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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  • Shamrock317

    Reign is turning out to be a great show! Suspense, drama, sex … can’t wait for its return on Jan 23rd.

  • Eelna

    Reign is doing great. A decent hit by CW standards, and doing better than TTP and Batb last season. At some point, it will do as good as TVD. Arrow beat It. And second highest number in viewers for Reign. hope it adjusts up, especially with these numbers. amazing.

    Reign only lost 0.12 mill viewers from the premiere, and I expect a rise in January when it returns after such a heartbreaking, epic episode.

    #Royals, lets get Reign to 2 Mill viewers

  • Douglas from Brazil

    Well, it’s like singings shows will save NBC thursdays nights.Even with a 1.4, it’s better than all entire scripted shows lineup.Beat FOX and CW at least.

  • HalCapone

    According to Berman’s site, CBS ratings for the night were down an astonishing 22 percent versus last year.

  • JJA

    Seems like fans are starting to get sick of The Vampire Diaries. It’s been a bit crazy this season, but certainly not bad. Last night’s episode was decent.

    Reign had a powerful episode last night.

  • JR35

    Since Alice is a limited show, I may catch it has run its course.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Your [Scandal] predictions were a little too optimistic

    About 71 percent of of said >=3.2, and it could still adjust up, so I’d say we were pretty close.

  • JR35

    Oops- meant Wonderland. :)

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    ^of us^

  • Laura

    @Maria –

    Firstly, TVD may well adjust up, we’ll have to wait for finals. And secondly, if it doesn’t, that puts Arrow at number 1 for the week, it doesn’t make it the number 1 show. TVD still has the highest average, making it the number 1 show. Arrow would be number 1 this week, but not overall. SPN also has an average higher than Arrow right now, making Arrow number 3 at the moment in terms of overall rankings (although those 3 shows are so close, that can easily swap around at any given time). Not bashing Arrow at all, great show, just pointing out that it wouldn’t be the overall number 1 show, not yet anyway.


    It’s time for scandal to move up and get the 9 pm slot. How many seasons do you all see scandal on abc? Greys anatomy needs to move to Sunday nights. At CBS I would change the slots a bit. I would move the crazy ones in the millers slot and then move two and half men at 9 leading into the millers. Does anyone care about the x factor? Very dismal ratings. Maybe it might crack 6 million for the finale.

  • Chris J

    I hope NBC addresses Thursdays in their midseason post-Olympics schedule.

    I’m hoping that maybe Crisis and Believe can get slotted from 9-11pm to see if dramas stick better than the family comedies?

    Of course they’d be going again ABC’s 2 juggernaut dramas Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, though. But that less competition than the Walking Dead on Sundays?

  • Cameron

    I thought The Crazy Ones was hilarious last night:) I think it would do so much better at 8:30 after TBBT

  • Marcelo

    So, among viewers, The Crazy Ones was number one in its timeslot?

    That’s amazing. Last night’s episode was really good. Guest star Ashley Tisdale rocked on it.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    What leaves me thrilled is that NBC audience skews young but can’t stay above 2.0 rating.

  • Jon

    Arrow number 1 on CW 2 weeks straight now :-)

  • A


    To avoid repeats. When Grey’s comes back on Feb 27, it will run for 12 straight weeks. Just like it did in the fall (excluding Thanksgiving).

  • Nick

    sucks for Wonderland. Well, I do hope the season (and series) finale would be satisfying.

  • Duarte

    hope Reign adjust up! it reached a 0,7 and Thanksgiven had broken it .


    cbs thursday’s renewed

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