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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    I think CBS should swap the mentalist and elementary. I think the mentalist would do better numbers.

  • Ana

    Grey’s already down to a 2.6 only 5 episodes into the new season. Won’t be surprised if it drops to the low 2’s by the end of the season and it will probably be in the high 1’s next season. Time for it to end.

  • Dorothy5334


    TVD is the only show that started ON The CW (not WB/UPN) etc that has lasted 5 seasons and never fallen below a 1.0. Probably jinxed it now, but whatever
    Still reading through the comments and just seen you answered it, kinda. I’m glad someone else was thinking just like if was.

  • Matt

    Scandal’s ratings share is huge! 9!

  • Mel

    Just cant get into Scandal this year, a murdering, adulterous prez is just not something I will waste my time on. Bye, bye, you were fun for a while.

  • Steve

    Im not shocked to see TVD ratings bounce back this week. I saw the promo everywhere. Ill admit that the promo is the reason i caught up and watched last nights episode. It was a good episode and once again Paul Wesley proves how underrated of an actor he is. This season might be a thousand times better than last year so far but Im still not sure ill be faithful to the show. The one aspect of the show that made me stick by it was the brothers relationship and they have pretty much destroyed that. Not to mention that they have killed Damon’s character. They made him so jealous of the Stefan/Elena connections that it seemed like he cared less about his brother. It annoyed me. Then this week it just made the triangle never ending so I think ill just have to stick to watching TBBT live so has not to be annoyed by TVD.

    Didn’t watch anything else but White Collar last night. That pretty much reset that show and I feel its gonna to go back to its early roots. It was decent though. I was worried about how they would handle the fall out from the finale.

  • Roco

    Mel it goes beyond that, so if you are a true fan you’re watch, I guess you are not a gladiator.

  • Scandalfan

    My 2 favorite shows have the greatest ratings TWD N Scandal, i can’t ask for more can i? Well, ok maybe for Ga, Revenge and SH to do better in the ratings.

  • Dan

    Goodbye Wonderland, I wonder if it isn’t too late for ABC to shrink it to 6 eps.

    My guess is Reign might be done after 13 eps. 0.8 is good but when the lead in is 1.3 that might be a problem in the next few weeks.

    NBC is still a mess but the numbers have risen and that’s good I guess.
    They might pull Welcome to the Family but I doubt it. All shows are down so pulling WTTF won’t really help.

  • Dorothy5334

    From the first page

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


    LOL, NO.

    This has probably already been replied to and I don’t normally participate but I gotta get this off my chest.

    As someone who wasn’t into season one of Scandal and loved season one of Homeland, I am telling you that Homeland never recovered from keeping Brody after season one. Scandal improved while Homeland continues to suck a little more every ep. Scandal manages to work its romance heavy story lines better than Homeland. A show is not automatically worse because it is on a major network. Let’s not with this madness.
    I’ve been seeing several people say this about Brody, although the other half was on here complaining about Brody not being in the first 2 eps of season 3!!!
    Were they planning to kill him off or something and somehow changed their minds after he won awards it something.. I’m just wondering why I’ve seen a few people saying that recently… It didn’t seem like they were going to kill him off at all when I watched.. Although I marathoned it after season 2 ended..


    cbs orders full seasons to the millers, the crazy ones and to mom

  • Joseph A

    CBS, no surprise TBBT is doing so well, but a little that the MILLERS is gaining, in the end a great nigh for CBS.

    ABC, shows us that even with a crap lead people will still tune into your show, though a little surprised that CRAZY had a larger audience and nearly equals GREY in the demo.

    NBC, has settled into crap ratings, so no different then last year for this night, but want to think MICHAEL has up side.

  • Joseph A

    BTW ,, I liked TWO AND A HALF MEN ,, BUT , The really needed a James Franco cameo to make it work

  • Elizabeth

    Wouldn’t Michael J. Fox benefit from Parks being its lead-in? First, Parks would not be against the Big Bang Theory and second, those shows could easily hit the same people. Both shows could produce 1.4-1.6 easily

  • Dax Jackson

    Elementary :O and Wonderland is great, shame it’s doing so badly.

  • Laura

    Rough night for NBC.

  • eelna


    I don’t think. Exactly one year ago, BATB had 0.7 and TVD the same rating.

  • Just





    Scandal = 1 review
    Homeland = 23 reviews

    Kerry emmy loser Whoshington must be paying trolls like this to post the same sh*t week over week

  • Deo

    @ron – page 15

    It´s not only the men that prefer quality—I´m a woman and I pick Elementary over Scandal anyday!:)

  • Duarte

    Reign didn’t do very well because Originals and Tomorrow People did better in their first episode, so …

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