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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  • RJ

    @busy06: “As for Thursdays, Parks&Rec is not a good lead in option, its never gonna compete with TBBT, no comedy can right now. I would put The Biggest Loser, a good utility player, there at 8-9 to get better sampling for SSTW and MJF since i think those two shows have room to grow; Parenthood is holding up about as well as it can in the 10pm hour.”

    Not a bad idea. NBC should try to find something that can at least pull mid-to-high 1.0’s in the 8:00 PM hour to give a chance for its 9:00 PM comedies to survive; TBL might not be a bad idea. It’s not like The Voice needs a strong lead-in on Tuesday nights.

  • Tomcatt630

    NBC has to stop trying to bring back the 90’s “New York apartment” sit coms. Biggest 2 sitcoms, Bang and MF, now are set in LA. Time for NBC to at least try another setting than SOHO.

  • Scandelicious

    I am so happy for Scandal! It is such a great show! I feel like since it can still grow. That is a bigger drop than I wanted to see for The Crazy Ones but as long as it stabilizes I think it has a good shot at sticking around for a while!

  • Tomcatt630

    ‘Millers’ had not just 1, but 2 ‘Did you f@rt?’ jokes. Has TV really run out of ideas that badly? Margo M and Bridges are wasted in sterotypical ‘clueless 65 y/o’ roles to appeal to 40ish yuppies, who think they are still 23.

    And ‘Crazy Ones’ is literally “Mork & Buffy”. The ‘I wish my daughter had a p3nis’ jokes were icky!

  • Abby

    I hope TVD and TO adjust up!

  • Michael1


    Don’t foget “Talking Voice” on NBC. Finally, a 10 pm show worthy of it lead-in. LOL

  • Tomcatt630

    NBC should just split the Voice to 4 nights a week, to force veiwers to watch other shows.

    85% of the time, people will not watch anything, unless there is a good lead in. They have to see promos of ‘coming up next’.

  • Nikki

    Hmm seems VD and The Originals didnt do as expected. VD is fizziling out…. hmm good for you CW you deserve it. On a side note.. not to sure whats going on with Parenthood. It was a great episode, so was last weeks. But it is a show in its 5th season and they changed the timeslot, which was fine by the way dont know why they changed it. Its very packed on Thursday nights for Tv.. lets hope it stays steady all season. 1.7 is still not bad for the show. I love it.

  • gerry

    there are sure alot of NONSENSE comments here. let me address just a few

    “these ratings are horrible for the CW”
    -they are not. CW wishes every night was pulling basiclly a 1.0 in both hours – TVD is an aging show, the fact that it pulled a 1.2 is hardly problematic at this point. We will see how TO does on it’s Tuesday slot

    “Parenthood is getting cancelled”
    Probably not. I am sure that NBC is thrilled to have a drama there that didn’t nosedive in week two.

    “Next year will be the last year for Grey’s”
    Doubtful! Its one of ABC’s highest rated dramas, still, even at lowered viewership. Last year, everyone was saying this year would be the last. It wasn’t. And it won’t be next year unless the cast and showrunners call it quits.

    Scandal/Revenge Comparison FIASCO
    I can’t believe this is still happening. I HATE YOU FOR STARTING THIS, MAX (or TVBTN contributors, whichev ;) ). Revenge went from virtually no competition on Wednesday to ALL competition on sunday from every cable net that airs original programming on sundays in that slot. the writing was also lacking in s2. Whereas Scandal wasn’t the best in s1 and hit its stride in s2. There is no reason to pit one against the other all the time. Revenge will see at least 4, possibly 5 seasons and shouldn’t see any more than that because the overall plot would suffer. Scandal’s overall plot isn’t so concise and can probably run longer if it keeps these awesome numbers. THEY AREN’T THE SAME SHOW, PEOPLE. NO NEED TO COMPARE.

  • HB


    thankyou for addressing that Revenge and Scandal comparisons. They are so lame. They are not even on the same day or time slot to be compared!

  • reidjr


    A 1.2 for Vd is very solid.

  • Nikki

    Yeah im sure it is solid.. but compared to last years its down.. and by a decent amount. I was just saying because this has been the only show keeping the network alive. Which in my opinion should be done with by now. But sure its solid.. we will see how it holds next week.

  • Stu

    F##CK off!
    Not on here bashing Scandal or anyone here on this website favorite shows.(except UTD) Never watched Scandal, Really you are comparing Revolution numbers a sci-fi show, with Scandal. Total different audience you r a moron.

    Happy for Scandal. May it live long and prosper.

    I think Revolution fans not it is A DEAD SHOW WALKING. Take joy in a show collasping. WOW that just plain icky. Keeping laughing and when a show u like falls like a rock, will it be u LYAO.

  • reidjr


    If Vd was a net you would be looking at about 2.6.

  • bjssp


    I’ve said for some time now that if NBC might be wise to take the long approach to the night: work to at least stop the bleeding overall and go after specific demographics. Despite what the CW does and despite what ABC is trying to do this season, there’s room for a fantasy/sci fi/action element on the night. I think Grimm paired with two similar shows would do well–perhaps even really, really well, if the show does particularly good business with males or something.

    I would focus on comedies on the other nights. At some point, it really might need to consider shaving down TV on Mondays, even by just 30 minutes.

    It’s kind of shame Parks isn’t younger, because if it was, it’d make a lot of sense to put it on after TV on Tuesdays. The network has plans to put comedies on there now, and if it can get something with good critical reviews, it should leave it there.

    It should also consider putting a comedy or two on in the summer and then bringing it/them back, if something clicks, midseason. There’s less competition and more of a chance to see if a show can work out early creative kinks without as much risk.

    Once it gets a more self-sustaining comedy, it can build around that.

  • bjssp


    Although we are a ways off from this being the case, if Fox were to take Idol off the air, I’m fairly certainly NBC would seriously entertain the notion of putting the show on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Hell, if it wouldn’t be risky to split it up so much, I’d bet they’d seriously consider doing it on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays for most of the season.

  • Charles

    We are the Millers is a name of a movie with Jennifer Aniston. The Millers is a tv show with Will Arnett..Let’s not get confused again

  • Justin121

    Isn’t the whole point of having a 10 pm hit is, you know, HAVING a 10 pm hit?

    Why all the suggestions of moving Scandal, worse yet, switching it with Grey’s!?

    Like, what good would that do?


    The funniest thing is abc almost didn’t renew scandal for season 2. It premiered in april kind of late greys did in 2005. It was between gcb and scandal and they chose it because of shonda. Shonda must be one of the biggest moneymaking showed nets in the biz. Now all scandals needs is like a super bowl push and a more higher profile slot. 10pm its just hard to get as many viewers at that time. X factor has held steady again reimagine it as a low budget summer show with zero competition.

  • Adien

    Scandals did well! Great news for scripted show! Everything else dropped quite a bit? Nothing to celebrate!
    Hope to see some adjustment ups esp for TBBT!

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