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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Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."