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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  • What the Thunder Said

    Looking back…

    MONDAY Oct 23, 2012
    90210 – 0.4 rtg 0.91 viewers
    GG – 0.4 rtg 0.95 viewers

    MONDAY Oct 25, 2013
    Dixie – 0.4 rtg 1.05 viewers
    B&TB – 0.3 rtg 0.83 viewers

    TUESDAY – Oct 30, 2012
    Dixie – 0.6 rtg 1.41 viewers
    Emily – 0.3 rtg 1.03 viewers

    TUESDAY – Oct 29, 2013
    The Originals – 1.0 rtg 2.05 viewers
    SPN – 1.1 rtg 2.19 viewers

    The CW is by no means going weaker…

  • Valentin

    The Crazy Ones is a flop compared to the Millers? Not really! The Millers can’t hold by itself but The Crazy Ones does a little bit. It retained a huge part of The Millers lead-in and was almost steady with total viewers but not with the demo (- 0.4 point) but The Millers lost 0.7point from last week. I don’t want to see how it will do next week with The Voice against it. Hopefully The Crazy Ones will do better at 9pm.
    The Crazy Ones is not dead, these ratings are awful because of Halloween (except Scandal).

  • John

    The only reason viewership was down 8 percent this week is because Big Bang Theory was a repeat….
    The Big Bang Theory repeat then caused its whole line up to go down. It had nothing to do with Halloween. The networks that didn’t have repeats were all consistent from last week (Except for Vampire Diaries, who’s audience was probably more likely to be out partying)

  • MattyD

    nice episode for scandal


    So Charlie Brown crushes Alice at 8:00 for ABC while GA posts serie’s low & the ever-lovin’ Scandal holds its 2.9

    The Millers & TCO prove too reliable on TBBT (especially TM) and may be something to watch but Elementary still 1.7 at 10:00

    If the numbers for NBC are inflated(?), but big notice for SNL– Hmm, will have to wait for the finals to comment, as same for the CW

    FOX was so out of the running, but all Nets down due to Halloween (as good an excuse as any, I suppose)

  • Nikki

    Its nice to see Parenthood up.. great episode last night too.

  • Charmed

    For the last time, Glee was a repeat!

  • Andrew

    Glad Sean saves the world did better than the Michael J Fox Show. Serves NBC right for giving him a 22 episode season already.

  • ToXiX

    I knew The Crazy Ones would go below a 2.
    It is just not a funny show. People who claim it’s funny have a very odd sense of humor. I don’t expect it to return next season.

  • HalCapone

    Was Glee a repeat?

  • David


    I completely disagree. I think Crazy Ones is one of the only funny comedies CBS has had in years…I think the sense of humor you are referring to is quirky or offbeat, which yes, is in direct conflict with what CBS usually has – multicam shows with predictable jokes and a laugh track – but its refreshing to see the network take a chance. I’m not surprised it’s doing poorly though since the majority of people prefer braindead shows like Two and a Half Men and The Millers.

  • j

    They should renew this “Big Bang Theory – R” as it was 2nd place in its hour.

  • John A

    Lmao at all the people who thought Glee was a original. I dont watch it but i knew that it was a repeat.

  • Russell

    Sean Saves The World will definitely adjust down due to football in Cincinnati.

    CBS should flip flop Crazy Ones with Two Men and if Crazy Ones continues to fall replace it with Bad Teacher.

  • Sil

    It was Halloween last night.
    ’nuff said.

  • Carla

    Last night’s episode of “Peyton Place” was one of the best!

  • Ultima

    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.

    That’s not accurate at all. Excluding Seinfeld’s final season, the strongest show on NBC Thursdays from 1995 to 2001 was ER.

    Even if you make the comparison to NBC Thursdays near the end of Friends’ run (2002-04), it’s still not the same. NBC couldn’t hold viewers past 8:30-8:40, because it would lose them to Survivor and CSI, but those viewers would snap back to NBC for ER.

    Yes, it would be worse if Friends was a repeat, but you can make the same comparison to virtually any night which is anchored by a very strong show.

  • HalCapone

    Crazy Ones is crazy rancid. Titanic CBS is rearranging their deck chairs this year after hitting the ratings iceberg. Lifeboat Big Bang can only save so many…but no more room for women or younger adults.

  • Ultima

    Was Glee a repeat?


  • Ultima

    The CW is by no means going weaker…

    Except for the part where their Most Current season average is down ~13% year-to-year?

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