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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  • Greg Chenoweth

    Why is SCANDAL highlighted in red in the ratings and the feature story? Just curious.

  • Andrew

    The Millers is doing awesome! It hasn’t really lost viewers since premiering

  • Dennis

    Ouch at Elementary’s Half-Hours 1.7 and 1.4, that’s not good

  • Melanie

    Good for Vampire Diaries rebounding and even rising from the premiere (if it holds in the finals) — OK for Reign, not great because it really doesn’t have much room to fall, but OK.

    Glad to see the Millers and The Crazy ones doing well. I don’t like that rating for Elementary. That is not good.

  • jupiter3765

    greys anatnomy and scandal are both good show

  • brandy

    I feel like it was a big mistake putting Parenthood on Thursdays…It was doing just fine on Tuesday.

  • Maximillian

    I really hope ABC gives OUATIW the full limited run before it gets yanked. That time slot is cursed.

    Ouch for Elementary.

    CW going strong this year, several shows are building on their premieres, Reign off to a decent start

  • jupiter3765

    blake shelton the voice the reason that i am constantly typing because i cant see the other peoples comments

  • Marc

    I really liked Reign its different and I can see a future…They should really put OnceWond on Sundays after Ouat and put Revenge on Thursdays at 8h
    Thursdays Midseason
    8:00 – Revenge
    9:00 – Greys Anatomy
    10:00 – Scandal

    8:00 – Once Upon A Time
    9:00 – Once Upon A Time In Wonderland
    10:00 – Repeats (since Betrayal will prob be cancelled)

  • Dennis

    The Millers & The Crazy Ones will get a full season order any moment, I Guess

  • gerry

    @jt (i’m male and i watch scandal)

    that being said, you’re right. and i do love my scandal. but homeland is far and away the better show as far as quality. one is told as a soap, and one is told as a drama. i like both! but your point is valid despite what any ‘all caps’ nitwit has to say.

  • John A

    Meant to Say I never thought id see a show GROW so much from Greys.

  • Valerie

    @Paris Scandal being best written, acted and directed drama on TV???? Ever heard of Game of Thrones or Homeland? Those are the best dramas on TV not a soap.

  • Petar

    I not watch Wonderland but i think i know where is the problem. Abc are too soft too much fairy tale and kids shows ala disney shows. People want action, horror, blood. Look at biggest hits now TWD, AHS etc. Even horror movies are up. I think abc can make this type of shows too or if not that shows at least some kind of yesterday toy story of terror i guess. But in my opinion they really need blood. Or will be new abc family and should air pretty litle liers.

  • Kissan

    ABC: I can’t believe Wonderland fell that much! And it got beat by TVD and Parks & Rec! Either ABC moves it or it’s getting cancelled. Why doesn’t ABC just move Wonderland to Sundays at 9:00? Grey’s doing good but still going down. Could next season be the last? Scandal doing well of course and it shouldn’t be at 10 anymore. It should be at 9 leading into a new show.

    CBS: TBBT still doing great but I wonder when this show will fall. The Millers is holding up very well and it retained 68% retention from TBBT, so far so good. TCO is holding up well in the mid 2’s with 2 1/2 Men holding up well but still hitting series lows(could this be the final season)and I don’t care about Elementary. I expect CBS to give full season to Mom, The Millers and TCO by next week.

    NBC: Ya’ll have to give props to Parks & Rec since it went up to a 1.3 and beat TVD and Wonderland but WTTF should be cancelled today. SSTW is doing alright and yesterday’s episode was funny while MJF is also doing alright. I expect MJF and SSTW to move to Fridays next year cause they have potential. I can’t believe none of these comedies had a 1.3 but Parks & Rec had a 1.3 against TBBT. I expect Parenthood to have their final season next year.

    CW: And TVD now takes its rightful place as the #1 highest rated show this week. I can’t believe this show is still above a 1.0 after all these years. I don’t think any CW show has done that before. TVD was also trending everywhere on Twitter last night. I think Reign premiered alright against all the competition it was going against. I expected a 0.9 but a 0.8 is still good. At least it beat HOD and BATB and tied TTP.

    Here are the Thursday ratings from two years ago:

    Thursday October 20, 2011


    CBS: TBBT-5.1 and 14.93 mill. viewers
    FOX: World Series-4.0 and 14.28 mill. viewers
    CW: TVD-1.4 and 3.03 mill. viewers
    ABC: Charlie’s Angels-1.2 and 5.57 mill. viewers
    NBC: Community(R)-0.9 and 2.39 mill. viewers


    CBS: Rules Of Engagement(P)-3.6 and 11.45 mill. viewers
    NBC: Parks & Rec(R)-1.1 and 2.47 mill. viewers


    FOX: World Series-4.0 and 14.28 mill. viewers
    ABC: Grey’s Anatomy-3.6 and 9.54 mill. viewers
    CBS: POI-2.7 and 12.42 mill. viewers
    NBC: The Office(R)-1.5 and 3.28 mill. viewers
    CW: The Secret Circle-0.9 and 2.12 mill. viewers


    NBC: Whitney(R)-1.1 and 2.61 mill. viewers

  • zerg

    This isn’t the first time WC ranks #3..

    Still even if I hate the WC, I must admit they had a great start with 2 new series, Originals and Tomorrow People. Reigns is the new BATB

  • anna g

    Scandal continues to rule 10 pm and ouch for Elementary. It is sinking fast just like TAHM. CBS surely is not happy with Thursday schedule shuffle – PoI was strong at 9 pm and Elementary got ratings ca 2.3.
    Nice growth for vampire Diaries. not bad ratings for Reign premiere.

  • Hethler

    Ouch for Elementary! Bring back PoI on Thursdays at 10 please

  • harry

    Vampire diaries once again top show on CW , greys anatomy won timeslot but i really hoped it would get a 3.0 , scandal owned its timeslot..really good

    once upon a time in wonderland should move to tuesdays 9 pm.
    thropy wife and the goldbergs should move to wednsesdays and take “back in the game” and sfn timeslot. and back in the game and super fun night should move to once upon a time timeslot.

  • Shepherd

    I knew I should have guessed lower for Wonderland, but I guess I was swayed by my personal impressions of the show. I went with 1.4. I thought a 2.9 predictions for Gray’s was low. Wow, I never expected a 2.6. I tried to stay conservative with Scandal, but expected a little higher than 3.1 none the less.

    Ele really took a hit last night. I really hoped it would sty fairly stable around 1.9, I hope it goes back up next week.

    NBC shows all gained in the demo except for MJF. Anyone who thought that it was down because of Glee last week is eating crow at this point. I called that 1.2, but guessed low on the other comedies/ Parenthood. I will say that I predicted that WTTF would stay stable at .8, so I’m happy with that considering it rose to .9.

    Poor Reign, maybe it will adjust up a notch. I thought both it and TVD would pull 1.1s.

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