TV Ratings Thursday: 'Grey's Anatomy', 'The Millers' & 'The Crazy Ones' Hit Lows, 'Scandal' Steady, 'Sean Saves the World' Up

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November 1st, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.6/8 2.0/6 1.4/4 1.0/3 0.7/2 0.7/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/8 1.2/5 0.9/3 0.9/3 0.6/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 8.355 9.380 4.447 2.699 1.849 2.603

ABC was number one with adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with total viewers.

Note: Viewership levels were down 8 percent among adults 18-49  versus last week due to Halloween.

Last night’s Thursday Night Football game (Dolphins/Bengals) was simulcast on the NBC affiliate in Cincinnati. As a result, the NBC may be inflated  and subject to more than typical adjustments in the finals.

In addition,  The Vampire Diaries aired at 10PM in New York City last night, so its ratings are subject to more than typical adjustments in the finals.


On ABC, the annual telecast of  It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown earned a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating down 19 percent from a 2.7 on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 but gar outperforming ABC’s average in the time period. Grey's Anatomy tied its series low with a 2.6 down 7 percent  from last week's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Scandal matched last week's season low 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too pessimistic.


On CBS, The Millers garnered a series low 2.0, down 26 percent from last week's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating when it followed a new episode of The Big Bang Theory. The Crazy Ones scored a series low 1.9 down 17 percent from last 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.  Elementary earned a 1.7 down 6 percent from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.


On NBC, the special Saturday Night Live Halloween garnered a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, significantly outperforming Parks and Recreation & Welcome to the Family’s averages in the time period.   Sean Saves the World earned a 1.2 up 9 percent from last week's 1.1  adults 18-49 rating. The Michael J Fox Show scored a series low 1.1 down 8 percent from  last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.  Parenthood matched last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating .


On the CW, The Vampire Diaries scored a 0.8 down 38 percent from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, but the show aired at 10PM in New York City so the nation’s largest market will not be counted until the final ratings are released this afternoon. Reign matched last week's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, October 31, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 2.5/9 11.56
ABC It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - R 2.2/8 6.96
NBC Saturday Night Live Halloween 1.7/6 5.51
FOX The X Factor - Clip Show 0.8/3 3.25
CW The Vampire Diaries 0.8/3 2.11
8:30 CBS The Millers 2.0/7 9.57
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.6/8 8.88
CBS The Crazy Ones 1.9/6 8.06
NBC Sean Saves the World 1.2/4 4.11
FOX Glee -R 0.6/2 1.96
CW Reign 0.6/2 1.59
9:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 2.0/6 8.39
NBC The Michael J. Fox Show 1.1/3 3.62
10:00 ABC Scandal 2.9/9 9.23
CBS Elementary 1.7/5 9.35
NBC Parenthood 1.3/4 3.97


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," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.6/7.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.1/6.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.5/5 in metered-market households and a 0.6/4 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) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 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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  • Bee

    GO SCANDAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! awesome! i really thought it would be down. maybe it’ll adjust down, but even then, a 2.8 is at the higher end of what i expected. woo! grey’s did as expected.

    omg lol CBS tanked without a new TBBT to anchor the night. the crazy ones hasn’t stopped falling yet has it? bummer :/

  • Sebastian P

    Thank you very much. Now I get it

  • Joseph

    I am quite surprised, considering the World Series has ended, that the viewing level among the 18-49 demographic was down just 8 percent last nigh (October 31st) compared to the prior Thursday (October 24th).

    With the Fall Classic over, and Halloween being last nioght, I expected a 20 to 30 percentage drop in viewing among the 18-49 demo, and that no broadcast network show would even get a 2 in the 18-49 demo.

    The NFL Network’s football game between Miami and Cincinnati probably had the highest 18-49 rating of any show last night, and probably was the second-most-watched program in total viewers, behind only “The Big Bang Theory”, which in most of the country preceded the start of the game.

  • Sally

    Shouldn’t there be a -R behind Glee?

  • r0ckmypants

    @John K. – “Why are people equating Trick or Treating with the A18-49 numbers for TVD. You are not trick or treating if you are 18+. If you have young kids taking them out (and between 18-49), you are likely in before 8pm. I don’t think it had that big of an effect, maybe on Teens, burn to A18-49.”

    Read the red text above. People aren’t just making stuff up: Viewership levels were down 8 percent among adults 18-49 versus last week due to Halloween. Whether or not they were trick-or-treating (and just because people 18-49 may not be out getting candy for themselves, there are plenty of parents in that age range who take children out), there were significantly fewer people sitting in front of their televisions.

  • Steven

    TVD will probably adjust up at least a point… but no more than two. Does that make it its lowest rated episode? Just curious.

    I really hope Reign adjust down… yes that is mean and I typically don’t root against shows but I’m really liking the Tomorrow people. I want it to get a second season.

    TBBT was a repeat? huh I didn’t realize that. I watched the episode and everything. I must have forgotten I watched it or missed it last season.

  • HalCapone

    @Jon & @Mary
    The television ratings system is obviously not very intuitive since the complaints and explanations about it seem to take up so much daily real estate on the TVBTN comment pages, even though this site provides published archived information explaining why certain demographic groups are more valuable than others to advertisers. We can complain all we want but the system is the way it is and will not be changing anytime soon or perhaps, ever. Think of “television” advertisers, which pay the bills for television programming, as gem collectors, willing to pay the highest price for the rarest and most valuable of gems. Carrying the same analogy a bit further, think of the various television viewer age groups as falling into one of two categories: precious gems and rocks, with the precious ones being the most difficult to find and therefore the most valuable, while rocks are everywhere and carry no intrinsic value to said collectors of gems. Television advertisers view the 18-49 demo group as their precious gems since they are so challenging to attract to any given program. Viewers age 50 and up are the rocks; they are everywhere and watch the most television so the degree of difficulty in reaching them is extremely low. Yes, of course, as a rule, older adults have more income to spend than the younger generation but youth also tends to buy more on impulse and trends which is where television advertising arguably claims to be more successful. This is one significant reason why the immediacy of watching live television is so important to advertisers to help them gauge the success of their advertising. The influence of television advertising on the various age groups has been studied and tested for a very long time. Advertisers, in general, value anyone with a pulse who makes purchases, including those age 50 and up but they employ more cost effective methods other than through television advertising to reach the majority of those folks.

  • Michelle

    Wow, Glee looks like it is done for!

  • Matt

    Awesome for Greys and Scandal. Both way up in viewers. And held steady pretty much. LOL at Crazy ones. A 1.9 is god-awful for a CBS comedy, especially on Thursday

  • violet hour

    you should try skipping lines nothing like a compact paragraph to send people running and scrolling by a post

  • a p garcia

    Really surprised Glee and Reign tied in ratings!

  • k:Alex

    I sad it before, CBS Thursday is the same as NBC when Seinfeld was gone, Friends hold the whole night but when it was off the whole night collapsed.

    The big bang is the same as Friends.

  • HalCapone

    CBS is apparently considering a spin-off next year from their highly successful How I Met Your Mother which ends this year. The new show is being discussed as How I Met Your Father. This isn’t a joke. I would recommend they pair it with the Charmed reboot to highlight an entire evening of creative bankruptcy.

  • Phil

    What’s the hubbub about Scandal.

  • Lucas

    I believe TVD will adjust 0.3 in the finals!

  • TVDude

    I keep seeing people say that Parenthood is expensive, but how is it? It’s a drama, but it’s not loaded with special effects like Revolution or (to a lesser extent SVU). It’s older, but unless someone knows something that I don’t, I don’t see how it’s “expensive”. The cost of launching a new show that will probably fail is much more expensive and this is the same timeslot that Do No Harm was in last year.

  • sandy245

    Get rid of the horribly boring and unfunny The Millers. Mom would be a better fit in place.

  • Kelly

    Glee was a repeat people! New episodes start again next week. Sara, can you please put an R next to Glee to stop all this confusion?

    @Steven – TVD’s current series low is a 1.0. If it adjusts up by 2 it’ll be tied with it’s series low, anything less and yes, it will be it’s lowest rated episode. However, it was Halloween, so whatever happens with these ratings, the show is still absolutely fine. Same thing with Arrow dropping this week against the World Series.

  • gerry

    @ tvdude

    i would imagine it all comes down to salary, and the show has alot of known ‘names’ and now that the show is starting to age, everyone’s contracts get more expensive. but i agree, paying to promo a new show seems costly as well.

    i love parenthood and hope it stays around for at least another year or two. i think it may make at least one more. its doing better in that slot than anything else has for some time. nbc has bigger things to worry about (read: comedies) than the 10 pm thursday death slot.

  • The 47th

    Although low, Parenthood’s numbers are really stable. It should get decent numbers if it had a better lead-in.

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