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

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December 6th, 2013


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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  • Phil

    Sound of Music did well but Reign not so well

  • Dante

    The success of The Sound Of Music Live had absolutely nothing to do with the mess that was Carrie Underwood. People tuned in because you don’t get to see what basically was a Broadway-like production done live on free television. That’s why it was something people wanted to watch. It was brand new to television, and that’s why it was a success.

    NBC cannot put any of this success on the horrid Underwood- who can’t act, can barely sing, and was totally misscast.

  • Bee


  • david d

    holy crap

  • senor chang


    OH WOW

  • ring

    lol glee

  • Irvin

    Reign was so good last night it deserves at least a 0.8

  • Dan

    First? anyway wasn’t expecting that for the musical, nice

  • jonay

    NBC finally beat CBS!!!

  • The Cool Max

    I’m beyond shocked! I thought Sound of Music would have been a disaster.

  • Ted Craig

    So, where are all the brilliant folks who said this would get below a 2?

  • Michael

    Surprised by TSOM. Scandal did awesome as usual.

  • Jami

    Man I hate say I was right way to go NBC. Yes Carrie needs some acting lesson’s but this is awesome. She is a great singer.

  • mando

    SOM proves how awful NBC sitcoms are.

  • Psac

    Wow! Way above expected. Too bad TVD seemingly suffered from it.

  • TomNYC

    Congrats to NBC for the Sound of Music!

  • milo

    Props to NBC and live productions like this, I certainly hope there are more (and with some improvements like live orchestra!) in the future. I’d be surprised if anyone predicted numbers that high.

  • gomer

    haters are going to hate but that is incredible numbers for SOM and Congrats to Carrie Underwood. 4.6 WAS the norm for NBC back in the day. They might have even canceled a show with a 4.6 but now, they must be insanely happy with those numbers.

  • Ron

    Dante how do you explain the 20.7 in Oklahoma City then? you’re kidding yourself if you don’t think casting Carrie had alot to do with the success, regardless of her acting.

  • psychic

    Wow @ The Sound of Music Live. Guess the power of nostalgia is not to be underestimated.

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