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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  • Doug Blatt

    Happy Friday! Looks like the cream is rising to the top. Crazy One’s is up. (Great episode last night) As is The Millers. (They are really hitting their stride as well. What a great episode!)

    Parks and Rec is a wonderful show and more people should watch it. What a shame. It’s the smartist show on TV. I feel so bad for the poor folks over at NBC. I hope they can turn things around. I hate to think of them feeling like this going into the holidays.

    Glee, MJF, Sean Saves the World, Scandal… all great eps. I was up all night watching everything on the DVR. It’s a great time to be a fan of TV!

    Have a great Thanksgiving fellow commenters! Gobble Gobble.

    P.S. Haven’t watched Parenthood yet but can’t wait!!

  • jupiter3765

    im going to miss sean saves the world

  • Alex

    Definitely Parks and Rec’s last season. Will be sad to see it go but I know it will end nicely.

  • radid

    What does it mean by inflated guys??

  • Dan S

    Ouch for P&R, these numbers are horrible. Short of moving to a new night this show won’t likely be back next year. They’ve reached syndication so NBC can let it go along with the rest of their current comedies. I hope they have better luck with About A Boy waiting in the wings.

  • Ike

    I love Parks & Rec, but with these ratings, I would understand if NBC cancelled it at the end of the season. I would be disappointed, but I would understand. Quality-wise, the show’s best days are behind it anyway.

  • Carmen

    Pretty bad night for NBC.

    I wonder if the NBC suits are considering expanding the Voice to 4 nights a week. They might as well.

    I think the Crazy Ones is going down. If they have any chance at all with that show, they need to:

    1) Tone down the “crazy” with Robin Williams
    – He can be a good actor sometimes when he doesn’t try to go all “Mork” or “Good Morning Vietnam”

    2) Get rid of Brad Garrett asap.
    – This guys appeal is way to narrow to use on a struggling show. He will (is?) drive away more viewers than he attracts. . .by far.

  • Owen W

    Two men matched its 2.1 from last week, not its 2.5

  • radid

    I really hope tvd goes up in total viewers. Could that even happen?

  • Lo

    Scandal was so good last night, hope it adjust up! Big Bang was also hilarious!!! Jim Parsons is amazing.

  • chris

    This has go to be the last seasons of Parks, Grey’s and Two and a Half Men.

  • AlanHalliwell

    Yay For Glee up again :)

    Move Parks and recs Imeediately but the only good thing is that it gives a better chance of community surving

    I think 2 Broke Girls would do alot better from TBBT lead in instead of The millers

  • jupiter3765

    good for cbs

  • Ashley

    So happy THAT is stable and staying at above 5. Last night’s episode was hilarious.

  • radid

    Why is it that cw has high ratings but low viewership? Surely it should be way higher. Look at tvd it beats other shows in ratings but in viewers it’s the lowest. Why?

  • HeadlessHorseman

    Did 2.5 Men get a 2.1 or a 2.5? The text and table are different. I assume it’s 2.1 but that needs to be fixed.

  • RJC

    @jupiter3765 “im going to miss sean saves the world”

    Same here, it’s a funny show – too bad no one is watching.

  • mantua

    Next season they should just put Grey’s Anatomy at 8, followed by Scandal which would be a killer lead-in for Revenge. It could be a great night for ABC.

  • s0303

    it would be great if reign would adjust down only 0.1 to a 0.8, but i’ll be happy with an 0.7…

    nbc just needs to stop with the comedies, though i know they’ve ordered pilots already for next year…

    xfactor needs cancelled…do the right thing fox…

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Where is Rob to say Scandal is failing?

    (I don’t even watch the show BTW.)

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