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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  • s0303

    tvd can’t be right…or else reign did really well on halloween…scary numbers pretty much all around except for scandal…

  • Rissa

    Between the World Series earlier this week & Halloween last night I just can’t take the ratings this week too seriously. Can’t wait for some “normal” ratings next week!

  • tj

    I wish all shows well, but glad my Supernatural is CW’s #1 show for the week! TVD will be back up next week, no worries TVD fans.

  • Steven

    @Kissan where do you get the half hour ratings?

  • Jon

    You can’t be serious with your comments here. Wednesday CW was up against World Series yesterday it was Halloween. Tuesday an ordinary day. You get the picture ?

  • Scandalicious

    Solid for Scandal! Next week it can climb back up into the 3’s! The Crazy Ones! :( That show is so good. I really hope it is able to bounce back next week. Both BBT repeats beat it.

    This has been a rough week for The CW. Hopefully everything rises back to normal numbers next week. I have to say though that the fact that Reign remained solid while The Vampire Diaries fell 5 tenths is pretty impressive. Maybe it has found its audience. It tied The Tomorrow People this week. Not sure how to feel about that.

    I can’t believe Sean Saves the World managed to rise! It is above MJ Fox now. Crazy!

    I am really hoping it was the holiday that messed everything up and everything can be normal again next week (Scandal above a 3 and The Crazy Ones back to the 2.5 range).

  • Jenna

    With the Did you kill my mom nonsense, I actually think Scandal will rise to a 3.2 next week.

  • zth


    The Millers is clearly the weakest of all CBS sitcoms, both in terms of its potential ratings without any TBBT lead-in, and from a creative standpoint.

  • Steven

    did the trick or treat had a impact of the show….Of Course

  • Tom

    Pleased that Reign managed to stay at 0.6! Hopefully it won’t be adjusted down.

  • Andrew43

    How I love Rob. When Revenge tied its series low, he was nowhere to be seen.
    Scandal ties it’s season low (at a very respectable 2.9) and he is bashing the show.

    Oh, the logic.

  • s0303

    So called red hot Scandal below a 3 again. :D

    really rob…how many other 10pm shows get a 2.9 and beat its lead in? i really think someone needs to push your belly button until the pillsbury dough boys laugh comes out :)

  • lll

    I’m surprised no one mentioned this yet, but it’s a crying shame that The Great Pumpkin had to show Once: Wonderland how you supposed to compete on a Thursday night.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Go Elementary!

    POI tops at 10:00 for CBS again this week?

  • anna g

    Weak Thursday all around probably due to Halloween. TVD hitting 0.8 is proboaly series low. Elementary held decently TBBT rerun.

  • Jenna

    Did some people miss this? “Note: Viewership levels were down 8 percent among adults 18-49 versus last week due to Halloween.”

    Scandal is doing just fine.

  • JaneDoe24

    I was sure most shows would drop because of Halloween. Glad Scandal is steady. Lol at anyone making a big deal about Scandal being below 3. Some shows are doing a lot worse. And it will be back up next week. The next episode is intriguing.

  • Jean Paul

    Thank you for posting the results so quickly, Sara :)

    I’m sorry about The Vampire Diaries(but it looks like it has chances of being adjusted up) and The Crazy Ones, but at the same time, I’m happy about Reign.
    I hope there will not be adjustings down for them, while adjustings up are always welcome ^^

  • TahaTheKid


  • Ashley

    SPN is the highest rated CW show of the week 2 out of it’s 4 episodes this season. Not bad!

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