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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  • senor chang

    numbers from NeoGAF:

    “Parks & Recreation – 1.3
    The Michael J. Fox Show – 2.1
    Parenthood – 1.6

    The Big Bang Theory – 5.3, 5.8
    The Crazy Ones – 4.0
    Two and a Half Men – 2.9 (!!)
    Elementary – 2.1 (!!!!!!)

    The X-Factor – 2.0
    Glee – 2.0

    SHIELD repeat – 1.4
    Grey’s Anatomy – 3.4″

    NBC: Wow, I didn’t expect Michael J Fox to skew so young. Didn’t see that number for Parks coming, either, though obviously it was going to get hurt opposite Big Bang Theory. Hopefully it bounces back a little next week. Weak for Parenthood, too, though it’s still much-improved over last season. I expect it to stay on Thursdays for the entire season.

    CBS: I’m a little torn about The Crazy Ones, given the star power and the monster Big Bang lead-in, but…all in all a 4.0 is a 4.0. I’m guessing CBS will still be very happy with that number. On the other hand, what’s going on with Two and a Half Men and Elementary? Well, maybe Elementary didn’t do too bad, but both are down quite a bit. All in all it was still a decent night for CBS but you have to wonder what these numbers will look like in the weeks to come.

    ABC: Good repeat rating for SHIELD and strong for Grey’s, too. Still down year-to-year but it’s still one of ABC’s top shows.

    FOX: That 2.0 is the highest rating Glee is going to see this entire year. On the other hand, it DID hold 100% of the X-Factor lead-in, so I suppose relative to expectations it didn’t do terribly. It’s clear that X-Factor just isn’t working at this point, though: FOX can either watch it wither or at least try to launch something new. I really don’t see it coming back for a fourth season at this point, though, not when it’s already been given more than one chance and it just hasn’t delivered.

  • JIames

    Parks & Rec should have been cancelled 2 years ago. Those numbers are just sad.

  • Mitchell

    Ouch at NBC! These numbers do not bode well for Welcome to the Family and the Sean Hayes Show. If ‘super-hyped’ Michael J Fox could only get a 2.1, these less hyped shows are going to bomb.

  • Ashley

    TBBT is still the raging beast of TV. Parsons totally deserved his Emmy. Bialik also should have won for Amy’s character.

    Everyone else fared as expected. Too too high and not too low.

  • Brock

    The Crazy Ones was garbage lol, truly a terrible show.

  • Ash

    big bang returns with 5.3 AND 5.8? WOW!! also looks like last night was really bad for FOX. I mean Glee premiere: 2.0. and X factor 2.0? and IMO, 3.4. for grey’s is really good

  • M

    Those numbers aren’t good -.- hope they go up in coming weeks

  • ChipL955

    I’m shocked at the low rating for “The Michael J. Fox Show.” I was one of the ones who thought it would premiere huge, and that Robin Williams was pretty much passé at this point. Color me out of touch.

    I can understand why MJF would drop in coming weeks, though, having watched the first two episodes last night. It’s too crowded with characters we don’t know anything about interacting with each other, instead of with MJF. The kooky sister played by Katie Finneran should have been a guest star in a later episode, not a regular. And there’s one too many kids (who are too similar to the kids on “The Middle”). I would send the oldest boy off to college.

    Congrats to “Mork & Buffy,” though. After the mediocre week CBS has had, it’s nice to see some life there.

  • Mon

    Go Big Bang! TCO did well. 2.5 Men did fine. Elementary so-so as usual. Considering the challenges NBC Thursday comedies have faced, TMJFS did ok for them.

  • SG

    The Crazy Ones was a great 1st episode plus Kelly Clarkson was great. The blooper at the end was very funny.

  • Andy W

    So Dante is basically the new Max. Only he’s hating on a show that is actually successful.

  • Shane

    I had high hopes for the Michael J. Fox show but I have to say it was very bad, i won’t be watching it anymore, two shows gives me an idea of what the show is about and how good it will be and i didn’t enjoy it much. The Crazy One’s i liked better but even that one i’m not sure if i’ll continue to watch it was just alright the funniest part of that show was the song Robin and the other guy made up, i’ll give it another week to see how it goes

  • Oliver

    MJF is not DOA, especially considering how weak NBC’s comedy lineup is. It just massively underperformed expectations.

  • JJF

    Crazy Ones is finally some good news for CBS this Fall as far as new shows go, and likely the last of it too. Sometimes tells me this comedy expansion will end up having been a mistake when all is said and done. So far, most of the ramifications from it haven’t worked out too well. (ie Premiering only one new drama, an off-brand risk that flopped, Mom’s soft debut, POI’s weakening as a result of the time switch that could’ve possibly dragged Elementary down further) Unless The Millers and We Are Men are surprise hits, they may end up having to cut this hour next season with HIMYM going.

  • Brock


    Do you not even come on this site?
    Parks and Recs has been a really solid performer for NBC.

    Sad about Elementary’s 2.1 :-(

  • bjssp

    On the plus side for NBC, they already ordered a full season of the show when the bought it last year. The money is spent, so now they have to figure out how to get more people to the show. My guess is that we’ll see HEAVY promotion during the Olympics, among other things

  • Tom Shaw

    And now you see why NBC didn’t regularly schedule MJF opposite Robin Williams.

    Personally, I would wait a couple weeks to see where the two shows settle before declaring a victor (especially relative to their networks’ averages).

    Otherwise, no major surprises. Anyone who didn’t see that Parenthood’s sudden rise last year was mostly due to weak competition and didn’t see it dropping on Thursdays wasn’t paying attention.

  • Carl

    As beloved as Michael J. Fox is, he hasn’t been on a TV show in 15 years, and Spin City was never a big hit.

    The Crazy Ones is airing after a mammoth show, so it has a big leg up. I can take only limited doses of Robin Williams and SMG, so I don’t know if I will watch.

    I was expecting worse for Elementary, given CBS’ slide this season. I just hope they don’t fall further.

  • The 47th

    Grey’s was pretty boring last night. Still, with those numbers, I can see them going for an eleventh (!) year.

  • ruckfules55

    NBC = Expected for Parks, but not so for MJF. Given the promotion, it should have at least had a 2.5. Can it rise next week? And will Sean premiere bigger? I don’t think so. Overall, decent start for Parenthood moving away from Tuesday, given the GA competition. But I think it’ll go down a bit more against Scandal.

    CBS = TBBT huge and Crazy Ones delivers. 2.5 Men clearly propped up its leadin but we can’t say yet that this would be the last season.

    Fox = If this is the best Glee can do in a premiere, Fox has to be rethinking that 2 season renewal. Let’s see though when the Monteith episode comes 2 weeks from now. XF still breathing.

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