TV Ratings Thursday: 'Grey's Anatomy', 'The Big Bang Theory' & 'Scandal' Rise, 'The X Factor' Down, 'Parenthood' & 'The Vampire Diaries' Flat

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December 13th, 2013

Grey's Anatomy December 12

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.7/8 2.2/7 1.2/3 1.1/3 1.0/3 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.8/6 1.9/6 1.0/3 0.9/3 0.8/3 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 11.319 7.093 3.901 2.898 3.681 2.134

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

Note: Last nights Thursday Night football game was simulcast on the CBS affiliates in Denver and San Diego. As a result CBS ratings may be inflated and subject to more than typical adjustments. 

Note:   Adults 18-49 usage was down -6% from 8-10pm and -6% from 8-11pm last night vs last week. 

On NBC, The Sing-Off earned a 1.4 down 22 percent from Wednesday’s 1.8 adults 18-49  rating. Sean Saves the World scored a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating up 11 percent from a 0.9 on November 21. The Michael J. Fox Show matched the 0.9 adults 18-49 rating of its most recent episode on November 21. Parenthood matched November 17’s 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory earned a 5.3 up 10 percent from last week's 4.8 adults 18-49 rating. The Millers garnered  a 2.9 up 21 percent from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. The Crazy Ones matched last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men notched a 2.1 down 9 percent from last week’s 2.3 adults 18-49 rating. Elementary matched last week’s 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Once Upon A Time in Wonderland matched from last week's series low 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. Grey's Anatomy scored a 2.7 up 17 percent from last week's series low 2.3 adults 18-49 rating. Scandal earned a 3.2 up 7 percent from last week's  3.0 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were a little too optimistic.

On FOX The X Factor garnered a 1.2 down 14 percent from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. 

On The CW The Vampire Diaries matched last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. Reign scored a 0.6, even with last week's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, December 12, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.3/17 18.55
NBC The Sing-Off 1.4/4 4.53
FOX The X Factor 1.2/4 4.89
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.0/3 2.41
ABC Once Upon a Time in Wonderland 0.9/3 3.45
8:30 CBS The Millers 2.9/9 12.04
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.7/8 8.50
CBS The Crazy Ones 2.1/6 8.92
NBC Sean Saves the World 1.0/3 3.43
FOX Glee - R 0.7/2 2.47
CW Reign 0.6/2 1.86
9:30 CBS Two and a Half Men 2.1/6 9.35
NBC The Michael J. Fox Show 0.9/3 3.05
10:00 ABC Scandal 3.2/9 9.33
CBS Elementary 1.8/5 9.53
NBC Parenthood 1.2/4 3.94


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," 2.4/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.9/8; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.4/6.
  • 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," 1.1/5.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 in metered-market households and a 0.6/4 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 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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  • danny94

    I Really Wish Parenthood Was Doing Better Its One Of The Best Dramas On Network T.V, If It Stays At This Level For The Rest Of The Season What Are The Chances Of It Being Renewed??

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Big Bang? More like Big Beast!

    Let’s not forget that it usually gets adjusted up, either 0.1 or 0.3, so we could see a 5.6 rating for BBT.

  • jupiter3765

    the big bang thory is the only thing keeping cbs together

  • Ronald

    Reign was absolutely great last night, i wish it could`ve done better, Glad to see GA going up, and will adjust up as well.

    TBBT a monster!

  • Derrick

    XFactor has been really good this season.

    People are sleeping on the great talent.

    Alex and Sierra (Gravity).

  • Bradley

    XFactor should change to one night for 2 hours next season on Fridays. If it can’t hack it there, then so long!

  • PurpleDrazi

    I’m sorry to see The Sing-Off keep dropping but hey, it’s still beating The X-Factor! :-)

  • Edward

    So how much do we think CBS’ ratings will drop in the finals? The Local Metered Market ratings were VERY low for all of their shows before football got added to the Fast Nationals. I predict Crazy Ones will fall below a 2 rating.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    Last time CBS had a large sports preemption, TBBT actually adjusted UP, Two and a Half Men had no adjustments, Person of Interest adjusted down 1, and Elementary 2. I expect around the same adjustments by hour later

  • Bradley

    @ danny94

    It has more to do with how well Chicago PD, Crisis, and Believe do in the ratings when they premiere in the spring.

  • jupiter3765

    why is none of the comments are showing up i like reading all of the comments

  • gerry

    @ danny94

    parenthood is a real gamble this year but i think it stands a chance of being renewed because nbc has bigger issues. it doesn’t get a high rating, but it has a very stable rating and is holding its own despite the abysmal lead in it has. it is the first show nbc has been able to place in that slot that has been able to remain stable for some time.

    however, the show is getting older and they have enough eps for syndication. my guess is there is also some salary stuff behind the scenese that we may not be privy to.. but i still say they get a final season, even if its a limited one.

  • Steve

    Scandal is a BEAST.

  • Maria

    Ladies and gentleman, I think this confirms there’s a new number 1 show on the cw: ARROW.

    Arrow: 1,1/3 3,02 viewers
    The Vampire Diaries: 1,0/3 2,41 viewers.

    I like Tvd, but… Go arrow!

  • HalCapone

    Good thing for NBC The Stink-Off is a limited run. Sean Hayes and MJ Fox will be getting their respective pink slips sometime in the not so distant future.

    Very good night for ABC, except poor, under appreciated Alice (which just happens to be one of the best fantasy programs on television which is also suitable for families, IMHO). Scandal ratings continue to rule the the tough 10pm time slot.

    Fantasy 10pm match up would be Scandal vs Blacklist (with or without The Voice)

  • Trevor Lloyd

    TBBT rolls on! The scary thing is, it will more than likely go up more later! How much longer can the emmys keep giving Modern Family the award over Big Bang?!

  • Edward

    It depends on the markets and the game, Patrick. Since both markets were in the west, I suspect the end of the game was high rated in those markets because it was close. And in the west, those high ratings should have come at the time when Big Bang was airing. It will be interesting to see.

  • MeAndMrsJones

    Yay Scandal! What’s up with the CW shows this week. No new episode of TO and everything falls apart. Muahahah. Go Klaus. The best vampire on tv.

  • danny94

    @ Bradley
    Yeah I think Your Probably Right, But I Am Hoping That NBC will renew it even for a shortened final season would be fine.

  • Sarah

    Ouch The X Factor. But I have a feeling it get at least a 2.0 next week with no competition.

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