TV Ratings Thursday: 'Glee' & 'Scandal' Hit Lows, 'The X Factor' Slides + 'The Vampire Diaries' & 'The Millers' Rise

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November 8th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.5/7 2.1/6 1.9/5 1.4/4 1.2/4 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.8/6 1.8/6 1.4/4 1.3/4 1.1/4 1.0/3
Total Viewers (million) 10.17 6.89 6.56 3.82 3.19 2.13

CBS was number one with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

Last night’s Thursday Night Football game (Redskins/Vikings) was simulcast on the NBC affiliate in Washington. As a result, the NBC may be inflated  and subject to more than typical adjustments in the finals.


On CBS, The Big Bang Theory earned a 4.8, down four tenths from its last original's 5.2 adults 18-49 rating. The Millers garnered a 2.7, up six tenths from last week's series low 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. The Crazy Ones scored a 2.1, up two tenths from last week's series low 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men earned a series low  2.0, down three tenths from its last original's 2.3 adults 18-49 rating. Elementary earned a 1.7, down a tenth from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland earned a series low 0.9, down two tenths from its last original's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.. Grey's Anatomy earned a 2.7, up a tenth from last week's a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. Scandal earned a season low 2.7, down two tenths from last week's season low 2.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, the first The Voice results show earned a series low 2.7 adults 18-49 rating.  Sean Saves the World earned a series high 1.7, up six tenths from last week's 1.1  adults 18-49 rating. The Michael J Fox Show scored a 1.3, up two tenths from last week's series low 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.  Parenthood earned a 1.5, up three tenths from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating .

On FOX The X Factor earned a 1.2, down a huge eight tenths from the 2.0 adults 18-49 rating its last regular Thursday telecast earned. Glee returned from hiatus to a series low-tying 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, down from its last original's 2.9 rating (which was a tribute episode) and down from the previous episode's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, The Vampire Diaries scored a 1.2, up three tenths from last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.. Reign matched last week's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, November 7, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.8 15 16.59
NBC The Voice (8-9PM) 2.7 8 10.23
FOX The X Factor 1.2 4 3.64
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.2 4 2.57
ABC Once Upon a Time in Wonderland 0.9 3 3.54
8:30PM CBS The Millers 2.7 8 10.68
9:00PM ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.7 7 8.55
CBS The Crazy Ones 2.1 6 8.07
NBC Sean Saves the World 1.7 5 5.58
FOX Glee 1.5 4 4.00
CW Reign 0.6 2 1.70
9:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 2.0 5 8.14
NBC The Michael J Fox Show 1.3 3 4.24
10:00 PM ABC Scandal 2.7 8 8.59
CBS Elementary 1.7 5 8.760
NBC Parenthood 1.5 4 4.53


via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:


  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.3/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.4/6.


  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.0/5.


  • 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" (0.6/4 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 0.4/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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  • Seth

    Oustanding for Glee.

  • Tessa

    I’m not a retentionista but the difference between Raign’s numbers and those of its predecessor TVD are staggering. Not that anything else placed in that slot did any better but still, it’ll be the next BAtB if it gets renewed and moved to another night.

  • Paul P

    Good for CBS. Scandal was very boring last night.

  • Dean

    Man alive, those X Factor numbers. Painful. The rate Glee’s going, I can see the final season being truncated to 13 episodes.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    So many of these shows shouldn’t be here next season. X Factor, Wonderland, 2.5 Men, even the NBC comedies. Thursdays next season will be VERY different.

  • Shawn

    GO GREYS!!! AMAZING Ratings for a 10th Season!

  • Tessa

    I meant *Reign*

  • Sashay

    Elementary is steady, at least. Looking at the half-hours I’m hoping it’ll adjust up like last week.

    Hopefully CBS sees a trend with Scandal and is patient with E. I know DVR numbers don’t matter much now, but it shows E has an audience. Its lifts are ginormous.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Go Elementary! Not too bad considering the substandard (for CBS) lead-in. And the DVR numbers for Elementary will likely be very high, if history is any indication.

    Bracing for the hoards of Scandal trolls!

  • H

    Since only 3 million watched the X factor does that mean some contestants might not get any votes? If you think about it not everyone who watches even votes and 3 million is not really enough for a voting show

  • jupiter3765

    the crazy ones could be in trouble

  • Sashay

    Yeah. the 2.5 Men lead-in is toxic. Viewers actually came back at 10pm for E judging by the halves, lol.

  • Robsten_Fan

    where can we see half hours? Can someone post them?!

  • Ashley

    Tbbt will adjust up as usual. Love that show.

  • JaneDoe24

    Scandal needs to pick up steam soon. Last night wasn’t much of a shocker. Next week looks more interesting.

  • CrimTV


    Reign got a 0.7, not sure why it says 0.6 in the table as it’s half hours are 0.7/0.7. But anyways

    2012 – Beauty and the Beast retention (47%)
    2013 – Reign retention (58%)

  • nicola83

    Riegn sure will adjusted up in final numbers… half hours 0,7/0,7!!!

  • jupiter3765

    scandal was kind of boring last night

  • ccc

    can we get half-hours?

  • Scott

    Absolutely awful for X Factor. “Down a huge eight tenths from the last Thursdsy broadcast.”

    X factor will probably go back up to a 1.5-1.7 is coming Thursdays with an actual results show.

    The Voice may be adjusted down with football. Did not expect much out of a Thursday broadcast anyway, even though it was a very well-paced results show.

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