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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  • Tea

    Half-time ranking????

  • peter barry

    it boggles my mind how tbbt and two and a half men can get so many viewers.two of the worst comedies on tv.

  • Paul

    @John What?? Grey’s at 9p.m is a MUST!

  • Mark

    Finale week:

    Grey’s Anatomy – 3.4
    Scandal – 3.5

  • Eric Robinson

    Hannibal needs to be adjusted up if it’s going to have ANY chance of survival.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @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.

    The trand for CBS is exactly THE SAME like last season and seasons before. You just get it now. CBS has the most crime dramas and they go low in April and May and than they go UP next season when cold days started. You will see but i guess will be surprise again.

  • John

    @AndrewDias why would they not capitalise on the momentum Scandal has by putting it at 9PM? Grey’s will likely end next season and they need as strong of a Thursday anchor as they can get while it’s still on the air

  • Tommy M.

    Scandal won’t move from 10PM because it’s content isn’t appropriate at an earlier than 10PM. Another night is possible, but why move it when it’s doing exceptionally well for them where it is?

  • George

    I don’t understand how such a great show like Hannibal only gets 1.1

  • Uofmguy423

    I watched the Scandal pilot and didn’t care for it, but given the rise this season in viewership maybe I’ll check it out this Summer.

  • Tony ^_^

    Even if its adjusted down two tenths, “Scandal” will be at a series high. So good for ABC.

  • KarenM

    It’s about time…people are now noticing that Elementary’s a waste of time.

  • Shepherd

    Holy crap Scandal! Was there any kind of preemption?

    The fact that POI hasn’t fallen by its usual 1/10 per week for the last couple of episodes seems like a really good sign.

    I’m not really sure why Elementary has been fallen so much lately.

    Lots of big surprises this week. First TCD, then 24, then Scandal, and also Ele to some extent.

  • Max Vrany

    @Ultima, FOX was also in the mix to win May Sweep last I saw, but as you said CBS looks to be coming out on top.

  • were123

    ABC must be happy about Scandal, it seems it will keep up to be the new Greys in rating terms. The show is really good so I’m happy :)

  • Kyle R

    @Chris J

    Even if that twitter and youtube stuff did anything (it does’t), it’s been going on all season.

  • Cyrax86

    Astonishing that Scandal had a 2.0 this time last year!

  • Alex

    Very impressive for Scandal. I would however caution against all this ‘move it to 9PM’ chatter. One 3.2 rating does not a Thursday flagship make. Regardless though that’s a fantastic number particularly considering it limped through its first season. Be interesting to see what the finale does next week.

    Speaking of interesting finales next week there’s The Office. It seems to have picked up a little momentum this week. Can it top Person of Interest which seems to have actually lost momentum throughout its season (ditto for Elementary).

    Hannibal holding steady. Shame its not at a more impressive number. But NBC have done a lot worse in that time slot…

  • sofia

    @ BigBrotherFan

    you call hannibal a flop based on ratings only? it’s probably the only show on nbc which keeps getting rave reviews, episode after episode. it’s not a show for everyone, obviously, but it’s been sold worldwide without even a pilot before it premiered on nbc. it’s a well thought, written and directed series, and while I’m not surprised by these ratings – given it’s nbc, the time sloth and the fact it started mid season, facing already established shows – but I bet it’s going to get renewed. wait and see :)

  • Uofmguy423

    @George – Because Hannibal isn’t that great…and the majority of viewers aren’t interested in cannibal serial killers before they go to bed.

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