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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  • Alecia

    OMG Scandal. Last night’s show was amazing. I’m so freaking happy at the happy ratings. I bet ABC is too.

  • ccc

    Parenthood went up Thank God!

    I think eventually it will be beating Elementary. NBC has to be thrilled with the consistency in that spot finally.

  • rob60990

    Scandal only increased 4 tenths from its season finale against weak competition while Revenge gained 6 tenths. Scandal will only go down from here.

    Terrible for CW. Not a good sign for them at all.

  • Gerald

    Is The Crazy Ones hurting Two and a Half Men?

    I’d like to see TAAHM move to 8:30 Mondays and see how it performs. CBS Monday needs help. And TAAHM has had two entertaining episodes so far.

  • eridapo


    XF 1.7 6.10 / 2.3 7.89

    Element 2.1 9.56 / 1.9 8.92

    Greys 3.0 9.28 / 3.1 9.50
    Scandal 3.6 10.49/ 3.7 10.52

    PH 1.8 5.05 / 1.7 4.62

    TVD 1.2 2.59 / 1.1 2.51
    TO 1.0 2.23/ .9 2.06

    Obviously Scandal has overtaken Greys, and it is making a case that it might just be strong enough to anchor a night. I’ll wait for next week to see if these ratings hold.

    CBS had a great night. The Millers premiere is what I expected, and I’m glad TCO held rather well as did Elementary.

    NBC’s woes continue.. Parks in just not a good enough anchor to launch the night, but it is up against TBBT. The rest of the night has to be dissapointing to NBC.. I believe they were expecting better from Sean and MJF.

    FOX… Can someone tell me why did FOX renewed Glee again…. This show will be below a 1.5 soon.

    CW… In line with my expectations, and I’m wondering why not continue this pairing for the rest of the season

  • JJA

    They can’t be happy at the CW. Vampire Diaries did OK, but The Originals seems a bit lower than they would have wanted.

  • hammard

    ABC: Grey’s Anatomy down and Scandal up. They really managed to develop a sleeper hit with that one.
    CBS: Big Bang mows down everything in its path as usual. The Millers isn’t as strong as Two and A Half Men was but it’s still pretty good. It’ll probably survive even if it loses half the audience. CBS will need to get rid of at least either We Are Men or Mom [probably both], plus HIMYM is ending. They won’t premiere 4 new sitcoms next year.
    CW: Ouch, that’s bad ratings! Last year VD has 1.6 whilst B&TB had 1.2. I hope it’s not going to be a trend we see repeated throughout the network.
    FOX: So Glee and The X-Factor continue to their steady decline together. FOX are probably starting to regret their decision to renew Glee so far in advance.
    NBC: How long can they keep trying to do a sitcom night on Thursdays? It stopped working for them almost a decade ago and these ratings are getting embarrassing. Without The Office as support and against The Big Bang Theory they need to try something completely different. Perhaps move in Grimm and try a male oriented cult night? Or try to find some new unscripted show for support like they have at the start of the week? Anything different would be worth a try at this stage.

  • bjssp

    If MJF keeps up like this, it’s a keeper. At some point, you’ve got to give shows a chance to find an audience.

  • CrimTV


    The Crazy Ones is not dead, it is still the highest rated new comedy of the season and it did have great retention from The Millers, last week’s premiere was propped up by the huge TBBT lead-in!

  • M

    Ouch at Glee

    Good for Greys and Originals

    TVD amazing and Scandal explosive

    But seriously 5.0 for TBBT how much longer can that show go on? Has it been around since HIMYM practically… I think they should end it on a high note

  • darius

    Rob and My dad premiered with 4.1 with Big Bang as lead in and got cancelled!God Knows what s gonna happen with The Millers and The Crazy Ones!

  • 939484503

    um what? That’s actually good for the CW. it’s a 5 year old show and it’s still there only show that can get over a 1.0

  • DeadPool

    About a Boy and Community should start very soon…

  • Dillan

    Quite disappointing for TVD and TO premieres, but these are still acceptable numbers.

    X Factor staying steady with competition.

    Amazing for Scandal!

    FOX should shorten the next season of Glee.

  • Jonay Moon

    Am i the only one who notice that there is a typo it is not “We Are the Millers” It is “The Millers”??

  • TimsDale4ever

    It was nice to see Sean Hayes and Linda Lavin back on the screen — but SSTW was a horrible show. I was so disappointed and shocked at how boring it was. :(

  • Petar

    Scandal is BIG winner. Should be on sunday at 8 or 9!

    Single cams on CBS are DOA! WHat the hell cbs are thinking.

  • Glue

    The Originals did well-ish. Go TVD!

  • CBSviewer

    @ Sara Bibel

    The title is ‘The Millers’ not ‘We are the Millers’ !

  • CrimTV

    Hopefully TVD is adjusted up but the reason it is down a lot from Season 4’s premiere is because S4 had a lot of hype due to a certain major plot-point in the Season 3 finale.

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