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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  • Percysowner

    So once again the CW shows drop 2 tenths in (at least initially) opposite World Series. Surprised it happened as much for these female oriented shows though.

    I know that the stereotype is that sports are for men, but my best female girlfriend used to listen to baseball games at work, follows the game closely and she and her daughter have the NFL channel. When I was younger and had more time, I followed football like a fiend (I’m female, BTW). So I’m not that shocked that even female skewing shows would take a hit against the World Series.

  • r0ckmypants

    @hammard – “So once again the CW shows drop 2 tenths in (at least initially) opposite World Series.”

    Reign’s drop probably has less to do with being up against baseball and more to do with being typical second-episode drop-off.

  • Shiro

    Elementary 1.7/5 (9.03m), 1.7/5 (8.15m)

  • senor chang

    NBC: The changes in the 8PM hour (which are an improvement, to be fair) have had no effect on the night whatsoever. However, that’s only bad for SSTW: Michael J Fox and Parenthood had the same lead-ins and did the same numbers. It’s clear at this point that Parenthood hasn’t completely cratered in the 10PM slot, either, because those are some of the highest numbers NBC’s had there in two seasons (other than both Awake/Hannibal – for a while, anyway). I’d keep that there and continue to experiment at 8 and 9.

    CBS: Even below a 3, The Millers is doing decently. It’s not a megahit, but I think it’ll find its ground after baseball ends (high 2s/low 3s?) The Crazy Ones and TAAHM, on the other hand, both did the same number Mom did in MUCH less difficult circumstances: that said, if this is their floor I could see one or both returning next seasons. Good bounce back for Elementary.

    ABC: Nothing to comment on. Same problems at 8PM, good performances from the Greys/Scandal lineup.

    CW: A bit of a drop for Reign, but nothing out of the ordinary for a second episode. We’ll see where it bottoms out.


  • r0ckmypants

    @Dochas – “Does anyone remember Last Resort’s ratings, 3-4 episodes in?”

    Last Resort’s third episode got a 1.6. The episode aired in the comparable week (the fifth episode, on October 25) got a 1.3.

  • Avery

    @Ted Craig: its not doing better than BATB was doing last year after TVD. There’s no stopping the CW from cancelling both

  • diana

    Relax people scandal is still.the number 1 show on abc

  • POIFanatic

    @Hammard:[i]So once again the CW shows drop 2 tenths in (at least initially) opposite World Series. Surprised it happened as much for these female oriented shows though.[/i]

    LOL. I’m a guy and I find this incredibly dumb.

    Good enough for TVD. TBBT will rise in the finals. Neither The Millers nor The Crazy Ones seem like they’ll live more than a season.

  • Matt

    Not too bad for ABC. Scandal still had a better demo rating than Elementary and PH combines, and won in viewers. Fantastic for a 10PM drama. Good for Greys!!

  • BenA

    NBC could move Parenthood to move to Tuesdays in January and delay About a Boy and Growing up Fisher to April as comedies haven’t work this year for the network.

  • BigBrotherFan

    I think CBS will fall into the same trap NBC saw itself in when FRIENDS ended.

    Horrible numbers for Reign! CW needs to cancel this turkey ASAP! I have never seen acting so bad with such a group of unlikable characters on TV since Joe Millionaire 2! lol

    NBC needs to get rid of SEAN SAVES THE WORLD ASAP! This show is so dumb I don’t know why NBC grabbed it they where likely better off with The New Normal lol

    Those are still some great numbers for SCANDAL lol @ FLOPEMENTRY virtually same number of viewers yet almost half in the demo PATHETIC!

  • TVDude

    I think NBC’s biggest problem on Thursday is the 9pm hour. They really should consider going the route they had before The Office became huge and put an hour long show there. I would prefer a drama, but I also think something like The Biggest Loser would do OK there. It’s not really doing NBC any favors having it in front of The Voice on Tuesdays and it could at least lift up Parenthood, which seems to be holding its own, albeit at a low 1.3.

    I don’t see the 8pm hour doing great regardless what they put there. I mean, even a new episode of The Voice wouldn’t do as well there as it would on Monday or Tuesday. If I were NBC, I would try this:

    8:00pm Community
    8:30pm Parks and Recreation
    9:00pm The Biggest Loser
    10:00pm Parenthood

    Cancel SStW and burn MJFS off on Friday before Grimm or on Sundays once midseason comes.


    Long live the Queen!!! What a GREAT episode of Reign. :) Elementary!!!


    Interesting that the “old skewing” World Series scored a 2.8 in the 18-34 Demo

  • JJF

    As long as Wonderland can remain above a 1.0, I think it’ll definitely stay on the schedule to at least finish out it’s episodes. Renewal? Unlikely. But ABC doesn’t have THAT many dramas waiting in the wings to justify a hasty pull, especially with Betrayal doing worse and Lucky 7 already dead. Wonderland will likely finish it’s 13 episodes at this pace before ABC finds something to replace it with.

    CBS should’ve kept POI on Thursday. The Millers can’t rely on TBBT forever. The Crazy Ones is still falling. TAAHM is not going to be worth renewing at it’s pricetag. This comedy expansion sounded good, in theory. But the results haven’t really been too good.

  • anna g

    Good to see Elementary to go up in ratings.


    @ BigBrotherFan

    And Elementary did better than Nashville! What’s with Gunnar’s hair BTW?

  • Percysowner

    Ouch for OUATIW and SSTW. When you are getting CW numbers you are in bad shape. We’ll have to see where Reign settles in. The drop is awful, but it’s premier wasn’t high either. It isn’t compatible at all with TVD, but it isn’t compatible with anything currently on the air. Although I don’t watch it, I was hoping it would do well, just because I like things that are different doing well.

  • Dochas

    @ROckMyPants – Thank you.

  • willowxandra

    As predicted, every single show was down in terms of viewverships.

    Okay night overall. I expect shows to go up next week.

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