hannibal hugh dancy mads mikkelsen episode 3 potage nbc TV ratings: 'Hannibal' slides; 'Community' and 'Parks and Rec' up slightlyFast National ratings for Thursday, April 18, 2013

held on to most of its increased audience from last week’s (supposed) school shooting episode, while “American Idol” saw a backslide after its best Thursday numbers in a month a week ago. It was the biggest show of the night, though CBS and ABC were airing mostly reruns.

Over on NBC, “Hannibal” also saw a drop in ratings, going from a 4.37 million average over its first two episodes to 3.5 million for its third episode, but both “Community” and “Parks and Recreation” saw an uptick of a couple hundred thousand viewers.

CBS’ reruns were good for a win, just edging out FOX. The Eye averaged 9.2 million viewers and a 5.9 rating/9 share in households, while FOX was at 9.1 million viewers, a 5.8/9. ABC trailed at third with 4 million viewers and a 2.7/4, followed by NBC at 3.2 million, 2.0/3 and the CW at 1.9 million, 1.2/2.

In the adults 18-49 demo, FOX won with a 2.5, followed by CBS (2.3), NBC (1.4), ABC (1.2) and the CW (0.7).

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX: “American Idol” (11.9 million viewers, 7.5/12 households)
CBS: “The Big Bang Theory” rerun (11.2 million, 7.9/12)/”Two and a Half Men” rerun (8.7 million, 5.5/9)
ABC: “Wife Swap” (4.7 million, 3.1/5)
NBC: “Community” (3.2 million, 2.0/3)/”The Office” rerun (2.3 million, 1.5/2)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” (2.1 million, 1.4/2)

18-49 leader: “American Idol’s” second half-hour (3.2)

9 p.m.

CBS: “Big Bang Theory” rerun (10.8 million, 6.7/10)/”2 Broke Girls” rerun (7.7 million, 4.9/8)
FOX: “Glee” (6.4 million, 4.1/6)
ABC: “Grey’s Anatomy” rerun (3.98 million, 2,7/4)
NBC: “Parks and Recreation” (two episodes) (3.3 million, 2.0/3)
The CW: “Beauty and the Beast” (1.6 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader: “Big Bang Theory” (3.2)

10 p.m.

CBS: “Person of Interest” rerun (8.6 million, 5.5/9)
NBC: “Hannibal” (3.5 million, 2.3/4)
ABC: “Scandal” rerun (3.37 million, 2.3/4)

18-49 leader: “Person of Interest” (1.7)

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

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