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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  • Charmed

    Is that good or bad for Hannibal?

  • John A

    TVD will adjust up to a 1.0 as always. Wow at Scandal amazing ratings.

  • Garrett S.

    @ Chris J.

    Why? As awful as it is, a 1.3 is good for NBC.

  • Douglas


    And OUCH, Elementary.

  • Shawn P.

    :O SCANDAL? What the heck? Why didn’t greys hit a 3.0 ? I’m so confused!!! It was part one of the finale, and everything!

  • Glue

    Community probably just sealed its fate with a renewal :).

    (Btw it was the season finale.)

  • ateofi

    WOw, those are amazing numbers for Scandal – it just masacred the competition. I wonder if it is going to be adjusted down? Elementary hit series low – I wonder why? It was such a good episode. POI remained steady and Vampire Diaries lost a lot of viewers and demo this season.

  • Charmed

    Wow @ Scandal! It’s a monster!

  • Dennis

    Oh My… Scandal!!

  • SF

    SCANDAL!! Gladiator united and delivered huge ratings!!! The finale next week is gonna be EPIC!! So happy for Kerry, Shonda and co.

  • cam3150

    SCANDAL!!!!!! Holy crap!!!!! WOW, ratings should not make me this happy! What a great episode last night and it was not even the finale!

  • Chris J

    @Jeff (Canada)

    Community only scored a 1.3 after all of the #watchcommunitylive #savecommunity and #renewcommunity on Youtube and Twitter.

    Not a good sign in my book, but who knows maybe they’ll get a mercy renewal?

  • Burr

    Wow person of interest and elementary really fizzled out.

  • Andrew Dias

    I don’t think Scandal’s ratings will hold (let’s be honest, a six tenth increase over last week?). But, even if it’s adjusted down a tenth or two, it will still be huge.

  • Mika02

    Scandal so happy for you amazing show with an amazing cast and writers. I hope they will see the treatment of Scandal as how they should treat future shows.

  • Ron

    Scandal did better than Grey’s so how would it affect it? at most it could adjust down to a 3.1, still a series high. Should see a 3.5+ for the finale?

  • Paleonut

    Holding my breath for the finals… but Supernatural might just be the top show on the CW this week :-D

  • psychic

    I’m almost embarrassed to say this, but… If Wipeout goes, I’ll be inconsolable for months.
    A full hour of cringing is strangely enjoyable when it’s done at other people’s expense.

  • bjssp

    That’s just a great result for Scandal. I wonder if it can climb even higher for next season.

    I also wonder if TBBT can go higher next season. If not, perhaps the key for NBC is to put its new MJF comedy up against it. For a long time, I thought that would be a mistake. The only other spots I see are Thursday at 9:00, Tuesday at 9:00, or way back in third, Wednesday at 8:00. Thursdays at 9:00 might be more wide open, but what goes at 8:00? Something old would be going against what needs to be done, which is a complete reboot of the night, and something newer might struggle. As I said yesterday, and will say again, the best bet for NBC on this night might be all single cams–MJF, followed by another family show, followed by Assistance and About A Boy in some form, capped off by a new drama. IF–and this is as big, big, big if–TBBT moves to 9:00, I am fairly certain that’s what will happen.

    But might Fox move a comedy there next season? Idol is down, and TXF never was that big, but it’s not out. Seems like a waste to give Glee this slot, so I expect either a new drama or a new comedy set here. Might Fox be so bold as to put New Girl here?

  • Seth

    Exceptional for American Idol.

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