May 03, 2013 8:54am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Idol' Dips Continue, 'Parks and Rec' Finale Inches Upward
Starting the night off with a slightly resurgent episode of The Big Bang Theory, CBS topped Thursday with early returns from Nielsen, giving the network an average 2.7 rating among adults 18 to 49 and 12 million viewers over its three-hour block. Big Bang (4.6 adults), the night's top performer across networks, was up a tenth of a point from last week. Two and a Half Men (3.1 adults) rose four tenths of a point ahead of steady outings for Person of Interest (2.4 adults) and Elementary (2.0 adults).
If Fast National ratings hold for American Idol, the Fox flagship hit more record lows for a regularly scheduled broadcast. The one-hour elimination show was down three tenths of a point to a 2.5 rating among adults 18 to 49, averaging just under 11 million viewers. Glee (1.8 adults) was even with last week, giving the network an average 2.2 rating with adults 18 to 49 and 8.1 million viewers.
ABC's Wife Swap (1.1 adults) was even with last week's low, leading into a boosted Grey's Anatomy (2.9 adults). Up two tenths of a point, the veteran drama kept Scandal (2.6 adults) from beating its lead like it did last week. Scandal was down by two tenths of a point, while ABC averaged a 2.2 adults rating and 6.8 million viewers over the course of the night.
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Community (1.2 adults) was up two tenths of a point from last week on NBC. A slightly boosted one-hour episode of The Office (1.8 adults) followed, up just a tenth of a point from last week. The season finale of Parks and Recreation moved up two tenths of a point from last week but was two tenths shy of last year's season ender. Hannibal (1.0 adults) held its recent low, giving NBC an average 1.4 rating with adults 18 to 49 and 2.9 million viewers.
The Vampire Diaries (0.9 adults) shed a tenth of a point from last week ahead of a steady Beauty and the Beast (0.5 adults). The CW averaged a 0.7 rating with the 18-to-49 crowd and 1.7 million viewers.
Univision averaged a 1.4 rating with adults 18 to 49 and 3.6 million viewers.