Nielsen delivered its annual autumnal trick to broadcasts this morning, as depressed Halloween viewership took its toll on the first night of November sweeps.
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.
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.
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.)
Fox’s X Factor clip show delivered series lows of 2.6 mil and a 0.8.