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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  • Bob

    Those who are predicting the early demise of Seam Save The World should reconsider. Its ratings are slowing inching upward. I must admit, I watched the first episode and did not like it. However over the past couple of weeks the scripts are getting better. I actually laughed out loud a couple of times last night. I have stuck with the show because I like actress Linda Lavin. Its great to have her back on the tube. I think NBC will stand by SSTW and gave it a full season order if the current ratings hold.

  • Susan


    Yes, the original plan was to move on from Brody after season one and have Carrie work on a different case. Sometime during season one that changed due to the character’s popularity.

  • iSayso


    Man, I just don’t get all the exaggerated Scandal love.

  • dan

    bye bye
    sean saves word
    mj fox show stinmks

  • k:Alex

    When CBS go down, NBC go up.
    Funny effect.

  • iSayso

    Hey Sean, Save the Show instead!

  • anon

    @Brandy @Charmed Yeah that’s exactly what I’d meant. CW needs to keep diversified enough that it keeps different genres on the network to bring in different viewers.

    Personally I don’t care for the vampire violence from TVD and TO, or the outright violence in parts of Arrow, Nikita, BATB, or SPN, but I’m glad that they have other shows and/or a mixed bag to keep it fresh and open to all. :)

  • Ted Craig


    SSTW has three data points: 1.4 final, 1.0 final and a 1.1 prelim. That is hardly slowly inching upward. It’s bear chow, it’s just a question of when.

  • CBSviewer

    I think Elementary should move to Monday next season. Its ratings are already low and CBS won’t sacrify another new drama there.

  • Rich

    Robert Gant needs to be a series regular on “Sean Saves The World”. He certainly helped the small uptick in viewers/demo last night.

  • iSayso

    ROTFLMAO . . . . . . . diversity at the CW. Good one!

  • Cher

    I believe Elementary will go up once baseball is over. Elementary doesn’t rate high anyway, they usually have more viewers. Most of their viewers are older, who would actually be watching baseball now.

  • NJ Viewer

    I finally saw The Millers and The Crazy Ones for the first time last night. I thought they were actually pretty good. I also like Michael J Fox Show, too bad it couldn’t do better.

  • Scandalfan

    @ Just, you sound bitter.

  • Chris_SAdvisor

    Bye, bye Elementary. Started off promising, got very preachy but broke out of being a pure-procedural, and had some decent puzzles in the first season. So far the second season is worth these ratings.

  • Charmed

    I guess all hope isn’t lost for The Good Wife and The Mentalist yet

  • thesnowleopard


    TVD was dipping down below 1.0 in the overnights pretty regularly last season. It managed to climb back up to a 1.0 in the finals, but that won’t happen forever. It’s a decent show and it’s been having a good run, but it’s not as strong in the long run as any of the WB shows that ran over six seasons.

  • LisaM

    I like The Millers, but after last night’s episode, if I had a dad like that, I’d be in jail for patricide. I hope they give Beau Bridges’ character something to like soon.

  • Nikki

    This is hysterical how low numbers for TVD are still seen as amazing. Low expectations and pure stupidity.

  • AniMatsuri

    To be fair, 11-12% of us figured Reign would pull in a .7 – .9 rating.

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