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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  • Mon

    I think the shocker here was Two and a Half Men. It got 4.0 Nov 8 last year after TBBT’s 5.1. Now it can only pull 2.0s. It is still bad and disappointing regardless of the time slot change.

  • diana

    i think scandal has like multiple plotlines at once like revenge did last season if scandal doesnt limit down its plotlines then people are just going to start getting confused and eventually give up on it like they did with revenge. shonda should do something about it while it still has good ratings

  • Billiam

    Before anyone starts making critical comments about The Big Bang Theory slipping by 0.4, I want to point out that a 4.9 is a wet dream for ANY scripted show and that it still makes TBBT the #1 scripted show. So, no, it isn’t the beginning of the end for TBBT. And, it is likely to rise with the finals as it has done in recent weeks.

  • Trevor Lloyd

    TBBT will rise as usual to 5.1/5.2. This season has really been fantastic so far.

    Good ratings for TVD too.

  • Scott

    The Voice was NEW

  • NII

    Last season a Thrusday top 12 result show got a 8 million viewers outcome. So 10 million’s amazing this season. How much will it go down or up thanks to football? Anyone have a guess?

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    So was it The Voice that crushed The Ouch Factor ratings this week?

    Glee isn’t looking very gleeful.

  • diana

    good point i think that scandal is trying to be the new revenge

  • Melissa


    There is no way that Reign will be the next B&tB. Reign is a QUALITY tv show. B&tB I’m sorry to say is lacking. They should replace Catherine and it would be a lot better.

  • Mon

    Was The Voice really a repeat?

  • Dani

    How can glee go on like this for another season? If numbers are sinking this quick even with high profile guest stars like Demi and Lambert what are they going to look like in a year?

  • Michael1


    So, a show with Linda Carter guest starring beats a show with Chris Christie guest starring? Maybe Linda Carter should be the one running for President.

  • John

    CrimTV is such a Reign fangirl it’s pathetic.

  • s0303

    xfactor has to be cancelled after this…i’m beginning to wonder if it will ever fall below a 1.0…

    hopefully reign adjusts up…i’m glad i gave up on tvd…i could not watch nd play 3 different characters…ugh…


    OMG OMG this is horrible people are fleeing the X Factor bigtime. Nobody cares. Should FOX burn this off on Fridays. IMO what they should do is similar to DWTS. Burn it off Friday nights with no result shows. Its still got a month left. BTW Paulina should never grace TV again she is the pits. I understand they don’t want to pay bigtime stars big salaries but to get a complete nobody who doesn’t do anything. Scandel/Greys holding up fine.

  • Al

    @ Alex
    agree- Scandal is falling into the mistake of Revenge S2, it needs to be careful- love both show though

  • CrimTV


    CrimTV is such a Reign fangirl it’s pathetic.

    I don’t even watch Reign. Sucks for you.

  • Carmen

    Looks like NBC’s Thursday night “takeover” bid wasn’t the success they (NBC) hoped for.

    Nevertheless, this obvious sweeps ratings move from NBC certainly can’t be called a failure.

    1) It probably did hurt TBBT a little (but TBBT will most likely go up in the finals as it almost always does)

    2) It most certainly gave Sean Saves the World a big boost, (but this is always sure to go down a tenth or 2)

    Overall, a somewhat successful move by NBC. They didn’t move in and show CBS who was boss, but they certainly improved their night over their usual dreck.

  • Zth


    Of course that XFactor will fall into 0s in a few weeks.

  • HB

    Great for TVD
    Bad news for Reign

    TBBT will adjust up!

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