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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  • ToXiX


    I didn’t mention X Factor, unless some lame stole my name again.

  • Charmed

    Wonderland was really good last night, I hope this isn’t just an act from the Red Queen, I actually like her when she’s being nice. Hopefully we won’t have to wait long for it to come back, it ended on a cliffhanger.

  • Nathan

    Good for Scandal! :)

  • Dan S

    I had to laugh that someone is crowing over the fact Elementary got more viewers than Scandal. The TV landscape would look very different if it was viewers that mattered. If it did shows like Harry’s Law & Body of Proof would still be on the air.

  • Matt M.

    The Crazy Ones and Elementary will both be cancelled. 2.5 Men may be cancelled if it keeps going downward. However, I can see it being renewed for a final season if it stays steady. Elementary almost doubled by Scandal, and lost 4 tenths and over 1 million viewers in its second half hour.

  • Kissan

    The Secret Circle Season 1 Ratings Episodes 1-8:

    Ep. 1: 1.3 and 3.05 mill. viewers out of TVD’s 1.5

    Ep. 2: 0.9 and 2.12 mill. viewers out of TVD’s 1.2

    Ep. 3: 1.0 and 2.12 mill. viewers out of TVD’s 1.3

    Ep. 4: 0.8 and 1.96 mill. viewers out of TVD’s 1.2

    Ep. 5: 0.8 and 1.89 mill. viewers out of TVD’s 1.4

    Ep. 6: 0.9 and 2.12 mill. viewers out of TVD’s 1.4

    Ep. 7: 0.9 and 2.31 mill. viewers out of TVD’s 1.5

    Ep. 8: 0.9 and 2.26 mill. viewers out of TVD’s 1.6

  • Kissan


    I can’t do from 2008, sorry. I can do from 2009 though. Only CW Thursday?

  • Joseph

    While tonight (December 13th) may actually see a few more viewers than a typical Friday night (even with the new “Hobbit” movie opening in theatres) thanks to cold weather in the Northeast and stormy weather in the Midwest, tomorrow (December 14th) may be the least-watched night of prime-time TV so far this season, dspite the bad weather in much of the country.

    Not only will TV viewing levels be depressed due to the end of the regular season in college football and the new “Hobbit” film in theatres, but because tomorrow is also Office Holiday Party Saturday Night (the second Saturday night of December), when much of Corporate America holds their Holiday office parties. These mandatory-attendance events will likely cut into prime-time TV viewing, even with stormy weather in the East.

  • Jayson

    So happy for Grey’s!

  • Brandy

    @Ron you have a point but networks do look at did show y improve in the timeslots over show x when making renewal descion s

  • Joe


    Tell me about it lol. In season 1 of Revenge Emily was engaged to Daniel and attempting to take down the Grayson’s from the inside, and now 2 seasons later Emily is still engaged to him and trying to take down the Graysons! Do the Revenge fans seriously see nothing wrong with this? How can anyone defend such lazy and repetitive writing? This weeks winter finale has been hyped as if Emily is going to fake her death and finally take down Victoria, problem is we know the show isn’t ending, and thus Emily’s plan is going to have to fail like all her other attempts have! No wonder why so many people quit watching Revenge. The shows lousy ratings have nothing to do with the competition and everything to do with the quality of the show, or lack thereof.


    matt m one last time cbs does not cancel 2nd year dramas when they own them elementary renewed. dan s those 2 shows were not on cbs, harrys law only had 34 episodes after 2 yrs after and body of proof had 42 after 3 yrs, elementary will have 48

  • Brandy

    @Kissan, thanks for sharing the SC/BatB /Reign comparisons.Its interesting to see how Reign is doing compared to them and I’m glad it’s doing better than BatB did.


    BRANDY the last 2 2nd yr dramas cbs did not renew, shark non cbs owned had 38 episodes and Jericho had 29, it was cbs owned, both were far short of elementarys 48

  • RJC

    “At least once is stable”

    I’ll never understand this argument. It doesn’t matter if it’s stable if the stability is at an embarrassingly low rating. 0.9 is totally unacceptable for ABC, even in the “Thursday death slot”.

  • Charmed

    Grey’s ain’t dead yet

  • Danny

    Elementary will not be cancelled. And it is interesting how it gets more overall viewers than Scandal. In DVR +7 numbers Elementary will double its rating and add yet more viewers. Then, as a matter a fact, its a far more intelligent show than Scandal as well. I don’t deny that Scandal is a hit, but do not sell Elementary short. It has a lot of loyal viewers. I don’t expect Two and Half Men to be cancelled either. Like it or not, it is doing pretty damn good for show that has lost 2 lead players over the last few years and is also over 10 years old. A 2.1 isn’t all that great, but it has almost 10 million viewers!

  • Concerned gleek

    Fox get rid of X factor I think your ratings will improve tremendously!

  • vicky

    Grey’s Only went up because people were waiting for Scandal. Dump it already!!

  • Billiam

    I just checked and according to TV Guide, the series finale of Nikita will be December 27…. It is called ‘Canceled’. It is obvious that CW has no hope for it doing well in its finale based on scheduling it like they did…. Sad. I’ll have to DVR it because I will still be visiting relatives on ‘vacation’.

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