiere of Wipeout  earned a dismal 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, a new low for a premiere. Grey’s Anatomy earned a 2.9, down a tenth from last week's 3.0 adults 18-49 rating. Scandal garnered a 3.2, up six tenths from last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating and a new series high.

On NBC, the Community season (series?) finale garnered a 1.3, up a tenth from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49. The Office  earned a 2.3, up half a ratings point from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. Hannibal was flat with last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, The Vampire Diaries earned a 0.9, down a tenth from last week’s 1.0 Adults 18-49 rating. Beauty and the Beast was also even with last week's 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, May 9, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.6 16 15.70
FOX American Idol 2.8 9 11.20
NBC Community 1.3 5 3.14
ABC Wipeout -P 1.2 4 4.33
CW The Vampire Diaries 0.9 3 2.16
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 3.4 11 12.62
NBC The Office -R 1.1 3 2.40
9:00PM ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.9 8 8.60
CBS Person of Interest 2.4 7 12.98
NBC The Office (9-10) 2.3 6 4.41
FOX Glee 2.1 6 6.08
CW Beauty and the Beast 0.5 1 1.29
10:00 PM ABC Scandal 3.2 9 8.89
CBS Elementary 1.8 5 9.15
NBC Hannibal 1.1 3 2.66

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," 2.5/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.5/7.
  • 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," 1.0/5.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.7/6 in metered-market households and a 0.5/4 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) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • Brian

    So much for CBS and their so called New Hit Elementary..LOL Bomb!..i watched Scandal!

  • qrwanda

    Question for everyone (i am just curious)

    Would you rather your show had a 3.2 rating (like Scandal)?


    Would you rather your show be the 2nd most watched with 12 million+ (POI)?

    I am just cuious as to what you all think.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Hm, CBS move TAHM reruns to wednesday with Mike and molly starting from May 22. If that show us something means that they will need at least 3 new sitcoms – 2 for Monday and 1 for thursday.

  • Ultima

    Would you rather your show had a 3.2 rating (like Scandal)?
    Would you rather your show be the 2nd most watched with 12 million+ (POI)?

    If you’re interested in popularity, then high viewers.

    If you’re financially invested in the show or you want it to remain on the air, then high ratings.

  • Ultima

    Hm, CBS move TAHM reruns to wednesday with Mike and molly starting from May 22

    It’s only for the two weeks after Survivor ends before they start with summer programming (cooking show, then Big Brother). 2 Broke Girls next week, then Men/M&M.

    If that show us something
    They do this every year, don’t read anything into it.

  • Bern

    Wow Scandal. Always wanted to see this show but I think it’s time to see it.

  • Mh

    The Scandal episode last night had a BIG revelation in it. So people tuned in….if Grey’s was to leave, Scandal would still be the same. Most people that watch Scandal don’t watch and don’t care about Grey’s. Two totally different shows.

  • Petar Ivanov


    Viewers show how popular one show is but is ONLY for PR. If you are network boss you will want what make you money. And advertisers in US pay for C3 or prime 18-49 demo, 18-34 demo and 24-54 demo. Plus gender, incom, education etc but uknown for us. But don’t worry POI is second CBS drama for the season in prime demo and #1 in reruns beating even NCIS. So its more than profitable for CBS. Also is dirty cheap with only 4 main leads 2 of them 100 000$ all others under or around 50 000 per episode. Still think that this time they can escape this May dip.(they lost all ganes for the season) No big deal. Next season.

  • Rebecca

    To anyone who watched Wipe Out (or just knows the answer), is the original girl back on the show? It looked like her in promos I saw (briefly shown in commercials) but I didn’t watch last night so I wasn’t sure. Vanessa’s gone? Hubby wants to know, lol.

  • Jeff


    Because 9pm Sunday has become a death slot for network tv and SHIELD (presumably) is the only show that can thrive at that hour, due to buzz and the dedicated followers of the Marvel universe.

  • A

    All my favorite shows are doing well. I do hope both Grey’s and Vampire Diaries tick up, though.

  • Em J

    Kinda odd how Elementary went down considering what happened in the episode! (I did feel really sorry for Sherlock even if I knew what was going to happen before they went in the house! Huge Sherlockian I KNOW what SHE does xD)

  • BigBrotherFan


  • Petar Ivanov

    Still strange. May 20 Monday is 2BG rules TBBT and Mike and Molly. Change rules with Moms and you has CBS Monday rulz againd. Big revamp. Lets wait 3 days but i think CBS will change Monday line ups not with one but with 2 shows.

  • Ultima

    To anyone who watched Wipe Out (or just knows the answer), is the original girl back on the show?

    Yes, Jill Wagner is back! :)

  • BigBrotherFan

    Crazy thing about Scandal is it does so well in the 18-49 demo but the cast just looks young but they are really actually kinda old (I’m not hating) I am just shocked Kerry Washington is in her mid 30’s, Tony Goldwyn in his 50’s!!!!! But I wish they get rid of Cyrus ANNOYING over-the-top dramatic partner James! He’s so annoying I wish he just leave with the kid and not come back. Cyrus is a great character for a really old guy but I totally enjoy his character and the actor playing him does a remarkable job. I feel James(?) holds him back!

    Can someone please explain who the mole is? I don’t even know who that man is and I’ve watched every episode except one in October.

  • bjssp

    @Petar Ivanov:

    I don’t see how airing those shows on a special night means anything about CBS ordering more comedies.

  • Anna

    Not really shocked by Elementary, honestly. It’s been slowly losing ratings steam all season. It would bounce up a little here and there, especially if Scandal wasn’t on, but I figured it’d go below 2 before it ended. Yesterday’s ep was hilarious to me in points where it shouldn’t have been, it’s been disappointing to me lately.

    Scandal continues to impress. I have to get around to watching it one day. It’s the little engine that could.

  • Ultima

    Still strange

    No, it’s not. They end Survivor early and have to fill the timeslot. Back when it was on Thursdays, they would only have one week to fill, so they just used a CSI repeat. Since moving to Wednesdays, it’s usualy been sitcoms (last year it was M&M/RoE then TBBT/2.5 Men).

    May 20 Monday is 2BG rules TBBT and Mike and Molly.

    And next week they are pulling Rules of Engagement for a repeat of The Big Bang Theory. They’re just trying to goose the ratings a bit, nothing more.

  • Mrs. Angela Lansbury


    You need a cuppa darling.

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