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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  • Jimmy L

    The CW was pre-empted in Columbus Ohio (market size #32) due to High School Football.

  • T

    Happy to see Elementary go up. Not surprised to see OUAT Wonderland doing poorly – I really wanted to like it but it’s pretty bad. Pretty much the opposite from what I was expecting for Reign – expected it to be bad (and yeah, it kind of is) but it’s *entertainingly* bad…

    On that note, I think there’s some thing missing from this argument about whether the CW’s audience could have been affected by baseball. In addition to the apparently preposterous notion that some women might actually like sports, there’s also the high probability that many of these young women don’t live alone. Viewing is measured at the household level, correct? It’s entirely likely that a good chunk of women aren’t necessarily choosing to watch baseball instead but that they lost the remote control battle. (That said, it’s about what I expected for Reign anyway.)

  • Christian

    I thought this was a little interesting ratings note from Deadline:

    Reign was down from its premiere but the slide also indicated a generational shift to younger female audiences. While the teen soap was down 25% in adults 18-49 to a 0.6, its drop in total viewers was 7% (to 1.84 million) and the show actually doubled its premiere rating in female teens (0.5 to 1).

    I wonder where all the female teens came from since it’s not like Reign was facing off against Glee last week. And who knew they would be drawn to a 16th century period drama? And why do all the French people on this show sound British?! Lol.

    Ratings % Change in A18-49 Y2Y for last night:
    FOX: +17%
    ABC: +10%
    CW: 0%
    CBS: -13%
    NBC: -19%

  • John A

    Lmao at The Voice repeat doing better than those losers Parks and welcome to the family. Greys back up. It will never die. Not that great for Scandal but obviously fine. CBS have to be happy Elementary rose. Ok for TVD.

  • Billiam

    @Christian f my tween daughter is any indication, she watched Reign with me last week then told her friends about so I believe the shift in teen females. Word of mouth is a powerful thing and that age, girls want to do what their friends like to do…

  • thesnowleopard

    Boy, Reign sure slipped. I’m curious to see if TVD adjusts up or down. If it’s up, it’ll be number one on the network this week. If it’s down, it’ll be second. If it stays at that number, it depends on the audience, but it’ll tie in the demo with SPN.

    Let’s wait a few episodes before we decide whether or not it will get a season two. Right now, it’s in no danger, but it would have had to drop at least 0.5 to be in danger, anyway. Which is unlikely for the CW.

  • K

    I hope The CW renews REIGN and cancels BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. BATB is dreadful.

  • Fred

    Lmao at the Charmed fan coming into the conversation!

  • anna g

    Posted October 25, 2013 at 9:51 AM
    The comedy’s on CBS just aren’t helping Elementary as POI did last year. And Grey basically has no competition this season with POI now on Tuesdays and failing in that slot.
    While I agree with You about comniedies on Thursday, I don’t think PoI is failing on Tuesday. It has 2.2 demo and almost 13 million viewers – it’s currently the strongest 10 pm show from CBS.

  • thesnowleopard


    Not like word of mouth does a whole lot, when less than two million people watch Reign, period. How many tweens (who aren’t necessarily the demo being sought, anyway) can be watching this in the first place?

  • anon

    “I wonder where all the female teens came from since it’s not like Reign was facing off against Glee last week. And who knew they would be drawn to a 16th century period drama?”

    I’d say word of mouth. I know I’ve read from a number of new fans of Reign who love the show partially because some of the girls’ fashions are on par with (if not exceeds) what used to be on Gossip Girl in its early seasons.

    Plus, there are a few who suddenly realized that the show’s ‘Queen Catherine’ is being played by the same actress who (nearly 30 yrs ago) played ‘Anne of Green Gables’.

    “And why do all the French people on this show sound British?! Lol.”

    Go ask most, mostly British, period shows. The accents, costumes, etc on par with the version of ‘Borgia’ that stars/starred John Doman (rather than Jeremy Irons).

  • Hank

    When will the one tired joke of two and a half men finally die? It’s the exact same storyline week after week can’t believe the Tv audience is that bored that they continue to watch it..

  • Networkman

    CBS: The Millers dropping over 5 million viewers from The Big Bang Theory and also decreasing by 2.1 in the demo. At this point it has pretty much the same retention rate as Super Fun Night out of Modern Family. A 2.8 is good for a new comedy but it should not be able to maintain the timeslot after The Big Bang Theory. Back in the day, if a show had horrible retention, regardless of what its demo and how many viewers it was able to garner, the show was cancelled.

    Elementary had a nice uptick, picking up the .3 demo that Scandal dropped. But it is still the lowest returning drama at 10pm for CBS through the weekday. Its performance should seal its fate to be moved to Sunday night next season. I wonder if CBS would be interested in moving it to Monday at midseason. It would improve the 10pm hour on Monday. And then the network can debut Intelligence on Thursday and see if it can do better against Scandal.

  • Rebecca

    I was told a long time ago (by my high school French teacher) that most French people tend to speak English with an English accent because they were taught English by British teachers….so they learned pronunciation from them.

    After streaming the third episode of OUAT: Wonderland today, now I understand why the red queen is so young (thought she was miscast). Now it makes sense, lol. Enjoying Will and Jafar. The CGI isn’t great, but I’ll stick with the show. Only started streaming it all yesterday.

  • PurpleDrazi

    And who knew they would be drawn to a 16th century period drama?

    It’s not exactly like they are really being historical or anything. It’s a bunch of attractive young people dressed in cool costumes and exhibiting lots of teen angst. Oh, and there are love triangles. That is the textbook formula for attracting teen girls right there.

  • Networkman

    ABC: Once Upon a Time in Wonderland is doing better than Betrayal. I’m not sure ABC should run it on Sunday against the cable dramas. So they should just let it finish its 13 episodes on Thursday and be done with it. Naveen should make a guest appearance on Once Upon a Time as Jafar. I would love to see him on that show in the near future.

    CBS: In my opinion, last night’s episode of The Crazy Ones was its best yet. I feel Sarah turned in a better performance. She was actually funny and able to hold her own against Robin Williams and James Wolk. This show has potential. CBS may have to shuffle the deck(rearrange the comedies) real soon if they want this single cam to succeed.
    8pm The Big Bang Theory
    8:30pm The Crazy Ones
    9pm Two & A Half Men
    9:30pm The Millers

    FOX: I know the network is grateful for The World Series. They probably wish X-Factor could garner 3.4 demo on Thursday night on a consistent basis.

  • Boiler

    So, by number of viewers, which I say indicates a shows popularity, Scandal and Elementary were basically equal. Nothing against Scandal but again the demo shows how crazy the ratings system are as Scandal gets the publicity. Maybe networks should have learned from Body of proof and others.

  • thesnowleopard


    I’m not sure what’s worse–the network attitudes that greenlight shows like Reign that don’t even try at a good story, or the people on here making all kinds of assumptions about young girls and what they like. Like the assumption that only teen girls are stupid enough to like Reign, that all teen girls care about are cute 21st century frocks, weak princess-y fantasy and love triangles, and that teen girls couldn’t possibly be interested in sports.

    It’s all rather nauseating.

  • Laina

    Just want to say that I’m a female in the key demo and I watched TBBT before turning over to the World Series last night. Not only could the St. Louis and Boston markets be impacted by baseball but it’s likely that areas like Chicago, KC, Indy, and NYC may be too because those areas probably have quite a few Cards and Red Sox fans too. I’m in the Indy area and we have tons of Cards fans around here. I’m a Cubs fan myself but since the Cards are our rival I have to pull against them. So yeah I’m guessing that even the CW may be somewhat impacted by baseball this week (but like others have said it was more likely that Arrow and TTP were affected than TVD and Reign.

  • Joseph


    An increasing number of women are watching sports on television.

    In fact, I suspect that most sports telecasts attract nearly as many female viewers as male ones.

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