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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  • jupiter3765

    ouch for nbc

  • Ike

    Decent sampling for Reign by the CW’s standards. The real question is, will it hold onto any of these viewers next week? The idea of a period piece/costume teen drama on the CW is completely bizarre in every way. They DID pick some very pretty people with more acting talent than the usual CW types (and better accents), I’ll admit.

    Woah, Elementary is sorta crashing and burning. Parenthood not looking great either, but this timeslot has been a catastrophe for NBC in recent years, so this is probably as good as they’re going to do.

    The Millers held about 66% of its lead-in. With most new sitcoms performing horrendously, is this as good as CBS is going to get for a new one?

  • DenverDean

    Elementary numbers really slipping. OC baseball impacts CBS more than other networks, but these numbers are REALLY low. CBS just can’t sit back and not make any changes (except for moving 2BG back 30 minutes and M&M off bench). Perhaps they should try E on Mondays at 10, move TM back to Thursdays at 10 and then send Hostages to Sunday at 10, where it belongs.

  • Carmen

    Scandal is pulling away from Elementary and Parenthood in the 10:00 hour.

    Oh, well, I hope that part of Elementary’s decline can be attributed to the baseball playoffs. We’ll see in a couple of weeks.

  • Petar

    footbal preemption yesterday???

  • clown4

    good for scandal, abc can definitely thank shonda for their showing on thursdays. love the millers, happy to see that up. tried once in wonderland last week and skipped it last night…just doesn’t have the magic of the original once. greys seems down. abc needs to try a new reality show on thursdays not dramas that they know wont take off because of quality and time slot.

  • Jacob

    TVD BEAT OUATiW! When does that happen!

  • CC

    Scandal is beating Grey’s handily in the ratings right now, both in the demo and the viewing numbrs – a clear sign that Grey’s is waning. It is only the fifth episode and it is in the mid-twos, already.

  • Paris

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




  • Seth

    The Millers is an absolute hit. CBS does it again!

  • Petar

    ps I am not sure but i think that basseball game over hour later US time or hour after 11 pm.

  • Noel

    Nooooo! Elementary better adjust up! At this point I will never watch Scandal.

  • dust

    Parks and Rec deserves the old Office slot.

  • Jerri

    wow. the michael J Fox show isn’t looking too good

  • senor chang

    The NBC line-up managed to bottom out at the very least, so…silver linings?

    So-so premiere for Reign. What it does in the weeks to come will determine its future. Hunky Nostradamus must be furrowing his eyebrows in frustration right now.

    Harsh drop for Wonderland, making it the third drama bust for ABC this season. Greys + Scandal are doing just fine.

    Good night for CBS with The Millers and Crazy Ones holding at acceptable levels (and impressive hold for The Millers so far, with only a 0.2 deviation from its premiere), but Two and a Half Men’s down to uneasy levels, not doing much better than Mom did on Monday. And that in turn hurt Elementary. It feels like there’s structural problems with the old shows crumbling and taking the new shows with them. Of course, both shows could spring right back up after baseball, who knows?

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Yikes, Elementary. CBS peters out after the first hour of Primetime….

    NBC almost on par with The CW?

    Scandal is on fire!

    ‘Once Upon a Time in Wonderland’ Stinks

    Um, yeah. Bring back Last Resort! ;-) :-)

  • Tricia

    I love OUAT but OUaTiW isn’t doing it for me. It feels like there is something missing that makes the original show so enjoyabke. And honestly that element is more than likely Robert Carlyle.

  • Alecia

    Great for Scandal. I hope Elementary is only down because of baseball and hopefully next week it will bounce back up.

    I seriously wish this website had an ignore or block button.

  • jT

    @paris no male watches scandal

  • gerry

    and everyone was so down on tvd over the past few weeks. i had no doubt it would bounce back up. i guessed .9 for reign, so i hope it adjusts up just so i can be right, but that’s still a decent premiere.

    wonderland is gone. i think grey’s is finally starting to show its age, but it’s still holding it’s own. scandal #s great as always.

    oh nbc… i just happened to have wttf on last night while i was cooking dinner after p&r, it wasn’t awful. but it wasn’t great. and i gave up on mjf. i like him, but the show is just generally not that funny. i’d rather see parenthood up at a 1.5 but the audience it has is pretty devoted. it would be hard for anything not to get smashed going up against scandal….

    …like elementary. glad to see crazy ones holding. the millers cast and crew should kiss the feet of whomever chose to place them after tbbt.

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