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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  • HalCapone

    What was the rating for POI’s season finale last year?

    I am confident Elementary won’t last beyond a second season and I not so sure POI has more than one or two more seasons of life left in it, either–at least, perhaps not on potent rating night Thursdays. Maybe Both shows are affected by the usual Spring ratings funk but it should be a little concerning to fans of both shows that the second half hours saw a ratings demo decline. This is more distressing for POI fans since this was their season finale. Old workhorse Grey’s actually increased in its second half hour. Next week’s two hour Elementary finale goes up against both the Grey’s finale and the Office series finale during the first hour of Elementary and then the Scandal season finale in its last hour–holy sherlock!

    Poor critical fave Hannibal might not even register a pulse next week. I really don’t have a clue what NBC will do with this show. It seems to be better suited to a limited run series on network tv. I don’t see the ratings getting any better whether it won every single Emmy or Golden Globe available but who knows what the No-Beans-&-Chianti network will decide.

  • Mark

    What is your people’s obsession with other shows failing? I loathe Scandal and Elementary both, but I don’t laugh when they fail in the ratings because I know they have a dedicated fan base.

    What do you want? With the rise of serialization in programming, I feel like it’d be better if shows were able to tell their story (even if they had to be truncated into three or four seasons) than have them be canceled and be glad for it. You want to infringe upon other person’s enjoyment of show simply because you dislike it?

    Grow up.

  • gerry

    it still baffles me that people think grey’s will end last year. until the past few weeks, it was abc’s strongest scripted drama. its not going anywhere until the ratings fall, and that doesn’t seem to be happening.

    i’ve also been of the opinion that scandal and grey’s should switch. and before you go all ‘it couldn’t air at 9′ on me, grey’s started at 10 in the same steamy way and moved to 9 pm just fine. grey’s is (eventually) on its way out. with scandal on fire like this, the time to move it is now, while its still growing in numbers.

    i think scandal could very well help out the other night, but with what happened with the revenge move, abc might be hesitant. greys and scandal pair nicely and seem to have thursdays locked down. so, if anything, i see them switching the slots. otherwise, they’ll just leave it as it is.

  • gerry

    end **next year

  • DW

    even though i stopped watching Glee it should be a Tuesday 8 pm show. it screams Tuesday 8 PM. not Thursday at 9.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @What was the rating for POI’s season finale last year?


    POI halfs decline is 0.2. Its the same all season long and most CBS dramas are with that. For second season is great. In the fall will be again to its regular 2.9 rating. Which will be enoug for #1 CBS and broadcast drama.

  • thesnowleopard

    Wait…is SPN actually #1 on the CW this week? With all original episodes? Wow. Season 11, here they come (okay, that’s stretching it a wee bit, but still…).

  • Jelly86

    ABC should leave Scandal at 10:00 pm. It’s their only bright spot on their schedule.

    NBC will dump Hannibal a horrible and boring show and will renew Community for one more season. Community & Parks should stay just where they are on Thursday. Everyone is thinking MJF Show will be a big hit but I think it will bomb big time just like Matthew Perry’s Go On. Undateable sounds good and Chris D’Elia will be great. He was the only good thing about the now cancelled Whitney.

  • Alex

    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.

    But is also cuts off a huge section of the more casual audience from watching live. There’s really absolutely no upside to airing male skewing dramas on Sunday night in the Fall. Not only are they competing with football they’re also competing with the Fox animated shows for young male eyes as well. Its just a pointless battle that ABC don’t need. ABC has the right general strategy for Sunday – aim for women – they just aren’t executing it very well.

    i think that scandal got a rating this high is because “who its the mole” has been anticipitated pretty much ever since the show started and people want to see who the mole

    Didn’t the last episode end with the First Lady revealing the President’s affair with Kerry Washington’s character and thus massively advance the shows central love triangle plot? I suspect that more than anything else was the reason for the jump.

    POI halfs decline is 0.2. Its the same all season long and most CBS dramas are with that. For second season is great. In the fall will be again to its regular 2.9 rating. Which will be enoug for #1 CBS and broadcast drama.

    Lots of assumptions there.

    Firstly you’re assuming that CBS won’t launch a hit show next Fall and that the rest of broadcast won’t either. Secondly you’re assuming that Person of Interest will bounce back in the Fall which means you’re also assuming that viewers didn’t bail on the show during later episodes of the season because they didn’t like it. You’re also forgetting that Person of Interest may not be in this Thursday 9PM slot next season (which could dramatically alter its ratings for better or worse) and that part of the reason it jumped in the Fall last year is likely because it got a better lead-in which drew more eyes to it. The question is whether those eyes have stuck around and/or will come back.

  • Katie

    I really don’t understand why Person of Interest randomly dropped 2 million viewers a about 3 weeks ago when it had been steady for throughout the whole season.

  • Melissa

    Wow, what a night.

    ABC: Wipeout flopped big time, but if it can recover when the competition fades, it will return. Grey’s Anatomy definitely underachieved last night. Assuming it adjusts up to a 3.0, it is down half a ratings point versus last season’s penultimate episode. I hope it can rise to a 3.5-3.6 for the finale, but 3.2-3.3 seems more likely at this point. Scandal did phenomenal, building on Grey’s Anatomy by a noticeable amount, and setting a new series high. Considering it jumped a whopping six tenths for its penultimate episode, maybe we can see a 3.7-3.8 for the finale? I definitely need to check this show out over the summer. But it would be foolish for ABC to mess with this Shonda combo, because they do great together.

    CBS: The Big Bang Theory did well, and if it is adjusted up three tenths again, it will be flat week-to-week. Two and a Half Men was down half a ratings point versus its season nine finale, which is pretty underwhelming considering the major lead-in upgrade this season. Person of Interest failed to impress for its finale; it was down year-to-year and flat at its series low. It couldn’t even manage a 9:00 win among A25-54, a metric it usually dominates. Elementary was creamed by Scandal, and I fear it will drop further in its 2-hour finale next week.

    FOX: American Idol had another low outing, losing to four (!) shows last night. Glee didn’t go up much for its finale, but it was still solid.

    NBC: Community’s uptick is better than nothing, but I still feel it’ll be cancelled. The Office spiked considerably, and it looks like we might see 2.8-3.0 for the series finale. Hannibal did poorly again, but I wouldn’t be incredibly shocked if it was renewed.

  • Glue

    It’s the season finale of glee.

  • kodoku_no_Maria

    I hope TVD writers look at this drastic tendency and do something. Because they’re loosing audience and they’re loosing us FAST. All the plotholes and inconsideration of what we want…well, that’s what you get – low (and still dropping) two weeks before finale. It’s not even mid-season – It’s finale! And it’s sad

  • theCroup

    Anyone know if there was overrun of AI into Glee last night? I didn’t really pay attention to when the show started and flipped the channel for a bit to avoid the horrible off-key sing out on AI. Trying to figure out if there might be a downward adjustment for Glee because a 2.0 finale is pretty terrible. They have really been hit hard in the ratings this spring. I thought they had stabilized in the low 2s before this past few weeks. Not that it matters with the 2-year renewal.

  • zerg


    0.6-0.5 up in MAY, on 10 pm, in the second season, not even the season finale..last year was 1 point lower..

  • Rebecca

    Thanks for the Jill answer.

    @Mrs. Angela Lansbury
    May I have a cuppa too, please? This waiting on Community’s fate (and my ABC shows) requires some Earl Grey, methinks. And scones.

  • Michael

    Vampire Diaries has been a flop this season.

    WOW, at SCANDAL my goodness! Obviously, the show is going to be adjusted down in the finals because Grey’s always have a 2 minutes overrun, but the show is still going to be at a series high!

  • HowardBeale

    To recap…

    So Finch wanted to find out who would try and take over the machine, so he put out some of the source code to be found, then infected it with a virus, in order to create a virus within a what virus might be created to infect the machine. Brilliant!

    What’s not to love?

  • SarahL

    Scandal is impressive!

  • Melissa

    @Petar Ivanov

    Which will be enoug for #1 CBS and broadcast drama

    As Alex said, you’re making way too many assumptions. Person of Interest has a fair shot at being the #1 broadcast drama next season, but it’s not a sure thing.

    These are the top five broadcast dramas this season among A18-49 (season-to-date):

    NCIS – 3.34 (-11%)
    Grey’s Anatomy – 3.10 (-13%)
    Person of Interest – 2.92 (+0%)
    Criminal Minds – 2.89 (-15%)
    NCIS: LA – 2.83 (-11%)

    Assuming each one of these shows declines the same percentage they did this season next year, that will leave this result:

    NCIS – 2.99
    Person of Interest – 2.92
    Grey’s Anatomy – 2.71
    NCIS: LA – 2.53
    Criminal Minds – 2.47

    You also have to take into account that Scandal should be significantly up year-to-year next season, one of the top dramas this year might slow its bleeding next season, Person of Interest will probably be moved and take a year-to-year hit, and there might be a breakout drama next season that claims the #1 spot.

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