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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  • SJ

    ABC killed Wipeout a couple of years ago when it basically ran for 40 or so weeks uninterrupted. I guess Millionaire wasn’t enough of a cautionary tale for them…

    These numbers for Community are basically meaningless. It all comes down to whether Sony is willing to offer it to NBC for next to nothing or not. But the fact that it wasn’t cancelled yesterday means it’s at least still in contention.

    If NBC renews Hannibal, they will have forever sealed their fate as the most pathetic “big 4″ network. For. Ever.

    LOL at the people who are suggesting Grey’s and Scandal should switch time slots. Just wait until flash-in-the-pan Scandal fizzles out next season and see how ridiculous that suggestion sounds.

  • samurai99

    No, Elementary!

    Such a shame, it was a great episode last night. Now we’ll get to see how the two-hour finale does next week.

    Hannibal steady. Finger’s crossed for renewal.

  • Tony JJ

    WHAT THE ****.

    Those were my exact words. When I seem scandal! WOW. That was an insane episode last night and the ending I did not see coming! My jaw was on the floor for about a half hour after the episode ended. I just cannot believe it. Best show on TV right now.

    And with that promo. Could we see Scandal jump to a 4.0 next week? I was gonna say 3.0 but after it just hit a 3.2, a 4.0 seems possible.

  • Ram510

    Who would’ve thought at the beginning of the season that Scandal and Modern Family would be gettin almost the same rating. GO SCANDAL!!!!!

  • Ultima

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

    The Mentalist isn’t dead, CBS renewed it. The reason they moved it was because Thursday 10pm was a much better timeslot for a new show than Sunday 10pm.

    How are poeple still asking this same question after an entire year?

  • Max Vrany

    @Charmed, Too bad that’s not how ratings work.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Is that good or bad for Hannibal?

    Real question- is it good enough for nbc…..i think NOT. They has better dramas at this point. And deception was cancel with numbers around hannibal.

  • Raul

    WOW Scandal beat Grey’s. GA is fading away, ABC should end it next season. It use to be ABC Thursday biggest success and now it’s #2 base on the last couple of weeks.

  • Tommy M.

    “it’s probably the only show on nbc which keeps getting rave reviews, episode after episode.”

    If only rave reviews paid the bills!

  • Tony JJ

    If ABC puts SHIELD on at 8 pm on Thursdays. They could completely re-own thursdays

  • Ultima

    ABC killed Wipeout a couple of years ago

    Yet it’s still on the air.

  • Joseph A

    I do not watch Scandal , and have not watched Greys for years , but heck those are nice numbers ,



  • jazz

    Go Scandal

  • KarenM

    @Petar Ivanov, where are NBC’s better dramas? Have you seen the press release for the new shows they’ve decided to make for next season? Awful! Hannibal’s the best they’ve got going for them.

  • Andrew Dias


    Because Grey’s is still ABC’s highest-rated drama, regardless of how high Scandal has gone. Plus, Scandal hugely benefits from having Grey as it lead-in, having grown out of it or not.

  • Tom

    Third straight 0.5 for B&B. That makes seven 0.5’s in 21 episodes. That PCA didn’t exactly inspire potential viewers after all. Look for the Beast to be shuffled off to Friday next season.

  • Dan S

    Holy cow, I don’t even watch Scandal but I’m very impressed by its meteoric rise from obscurity. I can’t imagine ABC not being tempted to move it to a day & time that needs help like Tues at 9pm. That would then open up the post GA slot to launch a new show. Elementary is finally showing its true colors & not the big hit CBS made it out to be. If it gets moved it’ll fall apart for sure.
    Hannibal stays above 1.0 barely but is it enough to warrant a renewal for NBC ? If it does return Fridays is the only night it could possibly land.

  • Billy

    Variety reported late last night that Sony and NBC were in negotiations for a Community renewal. The negotiations had improved throughout the day, and things were looking up for a renewal.

    I would expect Community to be renewed today for 13 episodes.

  • Brenda

    OMFG, I almost screamed when I saw that heading and saw the actual ratings for Scandal. I thought it would hit that 3.0 in the series finale, I never ever saw this coming. I hope if it adjusts that it goes down to that elusive 3.0. This show is on fire!

  • bjssp


    Yeah, I guess so… Some of the commentators said they were talking about shows where the pilots weren’t done yet, so…

    I’m still just kind of bummed Bloodline and The Sixth Gun weren’t picked up, although perhaps I am forgetting posts where they weren’t hot but in fact the opposite, according to Deadline. At the very least, they seemed different, and the sort of thing that would bring viewers back to NBC. Then again, After Hours/Night Shift was carried over from a previous season, and the Rebel Wilson show went from CBS to ABC, so who knows, maybe they will be picked up at some later point. PLUS, as someone here said, there might have been legitimate problems with the scripts/pilots.

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