Ratings: ‘Reign’ Premieres Soft, ‘Wonderland’ Drops in 2nd Week

Ratings: 'Reign' Premieres Soft, 'Wonderland' Drops in 2nd Week

“Elementary” hits a series low, NBC comedies halt their decline

ABC's “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” proved Thursday that its soft debut ratings were not a one-off, nor did the CW's series premiere of “Reign” exactly sit on the ratings throne.

Others faired better. CBS topped the night with a 2.6 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and first in total viewers with an average of 10.7 million, according to preliminary numbers.

“The Big Bang Theory” at 8 p.m. earned a 4.9/16 and 17.2 million viewers — making it the highest-rated and most-watched show of the night. “The Millers” at 8:30 received a 3.2/9 and 12.2 million viewers. “The Crazy Ones” at 9 got a 2.5/7 and 9.5 million viewers. At 9:30, “Two and a Half Men” earned a 2.1/6 and 8.5 million viewers. And at 10, “Elementary” received a 1.6/4 — its series low — and 8.4 million viewers.

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Fox and ABC tied for second in ratings, each with a 2.4/7. Fox, which aired the Boston Red Sox/Detroit Tigers American League Championship Series game, was second in viewers with 8.4 million. Due to the nature of live sports, Fox numbers are approximate. ABC was third in viewers with 7.5 million.

For ABC, “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” at 8 had a 1.2/4 — down 29 percent from last week's soft debut — and 4.5 million viewers. At 9, “Grey's Anatomy” earned a 2.6/7 and 8.6 million viewers. “Scandal” at 10 got a 3.3/9 and 9.5 million viewers. It was the Kerry Washington drama's second best ratings ever, only behind its third season premiere two weeks ago.

Univision was fourth in ratings with a 1.4/4 and fifth in total viewers with 3.4 million.

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NBC was fifth in ratings with a 1.2/7 and fourth in viewers with 3.4 million. Following a week where its Thursday line-up (save “Parks and Recreation”) plummeted, NBC saw a leveling off — and in most cases a slight reversal — from last week. ”Parks and Rec” at 8 earned a 1.3/4 and 3.3 million viewers. At 8:30, “Welcome to the Family” received a 0.9/3 and 2.5 million viewers. “Sean Saves the World” at 9 got a 1.1/3 and 3.4 million viewers. “The Michael J. Fox Show” at 9:30 had a 1.2/3 — flat with last week — and 3.5 million viewers. “Parenthood” at 10 earned a 1.3/4 and 4 million viewers.

The CW was sixth in ratings with a 1.0/3 and in total viewers with 2.4 million. “Vampire Diaries” at 8 earned a 1.3/4 and 2.8 million viewers. At 9, the debut of “Reign” received a 0.8/2 and 2 million viewers.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.5/1 and in total viewers with 1.1 million.

  • Ganieda Moher

    “Reign” would have been better had it been a total fantasy, with made-up characters, instead of purporting to be about Mary, Queen of Scots. We get it, yup, it's a “take” on history aimed at teen and preteen girls, but I remember when I was a preteen girl very much into history, and I wanted my history as realistic as possible. This show is just idiotic. I watched it last night, and it was almost unwatchable…the shifts in tone were ridiculous, including the sappy and stupid rock music soundtrack (for a story supposedly set in the 1500s). The makeup and hairstyles don't even make an attempt at being historical – these are modern kids right out of Teen Magazine. This series makes Sophia Coppola's Marie Antoinette look like Masterpiece Theatre.

    • twiterer

      The stupid rock music really grated on my nerves, ugh! Couldn't wait for Scandal to start at 9 on ABC.

      • MarkJeffries

        If you're Boomers or younger, are you rock haters proud to be prematurely senile traitors to your generation?

    • The TV Empress

      Exactly how I feel about it! Uncanny! You basically echoed all my thoughts! I thought of the S.Coppola movie too!