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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  • a p garcia

    Sean of SSTW is mad about his shows ratings. It hasn’t occurred to him that people don’t watch his show because it not funny, lousy writing. Well, the bear is not complaining

  • Shawn

    GO GREYS!!!!

  • Billy

    Does it have to be reported every week that TBBT is down when you are measuring the fast nationals number this week vs. the finals last week. It should be noted TBBT has the same fast nationals 4.9 that it did last week. We will find out in the finals what it did regarding up or down when the finals come. That is the one show where putting the finals last week vs. the fast nationals for the current week makes no sense, at all. It is comparing apples to oranges.

  • Bella Bellini

    Happy to see Elementary up, although it’s probably safe anyway. Reign was all over the place for me last night. I enjoyed the premiere though, so I’ll give it a few more episodes to see how it settles.

    The Vampire Diaries is always predictable. Reasonably consistent, strong ratings for the CW. I think the network will run that show into the ground. There’s no way it will be cancelled after 6 seasons. I hope the writers find a way to keep the show entertaining.

  • Shiro

    Half Hour per Marc Berman

    Wonderland – 1.2, 1.1
    The Big Bang Theory – 4.9
    The Voice (R) – 1.2, 1.5
    World Series – 2.6, 3.0, 3.4, 3.7, 4.1, 3.8
    The Vampire Diaries – 1.2, 1.1
    The Millers – 2.8
    Grey’s Anatomy – 2.7, 2.9
    The Crazy Ones – 2.3
    Sean Saves the World – 1.1
    Reign – 0.6, 0.6
    Two and a Half Men – 2.3
    The Michael J. Fox Show – 1.2
    Scandal – 3.0, 3.0
    Elementary – 1.7, 1.7
    Parenthood – 1.3, 1.4

    Source: Nielsen Media Research data

  • zth

    The Millers is dragging down the entire night for CBS. It is an awful show and clearly does not deserve the post TTBT spot, which should go to the much better show The Crazy Ones.

  • Chase

    Vampire Diaries was amazing last night!! Best episode since the season 3 finale…actually made me cry, especially when Tyler randomly showed up at the perfect time! I hope it adjusts up, it deserves bette :)

  • Scandalicious

    I don’t think that slip for Reign bodes well. Both The Originals and The Tomorrow People are much stronger. Unless it ticks up when it isn’t agains baseball I don’t think it will be renewed. Scandal! As always, a solid performance. Baseball ratings probably don’t hurt it that much but maybe it will go up a bit once the World Series is over. I am sure The Big Bang Theory will adjust up which makes that drop from The Millers all the more troubling. I am glad The Crazy Ones stayed pretty solid! A nice rise for Elementary!

    NBC honestly did better than I thought they would…

  • Cyrax86

    Well it didn’t help NBC that much to put P&R on hiatus and pull WttF…

    I hope OUATiW does not get pulled… It’s pre-empted next week so I can imagine it falling below a 1.0 in 2 weeks…

  • once

    The cast of one upon a time in wonderland are fine, because they can just being them to once upon a time

  • Andrew

    haha NBC thought the voice repeat would help the comedies.

  • Gracie

    I really hope ABC will let Once Upon a Time finish its story arc. Rather it gets 7, 10, or 13 episodes (no idea how many was in the original order). I dont think it will get a second season though. Not sure what ABC can put in that time slot, everything since Ugly Betty seems to fail for them.

    I also really enjoy SSTW and I wish it had better ratings. Dont see how a show getting consistently mid to low 1’s can get a full order much less a second season. I will enjoy it as long as it lasts though.

  • Eelna

    Hopefully gvd and reign can adjust up

  • CBSviewer

    @ Shiro

    1.7 for Elementary ???

  • PurpleDrazi

    Weird. Shows you think would take a hit from the World Series seem to do fine and shows you thought would be safe sink to lows.

  • Kevin

    Somebody have the half hours for TVD? Very important.

  • Chris J


    Judging by the half hours, it looks like The Voice gave SSTW and MJFS double the lead in over last weeks WTTF, and both shows still had the same piss poor ratings.

    Both a definite cancellations at this point which should be good for Community and Parks fans.


    TBBT still dominant & will probably adjust up & hopefully same w/ the Millers, TCO & 2.5M tie w/ 2.3 as Elementary ticks back up to 1.8

    Wonderland no wonder for ABC as it drops to 1.1, GA still sudsing @ 9:00, but w/ smaller bubbles than Scandal

    VD ties IW for the CW, but Reign begins its slide, hopefully not much more

    The Voice-R cont’s NBC’s woes (though I’m sure an original would do better) as 9-11 only hit 1.1, 1.2 & 1.3

    This may be it for Boston as WS 3.4 certainly improves XF/Glee ratings

  • Petar

    CBS nightmare are comedies these season. And they take elementary with them.

    @haha NBC thought the voice repeat would help the comedies.

    The voice repeat beat ALL nbc comedies. This is DESASTER!!!

  • Chris J

    This seems to be a bad year for new original series aside from Sleepy Hollow and Blacklist. All of this seasons comedies have cratered in ratings and most of the dramas have been DOA as well.

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