Thursday TV Ratings: HANNIBAL Debuts Soft, THE BIG BANG THEORY Rises, COMMUNITY and ELEMENTARY Tie Series Lows

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • NBC’s excellent new drama series Hannibal debuted to a 1.6 rating and 4.31 million viewers, which is up 60% from NBC’s average in the time slot this year but still a tad on the low side.  Read Allison’s recap here and watch the full pilot here.
  • CBS’ The Big Bang Theory continues to slaughter just about everything that runs opposite the comedy, as it raked in a 4.9 rating and a whopping 16.79 million viewers.  That’s up 2% from its last original episode’s 4.8 rating.
  • Speaking of getting slaughtered, a return-to-form episode of Community last night earned a series-low 1.0 rating and 2.41 million viewers, which is down 9% from its last original episode’s 1.6 rating.
  • Also hitting a series low was the CBS procedural Elementary, which notched a 2.1 rating and 10.36 million viewers opposite the series premiere of Hannibal.  That’s down 9% from its last new episode’s 2.3 rating.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, April 4th, including Parks and Recreation, The Office, New GirlPerson of Interest, and more.

NBC

  • community-herstory-of-danceCommunity kicked the night off with a series-low 1.0 rating and 2.41 million viewers, dropping 9% from its last original episode’s 1.6 rating.
  • A new episode of Parks and Recreation garnered a 1.5 rating and 2.92 million viewers, which is down 6% from its last new episode’s 1.6 rating.
  • The Office also hit a series low with a 1.7 rating and 3.42 million viewers for a drop of 11% from its last original episode’s 1.9 rating.
  • The Matthew Perry-fronted comedy Go On bombed in its new timeslot debut, hitting a 1.1 rating and 2.43 million viewers, which is down a whopping 42% from its last new episode’s 1.9 rating.
  • The series premiere of Hannibal garnered a 1.6 rating and 4.31 million viewers, which is a 78% improvement over the now-cancelled Do No Harm’s performance in the timeslot but still a tad soft for such a known property.

ABC

  • ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy scored a 2.7 rating and 8.39 million viewers for a drop of 7% from last week’s 2.9 rating.
  • Scandal, meanwhile, was up 4% over last week’s 2.6 rating with a 2.7 rating and 8.11 million viewers.

CBS

  • the-big-bang-theory-the-tenure-turbulenceThe Big Bang Theory was the highest-rated and most-watched program of the night by far with a 4.9 rating and 16.79 million viewers, rising 2% from its last new episode’s 4.8 rating.
  • Two and a Half Men notched a 3.8 rating and 13.58 million viewers, which is up 12% from its last new episode’s 3.4 rating.
  • The procedural Person of Interest hit a season low 2.7 rating and 14.34 million viewers, dropping 7% from its last new episode’s 2.9 rating.
  • Elementary tied its series low with a 2.1 rating and 10.36 million viewers, dropping 9% from its last original episode’s 2.3 rating.

FOX

  • Fox moved its comedies to Thursday for the week, and New Girl was down 9% from its last original episode’s 2.2 rating with a 2.0 rating and 4.87 million viewers.
  • The Mindy Project, on the other hand, was up 8% from Tuesday’s 1.3 rating with a 1.4 rating and 3.52 million viewers.

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  • Sean

    What did they expect to happen with Hannibal? It debuted late-mid seasons during a time when shows tend to sag a bit after two hours of comedies which don’t pull big numbers. If I didn’t read this blog I wouldn’t realize that it was starting this week.

    • Sean

      Watched it. I hope their odd start time doesn’t mess up its odds of success

  • Keyvon

    Hopefully it will gain some ground after a while. As Sean said, it’s debuting at an unpopular time, and quite frankly I didn’t realize it was premiering last night until about five hours before it came on. I really liked it though, and I’d hate to see another Fuller series get axed in it’s prime… here’s hoping.

  • daveyboy

    Big Bang Theory and 2 1/2 Men combined viewership (although i’m sure its a lot of the same people) is like 30 MILLION people! WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH AMERICA?!?!?!?!!!!!!

    • anon

      I think it’s the same idiots who leave it on.. I doubt that someone who finds Two and a Half Men funny would hate Big Bang Theory..

  • Bo

    To say this show is excellent is to reveal a serious lack of perception! What trash! And to top it off NBC kept a graphic in the lower left portion of the screen attempting to promo another show airing in 5 weeks! For the whole show! This is offensive on several levels, but shall I waste time listing them? Not only was it distracting on just a pure visual level, but the subtle manipulation of one having to read it over and over is so Owellian 1984 that I wanted to gag! This junk is not even worthy of critical pondering. Run for the hills if you have no problems with this kind of garbage!!

    • @ Bo

      U Mad bro?

      • Keyvon

        Don’t waste your time… he ran for the hills, remember?

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