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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  • Brian

    Why doesn’t anybody read what is in red text up above. “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.”

  • snoot

    OUCH CBS! Obviously, TBBT holds the entire Thursday lineup together.

  • Tvwatcher

    GA fell this week but I bet it’s because it’s Halloween. YEAH for Scandal it’s steady and up in viewers. Those are good numbers for Halloween I thought it would be around 2.6. I hope it doesn’t decline! Elementary will do better in DVR. All the other shows well not so good!!!

  • Alex

    Up 0.1 points doesn’t mean sh** when you’re doing as poorly as SSTW.

    Also, nobody can argue that Halloween didn’t have a big impact on most of these shows. That’s not playing “BINGO,” it’s common sense.

  • Kissan


    I got it from a website called Show Buzz Daily.

  • Jenna

    What does that have to do with anything re:viewership being down. Scandal’s overall viewership actually rose this week.

    Scandal is going well and it’s a hit but it’s no where near a mega hit if it continues to rate in the 2s.

  • Jackie

    who is returning to Greys in a few weeks? I haven’t heard anything

  • hammard

    Not as big a drop as last year (although that also had a power outage to disrupt things a bit). 10pm was pretty much static this time around.
    It’s a shame NBC can’t develop a show can perform like SNL on a regular basis it might pick up the whole night.

  • gerry

    glad to see parenthood stable even in the halloween drop. its got a devoted audience.

    not sure how nyc will factor into tvd ratings, since they pre-empted tvd for the village parade and then (weirdly) aired it 10? regardless, its numbers will be at normal levels next week.

    abc holding fine. again, numbers will be up next week. too bad schultz didn’t create more awesome charlie brown specials that abc could just continially rotate in that slot.

  • Timmy G

    TVD is fine, I imagine it’ll be adjusted up to at least a 1.0 after NYC is counted in. Even if it’s not, it’s one episode, so no worries.

    What I’m worried about now though is TTP. Since Reign got a .6 again it means it’s ratings are starting to stabilize. I want TTP to get a full season but since it also got a .6 this week (whether or not the world series hurt it is in question) I think it and Reign are pretty much on equal ground now. So unless Pedowitz decides to give full seasons to both I suspect we won’t know the status for either for at least a few more weeks.

  • Bored Now

    Thinking we’re gonna see a considerable jump for TVD. There’s no way that it only got an 0.8, not against a 0.6 for Reign. Best guess, 1.0 minimum but I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a 1.1, given the unusual circumstances.

    Pity about Elementary but seeing as how most 10pm shows seem to be taking a hit this year (to be honest, pretty much all shows seem to be…) I’m not too worried. Yet.

  • Jonay

    Is this site ever going to get a mobile app anytime soon?

  • sarah

    I was expecting really low numbers all over because of Halloween. Not bad at all.

  • Hel-luhr


    I dunno, things we think affect ratings are called Bingo all the time on this site. Such as Walking Dead / Football / baseball on Sunday, totaling something like 25M 18-49’ers, affecting the Sunday dramas. Bingo!

  • Ashley

    VD won’t adjust up higher than a 1.0, which still puts in on par with the Originals and below SPN

  • Darcy

    Why isn’t Glee listed – a repeat aired at 9:00

  • Dave

    Not that it matters but what did the Glee rerun get?

  • Tea

    It was Ben who was returning to Greys last night

  • John

    MJFox show was a good one last night. I think people are afraid of not being “politically correct” and finding this show funny. I think the same happened with Outsourced a few seasons back.

  • Sarah


    Marc Berman
    The X Factor: 0.8/0.8

    And why is Glee not listed? Just curious.

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