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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  • BrieK

    Amazing for Scandal. It really grew from Grey’s Anatomy. I have to be honest, I did not expect a series high.

  • carl

    Grey’s is #1 again!
    Go Scandal =D

  • aciel

    it’s not a surprise that scandal scored this high and that episode and that episode was intense i hope that scandal could keep the quality i love that it just keeps getting better

  • Michael1

    “Sean Saves The World” appears to have poached a net 0.4% of viewers aged 18-49 from “The Millers” over to NBC. Yes, there was an NFL game on in Cleveland, but the Browns trailed 10-0 after the first quarter, meaning that the Cleveland fans were less likely to be watching NBC at 9 pm than they were at 8:30 pm.

  • fringegot5seasons

    You know TBBT is actually very funny when they don’t rely on the crappy sex jokes. Last night’s episode was good. Grey’s was boring.

  • rob60990

    The Millers did terrible out of TBBT.

  • Gio


    Scandal is a serialized drama, it’s in its 3rd season and didn’t have a 5.0+ show as lead in. Blacklist is doing fine, yeah, but Scandal did well too.

  • Elizabeth

    How long until NBC switched WTTF with Parks? They can get better ratings for Parks if they move it from opposite TBBT and WTTF is dead on arrival so why not let it burn off against TBBT and get the most out of Parks?

  • AcE

    Very low for the originals, wow lower than BatB last year….

  • Scandalfan

    You go Scandal, i hope it doesn’t adjust down.

  • Chuck_T

    Pretty big drop for ‘The Crazy Ones’–Nice to see TMJFS didn’t decline too much, but it definitely needs to stay at around 2.0.

  • Chris J

    If Sean Saves the World stabilizes in the mid ones I could see it continuing on through the Spring.

    NBC Thursdays will probably look like:

    08:00 Community
    08:30 Parks
    09:00 Sean Saves the World
    09:30 Michael J Fox
    10:00 Parenthood

    I’m hoping Welcome to the Family will be cancelled sooner rather than later. It was probably a drag on the ratings of the rest of the comedies tonight.

  • jersey

    Scandal is turning into a massive hit. NBC needs to give up on comedies. Except for the Fox show the ratings are a joke.

  • JaneDoe24

    Wow! Scandal exceeded my prediction!The premiere was really good! If the episodes to come are as good as that one, Scandal will continue to be a hit! Go Shonda!

  • AlanHaliwell

    No glee series Low And it was such a good episode

  • JJA

    By the way, Beauty & The Beast premiered to a 1.2 last year. So The Originals with .9 can’t be good.

  • RyanCanada

    i have officially deleted Parenthood from my PVR, lost interest in it, amazing episode of Vampire Diaries, would like to see better ratings tho… didnt have time to watch the Originals tho, will watch it tonight, also gotta watch Scandal, Greys, TBBT, TCO, and Elemetary,

  • Cyrax86

    Yay for Scandal! Even the clip show beat certain other ABC shows. Poor Elementary though, definitely a disappointment for CBS considering it even got the Superbowl slot last year.

  • Lauren

    I’m not surprised at WTTF’s rating, but I wish that it had done better. I loved the pilot.

  • Bee

    GO SCANDAL GO! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! AMAZING EPISODE LAST NIGHT & AMAZING RATINGS THIS MORNING! it almost did as much as elementary + parenthood combined! love this show and so glad it’s found this amazing success. and WOW. it really has left grey’s behind now. the difference between them used to be 0.1 or 0.2. but 0.6?! it’s a beast in its own right.

    grey’s back to being #1 at 9PM as it should be! haha WOOO!

    wow, that’s a low premiere for the originals.

    good, for NBC standards, for the MJF show.

    2.5 men seems to be dying and it’s about damn time.

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