hannibal premiere ratings TV ratings: 'Hannibal' premieres soft for NBC; 'Big Bang Theory' dominates the nightFast National ratings for Thursday, April 4, 2013

“Hannibal” had a fairly soft premiere for NBC at 4.3 million viewers, though that’s still up from the last drama NBC tried in the Thursday-at-10 timeslot, when “Do No Harm” premiered to historically bad ratings. It’s not a terrible start for “Hannibal,” but NBC was probably hoping for something a little stronger.

“Go On” took a hit by moving to Thursdays, with its lowest ratings so far with only 2.4 million viewers. Elsewhere, “American Idol” was up slightly from its all-time low a week ago.

CBS won the night with an average of 13.3 million viewers and an 8.3 rating/13 share in households. FOX was a distant second at 7.7 million, 4.8/8, followed by ABC at 6.9 million, 4.7/8, NBC at 3.3 million, 2.1/3 and the CW at 955,000 viewers and a 0.6/1.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, CBS won with a 3.1, followed by FOX (2.3), ABC (2.2), NBC 1.4) and the CW (0.3)

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: “Big Bang Theory” (16.8 million, 10/17)/”Two and a Half Men” (13.6 million, 8.4/13)
FOX: “American Idol” (11.3 million viewers, 7.0/11)
ABC: “Wife Swap” (4.1 million, 2.8/5)
NBC: “Community” (2.4 million, 1.6/3)/”Parks and Recreation” (2.9 million, 1.8/3)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” rerun (1.16 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: “Big Bang Theory” (4.9)

9 p.m.

CBS: “Person of Interest” (14.3 million, 9.0/14)
ABC: “Grey’s Anatomy” (8.4 million, 5.8/9)
FOX: “New Girl” (4.9 million, 3.1/5)/”The Mindy Project” (3.5 million, 2.2/3)
NBC: “The Office” (3.4 million, 2.1/3)/”Go On” timeslot premiere (2.4 million, 1.5/2)
The CW: “Beauty and the Beast” rerun (751,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Person of Interest” tie (2.7)

10 p.m.

CBS: “Elementary” (10.4 million, 6.8/11)
ABC: “Scandal” (8.1 million, 5.5/9)
NBC: “Hannibal” premiere (4.3 million, 2.8/5)

18-49 leader: “Scandal” (2.7)

information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are
preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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