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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  • Billiam


    Yeah, POI has the same number of total viewers as The Voice but as these folks that run this site are fond of reminding us, the broadcast networks can’t sell total viewers, especially SD+7, because advertisers target the 18-49 demo and DVR viewers skip past commercials. These are network Jedi mind tricks… but, it feels so good to the mind while they last. Then, the networks go and burst our little bubble by cancelling our shows…

  • HeadlessHorseman

    Keep telling yourself that. :roll:


    billiam except that poi is syndicated now and is in no danger of cancellation

  • Charmed

    @Billiam The CW only gave it another 6 eps to finish the story for Netflix etc.

  • Edward

    Yep, Crazy Ones fell below a 2. So did TAAHM. BBT fell as well.

  • Valentin

    @Edward : SOURCE?!

  • Gabriel

    TCO,The Millers and TAHM will all be renewed. Personally i’d pick TCO over The Millers AND TAHM.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Elementary will not be cancelled


  • vicky

    @ HeadlessHorseman

    Those are some heavy hitters Grey’s is up against..LOL You’re fooling yourself. It will Be gone.

  • Ray

    The XFactor may not have the best ratings but Alex & Sierra have the number 1 & 8 songs on ITunes and Jeff Gutt has number 10 so someone is watching!!Good for TBBT and The Crazy Ones they were both really funny last night!!!

  • HeadlessHorseman

    Yes, ABC’s second highest rated drama will be gone this year. The only thing that could end Grey’s right now is if the cast members wanted to move on to other projects. It is one of the top rated shows on TV and won’t be cancelled.

    You clearly have no understanding of how ratings work.

  • HeadlessHorseman


  • Dahne

    @Brandy – Of course the 0.6-0.7 shows will probably go down as well and a 0.4-0.5 still won’t look good.

  • alez

    NBC is killing a great series like parenthood; thursday againts Scandal its not a smart decision, put it back on tuesdays and you guys gona see results.

    I hope they wont cancel it….remember people its watching shows in a new way….via Netflix or others like that, some day this kind of metrics wont be valid….and people will be angry with open tv for making this metric the way to decide if the cancell the show or renew it….

  • Charmed


  • tvd

    where are the final ratings!!!!!

  • Dahne

    @Kissan – Reign is not even close to being “much better” than BatB in the ratings right now. Currently they are pretty much tied in a season where the CW as a whole is doing better. I watch neither show but your “Suck it BatB fans!” is way, way too premature. You just look like a fool.

  • yodee

    Where are the Final Ratings

  • Jenny

    Parenthood is one of the best shows on tv. Its the only show I watch on NBC anymore. It being on against Scandal & Elementary is tough, I wish they would change it to a new night. I just hope it gets a new season.

  • NickS

    How ridiculous is Two and a Half men getting? I didn’t realize the entire female population was gay. Jenny’s role is a joke. Please let this be the last season.

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