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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  • KimmelKanyeWest

    Yes, mostly the delusional idiots in Community fandom. And I already have my “Delusional Community Fans” BINGO card at the ready when the show brings in 1.2s and below.

    Community has been one of the most messed with show with 13 episode order, poor promotion, hiatuses, and firing the show creator. While Community is treated as the red headed stepchild, it is arguably NBC’s strongest comedy. Parks and Rec has finally been exposed. 1.2-1.5 is looking pretty good now against TBBT. Parks and Recs was previously protected when The Office was in its heydey, but never had to stand on its own. If Community only manages 1.2, it will be NBC’s highest comedy. Everyone always pencils in new shows to be successful, which rarely happens. It’s time to cancel Parks and Rec since it has no value as even the sacrificial lamb against TBBT. You are not going to launch new shows against TBBT so I would order a full season of Community for next season as the planned last and actually promote the show. Mix comedy and drama for the night. Maybe launch a new comedy in the 8:30pm time slot and see what the Blacklist could do against in the 9pm slot while launching another drama behind the Blacklist.

  • Angela

    I really like Reign so I would be so happy to see it at 0.8 but I feel like that is unlikely. I still have 3 episodes of Tomorrow People on my DVR unwatched…just can’t get myself to watch them. So I am on the Reign train. It will probably fall to 0.7 but that is still ok I guess.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    I doubt any broadcast network program tonight [Friday] will get more than a 1 in the 18-49 demo and more than a 0.5 in the 18-34 demo.

    I don’t think H50 and Blue Bloods (or even Bones and Shark Tank) would have a lot of crossover audience with Hunger Games.

  • Dan14

    “1.2-1.5 is looking pretty good now against TBBT.”

    Community won’t pull those numbers this year.

  • mmel

    Marty, sorry about the double negative. You were responding to someone talking about Elementary beating Scandal in total viewers and that is where my comment is coming from. The truth is a lot of people seem to be foaming at the mouth for Scandal’s fall and I don’t understand why. Scandal was the little engine that could and it did , so give it credit for that at least. As far as the other shows are concerned I don’t watch any other TV show besides Scandal so I can’t comment.

  • Hobbitual

    @Dan14 You think it will pull less? With the return of the creator? You don’t think that might boost the ratings even a smidgen?

  • milo

    Maybe I’m one of the “delusional idiots” but I don’t think it’s such a stretch that Community could get numbers higher than a 1.0. Sure anything is possible, but we’ll see.

  • KimmelKanyeWest

    Community won’t pull those numbers this year

    What is with the tone of certainty? I don’t ever think Community will pull high ratings, but they’ve got a loyal fanbase that is a big reason the show is still alive. Hiatuses and these stupid spackle orders from a creative standpoint are terrible for shows. 1s.2-1.5 is not unreasonable.

    Are you so certain because NBC’s other comedies are collapsing? Last year was the year Community should have collapsed from a ratings standpoint. I’ve already outlined how Parks and Rec has been exposed. The other shows are just terrible. MJF may be a good story, but is only a former star. Sean Hayes was not the star of Will and Grace and they thought he could carry a show. Please. T

  • Dan14

    @Dan14 You think it will pull less? With the return of the creator?


    I think that Parks and Community have roughly the same number of diehard viewers. Anyone who was upset that Dan Harmon got fired was still hate- watching it last season anyway. So no, I don’t think it moves the needle that much at all.

  • Hobbitual


    I disagree, season 4 still averaged less than season 3, it wasn’t like it kept the same number of people. Also, (not that it will be another TBBT) more people have been tuned in due to syndication, and that might increase the live viewership a little. We’ll see come January.

  • Dan14

    Speaking of TBBT and syndication, I forgot to mention that their ratings seem to be up by around a half a point. So the ratings pie for NBC 8:00 is smaller than last year.

  • travellers

    Grey’s problem

    Too much focus on the interns at the expense of everyone else

  • r0ckmypants

    @AllofHerTw!st – “We get it. You hate Bones.”

    Wrong. I have no opinion of Bones. I hate Bones’ delusional, pissy fans.

  • Mark3

    Wtf happend to parks and parenthood?? Ratings r horrible now. I dont get it..nbc needs to announce that this is the final seasons of both shows. Rewrite the ending this season for a closure final episode and done. I wish both shows could go on for years and years! But bad ratings cuz of vad network and people DVR everything these days for some reason kills ratings for shows. Back in the day 20 30 40to years ago showd lasted twice as long then they do today.prob cuz there were no DVR! if all the people that recors there shows would just watch it live. Hell just once a week. Then ratings for shows would go up. Its common sense. Man the 21st century sucks!

  • Angie

    I really like Parenthood, Sean Saves the World and The Michael J Fox Show. Even though I DVR the Millers and the crazy ones, it takes me awhile to sit through the whole episode. I don’t understand why these shows are ahead of the others.

  • rgxx

    For crying out loud – if VD is beating other shows in it’s time slot and others I guess there is NO hope.

    Come on people watch Parenthood!!! or NBC move it back to Tuesdays!

    Oh well I can’t say; NBC hasn’t promoted it.

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