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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  • Melissa

    Thursday Finals per Son of the Bronx:

    ABC HH/Share: 5.9/10; Viewers: 8.624 million; A18-49/Share: 2.8/8; A25-54/Share: 3.3/8
    8:00 Scandal: The Secret Is Out (special) HH: 4.0/7; Viewers: 5.753 million; A18-49: 1.6/5; A25-54: 2.0/5
    9:00 Grey’s Anatomy HH: 6.6/10; Viewers: 9.602 million; A18-49: 3.1/9; A25-54: 3.7/9
    10:00 Scandal (Season Premiere) HH: 7.1/12; Viewers: 10.517 million; A18-49: 3.6/10; A25-54: 4.2/11

    CBS HH/Share: 7.5/12; Viewers: 11.902 million; A18-49/Share: 3.0/9; A25-54/Share: 4.1/11
    8:00 Big Bang Theory HH: 11.0/18; Viewers: 18.216 million; A18-49: 5.2/17; A25-54: 6.8/20
    8:31 The Millers (Series Premiere) HH: 8.1/13; Viewers: 13.093 million; A18-49: 3.3/10; A25-54: 4.5/12
    9:01 The Crazy Ones HH: 7.2/11; Viewers: 11.709 million; A18-49: 2.9/8; A25-54: 4.0/10
    9:31 Two and a Half Men HH: 6.0/9; Viewers: 9.340 million; A18-49: 2.4/7; A25-54: 3.5/8
    10:01 Elementary HH: 6.1/10; Viewers: 9.379 million; A18-49: 2.0/6; A25-54: 2.8/7

    NBC HH/Share: 2.6/4; Viewers: 4.034 million; A18-49/Share: 1.4/4; A25-54/Share: 1.7/4
    8:00 Parks and Recreation HH: 2.0/3; Viewers: 3.142 million; A18-49: 1.2/4; A25-54: 1.4/4
    8:30 Welcome to the Family (Series Premiere) HH: 1.9/3; Viewers: 2.985 million; A18-49: 1.1/3; A25-54: 1.3/3
    9:01 Sean Saves the World (Series Premiere) HH: 3.0/5; Viewers: 4.428 million; A18-49: 1.4/4; A25-54: 1.7/4
    9:30 The Michael J. Fox Show HH: 3.4/5; Viewers: 5.347 million; A18-49: 1.7/5; A25-54: 2.0/5
    10:01 Parenthood HH: 2.7/5; Viewers: 4.168 million; A18-49: 1.5/4; A25-54: 1.8/5

    FOX HH/Share: 3.5/6; Viewers: 5.772 million; A18-49/Share: 1.8/5; A25-54/Share: 2.0/5
    8:00 The X Factor HH: 4.3/7; Viewers: 7.126 million; A18-49: 2.0/6; A25-54: 2.4/6
    9:00 Glee HH: 2.8/4; Viewers: 4.417 million; A18-49: 1.6/5; A25-54: 1.7/4

    CW HH/Share: 1.5/2; Viewers: 2.398 million; A18-49/Share: 1.1/3; A25-54/Share: 1.0/3; A18-34: 1.1/4; W18-34: 1.6/5
    8:00 The Vampire Diaries (Season Premiere) HH: 1.7/3; Viewers: 2.588 million; A18-49: 1.2/4; A25-54: 1.1/3; A18-34: 1.3/5; W18-34: 1.8/6
    9:00 The Originals (Series Premiere) HH: 1.4/2; Viewers: 2.208 million; A18-49: 1.0/3; A25-54: 0.9/2; A18-34: 1.0/3; W18-34: 1.3/4

    9:00-9:30 The Originals HH: 1.5/2; Viewers: 2.299 million; A18-49: 1.0/3; A25-54: 1.0/2; A18-34: 1.0/3; W18-34: 1.4/4
    9:30-10:00 The Originals HH: 1.4/2; Viewers: 2.116 million; A18-49: 0.9/3; A25-54: 0.9/2; A18-34: 0.9/3; W18-34: 1.3/4

  • harry

    Max’s and Paris problem derives from when Scandal couldnt get above 2.0 ratings and revenge was called the new hit series of ABC.

    ABC renewed scandal for 13 episodes just because it was a shonda rhimes show .Otherwise it would have been canceled. and at season 2 they saw it was stable and eventually grew and they ordered more episodes and the show became famous and got great ratings.

    ABC at the current point has castle , marvels agents of shield , the goldbergs , the middle , modern family , greys anatomy , scandal once upon a time and revenge getting decent ratings. None of this show will be canceled unless they have a huge drop later on. For now all those shows are secure and can increase if the writing is good.

  • harry

    i consider anything above a 2.2 on abc an ok rating.

  • milo

    So is there a chance Fox changes their mind and cancels Glee after this season? Seems like best case at this point is a short season (maybe a very short one). But chances are by the end of this season they’d rather just be done with it. I can’t imagine the sales of songs on iTunes and other side sources of income are that strong any more either.

  • harry


    For last season Glee sells 30 seconds adds for : 224.345$ and big bang theoy sells 30 seconds adds for : 275.573 $

    Hope this answer why glee didnt get canceled . and i cant understand how a show with 6.0 earns almost same money with the show struggling at 2.0s

  • Riley

    ABC should move scandal too 9 and then launch a new show at 10. Greys anatomy could be used on a different night like Tuesday

  • Robert Ford

    Having found every NBC show for the past few years at least tolerable, and ahaving been a fan of about half of them, I decided to watch WttF and SStW, despite how bad the trailers were. Naturally, I went into both of them with very low expectations.

    Welcome to the Family fell to my expectations perfectly, being every bit as bad as I expected, in every way the trailer implied.

    Sean Saves the World was… not good by any stretch, but not utterly terrible. I’d rank it with the first episode of 1600 Penn: cringe inducing and unfunny, but not *quite* as bad as I expected. It seems like it probably *could* improve, and if 1600 Penn is any guide, it probably won’t. Like 1600 Penn, I expect it to be canceled quickly and quietly.

    I must say: Bob Greenblatt sure can pick ’em.

  • Cle


    “Scandal is a proven hit! I don’t understand why ABC hasn’t capitalized on its strength! Imagine Greys @ 8; Scandal @ 9 and Revenge @ 10 on Thursday nights! Grey’s definitely solidified Thursday nights for ABC when its come to being competitive because ABC struggled before Greys! However, Revenge could benefit from not being on when football and these Cable giants are on; however the issue for ABC is nothing else could be strong in that timeslot! Once Upon a Time is struggling from its first season and its spin-off probably won’t premiere much higher! Betrayal is dead… none of there shows could stay strong against the competition Revenge endures and is still delivering! That’s why when people talk about cancellation for Revenge, despite an almost guaranteed fourth season, there ratings aren’t that low considering its lackluster second season and strong competition”

    nothing else on ABC can stand the competition right now in Sun 9pm slot except Revenge.. I bet scandal also can’t stand there.. It may drop even further with an incompatible lead-in..

    Revenge and Scandal is where it should be considering the situation of network..

  • KC

    SCANDAL! WOW! Go Gladiators!

  • Mark

    The Crazy Ones is smart and funny, and Williams and Gellar have great chemistry. It’s going to be a hit: just give it time.

  • Networkman

    Scandal’s premiere was really impressive. Along with Revenge, Scandal ranked as my best season premiere this season. Strong acting along with excellent writing. I was fully entertained.

    The Millers also exceeded my expectations. Margo Martindale was brilliant in the role. I usually don’t care for Will Arnett, but she actually made him look funny. I’m definitely going to watch again.

    I believe it is time to announce this as the last season of Two & a Half Men. I don’t understand why it is dropping so much out of The Crazy Ones. I always expect it to pull in at least 10 million viewers.

    I expect Once Upon a Time in Wonderland to do much better than the clip show. And that might actually help the entire night because we may see an increase in the ratings for Grey’s Anatomy. CBS will end up winning the 8pm hour with ABC taking over the 9pm and 10pm hour.

  • joe

    Will Arnett is sitcom cancer. Watching five minutes of The Millers will take ten years off of your life. If any of you liked that show, perhaps it was the constant laugh track convincing you it was funny. It wasn’t.

    Network tv is dead. The best shows are on cable, and even most of them are simply terrible. Networks are too busy going for cheap laughs or trying to convince you that basic truths concerning the human condition are myths in order to conform you to some PC standard. All these shows are terrible. It’s time we admit it and stop watching them for good.

  • Carmen

    The problem with Glee is all the other factors being use for it being an exceptional show with certain groups such as 18-34 demos, etc, is undermined by a 1.6 in such a core demographics. Add the 4.3 live audience and the perception that it hasn’t anywhere plateaued in its descent and you a serious problem for FOX. A couple more ticks and even FOX can’t rationalize , say a below 1.5 demo consistently for Glee.

  • Corey

    WTH! Scandal is killing it, the premere was amazingly awesome so im not surprised, that’s a series high! What a amazing start to a exciting season to come. Well done to Scandal! and ABC #1 in two time slots!

  • Davide De Rea

    I’m out of the loop… What’s all this Scandal hype about? How did it get a 3.6??

  • Daniel

    I love Parks and Rec and the BIG BANG Theory so I watch them on on demand .I like Michael J Fox but, NBC decided to 2 horrible shows in between the two. The Millers will continue to dominate that time slot . Why have I seen the cancellation Bears for Sean saves the world yet.

  • Igwell

    lol Stu overreact much? I don’t watch those shows, it’s just NBC’s poor decisions that I mock.

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