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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  • j

    Hmm, TVD hitting a low would make sense. It’s an 8 o’clock show about vampires, on Halloween.

    Hooray for Millers’ drop.

    Scandal with a 2.9 is still red-hot.

  • Brandy

    Ouch at VD!Glad Reigns steady, though I didn’t think it get hurt much by Halloweenas it aired later,trick or treaters were done by 8 for me.

  • John

    nice episode for The Crazy Ones last night :)

  • Jenna

    With the hype this week surrounding Kerry Washington’s pregnancy and Lisa Kudrow’s appearance and they show fails to break into the 3’s? That has to be a bit disappointing for them. And this is just a preliminary rating, it can very well go down.

    Numbers are still good though but I think interest in the show is waning.

  • feinn

    Never thought I see Originals beat TVD already

  • Kim

    @ TV God SSTW is getting adjusted down due to football.

  • Hel-luhr

    Halloween + late 10PM airing in New York area = series low for TVD? :(

  • Alejandro

    Very disappointed by the 1.9 rating for The Crazy Ones :(. I hoped it had settled around the 2.3 – 2.5 level :'(

    Not a fan but I expect TVD to adjust up by .2 – .3 points like last week!

  • Glue

    Can the originals top its Parent show?

  • Kissan

    Half Hour Ratings:

    Charlie Brown-2.3,2.1



    X Factor-0.8,0.8




    SNL Halloween-1.7,1.7


  • EatMorePez

    You criticize the highest rated show of the night for not being rated high enough (in your mind). Oh Rob, never change.

  • Elizabeth

    NBC missed out on an opportunity to see how Parks would respond not being up against a new TBBT

  • senor chang

    Yikes at the CBS comedies. Even adjusting for the 8 percent viewership decline they only matched Mom. CBS has the same problem ABC has this year: all of their comedies are in limbo right now.

    Steady is nice for NBC considering they’re already so low, but I won’t comment until finals are in.

    Surprised at the Vampire Diaries drop, but pleased to see Reign holding up. Maybe it’ll at least get a back 9 or (maybe) even eke out a renewal!

    Even for last-minute programming that 1.0 rating for X-Factor is pretty dire.

  • Ted Craig

    So much for the World Series excuse.

  • Alice

    Still good to see Originals better than TVD just for this week. So repetitive.

  • Hel-luhr

    Millers and Crazy Ones affected by the sandwiched Big Bang reruns and perhaps Halloween? Might just be a blip.

  • zth

    Wow, The Millers dropped like a rock. At this point, CBS should just put Mom behind TBBT.

  • tommie

    Surprised Reign kept it’s 0.6 considering the weaker lead-in this week!

  • Alex

    hopefully scandal doesn’t adjust down but i think it well :/

  • Billy

    The Millers big ratings are nothing more than living off the huge TBBT lead in it gets for new Big Bang Theory episodes every week. Without TBBT lead in The Millers would be CBS’s lowest rated new sitcom. Mom is much stronger with a much weaker lead in.

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