Ratings: Glee Soars with Finn Tribute; Wonderland Soft; NBC Struggling
Glee scored its highest ratings in more than a year with its Cory Monteith tribute episode Thursday, while Once Upon a Time in Wonderland's premiere was less than magical.
The Fox musical nabbed 7.4 million viewers and a 2.8 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, rising 68 percent in total viewers and 75 percent in the demo from last week, and tying the 200th episode of Grey's Anatomy (9.4 million, 2.8) in the demo. The numbers areGlee's best in both measures since September 2012.
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Glee lead-in The X Factor (6.3 million, 1.9) fell a tenth, but it beat the debut of Wonderland, which underwhelmed with 5.7 million and a 1.7, down half a point from Last Resort's premiere last year and on par with last week's Scandal recap episode. Scandal (9 million, 3.1) shed half a point from its series high last week.
Meanwhile, NBC's Thursday's woes get worse and worse. None of its shows broke 4 million or rated higher than a 1.2, and four of them, except for steady Parks and Recreation (3.2 million, 1.2), dropped 20 percent or more. The CW's The Vampire Diaries (2.5 million, 1.1) also out-rated NBC in the 8 o'clock hour.
CBS topped the night, led by The Big Bang Theory (17.2 million, 4.9), though all of its shows slipped a couple tenths.
CBS: The Big Bang Theory 17.2 million (4.9); The Millers 11.9 million (3.1)
ABC: Once Upon a Time in Wonderland 5.7 million (1.7)
Fox: The X Factor 6.3 million (1.9)
NBC: Parks and Recreation 3.2 million (1.2); Welcome to the Family 2.5 million (0.8)
CW: The Vampire Diaries 2.5 million (1.1)
CBS: The Crazy Ones 9.9 million (2.4); Two and a Half Men 9 million (2.3)
ABC: Grey's Anatomy 8.7 million (2.8)
Fox: Glee 7.4 million (2.8)
NBC: Sean Saves the World 3.3 million (1.0); The Michael J. Fox Show 3.8 million (1.2)
CW: The Originals (R) 1.9 million (0.8)
CBS: Elementary 8.9 million (1.9)
ABC: Scandal 9 million (3.1)
NBC: Parenthood 3.7 million (1.2)