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

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October 4th, 2013

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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  • Russell

    Because of football on NBC affiliate expect drops for Michael J. Fox and Parenthood. Michael J. Fox is just so hard to sit through. It will never be a hit.

  • Laura

    @Jay That’s not exactly true for glee. That used to be the case with merchandise and single sales but since mid season 4 (maybe since the beginning of season 4 actually) glee songs just haven’t charted. They renewed glee because I think they figured ratings couldn’t get much lower than they were by mid season 4 (they were averaging maybe a little over 5 mil for regular episodes and 6 for heavily promoted ones. Still not as high as previous seasons but decent for a FOX show) but now… yeah. The ratings have gone lower and the singles aren’t charting. Still higher than some other shows on the network I guess and I don’t honestly see them pulling the show but it’s clear they figured it would do better than it has.

  • Tom

    @ Bella

    It’s inferable that BATB is still around because the production budget for new CW shows wasn’t adequate to add what would have been a sixth new show to replace it. The CW has never debuted more than five new productions in a season and those weren’t enough to cover all the gaps in this season’s schedule. So, the CW has paired each of its top three programs with a new production and paired the next two lowest rated shows (BATB and HOD) together. I get the impression that the CW actually likes HOD enough to keep it in production until it at least reaches syndication numbers. The remaining question is whether the CW will keep BATB in production to earn revenue from Netflix and syndication after this low rated show reaches 44 episodes at the end of this season. My guess is that the CW won’t walk away from any show that close to syndication unless the its ratings fall to Nikita-like levels.

  • bluejoni

    I remember when Thursday night was a great night for TV !! What’s with all these horrible sit-coms !!

  • Jrock

    Looks like a lot of people got caught up on the first 2 Seasons of Scandal over the summer! They are KILLING!!! Awesome show!

  • Matt

    I was on-point with the Scandal predictions! Yay!
    Scandal was the #2 program of the night in 18-49, the #1 drama of the night, and #3 of the night in total viewers.

    I wonder what ROB is saying no?!?!

    OUCH at The Crazy Ones. Even 10-year-old (but still amazing) GREY’s beat it. Also OUCH at 2.5 Men. OUCH at Elementary. And WTF at the Millers? tied with Super Fun Night so far as #2 comedy premiere of the season.

    Good for MJF. If it can stay above a 1.7 and 5 million, it will be considered a winner for NBC Thursday. And not too bad for Parenthood.

  • CrimTV

    Lucky 7 has been cancelled and pulled from the Tuesday schedule. Scandal repeats will be replacing it.

  • Hobbitual

    And there goes Lucky 7!

  • Kimberly

    Fan excuse bingo alert (well, mostly):

    Not that I’m making excuses for The Originals (because I don’t need to- those numbers are fine for CW), but I think it’s regular time slot premiere on Tuesday will be higher. Maybe not significantly, but higher than this. I personally don’t watch any other CW shows but I saw the backdoor pilot in April of TO, so I didn’t watch last night, because I didn’t care about a rehash from another character’s perspective.

    I’ll watch on Tuesday, though. So yes, fan excuse bingo, but mostly to pontificate the possible higher timeslot premiere on Tuesday.

    Carry on.

  • Omar

    I was really seeing X Factor hit the 1.0s this week but, surprisingly, it is steady! Looks like the four chair challenge was a good addition to the show.
    Glee did awfully, but next week’s episode will make the rating rise. However, I don’t think that push is going to last for too long. Their only hope is that Ryan Murphy’s already-planned plot twist save things up, if not, it could have a shortened season 6 or not season at all.
    Congrats to Scandal fans and viewers, awesome ratings!

  • Tony

    THURSDAY CBS will be as powerful as NBC once was on Thursday night. 5 quality shows.

  • Nathan

    Congrats to the cast, crew & fans of the addicting hit drama Scandal! :D

    Rob, go find another show to hate on, idiot! :)

  • justsomebody


    I’m not a big fan of Revenge or anything, and other then last years finale. I think its fallen off a lot from the first season. It’s really really cheesy at times but still watchable.

    But to say it has less competition then Scandal is a really stupid statement

    What Revenge goes up against on Sunday at 9:
    A true monster: The Walking Dead which looks to return just as strong, and I can’t wait.
    Sunday Night Football
    Numerous Awards Shows
    Game Of Thrones
    Family Guy

    I’d say that’s a lot more then Elementary and Parenthood.

    Loved TBBT last night, will probably adjust up in finals.

  • Ray

    I was hoping to love the Crazy Ones but it just isn’t that funny! I love Sarah Michelle Gellar so I hope it stays on just to see her.The Big Bang Theory was hilarious last night! X Factor 4 chair twist is great !

  • Petar

    time to cancel hostages and other 2 shows that premieres were below 1.5 i think on abc and nbc.

  • Joseph A

    BTW for those hating on THE CRAZY ONES the show has a great cast, and the scripts work the issue for me has to do with some of the timing of the jokes, and the lack of cast reaction. But that at least is something that can be solved.

    The Millers had good starting numbers but has much larger writing issues, that I can only hope were addressed in the episodes yet to air. The show has Margo Martindale who is in my opinion one of the top 10 actors currently working who deserves better material.

  • Will

    “Scandal” has been ABC’s quiet little star that’s patiently waited in the wings over the last two seasons to emerge centre stage and the third season has roared out of the gates. The series has continue to get good buzz from critics and viewers and is poised for bigger and better things. Congrats to all involve. Great numbers there!

  • Flame

    @Michael1, who wrote: “If CBS were to develop a series “Talking Bang” to follow “The Big Bang Theory”, I wonder if it would be the second highest show of the evening.”

    -> Having watched The talking Dead I thought the possibilities would be endless. Talking Nerd after TBBT, Talking Grey after Grey’s Anatomy, Talking Race or Talking Isle after CBS Realities…

  • bjssp

    What’s with all of the criticism over mentioning demos? It’s how the networks do business. New Girl on Fox does decently in the 18-49 demo but very, very well in the 18-34 demo, and certain advertisers pay a premium for that. I don’t know enough about what Glee does in specific demos, but Fox does.


    If I recall correctly, Parks is the youngest skewing comedy, BY FAR, on network television. That’s a big deal. It’s also sold into syndication, and the more episodes it produces, the more money NBC Universal, which owns NBC, will get. It’s not crucial to the network, but there’s a reason it’s still around.

  • Charmed

    I’m so happy for Scandal, it has earned it. Who ever thought 1 1/2 years ago it would be this big?

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