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TV Ratings Thursday: 'Idol' Finale Drops Substantially From Last Year (Updated), 'Office' Series Finale Rises (Also Updated) & 'Scandal' Matches High

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May 17th, 2013

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Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC NBC UNI CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.4/11 2.6/8 2.4/7 2.2/6 1.4/3 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.5/9 1.6/5 2.0/10 2.2/8 1.3/4 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 13.608 10.353 7.194 4.436 3.558 1.767


FOX was number 1 in adults 18-49 and with Total Viewers.

On FOX the finale of American Idol earned a 3.4 from 8-10PM,  Update: We just got time zone adjusted fast national ratings from FOX (which are usually the same as final numbers), and American Idol earned a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating from 8-10:08, which is still a huge dive (44%)  from last year's  6.4  Adults 18-49 rating

In total viewers, this marks the first year that American Idol's finale did not hit the 20 million mark. For those interested, in the half hour that the American Idol finale went up against The Big Bang Theory, it only earned a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory scored a 4.4, down half a ratings point from last week's 4.9, but even with last year's 4.4 adults 18-49 finale rating. The two hour finale of Elementary earned a 2.0, up a tenth from last week's series low 1.9.

On ABC  Wipeout  earned a series low 1.0, down three tenths from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Grey’s Anatomy earned a 3.0, down a tenth from last week's 3.1 adults 18-49 rating. Scandal matched last week's series high 3.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, The Office Retrospective earned a 2.0 from 8-9 PM.The Office finale earned a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating from 9-10:15 PM, which is up from last week's 2.3 and a 16-month high.  Hannibal earned a 1.0, down a tenth from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, The Vampire Diaries matched  last week’s 1.0 Adults 18-49 rating. Beauty And The Beast also matched last week's 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

 

 

Overnight ratings for Thursday, May 16, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory - Season Finale 4.4 16 14.78
FOX American Idol  (8-10PM) -Season Finale 3.6 11 14.30
NBC The Office Retrospective 2.0 7 4.37
ABC Wipeout 1.0 3 3.82
CW The Vampire Diaries -Season Finale 1.0 3 2.20
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8:30PM CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 3.2 10 11.64
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9:00PM ABC Grey's Anatomy - Season Finale 3.0 8 8.63
NBC The Office - Series Finale (9-10:15) 3.0 5.70
CBS Elementary (9-11) -Season Finale 2.0 6 8.93
CW Beauty And The Beast -Season Finale 0.5 1 1.34
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10:00 PM ABC Scandal - Season Finale 3.2 9 9.134
NBC Hannibal (10:15-11PM) 1.0 2.40

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In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:
  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.3/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.2/6.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.0/5.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.6/3 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) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

via press note:
NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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

    Why greys so low for a season finale ? :-(

  • TimsDale4ever

    BIG BANG blew up IDOL!

  • shawn P.

    D: Why is greys so low?!! WTF?!!

  • Jayzel

    AI is still on the air? Zzzzzzzzz

  • alim

    not suprised for greys it was againts oidol office and elementary so to get 3 am suprised

  • Tony ^_^

    Viewer high for “Scnadal”. :o

  • Ric

    Greys will adjust up. Scandal will adjust down.

  • David

    With a strong lead-in, Hannibal performs well. NBC needs to take care of that show!!!

  • BlueAndGreenHair (former BigFlop)

    Scandal far from what somebody said on twitter 3.8! lol
    and so far from what Revolution got this season premiere at 10 pm 4.1 :D

  • JD

    That Hannibal number looks so nice without the inevitable giant adjustment down.

  • Anthony

    Not bad for the Vampire Diaries, 1.0 season finale. Hopefully it will adjust up to match/beat 2.53 Million viewers from season 3 finale.

  • Seth

    Phenomenal for American Idol.

  • Esaul

    Impressive that so far, Scandal rose from Grey’s ratings. Wonder if that will stay.

  • DW

    i’m not a AI fan but the first time i heard that Nikki gave crap to mariah , nikki should of been shown the door. its not about you. you are nothing in the business.

  • battye

    Well done to The Office!
    Surely The Office will be adjusted up a few tenths because of that final 15 minutes, maybe overtaking Grey’s?

    It was a very good finale. It has been an incredible series for NBC.

  • Bee

    YAYYYYYYYYY SCANDALLLLLL!!!! i wish it rose, but i wasn’t expecting it to. it would be great if it adjusted up.

    INCREDIBLE FINALE! blown away. and i cannot wait until the fall. i hope the buzz maintains and people catch up and ABC does their part with repeats or something and that it all leads to a massive fall premiere. a 4.0+ is easily within reach.

    but WTF GREYS? ONLY A 3.0? WHAT!?! damn you idol finale! dammnnnnn you!

  • Wright

    That can’t really be the rating for TVD. It was one of my favorite episodes.

  • Revenger

    Hopefully TVD will adjust up, so will AI. AI ran over 8 minutes….

  • m&m

    wow scandal what an awful show
    my 3 fav shows are down OuAT Revenge and grey`s

    i am scared for the next fall

  • Joseph

    Scandal beat elementary in viewers as well- that’s a first I think!! Congrats!

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