Ratings: Community/Parks Up, Hannibal Down, Beast Steady, Big Bang Rerun Outdraws Idol

Ratings Hannibal American Idol CommunityWith CBS and ABC largely in repeat mode this Thursday, fresh episodes of NBC’s Community and Parks and Recreation enjoyed gains.

Community ticked up 12 percent and a tenth to 3.2 million viewers and a 1.3, its best demo rating in six weeks. Similarly, each of Parks and Recreation‘s double-pump outings — leading out of an Office repeat — scored about 3.3 mil and a 1.7, the show’s two best ratings since Feb. 7.

Come 10 o’clock, Hannibal Episode 3 did 3.5 mil/1.4, down 20 and 18 percent week-to-week.

Over on The CW, bubble drama Beauty and the Beast rose 6 percent in total audience (to 1.6 million viewers) while steady with a 0.6 demo rating. Leading into that, Vampire Diaries (2.14 mil/0.9) was down 13 and 25 percent. And I thought my prom dates went bad!

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* American Idol (11.9 mil/2.9) slipped about 10 percent week-to-week, pending any upward adjustments due to a two-minute overrun. Glee (6.4 mil/2.2) dipped 4 percent and two tenths from its school shooting episode.

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* For the first time ever, a Big Bang Theory repeat outdrew American Idol in total viewers during their shared half hour — 11.2 mil vs. 11 mil — while besting it in the demo (3.o vs. 2.6) for a second straight week.

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* ABC’s Wife Swap (4.7 mil/1.5) inched up 4 percent and a tenth.

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  1. ally says:

    Glad BatB is doing ok.. Steady ratings should get us that 2nd season…

  2. Boiler says:

    Wife Swap up??? Unbelievable

  3. Eric says:

    Unfortunate to hear about Hannibal, but I’m super happy for Parks & Rec and Community!

    • yless says:

      Not surprised to see Hannibal down.Mads Mikkelsen is terrible as Hannibal, his delivery is cliched one tone and wooden.He is unintelligible most of the time. I’m still watching for the wonderful performance of Hugh Dancy, hope to see him in a great series soon.

      • jsswite says:

        Agree. Mikkelsen is driving me away from an otherwise good show.

      • Ettie says:

        Frankly, I’m shocked it went up the second week. While the series has promise, the pilot was pretty bad.

      • B says:

        OK, I’m glad I’m not the only one who dislikes him as Hannibal. The show is a bit weak to begin with, but a great actor in that role could have carried the show almost on his own.

      • MrsBlonde says:

        I couldn’t agree more, I was so excited about this show as I’m a huge fan. However I’m watching purely for everyone but the actor playing Hannibal which kinda defeats the whole purpose of it. I’m obsessed with the lead role and at least he offers some eye candy. Lector is an amazing character (for those of us obsessed with him) but they made a huge mistake in the casting. Hannibal is sexy, alluring, seductive none of the attributes this actor has- I’m so disapointed. He doesn’t even have the right axcent, no sex appeal and is boring as heck, I’m so
        annoyed. At least they got the leading man right who is virtually carrying the show all by himself and is the only reason I know many are watching.

  4. Jared says:

    Wow..BATB rose in audience while the TVD was down. Take that CW!

  5. Pattygale says:

    I tried to watch AI last night, all filler, too much blah, blah,blah, and every time Nicki started to talk, had to mute. Not a hater, but she has the most nasally, abrasive voice I have ever heard on a public figure. Keith’s the only judge who just says what he means without going on and on and on. The real content of the show could have been boiled down to 15 minutes. The rest…………. DELETE.
    Won’t go back for any more of that torture unless someone REALLY interesting is a guest, then I’ll DVR it and fast forward to part I want to see. Nigel has ruined the show so don’t feel bad if it goes down the drain. AND RANDY, time to LEAVE. You have nothing to add, just same cliches you’ve been spouting for years. Ugh!!!

  6. The Beach says:

    For me. TVD has jumped the shark this season with the whole Silas thing.

  7. Lola says:

    LOL! Idol beat by a RERUN. I love it!

  8. Ari says:

    Yea Parks & Rec!!!! Go on with your bad self! TVD is below a 1.0 in the demo? Is this one of their worst ratings ever? Aaren’t they normally up near 1.2?

  9. ggny says:

    i dont see how NBC doesnt bring back Community. Atleast get it so they can sell it into syndication. The show is still a better performer then anything else they can put on Thursday and its huge on Hulu

  10. Derek says:

    Is that a series low for The Vampire Diaries?

  11. Nero theTVFiddler says:

    Also of note is that CBS aired BBT and 2Broke in the 9pm hour, with PoI at 10pm. Perhaps a sign of things to come at Upfronts in May?

  12. Kenneth Belliveau Journalism says:

    It’s good to see Community’s numbers rise, but I don’t think it really matters at this point. A fifth season is unlikely, so I’m more worried about shows that are good that are struggling like Hannibal and Revolution. Community just isn’t what it used to be, and at this point if it doesn’t get renewed it wouldn’t break my heart.

    • Teresa says:


      Community is a shell of it’s former self, sadly. I hope Hannibal stays on the air as it’s the only show (besides The Mentalist) that I look forward to watching every week.

  13. Ann says:

    No Glee ratings??

  14. sinita says:

    Yeaaaaaasa great news for Batb!!!! We deserve 2nd season

  15. Gerald says:

    Good new for BATB.
    Watch for Vampire Diaries numbers to plumet next week while they go to New Orleans with The Originals backdoor pilot. The preview did NOTHING to peak my interest to watch next week.
    That was by far one of the funnier BBT’s we’ve had this year. I enjoyed watching it again.
    Not surprised that one beat Idol.

  16. Betty Prat says:

    Great news #batb CW give us a second season

  17. AT says:

    BATB has slowly sucked me in. It’s the first video I watch on Fridays online (don’t get CW with my satellite provider). TVD has dropped down quite a bit in my interest. I’m not surprised their viewers are checking out.