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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  • Maximillian

    Bad night all around except for Glee

  • PurpleDrazi

    Well, to be fair to Wonderland, it did pick a bad night to premier as the Glee ratings proved.

  • Doug

    Coming soon to NBC: A weekly Thursday recap episode of The Voice to replace an hour of comedy duds…

  • aciel

    did not expect a 1.7 for once upon a time in wonderland i guess these nielsen families have no imagination

  • CrimTV

    How much do people think TVD will dip in the finals due to the NYC preemption?

  • Kate

    Over/under on Welcome To The Family being cancelled today?


    SCANDAL might get 2s but it will be a high 2s!!!! Coz GLADIATORS rock!!!!!!

  • Agnes

    NBC might as well show the hotel information channel on thursdays night, like in 30 Rock.

    CBS can’t crack a 3.0 average any night of the week anymore.

  • sara881

    Wow for The original’s repeat!

  • Lori

    Re Glee: 2.8 demo and 7.4 total viewers is “soaring?”

  • HalCapone


    Wow, just wow! Could you be any more classless?!

  • Cougar Town Forever

    I guess good for Glee, but the whole thing feels shameless to me.

    X Factor has officially fallen below a 2. The last season? Probably got one left in it, but it’s not looking good.

    NBC…oh my. Oh dear. That’s entering CW territory. Highest show is MJF with a 1.2 and 3.84M viewers. They need to go ahead and cancel WTTF and SSTW right now, and move P&R to 9pm. That will give P&R and MJF a fighting chance. They can feel free to air static from 8 to 9.

  • Clarke

    Yikes for OUATIW….I honestly thought the show would get a 2.5 or more. Guess not enough OUAT fans out there to watch both shows.

    NBC is doing terribly….I can’t even believe how badly everything did last night. Sean Saves the World & Welcome to the Family NEED to be canceled ASAP.

  • Ashley

    So SPN is the highest rated show on the CW this week? Wow!

  • Grz12

    SSTW and WttF both a huge uptick in quality from last week, hope at least one gets a shot…BBT king as usual- I like this season a ton so far, as an academic, the characters finally feel real, not like caricatures…OUATW had a predetermined audience, i think- I enjoyed it and will return, dont foresee the usual post premiere drop…Good for Glee, even as a one-off…Ouch for NBC allround…

  • aciel

    scandal is still the number 1 show on abc

  • josh




    WOW! Too dark budy

    OUATINW was awful

  • aciel

    give it up revenge is not going anywhere whether u like it or not

  • Kerry

    Wow. Glee was literally the only show to rise this week.

  • s0303

    way to kill parenthood nbc…it used to be one of the few solid performers…i seriously think nbc should just stop airing comedies…it just is a ratings killer for them…

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