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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  • Gerald


    Seriously? TAAHM’s numbers were up last year. Being separated from TBBT might hurt it but it is coming off a strong season. It exposes you as a troll.

  • Adien

    I actually think The Millers is the funniest of CBS new comedies just without the star power. I believe that show should do well!
    Its a nice younger night for CBS!
    Elementary is a cool show! Good chemistry between Jonny Miller and Lucy Liu, i just think 10pm slots are very tough these days! They were also competing against an super-sized Greys

  • zerg

    GA’s fall was predictable considering that last season had the plane crash stuff

  • Ryan

    Disappointed for Elementary but good for the Crazy Ones. Ouch at the Michael J. Fox Show, NBC must be really disappointed given their 22-episode series commitment. And Parks makes me sad like always, but it’s numbers are really volatile so I’m sure it will go up here and there.

  • Nick

    MJF premiered okay and the actual challenge for the show is how it can hold on to it’s audience for the next 20 airings (the show was picked-up for 22 episodes). On the side note, I prefer MJF than the Crazy Ones… it’s bad enough when Kelly Clarkson stole everyone’s thunder in the pilot. Here’s hoping MJF can live it up to it’s promising first two episodes.

  • J.G.

    People are killing MJFS too early; was not expecting it to skew old though:

  • JIames

    @Brock – yes, Parks & Rec is solid at performing terribly. You seriously consider a 1.3 rating and 3 million viewers “solid”?

  • Will

    I think MJF Show was overhyped A LOT. It was an okay show but it just seemed too cookie cutter like so many other shows. The Crazy Ones surprised me with the depth of the show—previews did not do it justice.

  • Kaaboom

    Does anyone remember the demo for last seasons premiere of parenthood, it would be nice to compare. thanks.

  • senor chang

    On a lighter note, it’s a little hilarious how (at least in the prelims) SHIELD, Glee and Parenthood all matched each other in total viewers, with 5.17 million viewers each. And all of them aired in different hours, too!

  • danny94

    sucks for parenthood such a brilliant show really underrated, derserves to rate much higher

  • Seth

    NBC should have had a special “The Voice” episode before MJF premiere. Get some eyeballs on it.

  • Holly

    Aaaand NBC comes down off their premiere week high… That is very disappointing for the Michael J Fox Show. It is definitely not going to save their Thursday comedy block like they had hoped. The move hurt Parenthood quite a bit as well. All in all, a pretty bad night for NBC

    CBS did much better with Crazy Ones. We’ll see how well it holds up with The Millers as a lead-in instead of Big Bang, but a solid start nonetheless. Great numbers for Big Bang, as expected. Elementary’s numbers aren’t great, but are about where it was last season, so not surprising.

    Grey’s drop is a bit concerning. They usually have very strong premieres followed by a sharp drop. Hopefully this lower premiere just means less of a drop in the coming weeks so it comes out OK.

  • POIFanatic

    Wow TBBT. It just keeps surprising me.

    2.9 premiere. Here’s to hoping that this signifies the fall of Two and A Half Men finally.

  • Elizabeth

    I think it only takes a month or two for NBC to move around their Thursday night so that Parks is not up against TBBT. They consistently brought in 1.5-1.7 last season and there is no reason to think that they cant do that again against something less substantial. My guess is that Sean Saves the World and Welcome to the Family completely collapse and one of them takes the 8pm slot and Parks moves back to 8:30 or 9:30 where it will do better.

  • Ted Craig

    The ratings for TBBT continue to astound me. Granted, it had little competition on broadcast, but still…wow.

  • Joe Daniels

    The Crazy Ones followed The Big Monster Theory. Can’t exactly see how well it would do to be honest. Without TBBT, I’d say the viewers would be 7.76M

  • CrimTV

    So just to be clear. The Crazy Ones premiere is strong, right? So far isn’t it the highest new comedy premiere of the season?

  • ruckfules55

    *2.5 Men clearly propped up by its lead-in

  • Hobbitual

    I hope Parks and Rec picks up, but if not, when do you guys think they’ll pull it? Will Community take back the 8 PM slot if Parks falls below a 1.0? Will they move Parks to a different time if Sean Saves the World or WTTF bombs?

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