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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  • Gemma

    Scandal will be back in the 2s next week! What an overrated show.

  • Oscar

    Wow! The glee special really hurt Grey’s numbers…

  • Jackson

    ABC thursdays 7pm time slot hasnt worked in years. move GA up to 7pm, Scandal to 8pm and then launch a new show or move Nashville to the 9pm slot

  • Molly

    NBC Welcome to the Family 0.8 2 2.50

    And here come the annoying Community fans.

  • Babar Suhail

    TBBT is a beast. The other CBS comedies did OK, but CBS needs to switch The Crazy Ones with The Millers, as it is the better comedy.
    Grey’s is stable as always, though Scandal beat it again.
    NBC did horribly, it will be pulling in The CW numbers soon.
    OUATIW can only go down from here, I wonder what ABC will decide to do with the it. The best solution would be to change it’s time slot.

  • steve

    Almost everything tanked

  • Jeff (Canada)

    NBC just can’t win on Thursdays. This may be the season where they abandon comedies (again) in favour of cheap reality shows on Thursdays.

  • Epidrone

    Elementary is treading water against Scandal. Such a good Elementary ep last night. Not sure this Thursday experiment is working. The 9pm hour is well down over last year. E has too much potential to be in a holding pattern. What can CBS do to help it and POI?

  • Ricky

    No! ABC, why did you have to put Wonderland in that awful timeslot? Hopefully this is a lesson learned – stop trying to throw things at the wall hoping they’ll stick, ‘cos it’s NOT WORKING!

  • Max

    @Gemma, please stop trash talking about #Scandal.

  • Jackson

    there is NO WAY Scandal will be in the 2s next week

    next weeks episode looks like a total sweeps like stunt episode. it will definatly go up next week

  • Josh

    Jesus, those NBC ratings are really poor. I’m sad Parenthood and Parks & Rec seem to be floundering now.

  • Targaryen

    CBS thought it will get better ratings in thursday without POI.What a joke

  • Epidrone

    Also, should Elementary adjust up?

  • Seth

    NBC now has “Must Not See TV” Thursdays.

  • hammard

    They really can’t get this slot to work. OUATIW is barely above the Scandal clip show. They might as well just air Scandal or SHIELD reruns. Even with the falls, Scandal and Greys are still a strong combo.

    Big Bang continues to steamroll allowing the other CBS shows to follow on its coat tails. I do wonder what would happen to them all if they switched Big Bang back to Mondays. Not an issue for them this year at least.

    Good for VD, it barely dropped. It appears Mondays are the only night they are having trouble with so far. It will be interesting to see what happens with Reign (and the finals obviously).

    Glee really went up with the tribute, not amazing but much better. However, will it continue? X-Factor still in the doldrums

    And Welcome To the Family is behind the Vampire Diaries! Please, Please, Please, NBC, give up on Thursday night comedies. You are like the drunk dad dancing at parties. He still thinks he’s cool but to everyone else it is just embarrassing.

  • Rich

    OUATIW has a fanbase out there. I think the rating will be adjusted up over the next day or so.

  • Jonay

    Can someone please explain why NBC did not premiere a new show after the season finale of America’s got talent???

  • Dochas

    I’m pretty sure TVD will rise but I just want to say before they do, Supernatural was the CW’s highest rated show this week :) I’m sure Julie Plec is crying into her wine. Even though a repeat TO got a .8
    OUATW, I tried but I just could not get into it. Blah.
    I watched the Finn tribute on Glee. It was very well done. I don’t like Glee, I haven’t since the first season but they did well last night. It was very sad to watch.
    Scandal is just so much fun to watch. Great numbers.


    YES!!!!!!! Go GLEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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