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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  • Ultima

    That’s a COMPLETE OVERLOAD of sitcoms. 18 sitcoms on just ONE network.

    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! ;)

  • Tori

    It’ll be interesting to see if P&R can rise. Not sure about conventional wisdom anymore, but it used to be that you could pick up a decent amount of viewers from sampling in syndication and P&R is on several channels this year, could gain some new fans there.

    Shocked at the low numbers for MJF. Tracy looks strange. Not sure if she’s gone under the knife or had too much botox and chemical peels, but she looks worst than a few years ago and it’s not a matter of being older.

  • Nadine

    Astonished at the “surprise” you are all expressing about TBBT. Don’t you guys ever look at the remarkable numbers its RERUNS do on TBS and CW? People love that show. And why shouldn’t they? It’s one of the best comedies in TV history. People say such odd things here sometimes.

  • 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!!

  • Melanie P.

    Great episodes of Grey’s and Parenthood last night. Wished Parenthood could’ve been higher though. I am very scared for it next week too as it airs up against Scandal though.

  • K


    Two and a half men did very well, considering they weren’t following BBT.

  • BBFan

    Sorry, to burst some bubbles but there is a vast difference between C3 (what advertisers care about) & Live+SD. That’s because about 1/2 the delayed viewers skip the ads. No audio = no rating. I agree there will be more delayed viewing because of all of the new fantasy/dramas this yr but it remains to be seen if that’s going to lift the C3’s. Having more programs to catch up on may increase the commercial skip rate. This is why the networks have already disabled FF/skip on VOD. It’s just a matter of time before providers change the programming governing DVR recordings & disable it there as well.

  • Dorothy5334

    CBS was wrong in their press release: The Crazy Ones is the TV’s most watched new show, not #1. Agents of SHIELD is #1 new show with a 4.7 in the demo. TCO notched a 4.0

    CBS is not lying. They are talking about total viewers which I believe shield had a bit under 12 million. The crazy ones had 15 million.. They don’t talk demo in the commercials..

  • Talbet

    Well the second MJ Fox show was better than the first so there is some potential. I look forward to next weeks show.

  • Jay Z

    Greys Anatomy was A+ last night ! probably one of the best season premiers yet. Big Bang … best show on tv. Crazy Ones was not good. wont be watching next week.. Sad for P&R. thought the show was funny at one point then it got boring.. nbc needs help

  • jenn

    Too bad for parks and rec – the best show that nobody’s watching. Tbbt is hogging all the viewers!

  • LisaV

    “X Factor” – the EIGHTH highest rated show on Thursday night. Wow – what a massively expensive disaster! Why hasn’t Rupert cleaned house??? Everyone involved in the “Idol”/”X Factor” cannibalization should’ve been fired last year.

    It’s like this: I sell ice in the desert. As long as I’m making a profit, I keep my job. To hell with efficiency, quality and MAXIMIZING profits.

    Oh, the joy of tracking incompetent TV executives and their ALMOST government-level job security.

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