reign series premiere ratings TV ratings: 'Scandal' rises Thursday and 'Reign' has a decent premiereFast National ratings for Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013

“Scandal” rebounded some from last week’s ratings dip to record its second-biggest audience ever. That was the good news for ABC Thursday. The bad news was that “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” tumbled from last week’s season premiere, losing more than a million viewers and half a point in the 18-49 demographic.

Also Thursday, the premiere of “Reign” drew decent numbers for The CW, and “The Vampire Diaries” was up a little from last week. CBS’ freshman comedies “The Millers” and “The Crazy Ones” were up as well, and while NBC’s lineup continued to struggle badly, it was at least up a tick from last week. FOX’s baseball playoffs coverage was steady.

CBS scored 10.7 million viewers and a 6.7 rating/11 share in households to lead the night, beating out FOX’s 8.4 million viewers and 5.4/9. ABC (7.5 million, 5.1/8) came in third. NBC (3.4 million, 2.3/4) finished a fairly distant fourth, and The CW brought up the rear with 2.4 million viewers and a 1.5/2.

CBS also led the adults 18-49 race with a 2.6 rating. ABC and FOX tied for second at 2.4. NBC posted a 1.2 and The CW a 1.0.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: “The Big Bang Theory” (17.2 million viewers, 10.6/18)/”The Millers” (12.2 million, 7.5/12)
FOX: American League Championship Series Game 5 – Red Sox/Tigers (8.6 million, 5.4/9)
ABC: “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” (4.5 million, 3.1/5)
NBC: “Parks and Recreation” (3.25 million, 2.2/4)/”Welcome to the Family” (2.45 million, 1.7/3)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” (2.8 million, 1.8/3)

18-49 leader: “The Big Bang Theory” (4.9)

9 p.m.

CBS: “The Crazy Ones” (9.5 million, 5.9/9)/”Two and a Half Men” (8.5 million, 5.4/9)
ABC: “Grey’s Anatomy” (8.6 million, 5.9/9)
FOX: ALCS Game 5 (8.2 million, 5.0/8)
NBC: “Sean Saves the World” (3.4 million, 2.3/4)/”The Michael J. Fox Show” (3.5 million, 2.3/4)
The CW: “Reign” series premiere (2 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.6)

10 p.m.

ABC: “Scandal” (9.5 million, 6.3/10)
CBS: “Elementary” (8.4 million, 5.4/9)
FOX: ALCS Game 5 (8.35 million, 5.3/9)
NBC: “Parenthood” (3.95 million, 2.7/4)

18-49 leader: “Scandal” (3.3)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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Posted by:Rick Porter