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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  • Kissan

    Yay for Reign!!! I know it’s gonna be adjusted down but I hope it only goes down a tenth. No wonder football was on yesterday instead of TVD…

  • Tea

    Half Hours:

    8:00 p.m.

    ABC – Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

    Viewers: 3.63 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#5)

    CBS – The Big Bang Theory

    Viewers: 18.59 million (#1), A18-49: 5.2/16 (#1)

    NBC – Parks and Recreation

    Viewers: 2.94 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4)

    Fox – The X Factor

    Viewers: 5.46 million (#2), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#2)

    CW – The Vampire Diaries

    Viewers: 2.88 million (#5), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#3)


    8:30 p.m.

    ABC – Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

    Viewers: 3.39 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#5)

    CBS – The Millers

    Viewers: 12.04 million (#1), A18-49: 2.8/ 8 (#1)

    NBC – Parks and Recreation

    Viewers: 2.69 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4)

    Fox – The X Factor

    Viewers: 6.29 million (#2), A18-49: 1.7/ 5 (#2)

    CW – The Vampire Diaries

    Viewers: 2.92 million (#5), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#3)


    9:00 p.m.

    ABC – Grey’s Anatomy

    Viewers: 8.30 million (#2), A18-49: 2.5/ 7 (#1)

    CBS – The Crazy Ones

    Viewers: 8.73 million (#1), A18-49: 2.2/ 6 (#2)

    NBC – Sean Saves the World

    Viewers: 2.97 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 2 (#4t)

    Fox – Glee

    Viewers: 4.55 million (#3), A18-49: 1.6/ 4 (#3)

    CW – Reign

    Viewers: 2.31 million (#5), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#4t)


    9:30 p.m.

    ABC – Grey’s Anatomy

    Viewers: 8.65 million (#1), A18-49: 2.6/ 7 (#1)

    CBS – Two and a Half Men

    Viewers: 8.62 million (#2), A18-49: 2.1/ 6 (#2)

    NBC – The Michael J. Fox Show

    Viewers: 2.80 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 2 (#4)

    Fox – Glee

    Viewers: 4.32 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 4 (#3)

    CW – Reign

    Viewers: 2.07 million (#5), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#5)


    10:00 p.m.

    ABC – Scandal

    Viewers: 8.72 million (#2), A18-49: 2.8/ 8 (#1)

    CBS – Elementary

    Viewers: 9.40 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 5 (#2)

    NBC – Parenthood

    Viewers: 3.61 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 3 (#3)


    10:30 p.m.

    ABC – Scandal

    Viewers: 8.95 million (#1), A18-49: 2.9/ 9 (#1)

    CBS – Elementary

    Viewers: 8.86 million (#2), A18-49: 1.7/ 5 (#2)

    NBC – Parenthood

    Viewers: 3.60 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 3 (#3)


    NBC needs to kill ALL there comedies. Parenthoods ratings are good compared to rest of NBC’s lineup

  • jenna

    Well, look at that. Scandal’s ratings in the 3s are looking like a fluke with each passing week. It’s a hit, sure. But nothing worth hyping. Goodbye, ‘buzz’.

  • Tea

    Still good numbers for Grey’s Anatomy

  • Eelna

    Hope reign stays over 2 million and tvd at a 1.3 rating, that would be epic. By the way its just atlanta and not new york and chicago

  • Maya

    Reign will be adjusted down to a 0.6

  • Mike

    Glee under 5 mil total viewers, why did FOX give this show an end date of May 2015 again?

  • Kieran4

    Please, God, let this be the last season for 2&1/2 Men.

  • lovelucy

    YAY Elementary!

  • skyfi

    Reign will be adjusted down THREE tenths.

  • Scandalicious

    Great hold for Scandal! I am glad The Crazy Ones is up a bit this week!

    Even though CW is obviously inflated a bit, it is still pretty awesome that they beat NBC. I would guess Reign will get a 0.7 in the finals and The Vampire Diaries a 1.2. I would love to see X Factor drop to a 1.5 as well.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Go Elementary! :-)

    Go Community! ;-)

  • Skylar James

    Uh oh, if the CW is inflated, that means TVD will fall from the previous weeks ratings. Reign will probably match last week’s 0.7

  • Bee

    YAY for scandal being steady. tho i hope it goes back over a 3.0 for the next 2 episodes. last night’s episode was AMAZING and the next 2 look awesome. but idk if it’ll happen if the lead-in, which always helps, stays on the low side. grey’s will probably adjust up, but fans are not loving what the show is doing right now. i actually think it’s doing what it wants to do well, but the general audience is not a fan of the mer-cristina fight, the added focus on the new interns, and the break-up up of so many fan favorite couples at once (cristina-owen, callie-arizona, april-jackson). it also DOES NOT help that ABC didn’t even air a damn promo for the episode in two weeks. ugh, ABC.

  • Dennis

    Happy for The Crazy Ones, keeps getting better.
    Two and a Half Men has been going on for too long now.

  • Elizabeth

    I am shocked at how much that three week hiatus hurt Parks. It really doesn’t make any sense to me…especially now that one episode isn’t opposite TBBT.

  • RJC

    Repulsively bad ratings for NBC. Everything, including my beloved Parks and Rec, needs to go.

  • BenUK

    Vampire diaries is amazing go CW

  • senor chang

    Kill everything on NBC. EVERYTHING. Cancel everything from 8 to 10 (fine, maybe Parenthood can stay) and slot The Biggest Loser for two hours. Community and Parks can take Fridays for final seasons.

    I mean, even the IDEA of losing against the CW with all-new programming is terrifying.

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