TV Ratings Thursday: ‘Scandal’ Returns to Series High; Decent Start for ‘The Millers’, ‘Sean Saves the World’ & ‘Welcome to the Family’ Debut Low

Scandal Season 3 Premiere

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.9/9 2.8/8 1.8/5 1.6/5 1.3/4 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.9/6 2.4/8 1.6/6 1.2/4 1.1/4 1.1/4
Total Viewers (million) 11.734 8.545 5.774 4.545 3.538 2.348


Last night’s Thursday Night Football game (Buffalo Bills/Browns) was simulcast on the NBC affiliate in Cleveland. As a result, the NBC 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 Big Bang Theory earned a 5.0 adults 18-49 rating down 9 percent from last week’s 5.5. The premiere of The Millers garnered a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating down 6 percent from Two and Half Men’s 3.5 last season. The Crazy Ones earned a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating down 26 percent from last week’s 3.9. Two and a Half Men scored a series low 2.4, down 17 percent from last week’s 2.9 adults 18-49 premiere rating. Elementary earned a 2.0 down 5 percent from last week’s 2.1 premiere rating

On ABC, Grey’s Anatomy earned a 3.0 down 12 percent from a 3.4 for last week’s two hour premiere. The season premiere of Scandal scored a3.6 adults 18-49 rating up a whopping 71 percent from a 2.1 for last season’s premiere and up 13 percent a 3.2 for last season’s finale. Your predictions were accurate.

On FOX, The X Factor earned a 2.0, down 5 percent from last week’s 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. Glee garnered a 1.6 down 20 percent from last week’s 2.0 adults 18-49 premiere rating.

On NBC, Parks & Recreation matched last week’s 1.3. The series premiere of Welcome to the Family scored a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating down 8 percent from a 1.3 for the premiere of Up All Night’s last season and ranking as the lowest rated NBC comedy premiere ever. The premiere of Sean Saves the World garnered a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating down 24 percent from a 2.1 for last year’s premiere of The Office. The Michael J Fox Show notched a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, down 14 percent from a 2.2 for last week’s hour long premiere.  Parenthood garnered a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating up 6 percent from last week’s series low 1.6.

On the CW, the season premiere of The Vampire Diaries scored a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating down 25 percent from a 1.6 for last year’s premiere on Thursday, October 11, 2012. The series premiere of The Originals garnered a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating down 25 percent  from a 1.2 for the series premiere of Beauty & the Beast.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, October 3, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.0/16 17.75
FOX The X Factor 2.0/6 7.00
ABC Scandal – Clip Show 1.6/5 5.74
NBC Parks and Recreation 1.3/4 3.46
CW The Vampire Diaries – Season Premiere 1.2/4 2.55
8:30 CBS The Millers – Series Premiere 3.30 13.15
NBC Welcome to the Family – Series Premiere 1.2/4 3.32
9:00 ABC Grey’s Anatomy 3.0/8 9.39
CBS The Crazy Ones 2.9/8 11.76
NBC Sean Saves the World – Series Premiere 1.6/4 4.90
FOX Glee 1.6/5 4.55
CW The Originals – Series Premiere 0.9/3 2.15
9:30 CBS Two and a Half Men 2.4/7 9.26
NBC The Michael J. Fox Show 1.9/5 5.92
10:00 ABC Scandal – Season Premiere 3.6/10 10.51
CBS Elementary 2.0/6 9.24
NBC Parenthood 1.7/5 4.84



In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

  • In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.5/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.6/7; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 2.6/7.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; “Late Show,” 0.6/3; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.2/6.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.7/6 in metered-market households and a 0.8/5 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.
NOTE: All ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.


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