Ratings: Scandal Tops Quiet, Halloween-ified First Night of November Sweeps

LINUS AND SALLY WAIT IN THE PUMPKIN PATCH FOR THE GREAT PUMPKIN TO APPEARNielsen delivered its annual autumnal trick to broadcasts this morning, as depressed Halloween viewership took its toll on the first night of November sweeps.

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In the 8 o’clock hour, when the available demo audience was down 11 percent,The Great Pumpkin gave ABC a boost, delivering 7 million total viewers and a 2.2 rating<– an improvement upon Wonderland’s most recent tallies (4.4 mil/1.1). Grey’s Anatomy then did 8.9 mil and a 2.6, dipping two tenths week-to-week, while Scandal (9.2 mil/2.9) rose 7 percent in audience and held steady in the demo, topping the night in that measure.

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Over on CBS, a Big Bang rerun opened the night with 11.6 mil and a 2.5. The Millers led out of that with 9.6 mil/2.0 (down 26 percent from last week’s 2.7), while The Crazy Ones (8.1 mil1/.9) fell 17 percent. Elementary closed the Eye’s night with 9.4 mil/1.7, adding eyeballs and down just a tenth in the demo.

SNL‘s Halloween special opened NBC’s night with 5.5 mil/1.7, teeing up Sean Saves the World (4.1 mil/1.2) for a gain of a tenth. Michael J Fox (3.6 mil/1.1) however dipped a tenth, while Parenthood was again rock steady at 4 mil/1.3.

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The CW’s numbers are subject to adjustment, due to NFL preemptions, but for right now, Vampire Diaries is registering 2.1 mil/0.8 (versus last week’s 2.6 mil/0.8), while Reign is at 1.6 mil/0.6 (down a few viewers but steady in the demo.)

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Fox’s X Factor clip show delivered series lows of 2.6 mil and a 0.8.

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