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


    Stupid hater. You should congratilate scandal fans. Ypu hate for PoI is old one so won’t even comment about that.

  • BigBrotherFan

    omg! Tony Goldwyn is 52 years old!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    No way! I thought he was in his late 30’s!

  • AA

    CBS will expand the Comedy block!

  • Amy

    @ CrimTV I think people are tired of the cure storyline on TVD.

  • BlueAndGreenHair (former BigFlop)

    Scandal ratings are obvious, the most promoted show for SRN (former ABC) and very well promoted by the press too.
    This is the reason why (former ABC) is the 4th network in average ratngs right now.
    Since this show is a “hit” the network flop.

  • Wright

    Hopefully TVD, Hannibal and Elementary adjust up. That seems like a really high rating for Scandal. Was it the finale?

  • Dennis

    Why would scandal adjust down..?
    Greys run over one minute into the 10 o’clock, and they scored lower, so I would say it could be adjusted up!

  • Noel

    I don’t want to be negative, but that’s way too high for Scandal, it will adjust down, and the big question now is, can Scandal live without Grey’s Anatomy? Elementary is facing the consequences of the huge CBS breaks.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    The Mentalist was doing better last year why they moved anyway just to die on sundays?

  • Charmed

    @bjssp, I would listen to Deadline, they’ve been very accurate this season.

  • John

    Grey’s and Scandal are going switch timeslots next season

  • Michelle

    Hopefully POI will be adjusted up. That was a great finale.

  • Damian

    Will The Big Bang Theory adjust up 3 tenths again?

  • ToXiX

    Elementary deserves to be so much lower.

    While I don’t watch Scandal. It’s nice to see a show that was near cancellation turn into a monster hit.

  • senor chang

    Looks like the sudden boom of Scandal basically cockblocked Elementary and Hannibal at 10PM. It’s really the success story of the season.

    Surprising rise for The Office: I expected a slight uptick towards the end, but nothing as huge as a 0.5 rise. Next week should be interesting for both it and Hannibal (though I don’t expect much of a rise for the latter considering the incompatibility of its lead-in). Community was even with last season’s finale, too, so that’s good. I’d give it a 60-40 chance of renewal.

    Not great for the CBS dramas. Both were substantially outweighed by ABC’s dramas, and even with BBT/TaaHM factored in CBS was only ~15% above ABC for the night.

    CW should be worrying about finding some more hits next season.

  • Ultima

    But then again, CBS in general seems to have taken a huge hit across the board since April.

    It’s common to see ratings drops during the spring. CBS is still the top network and it looks like they will win May sweeps, despite NBC’s best efforts to milk The Voice.

  • Andrew Dias


    Nonsense. Grey will stay put and so will Scandal. Hopefully, that is.

  • rob60990

    Greys and Scandal are not switching timeslots. Scandal would die with a 1.3 lead in.

  • KarenM

    Who’s watching that crap Scandal over Hannibal?

  • Charmed

    Scandal had 3.2 in both half hours… I don’t see it being adjusted down.

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