TV Ratings Thursday: 'The Crazy Ones' Bests 'The Michael J Fox Show' + 'The Big Bang Theory' Returns Up

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September 27th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.7/11 2.7/8 2.0/6 1.7/5 1.5/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.4/8 2.4/8 2.0/7 1.3/4 1.3/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 14.207 7.893 5.773 5.258 3.674 0.856


Last night’s Thursday Night Football game (49ers/Rams) was simulcast on the ABC affiliate in San Francisco and the CW affiliate in St Louis. As a result, the ABC and CW numbers may be inflated  and subject to more than typical adjustments in the finals.

CBS was number 1 in adults 18-49 and with Total Viewers.

On CBS, the one-hour premiere of The Big Bang Theory premiered to a 5.6 adults 18-49 rating up from last year's 5.0 premiere rating. The premiere of The Crazy Ones earned a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating. The premiere of Two and a Half Men earned a 2.9, down six tenths from last year's 3.5 adults 18-49 premiere rating. The second season premiere of Elementary earned a 2.1, down a full ratings point from last year's 3.1 premiere rating Your predictions were  too optimistic.

On NBC, the one-hour season premiere of Parks & Recreation earned a 1.3, down four tenths from last year's 1.7 premiere rating. The series premiere of The Michael J Fox Show notched a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating,making it the lowest rated Thursday fall comedy series premiere ever in NBC history. Your predictions were too optimistic.  The season premiere of Parenthood garnered a series low-tying 1.6, down three tenths from last year's 1.9 adults 18-49 premiere rating.

On ABC, the two-hour season premiere of Grey's Anatomy earned a 3.4, down a full ratings point from last year's 4.4 adults 18-49 premiere rating.

On FOX, The X Factor matched last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. The season premiere of Glee earned a 2.0, down sharply from last year's 3.1 adults 18-49 premiere rating.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, September 26, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory (8-9PM) -P 5.6 17 18.90
FOX The X Factor (8-9PM) 2.0 6 6.38
ABC Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. -R 1.4 4 5.17
NBC Parks and Recreation (8-9PM) 1.3 4 3.30
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.3 1 0.92
9:00PM CBS The Crazy Ones -P 4.0 11 15.60
ABC Grey's Anatomy (9-11PM) -P 3.4 9 9.26
NBC The Michael J. Fox Show -P (9-10PM) 2.1 6 7.30
FOX Glee -P 2.0 5 5.17
CW America's Next Top Model -R 0.2 1 0.79
9:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men -P 2.9 8 11.54
10:00 PM CBS Elementary -P 2.1 6 10.14
NBC Parenthood -P 1.6 5 5.17


In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:



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  • Dante

    Bravo NBC! With the exception of Chicago Fire, you have had an incredible week!

    Kudos to the fans and cast/crew of Parks and Rec, MJF Show, and Parenthood for fabulous premiere numbers.

    Everything on NBC is a winner this week other than those firemen and ambulence women! Can’t wait for next week.

  • Gabriel Anthony

    I don’t understand why the CF haters are soooooooooooo boring! The show have great ratings since it’s debut last season!

  • Jon298932y

    Michael J Fox Show is DOA. Only a 2.1 for its pilot with all the hype it had? Its gonna fall down to 1.5 soon.

  • Jojo

    Yes!! 2.5 MEN is finally dead. Last season y’alll!!

  • SVU: Hannibal


    I wouldn’t call a 1.3 (P&R) or a 1.6 (Parenthood) winning numbers, no matter how much I love those two shows. you’ll just have to deal with the fact that Chicago Fire was one of nbc’s top performers of the week and that it’ll have a long, long life.

  • Bad Wolf

    So far so good for The Crazy Ones, I hope it doesn’t fall too hard in week 2 and beyond. Sarah Michelle Gellar is certainly blessing the day The CW cancelled Ringer !

    How annoying that, along with the new season, the trolls are also back… sigh…

  • Hobbitual

    Sweet, called MJF perfectly. Glad the half hour held up, it was a pretty decent show. Off by .2 on Parks and Rec though, ouch. This might be the last season unfortunately. Apparently the 8:30 rating for women 25-54 was 8.3/21 for TBBT though, good lord.

  • RandyL

    NBC rules at drama but still fails at comedy.

    It seems that Thursday has overtaken Monday as comedy night on CBS. Great job TBBT and TCO. TAAHM is dying a slow death and will probably end next season.

  • s0303

    yikes parks and rec…last season.

    pretty good for the crazy ones…mjf show okay…will probably stay better than parks and rec this year at least…

  • EatMorePez


    Don’t make it so obvious that you write comments ahead of time and then cut & paste as soon as the article is posted.

  • bjssp

    The problem for NBC is what to do with the show, if it maintains its relatively strong critical appeal? There’s no guarantee anything but TBBT continues to be strong, but you have to figure none of the shows will drop below a 2.5 in the demo, which MJF hasn’t even matched. And it’s quite likely that NBC’s comedies won’t provide it with anything resembling a lead in.

    So, does NBC move it? My guess is no, not unless AOS completely collapses and it can safely move TV down an hour, as scheduled but as many don’t expect it to do. At that point, it could slide it into the 9:00 Tuesday hour.

    NBC has to be bummed, unless this show doesn’t drop at all. I had figured this show stood a decent chance of dominating, even with the competition. And it didn’t even beat Mom on CBS!

    At least there’s relatively strong critical appeal. That should get it to another season, when NBC can hopefully find something–anything at all–to help it launch a comedy.

  • Seth

    I think what it all came down to is that Good Morning Vietnam > Doc Hollywood. Viewers don’t forget.

  • Andies

    I would have bet Michael J Fox show would have done better than the crazy ones.. The Crazy ones look boring… And the BBT is a beast.. what is so great about that show? Seriously

  • Bee

    parks & rec </3 TBBT is just too strong, ugh.
    disappointing for TMJFS, but not surprising since this is NBC and the lead-in is 1.3.

    OMGGGGGGG at the crazy ones' 4.0! AWESOME! hope it's a hit for SMG & robin.

    3.4 for grey's is good. def down quite a bit from last year's 4.4, but also the best rating for the show since last season's 3rd episode (in october). and if it adjusts up, it'll be the best since the 2nd episode of last year. so excited to see how scandal does next week!

  • Hobbitual

    Why are people calling MJF DOA? They matched the Office premiere even with a lower lead in (Parks) and held it at the half hour.

  • M

    Hope greys and flees numbers come out soon

  • Oliver

    Yikes at that Michael J Fox premiere number. That’s the same as The Office’s premiere last season. Not good.

  • John A

    Dante/Max here again and pretty stupid comment too.

  • M

    Glee’s not flees stupid ipad

  • Charmed

    YES! The Crazy Ones was great!

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