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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  • Ultima

    So isn’t that crazy then?

    No. It’s not a popularity contest, it’s a business. Younger adults are a more valuable product than older adults.

  • TV Addict

    This was a great night for The office and scandal. But the big news (for me, anyways) is Community!!!!

  • Justin121

    LOL at people who act like ABC’s schedule is so full of hits that the only place for Grey’s to move would be 8pm or 10pm on Thursday (a useless move) or 10pm Sunday (another useless, albiet sentimental, move).

    Fact remains, Grey’s Anatomy is ABC’s biggest hit.

    The only non-CBS drama that can go as high as it can.

    Moder Family is barey a couple of tenths ahead, and is a half-hour show (amidst a seas of low rated half-hours).

    Once Upon A Time collapsed.

    Revenge failed (to remain on a comperative ratings level).

    Scandal is a flash in the pan.

    DWTS is 3 hours of low ratings just as all the non-MF sitcoms, non-Grey’s dramas.

    Grey’s is ABC’s biggest hit, most reliable flagship.

    The only way to capitilize on Scandal’s success would be:

    a) leaving it where it is.

    b) moving it to another night.

    Grey’s has nothing whatsoever to do with it.


    Doesn’t Scandel season 2 remind anyone of Grey’s Anatomy Season 2 of course its nowhere near as big as Greys? Remember the show started after DH then had superbowl slot and then it was such a huge phenom by when Denny died and then ABC moving it to Thursday about seven years ago it beat CSI. Everyone was talking about it. Wasn’t Grey’s doing like 25 million at height? I would be so happy if Scandel broke 10 million next week in ratings. The show is sizzling hot with a great cast. Honestly if they want to move Grey’s I think 10pm in its old time slot Sunday. Well next season might not be last for Greys but guess what I am hearing it will be last for Ellen Pompeo, Patrick and Sandra all their contracts expire and they might not get them back. They all signed two years to wrap show up or they are leaving. I am sure after 10 seasons they want to do other roles or other things.

  • Penny

    With each episode Hannibal just gets better. This weeks episode was another great installment with visual references to the horror movie The Shinning. I also like how Fuller uses other cast members from Pushing Daisies, sweet. Darcy is amazing as Will and Mikkelsen just brings the character of Hannibal to a new level. I pray for NBC to renew it. It’s such a beautifully well written show which sadly is underrated by modern America who would rather watch reality mind-numbing trash.

  • Lena


    Wrong. Arrow was 0.9, SPN 0.9. SPN did not beat Arrow sorry. Also, calling me a hater for pointing out that SPN is not really the highest rating show on CW is childish. Grow up!

  • Lena

    *Correction. I just saw the final ratings, so SPN did beat Arrow. Twice this year. Maybe the CW should place SPN on another night since it is doing so well.

  • Hugh

    Well done Scandal! Even boosted Kimmel

  • Cam

    Hope Hannibal gets renewed, it’s a great show!



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