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

     April 5, 2013

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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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