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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  • Dorothy5334

    Posted October 11, 2013 at 2:27 PM
    @helpful lurker
    Thanks for your post. I liked your very truthful post about TVD and SPN. Then again at the same time I hate your post because you sound like me. After the awfulness and choppiness of S4 I too swore of watching TVD this season. However after reading that you watched the premeire out of nothing else being on and found or to be on the right path makes me think I might have to watch it. You are like the 5 person to tell me it was better than expected. I’ve also heard Paul Wesley is phenomenal like he was in S3. That alone makes me curious. I think what’s holding me back is just the fear of the triangle of doom.

    I’ll be the 6th.. Vampire Diaries.. Is a lot better this year… Last year was a major letdown and I’m glad and hope it stays back on track..

  • L.Thompson

    I tried to watch once upon at time in wonderland but it was so boring.
    Glee was good but after yesterday’s episode I am no longer watching the show I’ve lost interest.

  • Dorothy5334

    I haven’t watched Once in wonderland yet… Just got done with Glee.. It was sad.. I doubt I’ll be watching again either. Unless I see that something major is going on..

  • Refrain

    I thought it was kinda neat how almost the entirety of the Once Upon a Time in Wonderland cast are British. You can’t help but respect the fact Once Upon a Time in general has a decent amount of cast members from the United Kingdom(Hook, Rumple, Peter Pan and others).

    It’s not worth worrying about the ratings. We don’t want another Under the Dome situation do we? Where an obvious 1 season show was stretched because of the stellar ratings. At least with the brutally average ratings OUATIW is receiving, the creators can live up to their comments about planning the entire story out in one season.

    Once Upon a Time and the spinoff also entered production at roughly the same time this year anyway. ABC should just tell them this is it and let them conclude the Wonderland series the way it was meant to be.

  • thesnowleopard


    You’re being both disingenuous and inaccurate. I never said anything about the demo. I said it often did as well or better toward the end of the season. As well in the demo and better in audience. Don’t believe me? Go back and look for yourself.

    The Tri State area thing is a load of crap. SPN matched TVD’s premiere from last week and did better than its episode this week. Nobody cares. They certainly didn’t care when SPN got preempted all the time on Thursdays. If it had fallen below a certain point, the network would have canceled it.

    Besides, if the NYC game really had such an effect, the overnights would have been inflated and the final ratings would have dropped more than 0.1. This did not happen. Ergo, the Tri State area preemption had a negligible effect.

    Not quite sure why you’re getting your knickers into such a bunch, anyway. I never said nor implied that TVD was in any danger. And unless it drops a lot (which probably isn’t likely), it’s guaranteed a season six.

    But that doesn’t change the fact that a season nine show is slowly overtaking a season five show (one that got a lot more network love early on from the previous exec), which is nearly unheard of. You don’t have to be either an SPN or a TVD fan to find that remarkable.

  • SueP

    @thesnowleopard- I’m as glad to seeSPN do well as you despite the fact they lost me with the disappointment that was season 8. I dont watch TVD, But keep in mind TVD premiered last week to the same numbers and this week we’re comparing a second episode to SPN season premiere. Next week will be more telling.

  • I like this show

    8pm is a death slot for ABC on Thursdays because they make it so. I was a big fan of Last Resort (at least at the start) last year and it was sent to die up against X Factor and TBBT. Meanwhile…Internet darling Scandal got the cushy 10pm slot after Grey’s. ABC instead of giving BOTH new shows a lead in at 8pm they killed one show basically. ABC is practically life time lite at this point have no must see shows ratings might say otherwise but id have the think the demos are heavy female skewing. I’m 2 episodes behind on SHIELD and have little desire to catch up i’ll watch modern family on occasion but it’s not a Seinfeld in terms of quality. I watch more shows on NBC at this point than i do ABC.

    If i was NBC this is what id do to fix their schedule.
    Mondays: No reason to change what’s working
    8-10 The Voice
    10 Blacklist

    Tuesdays: Changes here might hurt Voice ratings some but they need to continue to launch shows off of one of their few hits. Never watched MJF show but i think NBC would like to save it this is probably their best chance. Also competition is less fierce might give the new shows a chance to grow.
    8pm The Voice
    9pm MJF
    930 New Commedy WTTF/SSTW burn offs don’t see either sticking around long term.
    10 Chicago fire

    Wednesdays: Think just better fits all around with these switches. SVU i think would do better against Survivor. Iron Sides i don’t think sticks around long putting it against MF really wouldn’t do it a ton of harm and Revolution at 10pm is just way better suited at that slot this season.
    8PM SVU
    9PM Iron Sides
    10pm Revolution

    Thursdays: Keeping the old comedies together just makes sense. BL could help rehab Parenthood some.
    8PM Parks
    830 Community
    9pm Biggest Loser
    10pm Parenthood

    Fridays im not sure what the schedule is Grimm and Dracula? Im looking forward to Hannibal return watched season 1 over the summer it’s high quality hope it finds a audience on NBC for their sake.

  • Stu

    @ I like this show.
    NBC she have thought about Wednesday scheduling of Revolution. I agree Revolution is a 10 pm show.
    However what is the difference now.
    8pm SVU 1.6./6 6.2 million viewers
    9pm Ironside 1.2.3 4,5 million viewers
    !0pm Revolution 1.5/5 5.6 million Viewers. average 1.7/5 5.8 million viewers competing with 4 other networks at the 8pm hour.
    When Revolution had the Voice for the Lead in it was competing with Castle, H50 and winning the time slot. Revolution finale Season1 had a 2.0/4. Now Revolution has no lead in and is competing with The Middle, Survivor, X Factor and Arrow. Revolution Season 2 has not lost that many viewers compared to it’s finale. I personally think Revolution on Wednesday at 10 pm against Nashville and Elementary might do better, and is another alternative to another cop show and a soap opera. However with the state of NBC right now and CF dropping from a 2.8 to a 2.1. I would rather keep Revolution in that Wednesday spot at 8pm and start promoting the show a little more.
    Revolution is so serialized most people will stream it online or record it. The Dvr live +3 added almost 2 million viewers brings it up to about 8 million viewers. NBC may think CF is a big hit and the Voice may help it a little but is certainly no Scandal. NBC either needs to commit to Revolution or allow the show to find an audience and it has.

  • Maggie P

    They need to cancel those horrible NBC comedies. They are stinkbombs, every last one of them. Parks and Recreation is not funny and has been rejected by the audience for years. Time to get rid of it.

  • Joseph Lambert

    ouat in wonderland is gonna get canceled after a few episodes.

  • Patrick G

    “Wonderland” should have been limited to the ABC winter break when the “Once Upon a Time” Mothership is on its mid-season hiatus, as was the original plan. Having “Wonderland” compete in the regular season will just weaken both shows. OUAT has dropped too much for a spin-off to be successful. ABC is a season late with this idea. Already Been Canceled, as usual.

  • I like this show


    I just think moving Revolution to 10pm would be better for the show for 2 reasons 1) The show is pretty violent for 8pm hour and 2) I think it would perform better at 10pm less competition. Reason I think The Voice should move up and hour on Tuesdays is they need to do something to help their comedies out.

  • Kat

    This season of the Vampire Diaries has been terrible so far. The low ratings come as no surprise.

  • michaelincmh

    Vampire Diaries is preempted in Columbus every week due to high school football games being carried on our local CW affiliate. Epic failure on their part!

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