Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory', 'The Michael J Fox Show' & 'The X Factor' Adjusted Up; 'The Crazy Ones' Adjusted Down

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September 27th, 2013

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The 8:00PM episode of The Big Bang Theory was adjusted up two tenths, the 8:30PM episode of The Big Bang Theory was adjusted up three tenths, The Michael J Fox Show and The X Factor were adjusted up a single tenth and The Crazy Ones was adjusted down a single tenth among adults 18-49 versus the  preliminary Thursday broadcast ratings.

Want to know why adjustments occur to the preliminary ratings? Read this.

Broadcast primetime final ratings for Thursday, September 26:


Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory -P 5.5 18 18.99
FOX The X Factor (8-9PM) 2.1 6 6.47
NBC Parks and Recreation (8-9PM) 1.3 4 3.27
ABC Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. -R 1.2 4 4.68
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.3 1 0.72
8:30PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 6.1 18 20.44
9:00PM CBS The Crazy Ones -P 3.9 11 15.52
ABC Grey's Anatomy (9-11PM) -P 3.4 9 9.27
NBC The Michael J. Fox Show -P (9-10PM) 2.2 6 7.50
FOX Glee -P 2.0 5 5.06
CW America's Next Top Model -R 0.2 1 0.58
9:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men -P 2.9 8 11.59
10:00 PM CBS Elementary -P 2.1 6 10.18
NBC Parenthood -P 1.6 5 5.06

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Jayson

    What are the numbers for each hour of Grey’s Anatomy?

  • k:Alex

    With MJ Fox back at NBC it’s the 80? all over again.
    They only need a adult sitcom and a comedian, Family Ties wasn’t a hit, only when The Cosby Show was their lead in.

    They need bricks too build, MJ Fox is a small brick, only TBBT is a dead slot, but the rest of the night is possible.

    8:00 – Dead slot, Family Comedy
    8:30 – MJ Fox show
    9:00 – multicam comedy for adults
    9:30 – multicam comedy of a comedian

    Family comedy only the 8PM block (single cam), adult comedy 9PM block (multicam).
    Parks&Rec + Community have a little solid public, good to replace flops or a Friday block.

    If next season’s comedies doesn’t bring any success with the lead in of the best comedies of this season, they must reconsider the whole comedy genre.

  • Ultima


    (Reposted response in case you missed it in the preliminary thread.)

    That’s a COMPLETE OVERLOAD of sitcoms. 18 sitcoms on just ONE network.</i?

    To be fair, during the 90s, sitcoms completely dominated broadcast television. ABC was also up to 16 sitcoms per week at one point.

    It was a result of even crappy sitcoms pulling in much higher ratings than dramas. Actually, aside from a handful of standouts, newsmagazines were pulling better numbers than dramas!

    It’s not like NBC wasn’t trying to get a 4th non-Saturday drama to work, it just wasn’t happening, so they eventually gave up. ABC had the same problem, dropping down to just two dramas renewals in 1997 and then renewing only three freshman dramas over the next seven seasons.

    Hard to believe a network with so much success in the past with sitcoms can’t seem to catch a break in the sitcom field these days.

    Times change. Back in the 80s, CBS used to dominate with primetime soaps! ;)

  • CarShark

    Those are crazy number for The Big Bang Theory. It’s amazing how much this show has grown over the years.

  • Marie

    Alan, most Cory fans I know, me included, are only watching the tribute episode in two weeks. It was revealed neither Finn or Cory would be mentioned in the first two episodes, so not sure why Cory’s death would have increased those ratings when he had nothing to do with these episodes. Those episodes were promoted as the Beatles tribute and the big Klaine reunion.

  • JSunkist

    @ Tvisgood

    yes – NCIS had 20.02

  • Ultima

    Anybody know what MJF show did at 9 and then 9:30 since it was actually 2 episodes and not an hour long premiere?

    It was 2.1/2.1 in the prelims, but it also ran from 9:01-10:01pm.

    Also, even though it was two episodes, the network can decide for a premiere (or finale) to have them rated and counted as a single hour-long episode (in order to improve the show’s average). Networks usually do that, although CBS decided it was better to get the series high for The Big Bang Theory since it’s in no danger of not being #1 anyways.

  • Jamie04

    @ Alan – Glee has already been renewed for 2 full (22 episode) seasons.

  • ars041


    When glee was renewed for two seasons Fox said that they would both be 2 full seasons.


    you realize that if you quit watching then you were never really a true fan of the show. a true fan sticks through the show to the end no matter what. take my sister for example, she can hardly stand the show anymore but she still watches it because there are still some good moments and she wants to see how it ends. in order to see how something ends you have to stick it out

  • Brandy

    Wow at BBT!

  • Ultima

    a true fan sticks through the show to the end no matter what


  • Justin121

    NBC could actually abandon comedy completely next season if the disparity remains this high between its dramas and comedies.

    Lowest returning drama: 1.8.

    Highest (and only) returnning comedy: 1.3.

    All new comedies seem DOA.

    Only way I see them not shutting their block down is MJF maintaing high 1s through season’s end.

    Other factors, like the Wednesday dramas holding up, have also to be met. (Parenthood and Chicago proved to be reliable players; Blacklist seems to be the most liked, non-polarizing -and hence most consistent- show NBC tried after The Voice.)

  • mando

    Everybody groans about MJF show’s ratings. It is not that terrible number given the TBBT’s aura. TCO will go down after the millers which will be also boosted by TBBT, though.
    Not to be sceptical of MJF show. This show will hold its audience to the full episodes.

    But I’m very sad that Parenthood is abandoned by NBC which think Thursday will be NBC’s family day. I really wish NBC airs one more season of Parenthood on another day. Please!!

  • Claudia

    Does anyone know the Grey’s Anatomy hour breakdown?

  • Will

    I think NBC wants to kill parenthood….really thursday it was the best for the show?
    Sad sad

  • Justin121

    Shame Buffy couldn’t pull a 4.0 :D

    I tuned for her, and liked it.

    Two and a Half Men had one Sheen after glow season and one TBBT lead-in season. Now it officially starts its descent. And just when you think the show could survive losing Sheen, they bring him up again in the worst ways possible. I’m done.

    The Kutcher era actually had potential but they wasted it.


    I think fox should reimagine x factor as a summer show. Keep Demi, Kelly, paulina and replace Simon with like an Adam lambert. Make it even lower scale fun summer fare with no competition. Honestly with these ok ratings could another network pick up x factor if fox cancels it. The crazy ones still did stellar after the big bang smash. How much CBS going to have to fork out for the big bang phenom for these actors? Hopefully scandal hits all highs next weeks return its so Anticipated.

  • RJ

    Did people actually like TCO? I’ve heard generally poor reviews. Since, as others have mentioned, The Millers will be its lead-in next week (which will get nowhere near the 6.1 TBBT got last night; maybe mid-3’s?), it’s not inconceivable that TCO could drop considerably next week, especially if people who watched it last night didn’t really like it. I suppose it’ll probably help TCO that its comedy competition will be SSTF, which will almost certainly do worse than MJF this week.

  • Justin121

    Parenthood has been pulling high 1s for as long as I can remember.

    I’d call steady, for now.

    When it starts pulling 1.5- is when I’d declare it down/hurt etc.

    It proved it could bounce between high 1s-low 2s for most of its run.

  • EatMorePez

    I think NBC wants to kill parenthood…

    This nonsense again? When a network wants to kill a show, they cancel it, they don’t renew it for 22 episodes and begin airing it on premiere week.

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