TV Ratings Thursday: ‘The Sound of Music Live!’ Hits High Notes for NBC + ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ & ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Hit Lows

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.6/13 2.5/7 2.2/6 1.2/3 1.0/3 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.3/13 1.7/5 1.8/6 1.0/3 0.9/3 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 18.47 9.50 6.56 3.99 2.89 1.96

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

Note: Last nights Thursday Night football game was simulcast on the ABC affiliate in Houston. As a result ABC ratings may be inflated and subject to more than typical adjustments. 

On NBC, The Sound of Music Live! earned a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were correct! This marks NBC’s best Thursday (excluding sports) since the ER finale on April 2, 2009.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory earned a  season low 4.6, down seven tenths from its last original’s 5.3 adults 18-49 rating. The Millers garnered a 2.5, down three tenths from its last original’s 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. The Crazy Ones earned a 2.1, down a tenth from its last original’s 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men notched a 2.3, up two tenths from the 2.1 adults 18-49 rating it earned two weeks ago. Elementary matched its last original’s  1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Once Upon A Time in Wonderland notched a 1.0, up a tenth from its last original’s series low 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. Grey’s Anatomy hit a new series low with a 2.4, down two tenths from its last original’s series low tying 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. Scandal earned a 3.1, up two tenths from its last original’s  2.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX The X Factor earned a 1.3, up three tenths from last week’s series low 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. Glee notched a 1.1, up two tenths from last week’s series low 0.9  adults 18-49 rating

On The CW The Vampire Diaries earned a 1.0, down three tenths from its last original’s 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Reign earned a 0.6, down a tenth from its last original’s 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, December 5, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Sound of Music Live! (8-11PM) 4.6 13 18.50
CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.6 14 15.26
ABC Once Upon a Time in Wonderland 1.0 3 3.61
FOX The X Factor 1.3 4 4.80
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.0 3 2.26
8:30PM CBS The Millers 2.5 7 9.38
9:00PM ABC Grey’s Anatomy 2.4 6 7.48
CBS The Crazy Ones 2.1 6 7.66
FOX Glee 1.1 3 3.18
CW Reign 0.6 2 1.65
9:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 2.3 6 8.33
10:00 PM ABC Scandal 3.1 8 8.60
CBS Elementary 1.8 5 8.19

Via NBC Press Note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:


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