TV Ratings Thursday: 'Glee' Tribute Episode Soars, 'Welcome to the Family' Goes Anemic + 'Once Upon a Time in Wonderland' Has Weak Start

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October 11th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.8/8 2.5/7 2.4/7 1.3/4 1.1/3 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.6/5 2.2/8 2.3/8 1.2/4 0.9/3 1.0/3
Total Viewers (million) 10.988 7.819 6.850 3.288 3.391 2.204


Last night’s Thursday Night Football game (Giants/Bears) was simulcast on the The CW affiliate in New York. As a result, The CW 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 4.9, down three tenths from last week's 5.2 adults 18-49 rating. The Millers garnered a 3.1, down two tenths from last week's 3.3 adults 18-49 rating. The Crazy Ones earned a 2.4, down half a ratings point from last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men hit a new series low with a 2.3, down a tenth from last week's series low 2.4. Elementary earned a 1.9, down a tenth from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, the premiere of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland earned a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, down from the 2.2 that Last Resort earned in the slot last fall, and the lowest-rated ABC Thursday fall premiere since 2010’s My Generation. Your predictions were too optimistic. Grey's Anatomy earned a 2.8, down three tenths from last week's 3.1 adults 18-49 rating. Scandal scored a 3.1, down half a ratings point from last week's 3.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, The X Factor earned a 1.9, down a tenth from last week's  2.0  adults 18-49 rating. The Cory Monteith tribute episode of Glee garnered a 2.8, soaring over last week's 1.6 adults 18-49  rating, and the show's highest rating since September 20, 2012.

On NBC, Parks & Recreation matched last week's 1.2. Welcome to the Family scored an anemic 0.8, down three tenths from last week's dismal 1.1 adults 18-49 rating . Sean Saves the World garnered a 1.0, down four tenths from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. The Michael J Fox Show notched a 1.2, down half a ratings point from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.  Parenthood garnered a series low 1.2, down three tenths from last week's series low 1.5 adults 18-49 rating .

On the CW, The Vampire Diaries scored a 1.1, down a tenth from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, October 10, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.9 18 17.19
FOX The X Factor (8-9PM) 1.9 6 6.29
ABC Once Upon a Time in Wonderland -P 1.7 5 5.74
NBC Parks and Recreation 1.2 4 3.25
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.1 3 2.49
8:30PM CBS The Millers 3.1 9 11.91
NBC Welcome to the Family 0.8 2 2.50
9:00PM ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.8 8 8.72
FOX Glee 2.8 8 7.40
CBS The Crazy Ones 2.4 7 9.92
NBC Sean Saves the World 1.0 3 3.26
CW The Originals -R 0.8 2 1.92
9:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 2.3 6 9.03
NBC The Michael J Fox Show 1.2 3 3.84
10:00 PM ABC Scandal 3.1 9 9.00
CBS Elementary 1.9 6 8.94
NBC Parenthood 1.2 3 3.75


In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:


  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.3/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.4/7.


  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.0/5.


  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.5/5 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 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) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).


  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 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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  • Phil

    OUATIW is a Saturday morning tv show and should not be in primetime

  • Sam

    Just putting it out there – I’m pretty sure Dante is a 450lb agoraphobic whose only pleasure in life is in seeing others (including TV shows) fail. At least he has a reason to wake up each morning… In other news, ratings have been crazy low this season so far…

  • AlanHalliwell

    Glees tribute was beautiful it deserves this!!

  • dowla

    ouch, NBC.

  • JR35

    Oh my at the NBC shows. Disappointing for Wonderland- will it last for its whole limited run?

  • Ashley

    Wow at Glee, not great. OUAT is doomed! Awesome TBBT as usual.

  • Hobbitual

    I’d be surprised if WTTF wasn’t pulled today. How long before SSF is axed? What horrific numbers. NBC has to make some changes and soon.

  • H987

    Wow I don’t think people realize the originals is on Tuesdays now because that is VERY GOOD for a repeat on the CW

  • Stephan

    Good for Scandal.

  • JB

    Tried to watch Wonderland but just couldn’t get into it, and I see I’m not the only one.

  • hello

    Well, at least it will stay the limited series i thought the plan was in the first place

  • Ted Craig

    How soon before Community debuts on Thursdays? I’m guessing by Nov. 7, with WTTF pulled before next Thursday.

  • Jack Bauer

    Are people still NOT giving up on Two and a Half Men?

  • Michael1

    Is it possible that the CW beats NBC from 8-10 despite showing an hour of repeats vs. 2 hours of new episodes? Has this happened before?

  • rob60990

    Fantastic drop for Scandal and its not done dropping yet. :D

  • CrimTV

    I’m hoping that The Vampire Diaries somehow does not adjust down due to football, I mean I remember before when The CW was pre-empted and TVD actually rose from it’s preliminaries.

  • Elizabeth

    Parks matches the best for NBC last night while being up against The Big Bang Theory…

    There is no way Parks wont be back next season and hopefully they will have half a brain to move it now to get back to the 1.5-1.7 numbers it always got at any other time but 8

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  • Phil

    For a repeat show, The Originals did very well.

  • Eli Edwards

    ” Parenthood garnered a x from last week’s series low 1.5 adults 18-49 rating .”

    Forget to fix that? :p

    Overall, really bad new for NBC :(

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