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


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
8:30PM CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 3.2 10 11.64
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
10:00 PM ABC Scandal - Season Finale 3.2 9 9.134
NBC Hannibal (10:15-11PM) 1.0 2.40


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.

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  • Frank

    @bitter ringer fan
    At start half hour ratings were

    Office: 2.9/2.9
    Office/Hannibal 2.3
    Hannibal 1.0 (*15 mins Office/15 mins Hannibal)

  • YesImaPenguin

    I’m really happy for Scandal!

  • xx

    yikes for TVD ! the season finale was amazing, I dont know what happened. USually the finales do WAY better and so o the season premieres.

  • Petar Ivanov

    If ANYONE think that people don’t watch hannibal because is drak is crazy… Criminal mind, the following, game of thrones, The walking dead are all dark and are hits. Most cable shows are horror now.

    ps @Actually, it’s not the violence or the dark nature of the show; it’s actually that the show is too graphic.

    Now i don’t watch it may be you are right. But sure is not about dark or no.

  • Joseph A

    Wow , last night was a busy time for Broadcast . that is a lot of Season / Series Finale crammed in a 3 hr period :)

    My guess is that there will be a lost of Streaming / DVR / ETC ,, post viewing going on today and or over the next few days.

    But if peeps want to dissect the final numbers ,,

    The Big Bang Theory , Vampire Diaries, Grey’s, The Office, Elementary, Beauty and the Beast, Scandal
    all of these shows pulled really nice numbers given what was going on last night , most will see their final demo # that include the other viewing options double or triple.

    The show that had issues given what they charge advertisers would be American Idol, plus the throw away shows Wipeout and Hannibal

  • KarenM

    @Petar Ivanov, Hannibals’s the most graphic show on network TV. You can’t compare Criminal Minds and The Following to it. It always belonged on cable. Hannibal also doesn’t have a big name draw like Kevin Bacon as a lead.

  • Potato

    @Senior Chang–
    Well said!

  • Alex

    . It is virtually impossible 3.0 lead-out not to get hanninal at least tenth UP.

    Its not virtually impossible at all.

    People blamed the show tanking a few weeks back on Go On, which had a 1.1. Well it failed to do better with 3.0.

    Those people would be stupid given that it started perfectly fine with Go On as a lead-in. On the general comparison though worth remembering that it aired from 10:15 last night and not 10 which isn’t ideal.

  • Chuck_T

    Goodbye Hannibal–and I doubt any cable station will take it on either.

  • Ingmar

    Why complain about Grey’s numbers? It’s a show in its 9th season and it’s still out performing nearly every show on TV. The finale wasn’t watched by as many viewers as in the previous years, but the numbers are still amazing. Good for Scandal aswell! I have a feeling S10 might be Grey’s final season, or else season 11.

  • KarenM

    @Chuck_T, you must be psychic.

  • Joseph A


    Hannibal was dead the moment that NBC decided it was going to slot Blacklist for the Fall,

    (Blacklist takes so many moments from Silence of The Lambs, it makes me wonder if they had to pay for the writes to prevent from being sued)

  • Jeff

    Big Bang beat Idol. I watched both shows. Good TV. Funny characters and people you care about. Good writing. Than I watched the final I hour of Idol. Dull. I can’t stand Nicky. The final song the nominates sang was “Ones Less Bell to Answer”. Could they have picked a more duller song than that? The two didn’t even sing good together. A complete makeover next season. Whoopie.

  • a p garcia

    GA had one of the worst episodes this season and glad the office series finale was up.

  • HalCapone

    Hannibal is well done but it should have been planned as an “event” or limited-run series. Anyone who expects a show like this to achieve respectable network ratings for one season or more is smoking something. FOX’ The Following will not last beyond next season, either. I would be shocked if NBC renewed Hannibal. To what end? It has not found a big enough audience and it is too dark to air anytime before 10pm. Syndication prospect are very limited by a show like this.

    CBS gave it their best shot with Elementary but it limped to the finish line of it freshman season, losing viewers in its last half hour like previous weeks. It is highly doubtful it will last beyond its sophomore season.

    Greys is a workhorse for ABC and will continue on for at least 2 more seasons. Scandal sprints to the finish line as this season breakout hit for all the networks. It’s an over-the-top show on speed that is lots of fun to watch.

    Nice to see The Office series finale go up. I lost interest a few seasons back and haven’t watched since but at least everyone should be somewhat pleased about its ratings.

  • r0ckmypants

    Hannibal gets a huge lead-in and then drops? Bye.

  • Pamela

    I thought the Grey’s finale was underwhelming. I watched this morning after flipping to The Office after the first 2 minutes of Grey’s. Once Meredith started with her voice over about the dead teacher I knew it was going to be yet another “OMG! MEREDITH! MAY! DIE!” episode. Please, like anyone would think that was even a possibility. I don’t think they would continue the show without Pompeo and I really hope they wrap the show up next season. Meredith Grey is just a worn out character at this point.

    Loved The Office finale!

  • Rebecca

    Well, truth be told…even The Office involved swivel chairs. lol

  • Mick271

    I’m worried about Hannibal. Not great numbers…. Truly an amazing show, beautiful visuals….

  • Margot

    But how could they renew Beauty and the Beast with a mediocre 0.5 / 1 viewers 1,34?

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