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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  • sandy245

    The Millers is an embarrassingly bad show and does not deserve to follow after The Big Bang Theory.
    I hate when mediocre shows get good ratings simply because they follow an established hit. It’s an unfunny and boring sitcom that needs to be fed to the bear.

  • Jessica

    I like OUATIW and I hope they let it finish its story-arc. I’ve stopped watching the old show and switched to Wonderland.

  • jT

    “I hate when mediocre shows get good ratings simply because they follow an established hit. It’s an unfunny and boring sitcom that needs to be fed to the bear.”

    bbt is a mediocre show that followed 2 and a half in it’s prime

  • Jo

    Too bad for Scandal, last night was a great episode, one the best yet. Still not bad.

  • Jayson

    I’m extremely happy that Grey’s went up from last week! Hopefully, it won’t be adjusted down…

  • joel

    The World Series is certain to be renewed.

  • Ted Craig

    @ POIFanatic

    What’s comedy gold is that you think one of the largest and most respected polling firms in the U.S. is just some random internet poll.

  • wow

    pretty bad numbers for game 2 World Series game 1 was a blowout but game 2 was a close game i guess no one likes baseball NFL rules

  • thesnowleopard


    Well, let’s see–the show is written as if the writers think teen girls are stupid. Many commenters on here act as if only teen girls are stupid enough to watch the show, which implies they think teen girls are stupid. No thought is given to the idea that young boys or even men might watch the show (if only for the hot girls on it), or that young girls might prefer baseball. Or that young girls might even have watched the show last week for reasons other than being stupid (i.e., curiosity about the period and a good, dramatic story about a popular, young reigning queen) and then wandered off to watch other things. Like baseball.

    And you think *I’m* the one who thinks teen girls are stupid?

  • K


    The game was really a rehash of the Monday game with the Viking and Giants, even the score was similar

  • Feedback

    I wonder if Wonderland is doing good in Live+7. Anyone have any info on that?? If it’s doing better, maybe the Once fans might like to catch these shows back to back. They should pull Betrayal from the schedule, move Revenge down, and have Wonderland at 9.

    Rerun Scandal at 8 on Thursdays. It would probably do better than a 1.1 anyway.

  • brenda

    Noooooo I actually like reign :((( I watch th and the vampire diaries online bc I work second shift:( this is bs. Hope they finish it off at least don’t leave it in a cliffhanger like the secret circle ok!

  • POIFanatic

    @Ted Craig: So, you’re still hanging onto the silly notion that this internet poll firm, no matter how good they are, dictate and predict your every future move and tastes and are 100% right every single time? They don’t have a large enough base to start with.

  • Eric_Philly

    For future Thursday overnights… I’d recommend noting that Nielsen has consistently underestimated The Big Bang Theory this season.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Dang, and I was worried about Elementary crumbling even further against the WS. And it went up!

  • vicky

    @Grey’s. Everybody is purple and its always night time?
    Even when its day time.

  • Z

    Reign is the most amazing show ever. Please please please please please please please DON’T cancel it. I usually don’t have time to watch it on Thursday so I always watch it online on Friday. THIS IS LITERALLY THE BEST SHOW EVEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The people who aren’t watching it need to be watching it!

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