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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  • thesnowleopard

    Well, you remember wrong. SPN was moved to Thursdays originally to kill it. This did not happen (though it sure did happen to SPN’s shiny new successors in that time slot). So, when TVD did well, Dawn Ostroff moved SPN to Fridays, after Smallville, to kill them both. Then they did okay there, too. In fact, SPN so outperformed the worst slot the CW has that it was moved to Wednesdays to anchor a new show, Arrow. When that proved to be a smashing success, the network repeated the process on Tuesdays. And SPN was successful again.

    Two more things–1. TVD is in the best slot for the network, so it had *better* be number one. There’s no telling whether it would keep those high numbers in another slot. 2. TVD is in its fifth season; SPN is in its ninth. Yet, they are getting essentially the same numbers. So, hardly a reason to bash SPN and crow over TVD.

    Also, what is that you’re writing because it sure isn’t English.

    So, what? Do you think TVD is the only show that’s ever been preempted? Or aired on a holiday? Or that it’s never been preempted before? That’s a series low for it, regardless of the factors.

  • thesnowleopard


    Considering the plummets the other networks are making, though, that’s no longer a sign that the *CW* is in trouble.

    And some of their shows have actually gone up. Okay, SPN has gone up, but some others are maintaining pretty well.

  • omabin


    I am not sure what numbers you are using for your comparison but if you use the number of original episodes aired this year vs. the number of original episodes aired last year, which would be 4 Hart of Dixie (90210), 4 Beauty and the Beast (Gossip Girl), 4 The Originals (4 Hart of Dixie), 4 Supernatural (4 Emily Owens), 4 Arrow (4 Arrow), 4 The Tomorrow People (4 Supernatural), 4 The Vampire Diaries (4 The Vampire Diaries) (excluding last night’s non adjusted rating since it could be adjusted significantly), 2 Reign (2 Beauty and the Beast) (also ignoring last night), 1 The Carrie Diaries (1 Nikita), the CW is actually slightly up (0.78 vs. 0.75). This is even disregarding a number of caveats here such as:
    – The Wednesday shows facing two World Series games this year versus one last year
    – The premieres of the Thursday shows being ridiculously inflated last year, especially in Beauty and the Beast’s case
    – 90210 having a random 0.6 in these 4 airings, a number it would achieve only three times during the year

    Even if in absolute numbers they are equal to last year (which, I would say, is a win in and by itself considering the year to year declines that we see every year), the trend and outlook are definitely more positive this year.

  • omabin

    @Everyone claiming that Parethood is a very expensive show,

    Can anyone back this up with data? I don’t see why the show would be that expensive. Sure, it looks to have a strong cast that probably doesn’t come cheap, but other than that? I don’t understand where this notion that it is more expensive than crime shows and all its guest stars and shooting scenes or special effects shows comes from. I mean, I have no interest in this battle. I actually think it will come down to Parenthood or Revolution and I am all for Revolution there, but it is a bit annoying that people just make this kind of things up. Of course, if anyone has the data to prove me wrong, I would happily change my mind.

  • Dollface

    Reign is soooooo good I hope it stays steady cw seems to show mercy on shows that stay steady and above .5. The origanals and reign have been the best new shows cw has had in the past 2 years. I hope the 100 is good to.

  • CBSviewer

    Why CBS aired new episodes of The Millers and The Crazy Ones last night ? There are new Shows and they had repeats as lead-in. I don’t know what CBS expected but this 2.0 and 1.9 are not too low considering the circumstances.

  • Billy


    The Millers and The Crazy Ones and their fans should not complain about their lead in last night. They are spoiled by having the biggest lead in on TV every week. The 2.5 lead in they got last night was about what Mom has gotten on Monday every single week this season. The Millers and Crazy Ones should be thankful they have the huge TBBT lead in every week, or those shows would probably already be canceled.

  • Ultima

    I am not sure what numbers you are using for your comparison

    I explicitly said which numbers I was using…

    Why CBS aired new episodes of The Millers and The Crazy Ones last night ?

    Because networks typically want to air new episodes every week for new shows for as long as they reasonably can (whether they premiere in the fall, winter or spring).

    Considering the plummets the other networks are making, though, that’s no longer a sign that the *CW* is in trouble.

    Combined, the four major broadcast networks are down ~7% year-to-year, so the CW is declining at a faster rate than the average.

  • Karla

    My beastie heart found a new show to keep it warm in case BATB gets cancelled for its ratings….Im loving Reign!!!!!

  • TVDude


    I think the simple truth is that people who are saying that Parenthood is an expensive show are pulling that statement out of their butt. Unless they’re a producer of the show, I doubt they would know how much it cost on average to make an episode. I would be willing to bet that Parenthood is cheaper per episode than Revolution or SVU, which haven’t been doing a whole lot better in ratings (albeit, they have done “a little” better).

    I can’t say NBC will renew Parenthood, but it seems hard to renew Hannibal and then cancel a show that consistently does better. Now Hannibal is almost certainly cheaper than Parenthood, but Hannibal is also not as likely to get syndication money as Parenthood is.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Is that a pumpkin seed on your bingo card?

  • PETE5125

    Hannibal is a cheap show for NBC, since it is an international show and they are just paying a small fee to syndicate it…it will still have to do some sort of #’s for them to come out ahead but not much.

    Parenthood is owned by Universal so unless they can’t find a way to syndicate it, it will return for at least 14 episodes to hit the 100 episode mark…saying that it is a very expensive show because of a large cast, but this can be solved by getting the cast to take pay reductions or episode reductions to make it through the final season,

  • thesnowleopard

    “Combined” seems a bit disingenuous when you’re using CBS and FOX to shore up NBC and ABC, both of which are dipping into the CW range, already. The CW doesn’t need to beat every other major network and certainly doesn’t need to beat CBS. It just needs to be getting the younger market CBS doesn’t well enough to stay viable.

  • Michael

    Wow!! Sean Hayes is actually still trying to save the world!! :O

    If I’m NBC I’d be more concerned about “Parenthood” right about now than I would be about him/Michael J. Fox.

    Not happy with CBS. I think the “BBT” Double Repeats threw people off.
    “The Crazy Ones” is a good show. I hope they rebound soon!! :(

  • Carl

    @Carla, Peyton Place hasn’t been the same since Allison left.

  • Ellie

    @ carmen – I get what you’re saying about “Elementary”. Always thought of myself as a Holmes traditionalist. I mean I loved the series with Jeremy Brett and I am the most surprised person that “Elementary” works as well as it does. Look at the odd takes on “Mrs. Hudson” and “Wiggins” from last season. On paper it would have me going “Whaaaa?” – but it works. And the chemistry between Liu and Miller is the best.
    And props to Miller. When he looked at Watson checking out his cold cases, he got it all – curiosity, satisfaction plus that little bit of fear that she might actually succeed where he failed. Packed it all into one glance. May be fighting words to people who are into “Sherlock” but Millers take (really the writers and runners) to me is way more “updated canonical” than Cumberbatch.

  • rgxx

    Please Neilson viewers – watch Parenthood- its really good!

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