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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  • NBC failure

    NBC needs to junk the Thursday comedy night. I don’t know what they can replace it with, but they need to bail. MJ Fox and SSTW should be gone. There should only be one hour of comedy next season, Tuesday nights after The Voice, and they should renew Parks and Community for 13 episode final seasons as spackle for when The Voice is off during midseason.

  • HalCapone

    Lots of adjustments coming including Greys and Big Bang up. The Millers, Crazy Ones, X-Factor, along with all CW and nearly all of NBC will adjust down. Thems my predictions.

  • Scott

    One Direction performed on X Factor, which equals better ratings.

    X Factor will adjust down due to football

  • Ike

    @Senor Chang, you said, “Cancel everything from 8 to 10… and slot The Biggest Loser for two hours. Community and Parks can take Fridays for final seasons.”

    Although I agree that the numbers are very bad from 8 to 10 and probably warrant cancellation (and maybe not even a final season for P&R, though I’m sad to say it and I’d love to see one), keep in mind that Biggest Loser has declined sharply in recent years. But more importantly, TBL gets some of the lowest average income viewers on TV, whereas P&R gets some of the highest. That can’t make up the difference here, so don’t bring out the TVBtN bingo cards on me. But I would not be surprised to see NBC do something entirely new and different next season, such as sci-fi or fantasy or a new reality show, and NOT a declining show like TBL.

  • CrimTV

    Were Fox/CW pre-empted in the 8pm hour because it looks as though TVD and The X Factor are pretty stable?

  • The Cool Max

    I’m laughing at NBC’s numbers. Pretty sad. They need a major reconstruction.

  • DougF

    @Joe Daniels

    Atlanta is the #8 TV market in the US.

  • Anon

    Looks like P&R stands for Putrid & Rancid.

    It will be hard for CBS to cancel 2½ if it keep those numbers up.

  • Jami

    Wow for the TVD.
    I never watched the show, that is impressive. That beat the crap out of NBC last night. I am not an expert , but that is not good.
    Man I am feeling pretty good about REVOLUTION getting a renewal, just for the day.
    I am sure some one will enlighten me as to why REVOLUTION will not!

  • omabin


    Why would ABC cancel a drama pulling 125% of dramas average in most recent airings?! People that keep calling out for Grey’s cancellation must ignore the ratings for all the other ABC dramas that are not called Grey’s Anatomy or Scandal, seriously.

  • thesnowleopard


    I take it you didn’t read the red text, then?

  • ccc

    Thank goodness Parenthood is the top show of the night for NBC. It shouldn’t be the first thing they can.

    NBC’s PR release for the night should be comical. How are they gonna spin that they finished behind CW and that Univision doubled your 18-34 audience. HA

  • Joseph A

    CBS , great numbers and would expect that The Big Bang Theory will go up one or more .1, everything held steady and or grew. Also , TBBT was a great episode last night, I can see Amy wanting to make Sunday NFL Football a regular part of the weekly schedule per their relationship agreement ,,

    FOX , much better numbers though still far from what the network wants, and or expects. Seeing something radical coming next fall in place of X Factor as it currently is.

    CW , I dont normally mention the CW , BUT , those numbers were really really good ,

    ABC , For me this is all about Scandal. I would love to know how much Scandal is helping Grey’s because I don’t think its the other way around.

    NBC , Its better then a TEST PATTERN , BUT NOT BY MUCH !!
    I would not want to be the Execs at NBC that have to answer to the Brass at COMCAST. Comcast might speak to their understanding it will take time and work to turn NBC around, but I doubt they have a great deal of patience for the mess that is Thursday Prime Time. All that said, I think they could some how salvage The Michael J Fox Show, though I doubt they will go to the trouble given its the lowest rated show on a major network (excluding CW)

  • snoot

    Those are the ratings you get with a drunk Sheldon Cooper! haha great episode last night. Great night for CBS in general, everything up except TAAHM which was steady. TBBT usually adjusts up too.

  • Randy

    NBC is getting what it deserves… Parks and Recreation was never a hit and should have never even been considered as the lead sitcom into a comedy block. I don’t see any comedy being huge in the near future on NBC for the simple fact that they currently have 0 comedies to build an audience off of.

  • steven

    Hey CBS, do you think it’s time to cancel Two and a Half Men?

  • AlanHalliwell

    Since Simon is returning to the UK X Factor Does that mean this one is cancelled?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Amanda Kondolojy

    @ CrimTV

    Were Fox/CW pre-empted in the 8pm hour

    Yes, both were pre-empted at the 8PM hour.

  • Dan14

    Terrible for NBC. Does anybody really believe that Community will do any better?

  • Anon

    @ Carmen

    I agree about Brad Garrett on Crazy Ones – I do not get what he is supposed to bring to the show.

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