Thursday Final Ratings: 'Hannibal', 'The Big Bang Theory', 'The Vampire Diaries', 'Grey's Anatomy' & 'Office' Retrospective Adjusted Up

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May 17th, 2013


The Big Bang Theory was adjusted up four tenths, Grey's Anatomy, the Vampire Diaries, Hannibal, & The Office Retrospective were each adjusted up one tenth among adults 18-49, versus the preliminary Thursday broadcast ratings.

Want to know why adjustments occur to the preliminary ratings? Read this.

Broadcast primetime final ratings for Thursday, May 16:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory - Season Finale 4.8 16 15.48
FOX American Idol  (8-10PM) - Season Finale 3.6 11 14.31
NBC The Office Retrospective 2.1 7 4.43
CW The Vampire Diaries - Season Finale 1.1 3 2.24
ABC Wipeout 1.0 3 3.81
8:30PM CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 3.3 10 11.83
9:00PM ABC Grey's Anatomy- Season Finale 3.1 8 8.99
NBC The Office - Series Finale (9-10:15) 3.0 8 5.69
CBS Elementary (9-11) -Season Finale 2.0 6 8.98
CW Beauty and the Beast -Season Finale 0.5 1 1.26
10:00 PM ABC Scandal -Season Finale 3.2 9 9.12
NBC Hannibal (10:15-11PM) 1.1 5 2.46

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • JD

    Well Hannibal is damn sturdy. It’s a low number, but NBC was falling to like .7’s and lower in this time slot over the last couple of years. Plus its a decent amount cheaper than most of its shows, and the international sales must help boost the bottom line. Not to mention it’s the best drama they’ve had in years.

  • forg

    this 3.3 figure for the TBBT repeat even beats a couple original Modern Family episodes.

    Just one episode.MF season low was 3.2.

    Anyway, wow +4 tenths for TBBT and 3.3 for a repeat. TBBT is such a strong now,too bad CBS didn’t move it to 9PM next season they would completely beat the competition and TBBT could likely pull 6s on a regular basis.

    Happy with The Office series finale ratings :)

  • Alex

    With canned laughter (laugh tracks), you can often hear it abruptly start and abruptly end – so you can tell it’s fake like that.

    That’s not necessarily a sign of canned laughter so much as a sign of bad editing. Also doesn’t laughter start quite abruptly in everyday life? People don’t usually build up to.

    For the record the use of canned laughter is grossly overstated and miss-characterised. Its actually very rare that a show will put in laughter where there wasn’t any during a taping and its also rare that they will make the laughs bigger. Canned laughter is almost always used for editing purposes either to cover the fact that they’re slicing together shots from different takes or to cover the fact that the audience laugh was too loud or goes on too long (and thus drowns the dialogue that follows). Also as noted above a lot of what people assume is canned laughter is just bad sound editing.

  • Rebecca

    That too.

  • CBSviewer

    Elementary is so low. Next season will fall even lower. Two and a Half Men averaged 3.8 this season with The Big Bang Theory lead-in and next season it will probably fall to high 2′ or low 3′. It makes me think Elementary is not going to live long on Thursday at 10 with these ratings.

  • Ivan

    I still can’t believe something so awesome, so impressive and stellar like Hannibal was born this year. Since April US and International TV got much more luminous with Hannibal in the schedule. :P :)

  • Alex

    Plus its a decent amount cheaper than most of its shows, and the international sales must help boost the bottom line. Not to mention it’s the best drama they’ve had in years

    Its cheaper because of the international sales.

    NBC have less exposure on the show because more of the costs of production are recouped from international sales than is traditional for a US drama series. This is very similar to the models being used to finance Dracula and Crossbones which will both air on NBC next season. This is also why those shows have been given straight to series orders. It isn’t financially viable to produce a pilot with no guarantee that the show will get a series order. Its also why the show is limited to 10-13 episode seasons (the same is currently true of Dracula and Crossbones) it isn’t cost effective to produce more each year because by and large international broadcasters aren’t prepared to pay for more than that.

  • Roco

    Scandal will be a beast come this fall..

  • Bitter Ringer Fan

    @FringeFan if The Office was a fail, what would you call Fringe’s series finale? mmm I think you should just shut your mouth if you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    TAAHM will be fine even without TBBT as a lead-in, I don’t see them as compatible shows anyway. I can see the 11th season being the last one but not because of a ratings collapse but because negotiations might become a pain in the ass for CBS.

  • zth

    @Bitter Ringer Fan who said:

    TAAHM will be fine even without TBBT as a lead-in, I don’t see them as compatible shows anyway.

    This – exactly. I don’t think that the TBBT’s and TAAHM’s audience overlap hugely.

  • Sean

    YAY!!! GREYS ANATOMY is STILL a BEAST! AFTER 9 Seasons…to pull these type of Numbers! GO GREYS!

  • Contrast

    Hannibal holding steady with its 1.1, but will NBC accept that?

  • tv watcher

    Hannibal isn’t cancelled, well i don’t know i don’t watch. Now that Scandal is over I might actually catch it!!!


    I loved Greys last night, good finale also even though some didn’t like it. I did!!!

  • Flame

    Okay, so TBBT is down 0.1 week to week and up 0.4 for the Season finale year to year. I guess we can safely assume that reports of the show’s death are greatly exaggerated. :)

  • The End

    @ It makes me think Elementary is not going to live long on Thursday at 10 with these ratings.

    One or two low rated episodes does not equal a dead show. Come on, surely you’ve been coming here long enough to realize that?

  • ToXiX

    I have got to take a moment to say.

    WOW @ The Office

    That looks kinda cool to see a 3.0 next to a comedy on nbc.

    That’s nice that the finale drew such a good rating.

  • CBSviewer

    @ The End

    Of course I realize Elementary is not dead because of “one of two low rated episodes”. Im just saying Elementary will have a weaker lead-in next season and its ratings will probably go down (I don’t know if it’s because it was a two hour episode but a 2.0 and less than 9 million viewers is not good after The Big Bang Theory). The only question for CBS is: Can they do better in that slot ? If the new 2-Hour comedy block is successful and Elementary keeps falling CBS will want to move it to launch a new Show. I really like Elementary and I hope it will not happen but it’s possible.

  • JR35

    Idol adjusted up two-tenths- so, just a six-tenths increase from the performance show. Last year, the results show gained 2 points in the 18-49 demo (4.4 to 6.4).

  • JR35

    Also- the table should read that Idol was on until 10:07.

  • Alex

    I think its unlikely that Elementary is moved from that Thursday 10PM slot before the end of next season. By and large CBS is usually quite reluctant to move shows around the schedule during the season so it would have to do very badly to move I suspect. Given that Reckless is (currently) the only drama they have on the bench also probably works in its favour. Reckless doesn’t strike me as a show CBS would be wise to put against Scandal. Although where exactly CBS ends up slotting Reckless will be interesting since there are no obvious open slots mid-season unless the Thursday comedy expansion goes spectacularly badly.

    Elementary’s long term prospects are pretty much impossible to gauge at this point. It could thrive on Thursday night with the comedy lead-in next season. Equally the Two and a Half Men lead-in could (and arguably should) be noticeably better than Person of Interest. CBS does seem very invested in making the show work at this point as well. Whether that extends into next season remains to be seen. Having watched the finale it appears to be a show that has gotten substantially better over its run and it is very much a CBS show (especially since so many of their shows are essentially Sherlock Holmes disguised).

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