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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  • JP

    POI season finale last night was EPIC & BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Can anyone please explain to me why some people have stopped watching THE best show on TV?????? A 2.4 makes no sense at all????

    The ending was mind blowing!!!!!!!

    (Do not want to ruin for anyone who has not seen it)

  • Nathan

    Wasn’t Scandal’s have hours a 3.2? How is it likely to adjust down?

  • Nathan

    *half hour

  • Cher

    I hope ABC repeats Scandal this summer!!! If they repeat Season two they will probably gain another million viewers. If you watch one show, you will be hooked!!! That’s how everybody I know who watches it get’s started.

  • Melissa


    Wasn’t Scandal’s have hours a 3.2? How is it likely to adjust down?

    Because half-hour ratings have no implications on whether or not a show will be adjusted in the finals. Half-hour ratings are preliminary, and just like regular program ratings, they too can be adjusted up or down in the finals.

    It is possible for show to have half-hour ratings of 3.0 and 3.1 and end up with a 3.2 final rating; that would mean one of the preliminary half-hour ratings was adjusted up in the finals.

    Grey’s Anatomy aired its final 2 minutes in the 10pm hour, so Grey’s Anatomy will likely adjust up. Scandal may not be adjusted down, but that has more to do with whether or not the last two minutes of Grey’s Anatomy were higher rated than Scandal (I assume they were).

  • Dude

    I see them moving Grey’s Anatomy to the 8pm death slot next season and Scandal getting 9pm.

  • Nathan

    Thanks :)

  • Vanessa S.

    POI’s finale was truly fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I even tolerated Shaw which is saying something because I normally can’t stand her. I’m sad to see the ratings down.

  • Rebecca

    Geez, The Office has me crying a bit more than once (streaming it on hulu now) – very good episode last night, and I still have 5 minutes left. What the heck are they going to do to me next week with the finale?!


    Last night’s episode of Person of Interest was pretty damn AWESOME,hopefully season 3 will start off with a bang like season 2 went out,I love POI and I know the ratings will go up even higher when the new season starts this fall.

  • Melanie P.

    Way to go Scandal, it rocks!! :)

  • R.H. Golem


  • Bizarro

    TVD and B&TB were so good last night. To be honest, all of the CW shows were good this week, though I didn’t see 90210. TVD and B&TB can not catch a break, can they go up next week at least and TVD will probably adjust up to a tenth but its sad that these shows are going to their season finale’s next week and both shows are at their series lows this week (the last two or three weeks for that matter)!

  • qrwanda

    @ Ultima

    So isn’t that crazy then?

    If the show is to survive or be viewed as successful then the ratings share could or should be at 3.0 or even 4.0 or somewhere around those numbers. But the viewers, the actual alive people watching the show is at 8-9 million…THATS GOOD!


    If the show such as my personal favorite Person of Interest is at a 2.4 or 2.9 which is a lower ratings share than say Scandal or Greys Anatomy but averages around 13/14 million actual alive people watching every week then that is not so good.

    Anyone else find that just a little crazy? (in the voice of Chris Rock) I mean just a tad?

  • qrwanda

    My last statement is for EVERYONE to ponder.

    CRAZY STUFF i know,

  • Chris

    “Scandal garnered a 3.2, up six tenths from last week’s 2.6 adults 18-49 rating and a new series high.”

    What the hell? How does this happen? It jumped so high?

  • Pamela

    When are the final numbers released?

  • Rebecca

    Well, before I knew how important the desired demo ratings were with a show’s success, I would have said having the most overall viewers was important (being #1 or even #2). Now I know the ratings are more important, and most of my shows often rate #2 or further down the list in their timeslots (often #3 or #4 if they’re below stuff like American Idol, The Voice or Survivor – all shows I don’t watch, so I’m just grateful when my shows continue to be on the air. And not being a Nielsen household, I just watch whenever and however I can and don’t care how many real fans my shows have.

  • Brenda

    I hope ABC repeats Scandal this summer!!! If they repeat Season two they will probably gain another million viewers. If you watch one show, you will be hooked!!! That’s how everybody I know who watches it get’s started.
    I agree they would be crazy not to. I’ve seen many people say they will catch up over the summer. This show would do huge numbers for the season 3 premiere, its trending towards it for sure. Especially if the finale is as crazy as I’m expecting it to be.


    Person of Interest is an excellent show,with great high concept plots and a great cast (Jim Cavizel,Michael Emerson and of course Tarji P.Hensen),all good,plus the over all ratings have been pretty good all season,so IMO,POI will stay on CBS for a good long while(at least three more seasons),this show is like The Dark Knight but without the capes and masks. :)

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