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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  • ErwanFromFrance

    OMG ! It can’t be true ! Grey’s Anatomy matching series-low ! Too bad, I actually love this season ! It’s still a good show, come on, let’s watch it !

  • Russ

    Welp, Wonderland is dead :-(. I kinda figured this would happen.

  • MH

    @JT I agree Homeland is way better but Scandal is good too.

  • jupiter3765

    how many shows you think abc will cancell this year

  • mike93

    ouch for elemantary! goodbye once upon a time in wonderland,welcome to the family,sean saves the world!

  • jonay

    Goodbye 2.5 men love you while you lasted!!!

  • Chris

    It would be hard for NBC to cancel any of its sitcoms at this point as all of them are producing poor ratings….

  • Michael

    YAY for Scandal !

  • Midnight

    Damnit Elementary. WHY. WON’T. YOU. GO. UP.

  • Joe

    Looks like The Millers will survive for sure. Bad on me for betting against it, but you Can’t Beat Stupid (CBS) for attracting an audience…

  • E

    Baseball playoffs still can’t get 10 million, even with the Red Sox. This does not bode well for the World Series.

  • RyanCanada

    OMG, 2.5men is killing elementary, ahh and i love that show
    happy with Vampire Diaries numbers!

  • Nick

    NBC needs to move Parenthood to Wednesdays ASAP.

  • Steve A

    Lol. And we have our first Scandal hater. Smh

  • jupiter3765

    scandal is a great show

  • s0303

    tahm at a 2.1…how soon before it’s in the 1’s…put a fork in it, cost way too much for that kind of rating…

    great for scandal, beating ga pretty easily now…

    great for tvd, okay for reign, my prediction was right…i kind of liked it…i’ll definitely watch next week…

    nbc really should have tried something different on thurs nights…2 hour biggest loser followed by parenthood…how many years are they going to try failing comedies over and over…

  • Petar

    Bad for Elementary. Even worse for TAHM and main actor there take 800 000 per episode….really??? If actor on TAHM take 800 000 per episode for 2.1 actor on TBBT should take 2 MILLION $ per episode at least. I will want even more may ne 3 000 0000 per episode foe main 3 stars.

    TAHM is disaster now. Even Castle and POI on 10 pm beat it. It’s crazy.

  • Russ

    If ABC were smart, they’d move Wonderland to Sundays, in between the hiatus of OUAT, and reair the first 2 episodes, and just hope that 1.2 becomes a 2.0.

  • eelna

    Glad for The CW, and The Vampire Diaries. Hope it doesn’t adjust down. It outrated Supernatural this week. It’s back in the game.

    By far, no new show premiered as good as Beauty and the Beast. Why will Reign?
    Honestly, The Originals premiered with 2.2 Million Viewers, and Reign with 2.00 Million. That’s quite good for a show, everybode thought would fail. Hope it adjusts up.

  • Larry

    So when is the last time the CW had 4 shows doing a 1.0 or better in one week? Especially outside of their premieres? I hope they can keep this up, I like the direction they are going and would like to see them keep their affiliates if they can keep the turn around going.

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