TV Ratings Thursday: 'Elementary' & 'Two and a Half Men' Rise as 'Reign', 'Scandal' & 'The Vampire Diaries' Slip Against World Series Game Two

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October 25th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.4/10 2.7/8 2.3/7 1.3/4 1.3/4 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.8/9 1.7/6 2.0/7 0.9/3 1.2/4 0.9/3
Total Viewers (million) 12.67 10.29 7.17 4.63 3.73 2.17

FOX was number one with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On FOX, game two of the World Series earned a preliminary 3.4 adults 18-49 rating up from last year’s World Series Game 2 which earned a preliminary 2.9 and was adjusted to 3.5 in the finals.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory earned a season low 4.9, down three tenths  from last week's 5.2 adults 18-49 rating. The Millers garnered a series low 2.8, down four tenths from last week's 3.2 adults 18-49 rating. The Crazy Ones scored a series low 2.3, down a tenth from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men notched a 2.3, up two tenths from last week's  series low 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. Elementary earned a 1.8, up three tenths from last week's series low 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland earned a 1.1, down a tenth from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Grey's Anatomy earned a 2.8, up a tenth   from last week's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating. Scandal scored a season low 3.0, down three tenths from last week's 3.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC,  Sean Saves the World matched last week's 1.1  adults 18-49 rating. The Michael J Fox Show was even with  last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.  Parenthood also matched last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating .

On the CW, The Vampire Diaries scored a 1.1, down two tenths from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Reign earned a 0.6, down two tenths from last week's 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, October 24, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.9 16 16.47
FOX World Series Game 2 (8-10PM) 3.4 10 12.67
NBC The Voice (8-9PM) -R 1.3 4 5.24
ABC Once Upon a Time in Wonderland 1.1 4 4.34
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.1 3 2.50
8:30PM CBS The Millers 2.8 8 10.88
9:00PM ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.8 8 8.53
CBS The Crazy Ones 2.3 7 8.77
NBC Sean Saves the World 1.1 3 4.03
CW Reign 0.6 2 1.84
9:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 2.3 6 8.42
NBC The Michael J Fox Show 1.2 3 3.74
10:00 PM ABC Scandal 3.0 8 8.65
CBS Elementary 1.8 5 8.592
NBC Parenthood 1.3 4 3.96


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," 2.4/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/6 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.3/6.


  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.9/5.


  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.


  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).


  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 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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  • jami

    looks like the voice did not pay off after all.

  • Melissa

    I’m a TVD fan and I LOVE Reign. I think TO is a good pairing for SPN.

  • PurpleDrazi


    I NEVER said girls aren’t interested in sports. I know they are. I’m a girl and not only have I played sports but I’ve been watching football religiously since I was ten years old.

    Like the assumption that only teen girls are stupid enough to like Reign – Wait, so you are saying that people who watch Reign are stupid? Well that’s nice. Criticize someone for insulting a group of people by insulting yet another group of people.

  • Rebecca

    I’d love to see Jafar up against Regina or Rumpelstilskin on OUAT. And Will trading barbs with Captain Hook.


    @ BigBrotherFan

    What about the lame song Gunnar wrote for Zoe? I liked the way she twirled her hair on cue. So cute!

  • jT

    suck on that the crazy one fans!!!!!!!!! MOM is coming for you!!!!!!!

  • tv fan 1986

    Ugh!! Can’t ABC just move Once Upon A Time In Wonderland to Sundays along with Once Upon A Time and Revenge?!

  • tv fan 1986

    Here’s what Thursdays on ABC should look like:

    8/7c Grey’s Anatomy
    9/8c Scandal
    10/9c Nashville

  • jT

    If any show is going to get the Thursday 8:30 slot it will be mom.

  • ToXiX

    People saying The Millers is dragging down the night.

    Nope. The Crazy Ones is.

    TCO does NOT fit with ANY of the other comedies, it’s also not funny.

    I’ve watched every week now and the show is just boring.

    It won’t be long before it’s below Two and a half Men.

    Next week The Millers & The Crazy Ones air new episodes while BBT is a repeat airing at 8 & 930

    The Millers will stay above a 2 but we might see TCO in the high 1’s

  • tv fan 1986

    Here’s what ABC needs to do:

    1. Move Once Upon A Time in Wonderland to Sundays at 9/8c
    2. Move Revenge back on Wednesdays at 10/9c where it was during the first season
    3. Move Nashville to Thursdays at 10/9c

  • California

    The song from TBBT was so sweet. I love that show.

  • Brandy

    @Benz, I’m a VD fan and I like Reign

  • POIFanatic

    From a Harris poll this summer:
    “Over one-third of Americans (34%) say they follow Major League Baseball, a number that is down from 2011, when 36% said they did. Looking at who follows baseball, men are more likely to do so than women (44% versus 26%).”
    I cannot find any stats on the watching of the world series but if you have anything to the contrary I would be interested to see them. It may be possible that women (who on average watch more TV) do watch as much baseball.

    First you wonder why and provide a very simplistic theory. Then you have the perceived answer through an all encompassing ‘internet poll’ which disproves your earlier statement and yet you feel like you’ve the upper hand. This is comedy gold. You contradict yourself in ways you don’t even realize.

  • Carl

    I’m not sure what made Elementary jump back up but I’m really happy. Do you think it was Scandal losing some numbers from the World Series?

  • a p garcia

    World Series surprised me in its ratings.

  • Edward Mooney

    Scandalous oh yes!

  • Adir

    Cancel Reign now and let Star-Crossed start after TVD

  • Russell

    The Millers is a great companion for BBT and should be kept where it is. The Crazy Ones (which I think is not funny) is the problem show. CBS should move Two And A Half Men to 9:00 and move Mom from Monday to Thursday at 9:30. Monday at 9:30 could go to Bad Teacher.

    Also, I enjoyed seasons one and two of Scandal much more than this season. There is something about the show’s tone – it’s changed. I think Scandal has peaked and if I were ABC I would keep it right where it is. I hope they don’t make the same mistake that they did with Revenge. Grey’s Anatomy could go one more year and I would leave Grey’s and Scandal right where they are.

  • Melissa

    I want to see Star-Crossed too, but I’m not willing to sacrifice Reign for it. I would be willing to do without TCD and B&tB.

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