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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  • Dochas

    If Arrow, Supernatural, TVD and TO keep performing like they are, I think we may need to stop saying .5-.7 are good by CW standards. Those 4 shows are quickly becoming the CW standard and the rest, under performing by CW standards. TVD may be down but it’s steady. The other 3 are steady as a rock.

  • Babar

    You really think Reign can go above 1.0?

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    I accidentally watched a little TCO last night. It almost seems like a comedy that would air on another network besides CBS.

  • Shawn


  • Brandy

    @Gerry TTP was moved because it dosent rate well enough behind Arrow.Look at the difference Arrow 1.1 3 million TTP 0.5 1.44 million VD 1.0 2 .41millions Reign 0.6 1.82 millions.Reign is doing better behind its lead in and has actually grown a bit a couple weeks ago whereas TTP went from 0.9 to 0.5 in eight weeks while Reign has been at 0.6-0.8?
    CW also wanted a good leadin for The 100


    Will withhold CBS until finals

    Looks like GA isn’t toast yet but Scandal creams @ 10:00

    Sing Off does better than P&R, but 9-11:00 still lacking for NBC

    Stick a fork in XFac for FOX, it’s done

    CW still looking OK for night

  • Eelna


    No, not a 1.0 , but at least a 0.8.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Big Bang Theory? More like Big Bang Rules!

  • shogun

    Elementary, staying alive. I think there’s a decent chance that CBS will move CSI to sunday’s instead of Elementary, since Criminal Minds is the stronger lead-in to launch a new show out of.

  • xwiseguyx

    It’s great to see The Sing Off beat X Factor..-:)


    shogun I agree with another show say like csi, I still think mentalist and goodwife are gone

  • Nasir

    As much of a fan as I am of TVD, unless the quality returns to season1 & 2 levels, i hope next season is the final season with Kevin Williamson returning as head writer, but Im not holding my breath. Though it has been improving since the dopplegangers storyline.

  • Brandy

    @Dochas, you realize VD is down this season and that VD,Arrow,SPN,TO will all probably be below 1.0 in spring and so far out of three new shows only one premiered to 1.0 or higher (TO)and that right now of the three new shows ,ones a hit, (TO)one doing moderately but has shown growth(Reign) and one is doing poorly(TTP)?That CW can only afford to put five new shows on a season?Even with ANTM(already renewed), & TO,VD,SPN,Arrow,HoD (for syndication or do think it should/will be cancelled) ,that still leaves four spots to fill and so one of the 0.7 or lower shows will probably be renewed(right now it’s looking like it’ll be Reign).

  • gerry

    @ brandy,

    i understand that, but i don’t think reign rates well enough behind tvd. there might be a slight difference in the comparisons, but it is slight changes week on week.

    batb was pulling the current ratings last year in that slot, moved to monday and plummeted. i just think it would be smarter for the network to see how reign could fare on its own, as they are doing with ttp.

  • feinn

    Reign has to do better than .6 if it wants more than 1.5 seasons. People that say .6 is good remind me of batb fans


  • israelCD

    REIGN better get dat renew !
    Such a great show !

  • Brandy

    @Gerry,you realize in five seasons, no show after VD has been moved during the season?Thryre not going to start now.CW apperantley felt Reign is doing well enough behind VD and that it would stay stable or continue growing so they left it there.
    @Dochas, also when the top four shows get 0.9 or 0.8-0.9 in spring, 0.6-0.7 won’t look as bad by comparison.

  • Steven

    It still amazes me that Scandal pulls above a 3 at the 10 pm hour. Most networks are lucky to pull above a 2 in that time slot. Its one of a handful of shows across the board that can even it the 3.0 mark. TBBT, NCIS, HIMYM, The Voice, Blacklist (?). They really have to be happy with its ratings.

  • a p garcia

    laughable rating for MJF!

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