TV Ratings: Steady 'Scandal' Tops Thursday, But Halloween Spooks Viewers

A substantial dip in 18-49 usage and encore lead-ins prompt falling numbers for many series -- "The X Factor," "Grey's Anatomy," "The Millers," and "Michael J. Fox" among them.
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Halloween hit the broadcast networks pretty hard on Thursday night, with 18-49 usage down 8 percent for the entire primetime block.

That didn't hurt Scandal, though. The ABC drama topped all series for the night with a steady 2.9 rating among adults 18-49. Lead-in Grey's Anatomy (2.6 adults) lost two-tenths of a point to tie a low, while ABC opened the night with annual special It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (2.2 adults) -- down half of a point from last year's outing. The network topped the night in 18-49 with an average 2.6 rating -- winning the first night of the November sweep. ABC also averaged 8.4 million viewers.

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Sandwiched between encores of The Big Bang Theory, CBS freshmen The Millers (2.0 adults) and The Crazy Ones (1.9 adults) both suffered substantial drops. The comedies were down a respective seven- and four-tenths of a point. Elementary (1.7 adults) only lost a tenth of a point with its softer lead-in, and CBS took a 2.0 adults rating and 9.4 million viewers for the night.

On NBC, which saw NFL interruptions in Cincinnati, special SNL Halloween (1.7 adults) prompted a small boost for Sean Saves the World (1.2 adults), up a tenth of a point. The Michael J. Fox Show (1.1 adults) fell by the same measure, hitting a low, before a steady Parenthood (1.3 adults). NBC averaged a 1.4 rating with adults 18-49 and 4.4 million viewers for the night.

A special X Factor clip show tanked at 8 p.m., averaging just a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49. Averaged in with a Glee recap, Fox took a 0.7 adults rating and 2.6 million viewers for the night.

The Vampire Diaries (0.8 adults), which will likely see an adjustment later when a delayed New York market broadcast is accounted for, was off half of a point from last week, while Reign (0.6 adults) held steady. The CW took a 0.7 adults rating and 1.8 million viewers for the night.