TV Ratings Thursday: 'Once Upon a Time in Wonderland' Sinks, 'Scandal', 'The Millers' & 'The Vampire Diaries' Rise, Average Debut for 'Reign'

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October 18th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.6/8 2.4/7 2.4/7 1.4/4 1.2/3 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.6/5 2.0/7 2.0/7 1.3/4 1.0/3 1.0/3
Total Viewers (million) 10.707 8.386 7.523 3.366 3.415 2.421


On CBS, The Big Bang Theory earned a 4.9 down 4 percent from last week's 5.1 adults 18-49 rating. The Millers garnered a 3.2 up 7 percent from last week's 3.0 adults 18-49 rating. The Crazy Ones scored a 2.5 up 4 percent from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men notched a series low 2.1 down 9 percent from last week's 2.3. Elementary earned a series low 1.6 down 16 percent from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland earned a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating down 29 percent from a 1.7 for last week’s premiere. Grey's Anatomy tied its series low with a 2.6 down 7 percent  from last week's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Scandal scored a 3.3, up 6 percent from last week's 3.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Baseball Playoffs matched Wednesday’s  preliminary 2.4  adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Parks & Recreation garnered a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating up 8 percent from last week's 1.2. Welcome to the Family scored a 0.9 up 13 percent from last week’s 0.8 adults 18-49 rating . Sean Saves the World earned a1.1 up 10 percent  from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. The Michael J Fox Show matched last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.  Parenthood garnered a 1.3 up 8 percent from last week's series low 1.2 adults 18-49 rating .

On the CW, The Vampire Diaries scored a 1.3 up 30 percent  from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. The Vampire Diaries ranked number three in its time period, a rarity for a CW show against original competition on the big four. The series premiere of Reign earned a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating down 33 percent from a 1.2 for the series premiere of Beauty & the Beast in the time period on Thursday, October 11, 2012 and down 20 percent from a 1.0 for the premiere of The Originals two weeks ago. Your predictions were too optimistic.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, October 17, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.9/16 17.20
FOX MLB Baseball - Live (8-11PM) 2.4/7 8.39
NBC Parks and Recreation 1.3/4 3.25
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.3/4 2.84
ABC Once Upon a Time in Wonderland 1.2/4 4.50
8:30 CBS The Millers 3.2/9 12.17
NBC Welcome to the Family 0.9/3 2.45
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.6/7 8.58
CBS The Crazy Ones 2.5/7 9.53
NBC Sean Saves the World 1.1/3 3.37
CW Reign - Series Premiere 0.8/2 2.00
9:30 CBS Two and a Half Men 2.1/6 8.52
NBC The Michael J. Fox Show 1.2/3 3.53
10:00 ABC Scandal 3.3/9 9.48
CBS Elementary 1.6/4 8.41
NBC Parenthood 1.3/4 3.95


In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:
via NBC press note:
  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.8/5 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.7/7.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.6/3 with an encore; "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 0.7/5 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore) trailed CBS's original "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) 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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  • Amy

    CW tied NBC on the 18/34, impressive.

    CBS wins in 18/49 but comes third in 18/34, disappointing.

  • HalCapone

    Reign sounds like “Medieval Gossip Girl” which, I am guessing, is probably a good thing for The CW.

  • Jon

    There will always be hyper up shows and popular shows. This doesn’t always equate to quality. Prime example is duck dynasty. While scandal is certainly a better show than duck, scandal is just not that great of a show to get the ratings it is getting.

  • Pepper

    omg Wonderland being beat by the CW and NBC on its second episode? That’s gotta be embarrassing

    also Elementary’s numbers are a concern

  • Andy

    Wonderland should be a summer show. Also, they should not have included OUAT in the title. Everyone I tried to get to watch it thought they had to watch OUAT first. They could have made this clearer in the promotion. It’s sad because it’s better than the actual OUAT this season. Hopefully they move the timeslot, though that might not help. Like I said, it should air during the summer or winter hiatus.

  • Joseph

    NBC is hoping that baseball’s American League Championship Series ends tomorrow (Saturday).

    If that happens, then the way will be cleared for the “NFL Sunday Night Football” game between Denver and Indianapolis (the first time Denver quarterback Peyton Manning will face his former teammates) to become the most-watched TV program of the 2013/2014 TV season thus far and the most-watched TV program since the last Super Bowl.

    The reason I think the game could score such enormous numbers is the “human interest angle” mentioned above.

    If the ALCS does go to a seventh game, the football game will still get strong numbers, but won’t get the enormous ratings it would get without baseball competition.

  • Dorothy5334


    CW: And TVD now takes its rightful place as the #1 highest rated show this week. I can’t believe this show is still above a 1.0 after all these years. I don’t think any CW show has done that before. TVD was also trending everywhere on Twitter last night.

    So no other long running CW show ever been above 1.0 ever? are you 100% sure about that? You might want to re-think that statement..
    I think the person is talking about it never going under a 1.0 and I think their right.. The CW is a young network.. I can’t think if another show on there the first 5 seasons to never went under that.. What other show are you saying has never went under a 1.0 in its first 5 or so seasons on the CW??

  • Edward Mooney

    Scandal is rocking it!

  • Brandy

    @Charmed, thank you! There’s enough room on the schedule and enough people in the world for both “women soaps”& scifi genre shows on CW.I like VD,TO,BaTBbut I also like Reign, HoD,Carrie Diaries ect.
    I think if CW does go all scifi,horror,genre shows, in a few years Peole will complain that CW dosent have diverse programming the same way men complained the last few years about Dawns “girly network”.

  • Allison

    @Ivan- agreed on the genre note, if not slightly hesitant on the soap bit. Anon’s crazy. At a time where the networks are doing less sci-fi and genre, the CW is stepping up to the plate. Genre works and I kind of have a hard time finding sympathy for non-genre fans when ‘everything’ pretty much is crime, sitcom, drama and so on. Bring on the CW Sci Fi network!

    Mark’s doing great for the CW and I’m really happy for TVD, pulling a 1.3 demo in its fifth season. Dawn Ostroff could have killed the show in the first season with her tacky ‘caught VD yet/got wood’ promos.

  • Skylar James

    if Vampire Diaries ranked 3rd in its timeslot like the description says, then why is it 4th on the list?


    amy that’s right move the goal posts if 18 34 doesn’t work what next

  • Scott

    Sad to see ouatiw crashing. It has great potential, but its in a horrid time slot.

    Going against the number two show on TV right now ( big bang theory) and the playoffs. Won’t work.

    It needs to be on Sunday in my dimwitted opinion.

  • JC

    Great for Scandal and TVD, even if TVD’s episode last night blatantly contracted info we received in previous seasons (especially S2 and S4), not to mention the retcons and plotholes galore.

    Too bad about Reign. It was an okay pilot, though I hope it remains stable or rises because I like that it’s something different on the CW.

    Wonderland deserves its ratings. Alice and Jafar are pretty good, but everyone else in the cast in yawn. Casting is important people!

  • Derrick


    ” You do know scandal is just an inferior version of homeland, right? ”

    The 2 shows are nothing alike.

  • ron

    @bigbrotherfan – get some sleep, your comments are fitting for someone who is sleep deprived.

  • Dorothy5334

    “CW: And TVD now takes its rightful place as the #1 highest rated show this week. I can’t believe this show is still above a 1.0 after all these years. I don’t think any CW show has done that before.”

    Ya there’s been a couple of shows on CW that have been above 1.0 in after 4 seasons. One of them is still on the CW and got above a 1.0 just last week.

    It didn’t start on the CW it started in 2005 on the wb… So not sure why everyone continues to say they’re wrong without looking into it.. I knew right away it was possible since I didn’t know of one show off hand except supernatural and maybe OTH bit they didn’t start in the CW.

  • Ted Craig


    I threw that out there as a joke nobody got.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    The Big Bang Theory always adjust up 2 or 3 tenths, so whenever it is ‘down’ it always adjust up to equal or above last week’s rating. I remember there was a while in the spring where it always said “Big Bang Theory” down 3 tenths in the preliminaries and then “adjusts up 3 tenths” in the finals.
    That being said, The Millers will probably adjust down, perhaps the Crazy Ones too.

  • Charmed

    @Brandy exactly! The CW can have the best of both worlds with TVD, SPN, Arrow, TO and HoD,TCD and Reign on the schedule! It’s better than just having one genre, it’s a win-win!

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