Fall 2012 TV Schedule Night by Night: Thursday

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September 4th, 2012

Continuing our night by night look at the Fall 2012 schedule we move to Thursday night.

Unlike Fall 2011, when The X Factor results show crashed into Thursday among a total of seven new shows, Fall 2012 scheduling changes seem minor, with the most noteworthy change being Two And A Half Men moving to 8:30.

At least early on I expect most interest will be for:

  • How does Two And A Half Men do at 8:30? Can it help put CBS on top the adults 18-49 ratings for the entire night?
  • How will the addition of Britney Spears and Demi Lovato change the ratings for The X Factor?
  • Will Last Resort be the next Lost? Or the next Missing / FlashForward?
  • Will Beauty And The Beast do better than The Secret Circle?
  • How will the other relocated veteran Glee do?
  • How low can NBC go on "The Night Formerly Known As Must See TV?"

For a trip down memory lane, check out 2011-12's Thursday Fall schedule:

  • Ultima

    When has Grey’s ever needed or had support?

    In 2005? ;)

    support would help prop it up but Greys has none…ABC really did a dis-service to this show.

    Grey’s was the third highest rated drama on TV last year. Besides, there’s no real way to prop it up; it’s not like a good lead-in is going to get a bunch of new viewers to start watching a serial drama in its 9th season…

  • jake3988

    I’m excited to see TBBT and TAAHM reunited, albeit in the other direction. Should make for an easy Thursday-night domination from CBS unless Elementary bombs.

  • Julie

    Person of Interest for sure. Will DVR Beauty and the Beast at first to check it out.
    MIGHT try Elementary, but I fear I am already predisposed to despise it, as I adore the BBC’s Sherlock and am not happy about this ‘version’. And even if I can get over that, unfortunately I’m not really a fan of Lucy Liu. Oh well, perhaps I will be pleasantly surprised!

  • Potato

    I predict last resort will tank but the showrunners will get wind fast enough to wrap it up by the end of the 13 episodes– like NBC’s Kidnapped a few years ago. Ultimately, I see this as a good thing– 13 episodes seem just about perfect for the premise, this is one of those shows that would be better as a long miniseries (kind of like, ahem, Missing or FlashForward)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I predict last resort will tank but the showrunners will get wind fast enough to wrap it up by the end of the 13 episode”

    Pretty bold of you just guessing it will air 13 episodes.

  • Nick

    I’m watching TBBT, Last Resort (my favorite new show), POI, and Elementary.

    Ratings Predictions-

    Last Resort- ???
    Grey’s Anatomy- 3.5-4.1
    Scandal: 1.9-2.4
    I’m not even going to guess Last Resort’s ratings. It’s the biggest ratings ? of the fall. GA and Scandal will be down a little, and the latter will not get a back 9 order. Hopefully it will be replaced by Red Widow come February.

    TBBT: 4.2-6.2
    2.5 Men: 3.4-5.0
    POI: 2.7-4.0
    Elementary: 2.6-4.0
    Elementary will be a hit. 2.5 Men will do better than all others have done on the post-TBBT slot, but it will be down from the Ashton Kutcher high of last fall. Both POI and TBBT will grow from repeats/syndication exposure. TBBT is poised to take over Modern Family’s throne as the highest-rated scripted show on the air (I’ll post a top 5 list on the Sunday one, OK?)

    TVD: 1.0-1.3
    B&TB: 0.5-0.9
    Beauty will be TSC all over again.

    TXF Results: 2.9-4.0
    Glee: 2.5-3.1
    Glee will benefit a little from TXF, and it will stay there unless FOX puts comedies there.

    30 Rock: 1.3-1.5
    Up All Night: 1.0-1.3
    The Office: 2.0-2.8
    Parks & Rec: 1.6-2.1
    Rock Center: 0.8-1.1
    The Office will be a little down, P&R will be a little up, and UAN will bomb, but not enough for NBC to not get it to syndication (probably on Fridays with Whitney).

    1. CBS: 4.5
    2. FOX: 3.1
    3. ABC: 2.7
    4. NBC: 1.5
    5. CW: 0.9
    CBS. That’s all I need to say ;-)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Grey’s Anatomy- 3.5-4.1″

    Bold, considering Grey’s averaged a 3.68 Live+Same Day during Fall 2011, and a 3.46 during spring 2012.

    Many of your other predictions seem similarly bold.

    With the exception of some sophomore shows, it is *very* rare for individual shows to increase their ratings from season to season, and the general rule over the past few seasons has been season premiere ratings have equalled the season finale from the previous season and then trended down from there.

    The Grey’s season finale was a 3.5. That’s my bet for its premiere, and then a downward drift for the rest of the season.

    “UAN will bomb, but not enough for NBC to not get it to syndication “

    You realize that UAN is > 60 episodes away from syndication?

  • Hugh

    More Rock Centre! WTF NBC?

  • Sid

    The Vampire Diaries, Beauty and the Beast, SCANDAL and I will sample Elementary. I have high hopes for it with it being on CBS but then again, this reboot doesn’t seem to be a fan favorite of critics especially with it’s predecessor show currently airing.

  • Tony JJ

    I say Last Resort breaks the curse of Thursdays at 8pm for ABC just like Revenge broke the curse for them on Wednesdays at 10. I really do believe Last Resort will become a hit, I’ve heard nothing but PRAISE about the pilot and cannot wait to see it.

    Grey’s is really a question mark, but will most likely drop slightly.

    I hope Scandal will increase a little/stay steady, it’s a great show, and the finale had series highs, but as of now, I have heard ZERO buzz about the new season and ZERO promotion! Come on ABC!

    The Big Bang Theory is only going to keep exploding from here, I definitely believe it’s going to premiere above a 6.0. TAAHM will definitely be propped up from TBBT as will POI which will see huge increases this season which should also give a nice lead in to Elementary. CBS will most likely win this night.

    NBC will fail. mid to low 1 average.

    FOX is just bleh X Factor results show should do decently but nothing insane especially against tough CBS competition. Glee will continue it’s downward spiral.

    Premiere Ratings predictions:

    Last Resort – 2.7-3.6
    Grey’s Anatomy – 4.0
    Scandal – 2.5

    The Big Bang Theory – 6.3
    Two and a Half Men – 5.7
    Person of Interest – 4.0
    Elementary – 3.4

    30 Rock – 1.7
    Up All Night – 1.4
    The Office – 2.4
    Parks and Recreation – 2.0
    Rock Center – 1.0

    X Factor Results – 4.5
    Glee – 3.0

    The Vampire Diaries – 1.2
    Beauty and the Beast – 1.0

  • ron

    Thsi nigth is hard with X factoir, TBBT, TAHM, Glee AND GA will be a hard nigth!

  • Kevin

    Must watch: Last Resort and Person of Interest. I’ll only tuned in for the premiere of Elementary when it debuts on September 27th if only the show is available On Demand.

  • Nick

    @Bill Gorman

    Bold, considering Grey’s averaged a 3.68 Live+Same Day during Fall 2011, and a 3.46 during spring 2012.

    More a case of me being forgetful rather than bold. :-D
    Drop my prediction a half of a ratings point. I do think that it will premiere with 3.8/3.9 though.

    You realize that UAN is > 60 episodes away from syndication?

    A case could also be made that if UAN gets a full season inder its belt, it is halfway there.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “A case could also be made that if UAN gets a full season inder its belt, it is halfway there.”

    Ah, but that’s at odds with your earlier statement that UAN would be saved by syndication even though “UAN will bomb”.

    If its ratings “bomb” this season, it’s a goner. Second season ratings losers are not kept alive for syndication. Third (and beyond) season ratings losers (The Good Wife, Fringe) often are.

  • yeahboiii

    Is anyone else disappointed NBC didn’t premiere 1600 Penn in the fall?

    8.00: 30 Rock
    8.30: The Office
    9.00: 1600 Penn
    9.30: Parks and Recreation

    With the upcoming election I would have thought it would be the perfect time to. As well as the current story arc in P&R.

    At least try something!!! They have just given up :(

  • Raf

    For me
    Last resort: 3.0-3.5
    Grey’s 3.8
    Scandal 2.5

    TBBT: 5.0-5.5
    TAHM: 4.5-5.0
    Person of interest: 3.4-3.5
    Elementary: 3.1-3.3

    TVD: 1.3-1.4
    B&B: 1.0-1.2

    30 Rock: 1.5-1.6
    UAN: 1.4-1.5
    The Office: 2.5-2.8
    P&R: 2.0-2.5

    X factor: 4.0-4.5(at the beginning with Britney factor)/3.2-3.5
    Glee: 3.0-3.5/2.6-3.0

  • Justin121

    CBS will win every hour.

    The real question mark is how high Brit-fueled X-Factor do and will it boost Glee with it?

    ABC will be third. Last Result is the next Missing / Charlie’s Angels. Grey’s – the only bright spot of the night – will average in the 3.5 neighbourhood. Scandal will remain in the 2.2-2.4 range.

    NBC’s The Office the only one to break the 1.5 barrier. A CW night for them.

    CBS TBBT/2.5 hour will easily hit a 5.0, Person of Interest will get 4.8s with over 15 million viewers, Elemantry could go anywhere from 2.2 to 3.3 most of the Fall.

    The CW’s Vamp Diaries is past its peak. 1.3s most of the Fall. Beuaty & Beast will be a moderate success with 0.7s.-0.9s.

    Britney Spears will make all the difference in the battles for first and second places between CBS, FOX, and ABC.

  • Jere

    Record all the shows, vd, poi, bbt, glee, greys, b&b, elem, and parks. Can’t wait for the new season. Boring summer

  • rob60990

    “The Grey’s season finale was a 3.5.”

    No, it got a 4.1.

  • Raykov

    “The Grey’s season finale was a 3.5.”

    @Bill you’re so wrong. Grey’s finale was 4.1. So a 4.0-4.2 for a premiere is not that high.

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