TV Ratings Thursday: 'The Millers' & 'Elementary' Rise, 'Scandal' & 'The Big Bang Theory' Steady + 'Grey's Anatomy' & 'Parks and Recreation' Fall to New Lows

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November 22nd, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.6/8 2.1/6 1.7/5 1.6/5 1.1/3 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.7/6 1.7/6 1.6/5 1.3/4 1.0/3 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 11.034 6.941 4.288 5.156 2.548 3.102

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

Last night’s Thursday Night Football game (Saints/Falcons) was simulcast on the CW affiliate in Atlanta and the FOX affilliate in New Orleans. As a result, the CW and FOX results may be inflated  and subject to more than typical adjustments in the finals.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory matched last week's 5.2 adults 18-49 rating. The Millers garnered a 2.8, up two tenths from  last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. The Crazy Ones earned a 2.2, up a tenth from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men matched last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. Elementary earned a 1.8, up two tenths from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland matched last week's series low 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. Grey's Anatomy  earned a series low 2.5, down a tenth from last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. Scandal matched last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX The X Factor earned a 1.6, up three tenths from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Glee earned a 1.6, up two tenths from  last week’s series low 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, The Vampire Diaries matched last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.  Reign garnered a 0.9, up two tenths from last week's 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Parks and Recreation earned a series low 1.0, down a tenth from last week's series low 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. A second episode at 8:30PM also earned a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. Sean Saves the World matched last week's series low with a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. The Michael J Fox Show matched last week's series low 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.  Parenthood was even with last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, November 21, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.2 16 18.59
FOX The X Factor 1.6 5 5.88
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.3 4 2.90
NBC Parks and Recreation 1.0 3 2.94
ABC Once Upon a Time in Wonderland 0.9 3 3.51
8:30PM CBS The Millers 2.8 8 12.04
NBC Parks and Recreation 1.0 3 2.69
9:00PM ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.5 7 8.48
CBS The Crazy Ones 2.2 6 8.73
FOX Glee 1.6 4 4.44
NBC Sean Saves the World 0.9 2 2.97
CW Reign 0.9 2 2.19
9:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 2.1 6 8.62
NBC The Michael J Fox Show 0.9 2 2.80
10:00 PM ABC Scandal 2.9 8 8.83
CBS Elementary 1.8 4 9.110
NBC Parenthood 1.2 3 3.61


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," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.4/7.


  • 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," 0.9/5.


  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.5/5 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.


  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4).  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 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.



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  • PHIL

    Hope Reign is only adjusted down by 2

  • rene

    OMG, parks and rec :(

  • l_o_13


  • Charmed

    Awww damn it, I saw the numbers on Marc Bermans site and thought Reign did amazing. Oh well :(

  • hello

    Wow at Reign, massive boost, almost beats SSTW and MJFS

  • Joe Daniels

    The Vampire Diaries won’t change that much. Atlanta isn’t that big of a market.

  • HB

    TVD beat the whole NBC lineup and one ABC show!

  • Hobbitual

    Wow at NBC comedies. Just awful.

  • Jared


  • Doug

    NBC Thursdays just need to be gutted from top to bottom….

  • Charmed

    Hopefully Reign will only adjust down 0.1 to still match a series high.

  • Trevor Lloyd

    TBBT was so good last night! Absolute ratings monster!!

  • Shantal

    In New Orleans last night, the Saints-Falcons game scored a 47.4 rating/63 share. In Atlanta? A 12.7/20.

    Considering Atlanta is the 8th biggest market, CW would be adjusted for sure, maybe by 0.2 or 0.3.

  • E

    Wow. Michael J Fox show is almost beaten by the CW. Terrible decision by NBC to give this show a full season before it aired!

  • Samunto

    CW ‘beats’ NBC for the 4th place! (yes i know the numbers are inflated)

    Will this NBC line-up last even till midseason? The bear will eat the whole 8-10pm offering!

  • Sarah

    Does anyone how big the market is in New Orleans?

  • Cal

    For anyone in the know, how big is the NO affiliate for FOX? Are we looking at huge drops for XFACTOR/GLEE or is the market not that big?

  • jupiter3765

    for for greys scand bbt and the millers

  • Shantal

    @Joe Daniels – it’s the 8th biggest in the country.

  • KJ

    Wow Fox and CW inflated, that cant be good.

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