That said, the Bryan Fuller drama’s demo delivery marks a 60 percent improvement on NBC’s average in the time slot this season and its best Thursday-at-10 performance in more than a year (since March 15, 2012).
For comparison’s sake, NBC’s most recent scripted offerings in Thursday’s closer spot:
* Law & Order: SVU repeat: 4 million total viewers/1.0 demo rating
* Do No Harm premiere(/penultimate episode): 3.1 mil/0.9
* Awake premiere: 6.2 mil/2.0
Setting the table for Hannibal, a special broadcast of Go On did a 1.1 rating, down 42 percent from its last Tuesday telecast.
Facing off against Dr. Lecter, meanwhile, ABC’s Scandal (8.1 mil/2.7) rose a tenth, while Elementary (10.4 mil/2.1) ticked down two tenths.
Going network by network…
CBS | Big Bang Theory dominated Thursday with 16.8 million viewers and a 4.9 rating, up 6 percent and a tenth from its last fresh ep. Two and a Half Men (13.6 mil/3.8) rose 11 and 9 percent, and Person of Interest (14.3 mil/2.7) ticked up two tenths.
NBC | Community dipped a tenth to a new series low of 1.0; Parks and Rec (1.5) also slipped a tenth. The Office (1.7) dropped two tenths to an all-time low, leading into the aforementioned Go On.
FOX | American Idol was steady with 11.3 million viewers and a 2.8. In their special showcase, New Girl (4.9 mil/2.0) was up 17 percent in audience but down two tenths in the demo, while Mindy Project (3.5 mil/1.4) gained 40 percent (!) and a tenth.
ABC | Wife Swap (4.1 mil/1.2) and Grey’s Anatomy (8.4 mil/2.7) both dipped two tenths.