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[10/11/13 - 08:26 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Big Bang Theory" Holds the Demo Line for CBS
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Primetime Preliminary Fast National Nielsen Data
(includes all DVR playback through 3:00 am)

Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (10/10/13):

CBS (10.988 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) held onto the top spot on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (17.194 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1), "The Millers" (11.909 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #T2), "The Crazy Ones" (9.920 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #6), "Two and a Half Men" (9.031 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #7) and "Elementary" (8.938 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T8).

The silver then went to ABC (7.819 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) with the launch of "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" (5.738 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #10) followed by new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.725 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T4) and "Scandal" (8.996 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.1, #T2).

Next up was FOX (6.850 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3) with the "The X Factor" (6.293 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T8) alongside Cory Monteith farewell episode of "Glee" (7.406 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T4) - its highest rating in over one year (since 9/20/12).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.391 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up its struggling lineup of "Parks & Recreation" (3.249 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T11), "Welcome to the Family" (2.499 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T16), "Sean Saves the World" (3.260 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #15), "The Michael J. Fox Show" (3.845 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T11) and "Parenthood" (3.746 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T11).

And finally, a new "The Vampire Diaries" (2.489 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.1, #14) and a rebroadcast of "The Originals" (1.920 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T16) on The CW (2.204 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" delivered a 1.7 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Originals" a 0.9 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+75.00% - Glee
-2.00% - The Big Bang Theory
-4.17% - Two and a Half Men
-5.00% - Elementary
-5.00% - The X Factor
-6.06% - The Millers
-6.67% - Grey's Anatomy
-7.69% - Parks & Recreation
-8.33% - The Vampire Diaries
-13.89% - Scandal
-17.24% - The Crazy Ones
-29.41% - Parenthood
-33.33% - Welcome to the Family
-36.84% - The Michael J. Fox Show
-37.50% - Sean Saves the World

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+87.88% - Scandal (vs. ABC News Special/Debate Analysis)
+47.37% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. ABC News Special)
+40.00% - Glee (vs. FOX News Special)
+16.67% - The Big Bang Theory
+9.09% - The Crazy Ones (vs. CBS News Special)
+6.25% - Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (vs. Last Resort)
+4.55% - Two and a Half Men (vs. CBS News Special)
0.00% - Elementary (vs. CBS News Special/Debate Analysis)
-8.82% - The Millers (vs. Two and a Half Men)
-14.29% - Parks & Recreation (vs. 30 Rock)
-31.25% - The Vampire Diaries
-33.33% - Welcome to the Family (vs. Up All Night)
-34.48% - The X Factor
-41.46% - Parenthood (vs. NBC News Special/Debate Analysis)
-47.83% - The Michael J. Fox Show (vs. NBC News Special)
-56.52% - Sean Saves the World (vs. NBC News Special)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.3/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.4/7.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.7/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.0/5.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.5/5 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (10/11/12):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the live Vice Presidential Debate coverage, Fast Nationals for ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC are approximate. Additionally, Fast Nationals for The CW are approximate due to local market NFL preemptions.]

CBS (9.35 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) snagged top honors on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.77 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1), "Two and a Half Men" (11.17 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #2), "CBS News Special" (8.37 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5) and "Debate Analysis" (6.08 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T9).

FOX (6.17 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then took home the silver with a new "The X Factor" (8.25 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.9, #3) followed by its "FOX News Special" (5.52 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.0, #6) and "Debate Analysis" (3.95 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T12).

Next up was NBC (5.73 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) with originals from "30 Rock" (3.82 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T12) and "Up All Night" (3.46 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.2, #16) plus "NBC News Special" (7.09 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4) and "Debate Analysis" (5.83 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.8, #8).

Meanwhile, ABC (6.91 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4) offered up week three of "Last Resort" (6.93 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T9) alongside its "ABC News Special" (7.39 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7) and "Debate Analysis" (5.44 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T12).

And finally, the return of "The Vampire Diaries" (3.48 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T9) and the premiere of "Beauty and the Beast" (3.16 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.3, #15) on The CW (3.32 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" delivered a 2.5 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Beast" a 1.6 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+7.69% - 30 Rock
-6.45% - The X Factor
-8.11% - Two and a Half Men
-11.11% - Last Resort
-14.29% - Up All Night
-14.29% - The Big Bang Theory

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+62.50% - Beauty and the Beast (vs. The Secret Circle)
+23.08% - Last Resort (vs. Charlie's Angels)
+14.29% - The Vampire Diaries
-4.55% - The Big Bang Theory
-8.11% - Two and a Half Men (vs. The Big Bang Theory (Repeat))
-14.71% - The X Factor
-17.65% - 30 Rock (vs. Community)
-42.86% - Up All Night (vs. Parks & Recreation)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

*In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.6/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4.

*In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 0.8/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

*At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

*At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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