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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  • Jon

    Surprised to see the crazy ones hold up. I love Robin Williams but he has no chemistry with smg. The writing seems all over the place. It doesn’t have a sitcom feel to it either. Would love to see some changes made. The other new show the millers have it all down from great writing to great comedic timing between the actors. Its also a show with heart. This family makes you care about them and their dysfunctional.

  • UKTVFan

    I forget who asked, but here are the demo numbers for the first three episodes of Wonderland compared to last year’s ABC 8pm “death slot” inhabitant Last Resort:

    Wonderland – 1.7, 1.2, 1.1
    Last Resort – 2.2, 1.9, 1.6

    All 13 episodes of Last Resort aired on Thursday, with the final 7 episodes earning a 1.0 or 1.2 in the demo.

  • ludotv

    Reign is beginning its unavoidable descent into dire ratings even for a CW show

    @TVRatings – how about a poll on premiere ratings for GRIMM (good) and DRACULA (yikes)

  • Alecia

    Happy Elementary rose and Scandal stayed above a 3.
    NBC Thursday night woes continues.

  • Rex

    Scandal didn’t do too bad considering it went against baseball and football

  • PV

    I think CW has to put a sophomore show next year at the 9pm thursday slot.. Trying to launch something there isn’t working. Put Hart Of Dixie or Beauty and the Beast there, so they can inch up a tent or two and carry on until syndiction deal.

  • The 47th

    Sometimes you wished networks had even less patience with some shows.
    Parenthood seems like it could be saved. Not only it grew from the previous shows, but it also grew DURING the episode.

    As TVDude has said, something like The Biggest Loser could give it the extra push that keeps it at a decent range of numbers.

  • TV God

    For CBS, I think they will cancel 2.5 Men, and The Crazy Ones. I think they will renew the rest of their multi-cam sitcoms.

    For NBC, they just need to scrap their idea of Thursday night comedy. I absolutely love SSTW, but if it gets cancelled… oh well.

  • Tvwatcher

    A 3.0 for Scandal against World Series. #1 in time slot at 10pm. Still at 3.0 Scandal is kicking ass. I suspect it will rise up. OUATW is so dead. Greys is steady!

  • frodo

    Scandal is not that good this season. Season 2 was consistently top notch. This season has been quite mediocre, Shonda has got to step it up IMO while the show is still hyped.

  • DiegoC

    call me crazy, but i really think greys should be at 8, followed by scandal and Revenge. I think abc would dominate the night, but i don’t see it happening.

  • Dan

    Reign may get additional episodes but a 0.6 out of a 1.1 isnt good. Still a 0.6 is on par with Mondays Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast.

    Once NBC puts a new Voice on Thursdays, the comedies will do better.

    I’m starting to wonder if Wonderland will even return next year with its remaining Season 1 episodes.

  • steven

    NBC really isn’t trying to have hit comedies anymore. In the past, they had potential hit comedies, but they screwed them up. Community would have been a good hit had it stayed at 9:30 and didn’t have to face The Big Bang Theory. Outsourced would probably still be around if NBC hadn’t tried to put half-hour comedies at 10 and 10:30. Go On would still be around if they put it on hiatus until The Voice came back on.

  • shogun

    Oh, thank you for bouncing back Elementary! I was really worried after last week.

  • TimsDale4ever

    SSTW should have been called SEAN NEEDS A WORLD. I have been sooooooooooooooo disappointed with Sean’s new show. There’s just nothing that goes on in an entire episode. The supporting cast (minus Linda Lavin) adds absolutely nothing to the show either. It’s just awful!

  • r0ckmypants

    @Dan – “Still a 0.6 is on par with Mondays Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast.”

    A 0.6 is actually considerably higher than Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast.

  • Bgun

    Reign was very good last night. Had much more substance than the pilot.

  • HalCapone

    The biggest surprise last night was the increase for Elementary. Was there something special about that particular episode? The series lows for CBS’ new sitcoms should give the CBS suits some pause, at least, if this doesn’t reverse itself when the World Series is over. The Big Bang Theory obviously has its large loyal fan base, in spite of the World Series. The Millers is mostly sitting pretty (for now) just by virtue of its massive lead-in. Crazy Ones, however, is in the more precarious spot and it seems to be losing more of its ratings mojo. Attention deficit disorder plagued Robin Williams might be joining MJ Fox in the unemployment line by the end of the season. It’s hard to make a star glow again that has faded in prime time television.

  • Nasir

    I caught up on Scandal using Netflix this past summer and I have got to say these past few episodes have not been very entertaining at all… Maybe it’s just the type of show to watch back to back to back. Still a good rating nonetheless.

    Good for TVD as well. This season so far is better. I think the removal of the originals was a good idea because there were too many characters.

  • Gemma

    Here we go folks, Scandal will be back in the 2s (where it belongs) next week. This show is so ridiculous. It needs to disappear into the abyss.

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