‘Glee’ Rises With Monteith Tribute While NBC Comedy Block Implodes

Peacock finishes seventh on Thursday; 'Millers' solid for CBS but ABC's 'Wonderland' wobbles

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UPDATE: Fox’s “Glee” went up in the nationals to a 2.9/8 in 18-49 and 7.39 million viewers overall, beating ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” head to head in 18-49 for the first time; lead-in “The X Factor” was also up a bit (2.0/6 in 18-49, 6.49 million).

At CBS, “The Big Bang Theory” was up two ticks (5.1/17 in 18-49) while “The Millers” edged down to a 3.0/9. There were no 18-49 changes at either ABC or NBC, with the Peacock finishing seventh for the night in 18-49.

On cable, the NFL game between the Chicago Bears and New York Giants on NFL Network averaged a 3.1/9 in 18-49 and 7.81 million viewers overall, while baseball’s fifth and deciding game of the ALDS between Detroit and Oakland did a 1.5/4 and 5.45 million.

CBS remained on top of the Thursday ratings leaderboard last night behind “The Big Bang Theory” and a strong second-week performance by “The Millers,” but the net’s new “The Crazy Ones” dropped further opposite Fox’s “Glee” tribute episode to the late Corey Monteith. It was slow going, meanwhile, for ABC’s limited series “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.”

And NBC’s comedy night is a mess, with “The Michael J. Fox Show” tumbling for a second straight week and only “Parks and Recreation” drawing more than 3% of the available young-adult audience.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Glee” averaged a 2.8 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 7.4 million viewers overall, rising 75% (1.2) from last week for a season high. It built nicely on its lead-in from “The X Factor” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall), which was down a tick from last week but ranked second among the Big Four in 18-49.

These were the best scores for “Glee” since early last season. Thursday’s episode was a tribute to Montieth and his character on the show, Finn.

At ABC, there was minimal interest in “Once Upon a Time” spinoff “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” which settled for a 1.7/5 in 18-49 and 5.7 million viewers overall and is shaping up to be the latest disappointment in Thursday’s leadoff hour for the net. Last fall, “Last Resort” opened in the hour with a 2.2/7.

It was followed by “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.8/8 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall), which was down 10% from last week and tied with Fox’s “Glee” for the 18-49 lead at 9, and “Scandal” (3.1/9 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall), which was off 14% from its record-setting season premiere of last week but still was the top series in its hour among adults 18-49 and 25-54.

At CBS, “The Big Bang Theory” (4.9/16 in 18-49, 17.2 million viewers overall) ruled as the night’s No. 1 program, down a bit from last week, and “The Millers” followed with a good second-week showing (3.1/9 in 18-49, 11.9 million viewers overall), off just a couple of ticks from its premiere but winning its timeslot in key demos. And no series has retained more of its 18-49 audience from week one to week two than “The Millers.”

At 9, “The Crazy Ones” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 9.9 million viewers overall) dropped 17% (0.5) from last week, placing third among series in the 9 p.m. half-hour in 18-49 but remaining on top in adults 25-54 and total viewers. Closing the night, “Two and a Half Men” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall) and “Elementary” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 8.9 million viewers overall) were nearly on par with last week.

NBC will have to address its Thursday comedy lineup, where none of the three first-year shows is doing much. “Parks and Recreation” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) managed to maintain its week-ago rating, but rookies “Welcome to the Family” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall), “Sean Saves the World” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall) and “The Michael J. Fox Show” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) all declined three-tenths or more from last week.
And at 10, “Parenthood” was down as well (1.2/3 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall).

Ratings for CW programs are inflated due to football preemptions in markets including New York. In the prelims, though, “The Vampire Diaries” did a 1.1/3 in 18-49 and 2.5 million viewers overall, followed by a repeat of Tuesday’s episode of spinoff “The Originals” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall). Beginning next week, new drama “Reign” slides into the 9 p.m. slot for the net.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.8/8; ABC, 2.5/7; Fox, 2.4/7; Univision, 1.3/4; NBC, 1.1/3; CW, 0.9/3; Telemundo, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 11.0 million; ABC, 7.8 million; Fox, 6.9 million; NBC, 3.4 million; Univision, 3.3 million; CW, 2.2 million; Telemundo, 1.2 million.