‘American Idol,’ ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘The Office’ among shows to reach ratings lows Thursday

By Daniel S Levine,

Thursday was the first night of May Sweeps and it was ugly for just about everyone. The Big Bang Theory easily beat American Idol, but both hit season lows. It looks like ESPN’s coverage of the NFL Draft may have done more damage than anticipated.

CBS lead the night with 11.88 million viewers and a 2.6 18-49 rating, reports HitFix. Big Bang reached a season low with 14.38 million viewers and a 4.2 18-49 rating, but it was still the most watched and highest rated show of the night. Two and a Half Men had just over 11 million viewers and a 2.8 key demo rating. Person of Interest had 13 million viewers and a 2.4 18-49 rating, while Elementary finished CBS’ sweep with 9.9 million viewers and a 2.0 18-49 rating.

Fox came in second with 8.17 million viewers and a 2.2 18-49 rating on the night. Idol had 11.1 million viewers and a 2.6 18-49 rating. According to Deadline, this was a 10 percent drop from last THursday’s final numbers and a new all-time low for an episode of Idol. Glee fell to 5.24 million viewers and a 1.8 rating.

ABC had 6.43 million viewers and a 2.2 18-49 rating. Wife Swap scored 3.42 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating, while Grey’s Anatomy had 8.12 million viewers and a 2.7. Scandal was up a bit to 7.76 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating.

NBC had a particularly ugly night with just 2.45 million viewers and a 1.1 18-49 rating. Community had 2.4 million viewers and a 1.0 18-49 rating, while a new Office scored just 3.13 million viewers and a 1.7. Parks & Recreation had 2.54 million viewers and a 1.3 18-49 rating, while Hannibal fell to 2.4 million and a 1.0.

The CW aired a back-door pilot for its Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals. EW notes that it had just 2.2 million viewers and a 0.9 18-49 rating, a 10 percent drop from the last Vampire Diaries episode. Beauty & The Beast had 1.3 million viewers and a 0.5 18-49 rating.

image: Fox

 
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