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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  • Petar Ivanov

    Great POI finale. Hope adjust up a tehth to match season 1 finale.

    I don’t like scandal but ratings are insane for 10 pm show. I was thinking that revolution will be the last drama that hit 3.0+ at 10 pm but that will be scandal. Congratiletion to scandal fans.

  • rob60990

    Thats the best Person of Disinterest can do for a season finale?

    With all the hype Scandal should have hit a 3 months ago. Its competition didnt even crack a 2.

  • jepizo

    n 1 of the supernatural cw week, this victory is our fans supernatural, 8 years of success, the coming of the nine years

  • Martin

    Scandal will be adjusted down come finals, but the question is by how much?, I sense a new series high still. Maybe Nashville should introduce the President and have him shot, that’s when things turned around for Scandal.

  • Joseph

    Prime-time broadcast numbers may have been helped by the fact there were no NBA playoff games last night, only three Stanley Cup playoff games, and one-third of the teams in Major League Baseball weren’t playing last night (May 9th) either.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Amazing on SCANDAL it destroyed that FLOP HANNIBAL that lost over 50% of it’s lead-in! How pathetic! Why is NBC even bothering with this flop show? It makes them look pathetic!

    Please NBC announce the cancellation of this turd already!

    I’m so pleased with SCANDAL great news! Must watch it NOW (PVR)

  • Carl

    Are we going to have BBT up .3 and TVD up .1 in the finals again? It’s like Groundhog Day.

    Too bad about Elementary. I keep hearing comments on tumblr from new fans of the show, but I’m not sure how many live in the US.

  • Jared

    Happy to see Beauty & the Beast steady in the demo and up in total viewers. Next weeks finale looks intense!

  • bjssp

    Oh yeah, I read somewhere yesterday (Deadline?) that Hannibal’s renewal prospects were pretty strong. While I am taking that with a big grain of salt, based on the source, I happen to think it will be renewed if it doesn’t dip any further.

  • janis

    TVD ratings is down again I hope it would increase on next weeks finale. Last nights episode was awesome better than last week. I bet lots of Nian fans are too heartbroken to watch the show last night. I truly hope they won’t go the Gossip Girl route which ended in season 6 with just 12 episode.

  • JJF

    Elementary is in trouble next season. But then again, CBS in general seems to have taken a huge hit across the board since April. Have they stopped airing in some markets or something? Their entire schedule is tumbling.

  • BenA

    @Max Vrany

    Even if Scandal adjusts down, it’ll still be a series high. The shows that under-performed were Elementary, Wipeout, and Hannibal.

  • Chuck_T

    Hannibal is a goner. Though I thought the episode last night was good.

  • George


    Obvious troll, is obvious.

  • Dillan

    Why are people not watching TVD?! These past few episodes have been amazing!

  • Jeff (Canada)

    @Chris J

    All that hashtag stuff and free Internet marketing is as useful as a Save Our Show page on Facebook, or a worthless Internet petition. The people in charge of making renewal decisions know that, and they know that the rise probably came from people just wanting to tune in. So no, they won’t take into account the “effort” they made to do last-ditch marketing online.

  • Jenny

    Scandal is a freaking beast! Can’t wait to watch last night’s episode.

  • Ram510


    My coworkers are laughing at me for screaming SCANDAL!

    I told everyone here Scandal would hit a 3.0+ by the finale and season 3 will open even bigger!

  • Dochas

    I have never watched one episode of Scandal but I see a summer marathon in my future. This is not my normal viewing pleasure but I simply need to see what is so good about it.
    As for TVD, I’m sure it will adjust up. As apathetic as I am to Julie Plec, I must say seeing Alaric last night was a wonderful. His friendship with Damon was the best thing on that show.

  • pedro

    and for the 4th week in a row, TVD will be adjusted up from 0.9 to 1.0 , still managing to have never hit less than 1.0 in 4 years
    hopefully it’ll rise for the season finale next week

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