Scandal Ratings VictoryIt was a quiet start to the November sweep with shows slipping last night along with the Halloween-depressed HUT levels (down 8% from 8-11 PM and 10% from 8-10 PM). That makes Scandal‘s (2.9 in adults 18-49) week-to-week hold all the more impressive. And with CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (2.5) a repeat, Scandal ranked as the No. 1 program on Thursday night for the first time. ABC’s annual It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown special (2.2) doubled Once Upon A Time In Wonderland‘s rating in the 8 PM hour last week but was down 19% from last year. Grey’s Anatomy (2.6) slipped 7% but ABC still won the night in adults 18-49, the network’s first time topping the opening night of the November sweep in 6 years.

Of course, it was an atypical night. NBC too saw an improvement in the 8 PM hour by airing a Halloween special, SNL Halloween (1.7). The network carried a football game in Cincinnati, so ratings would likely be adjusted down by a tenth in most time slots, with series ending up flat or slightly down week-to-week. A stronger lead-in at 8 PM resulted in new comedy Sean Saves The World at 9 PM (1.2, up a tenth from last week for now) edging The Michael J. Fox (1.1, down a tenth) for the first time. Parenthood (1.3) is keeping steady in the fast nationals.

The lack of original Big Bang sent freshman CBS comedies The Millers (2.0, down 26%), and The Crazy Ones (1.9, down 17%) plunging to series lows. Following another Big Bang rerun, Elementary (1.7) was down a tenth. Fox aired an X Factor Meet The Top 12 special (0.8) and a Glee repeat (0.6). The CW’s The Vampire Diaries (0.8) is currently down 38% from last week but aired at 10 PM in the nation’s top market, New York City, so it will likely be adjusted up in the finals. Encouraging news for Reign(0.6), which was even with last week.