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

    revenge is dead

  • Raff

    Reine deserves better. The pilot was amazing. Hopefully it will adjust up
    Great night for TVD !

  • Deo

    Scandal really has great ratings, but IMO it´s so overrated (both in the writting and the acting)!
    Of course everyone has its likings…personally I would pick Elementary over Scandal anyday!

  • hammard

    OUATIW definitely dead. It’s a shame they can’t make this slot work given how strong the GA\Scandal portion is.

    Most of the night is up week-on-week, but still with the Monday weakness and HIMYM ending I think they need to convert a comedy block back to Drama.
    Also can they really afford to keep Two and a Half Men with these ratings?

    By spring I think Reign will be equalling the Originals repeat last week. It’ll probably do the same trick as B&TB (survive ‘til next year, get put in a terrible slot and suffer a severe ratings collapse) given that show did slightly lower ratings opposite MLB last year.

    Like CBS the night is slightly up week-on-week (not that they could go down much further). However, Welcome To The Family is still behind the CW. Pull the plug already!

  • Michael1

    TAAHM appears to be spinning its wheels, it might be time to hang it up after 11 seasons. Ratings are falling and plots are repeating. Lindsey broke up with Alan, and Walden sleeps with a young house guest. The show had a good run. The only thing left to do is for Ashton Kutcher to continue to get more viewers than BOTH Charlie Sheen and the man that he replaced on “Spin City” (Michael J. Fox) in the same time slot. Maybe Josh Myers, who replaced Kutcher on “That 70’s show”, can also get a low-rated show in that time slot, so that Kutcher can out-rate all three of them. Otherwise, the show really has nothing left to prove.

  • JJF

    I guess The Millers will be the sole survivor of this CBS comedy expansion. Probably will be the only one getting a renewal come May.


    CBS great for TBBT & TM, but TCO & 2.5M not looking too good as is the 9:00 hour on all nets, Elementary down again

    FOX still decent w/ ALCS–another nailbiter–go Boston!

    ABC dead last with Alice, GA takes hour & Scandal still over 3.0 crushes all comp

    NBC beaten by the CW @ 8:00 as entire sked implodes again

    Really good numbers for the CW–hoping Reign can hold

  • Rebecca

    The only thing I’m not caught up on yet is PAR. We all watched TBBT and The Millers last night (very enjoyable)…saw SSTW and part of MJF before switching to Netflix. Not bothering with Wonderland at all. Looking forward to LMS and The Neighbors tonight.

  • Doug

    Not great for Grey’s Anatomy – if ratings stay around this level I would soon expect an announcement that this or next season is the last. But it had a great run.

    Scandal is far too strong to remain in that timeslot. It’s obviously not relying on GA anymore – it was up almost a full point.

    OUATW – wow, what a disappointment! I for sure thought that this would hit, but that’s a tough timeslot.

    The CW is having a pretty good fall so far. We’ll have to see where things land in a few weeks, but if nothing else, they may have gotten two more hit shows to add to their stable.

  • fringegot5seasons

    I gotta say LMAO @ NBC and the Once spinoff. The definition of mediocrity between the two of them.

  • Battlejuice

    Elementary is taking a dive.

  • busy06

    CBS had a great night.
    ABC not so good in the 8pm hour, have to go back to the drawing board, but the rest of the night is good
    FOX0nothing really to say, they’ll continue running third atleast on Thursdays
    NBC-atleast it looks like the comedies have bottomed out. Still the dire ratings are expected at this point. They’ll cancel WTTF and put Community on at 8pm. Parks at 8:30pm during sweeps.
    CW-TVD is number one basically third for the night in the 8pm hour, CW should thank it’s lucky stars. Reign is quite ok, i wish it can hang onto those ratings.

  • Timmy G

    People are still constantly amazed when TVD beats NBC and ABC, but this is actually nothing new. TVD has always been a powerhouse for the CW. I do think the promo for this week’s episode (the return of the ripper) was excellent though.

    Reign did OK and on par with TTP. Problem is, TTP maintained 100 percent of its lead in and Reign already dropped .5. It was actually my least favorite of their pilots (it was just to boring for me) but I still commend the CW for trying something different. Wonder where it’ll settle in the next 2-3 weeks.

  • John A

    I never thought id see a show that much from Greys. Scandal a real hit.

  • Jacob

    I find Sean saves the world more funny then Michael j fox show. I didn’t in that show the least bit fubny

  • Mark

    Glad for The Crazy Ones; hopefully this 2.5 means it has stabilized. If it can maintain this number it looks like a sure renewal to me. The show has great potential and I think it can become a real hit for CBS in a year or two. It would be nice if CBS switched its timeslot with The Millers; The Millers seems (inexplicably to me) very strong, so maybe its audience would follow it to 9:00 while The Crazy Ones at 8:30 could get some Big Bang Theory lead-in love.

    As for The Michael J. Fox Show–I loved him on Family Ties and I loved betsy Brandt on Breaking Bad but the new show was just…uncomfortable for me to watch. I really feel for NBC: as a huge fan of the under-watched 30 Rock I just hate seeing that NBC seems perenially stuck at less than 4 million viewers for their Thursday comedies no matter how good some of them have been.

  • Billy

    For everyone calling The Millers a hit. It is all about lead in.

    TAAHM dropped from a 4.0 last year to a 2.1 this year without the huge lead in. The Millers is nothing more than a time slot hit with a huge lead in.

  • Roco

    Where is Max? He predicted Scandal would hit the 3’s in season three. That Rob guy who truly hates Scandal is probably gagging at this delightful moment.

    I love Scandal but I hope ABC do not ruin their moment by over hyping this show. I am so glad they took Scandal reruns off Tuesday, it airs on BET that same night.

  • Julian

    I know I mentioned in one of my older posts how anything is possible with the CW since nbc shows are doing so terrible in their thursday timeslots.Kind of disappointed with OUATIW even though I did see this coming. Very happy for the CW even though im not a fan of TVD. Also I strongly feel like reign is going to adjust up. Again not really my type of show but it still is a great effort by the CW.

  • JR35

    Will OUATIW even finish out its season? I decided not to invest in it, and will just stick to OUAT.

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