Ratings: Big Bang, Grey's and Scandal Rise, Sing-Off Slips Further But Tops X Factor Again

Ratings Big Bang Theory ScandalEveryone else’s Thursday ratings were again alive sans The Sound of Music!

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As a flurry of fall finales faced off against one another, ABC and CBS enjoyed the most significant gains. While Once Upon a Time in Wonderland opened ABC’s night with 3.5 million total viewers and a 0.9 rating, adding a few eyeballs but flat in the demo, Grey’s Anatomy (8.5 mil/2.7) surged 20 and 17 percent (improving on last week’s series low demo), while Scandal (9.3 mil/3.2) was up 12 percent and two tenths, hitting two-month highs.

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Over on CBS — where the numbers are subject to change due to some Chargers/Broncos preemptions — The Big Bang Theory (18.6 mil/5.3) is looking at gains of 19 and 10 percent and The Millers (12 mil/2.9) is up 30 and 21 percent. The Crazy Ones (9 mil/2.1) gained some viewers but was flat in the demo, while Two and a Half Men (9.4 mil/2.1) slipped two tenths. Elementary (9.5 mil/1.8) rose 14 percent in audience while steady in the demo.

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NBC’s The Sing-Off drew 4.5 mil and a 1.4, down more than 20 percent from Wednesday, yet edged out The X Factor (4.9 mil/1.2, down two tenths) in the demo for a second straight night. Sean Saves the World (3.4 mil/1.0) ticked up a tenth, while Michael J Fox Show (3 mil/0.9) and Parenthood (3.9 mil/1.2) were flat.

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The CW’s Vampire Diaries matched last week’s 2.4 mil/1.0, Reign (1.86 mil/0.6) added a few eyeballs.

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22 Comments
  1. Amy says:

    What about Glee? Just wondering, even though it was a rerun :)

  2. Tiffany says:

    The Sing Off would have a chance if they would just leave it in a time slot and ran it maybe twice a week as a lead in to The Voice. Three times in one week and all at different times/lengths? I am a huge fan of the show and I found it to be overkill. I do wish they’d run it twice a year (summer and winter) to keep the momentum going. It’s a fantastic amount of talent and not a huge amount of fluff (with the exception of Nick Lachey’s poorly scripted hosting jokes), something other reality singing competitions could learn from.

  3. Tea says:

    Yay Good numbers for Greys

  4. Fernando says:

    Yes Reign still holding strong. I wish it would go back to a .7 demo but .6 isn’t to bad

    • maki says:

      I’m glad they are still holding strong but they added viewership this week, believe this is connected to the Glee re-run. But if they hold on with 0.6 they are looking strong towards a 2nd season.

  5. Ben says:

    Scandal did well! :)

  6. David says:

    Regarding the Big Bang Theory…I thought the episode was great…WITHOUT Sheldon. While everyone else was having fun postulating what life would be like without Sheldon, all Sheldon did was complain. I know he’s inept when it comes to social graces, but he was just obnoxious during this episode. The writers need to make him “funny” again, not a self-absorbed, selfish, self-centered genius. I wonder what HIS life would be like without his friends…probably very lonely.

  7. Boiler says:

    Know Elementary’s demo not the greatest but it is nice to see the viewers up there with Scandal

  8. PPPG says:

    I like watching BBT, but I c an’ remember laughing that hard a a show in a long time.

  9. Ann says:

    Yikes. Looks like X Factor is gonna get cancelled, especially since they can’t even beat a show like The Sing-Off which keeps getting pushed around by NBC to fill in holes in their tv lineup with no consistency whatsoever.

    • gregk says:

      How the mighty (Simon) have fallen. My wife and I love the Sing Off and its pleasant-to-the-ears singing; glad it’s back despite the poor schedule. However hope it does not get ruined by over coaching and other twaddling/twittering that The Voice has fallen prey to recently.

    • Jeremy says:

      Alex & Sierra will save the show.

  10. Michael says:

    Not that I am complaining about seeing Kaley Cuoco half naked in nearly every episode but can we give the girl some character development? The same goes for the rest of the cast. It seems like this entire season has been nothing but one off episodes.

    • Jake says:

      Look how they developed Raj. He’s become one of the obnoxious characters on TV. If that’s what we have to look forward too, I’m ok with them not developing Penny.

    • David says:

      It’s clear the writers have become lazy as a result of the show’s success. After Raj became able to talk with females in the room, they should have had him develop in some (hopefully positive) way. All they have done is make him and Howard virtual gay men. Given Howard’s lack of maturity in his marriage, Bernadette should be re-thnking her decision to marry him. (To be fair, a few issues have sprung up between Howard and Bernadette, but they’ve been “resolved” with too little humor, and at someone else’s expense.) The only development I’ve noticed is the relationship between Penny and Leonard. At least the writers have established that the bond between them is strengthening. I get the feeling this is a “throw-away” season, saving all the good ideas (and related hilarity) for next season.

  11. B says:

    TVD was a little disappointing, The Crazy Ones is getting better each week. Buffy, Mork, Old Christine’s brother, Blair’s minion Penelope, and Zack are the best ensemble comedy cast of any new comedies. Scandal was superb. And Reign was soapy fun.

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