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:

  • Dan S

    Of all the new shows scheduled on Thur I’m most looking forward to Last Resort. Not an ideal time for it & not compatible with Greys Anatomy but where else could they have put it ? I’ll also check out Elementary after the terrific POI. Also looking forward to the returning P&R

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

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

    D’oh! Yet again I forgot to record the rating for the last show of the season!

  • TomSFBay

    Last Resort – 1.8
    Grey’s – 3.0
    Scandal – 2.3

    Big Bang – 5.2
    2.5 Men – 4.6
    Person of Interest – 3.5
    Elementary – 3.2

    X Factor Results – 3.0
    Glee – 2.6

    30 Rock – 1.4
    Up All Night – 1.2
    Office – 2.1
    P&R – 1.7
    Rock Center – 1.0

  • Flame

    TBBT and 30 Rock’s final season for me.

  • RyanCanada

    big night for me and my DVR, XFactor, Glee, Vampire Diaries, B&B, Grey’s, BBT,P&R and The Office, thank god for my satilight air the other time zone lol

  • RyanCanada

    TBBT will not be there final season, that show will do 10 season no problem

  • Nick

    TBBT, & Last Resort, dvr X Factor & watch last 10 minutes

  • Potato

    @Bill– I didn’t say they’d AIR all 13 episodes ;) I was thinking more of an NBC’s “Kidnapped” situation.

  • Potato

    Oops, didn’t realize I’d already used that example. Now I look like a crazy internet person. No, I DO NOT have a weird obsession with Kidnapped, I swear!

  • capslocke

    TBBT- 5.7
    2.5 Men- 4.6
    Person Of Interest- 3.9
    Elementary- 3.7

    Last Resort- 1.8
    Grey’s Anatomy- 3.8
    Scandal- 2.6

    30 Rock- 1.3
    Up All Night- 1.1
    The Office- 2.8
    Parks & Rec.- 2.1
    Rock Centre- 1.1

    The X- Factor- 4.3
    Glee- 3.6

    TVD- 1.3
    B & TB- 0.9

  • capslocke

    CBS is gonna have the best possible Thursday nights ever:

    TBBT is an obvious ratings monster, regularly above the 5.0 demo.

    2.5 Men after is an established hit that would already be at 3.5+ without the amazing lead- in, now I expect it to be a 4.0+ show. Plus, last season’s cliffhanger should help it in the beginning.

    POI, last year, pulled off the impressive feat of actually substantially growing in the rating as the season went on, and as its lead- in fell. Add that to the likely 4.0+ 2.5 Men lead- in and POI will easily be at 3.5+ throughout the season, if not every once and while breaking 4.0. The only problem might be its Grey’s Anatomy competition, which is having a very important season this year.

    Elementary is already getting some amazing buzz. The early hype on this show is moreso then any other procedural that I can remember. The brand recognition aspect brings it a built in fan- base, and the Sherlock comparisons will only help it. Also, its POI lead-in will do it wonders. I expect it to be at least 2.5+, which will warrant a renewal. But it should be floating around 2.8 all year, if not 3.0. Plus, the lack of competition helps, too. NBC has Rock Centre (1.0 or lower) and ABC has Scandal, which at least last year was pretty modestly rated (2.2ish.).

  • david

    Another CW night for me. TVD and Bueaty and the Beast. I really hope Bueaty and the Beast does good.

  • joss

    @ TomSFBay @ capslocke

    You poor PoI fans dont you know that CBS procedurals are dead (.. well not just yet some of them as NCIS CM ,… are safe)

    PoI ended last season with 2.5 demo and GA with 4.3 and you avtually thinking Greys would be beaten from person of interest ?

  • Holly


    You can’t use just one episode, especially since GA had a big event finale. For most of the year GA was in the mid-3s, reaching down into the upper 2s a couple of times. PoI was in the upper 2s to low 3s. If PoI can maintain and GA drops much, it could beat it on occasion.

  • Dan

    BBT, 2.5 men, Up all night, Person of Interest, Elementary and maybe Scandal

  • Justin121

    Has it been confirmed this is going to be The Office’s last season?

  • Networkman

    The Big Bang Theory 5.0
    Two & A Half Men 4.3
    Person of Interest 3.7
    Elementary 3.1

    Last Resort 2.4 I really think ABC should be patient with this show.
    Grey’s Anatomy 3.2
    Scandal 2.5

    X-Factor 3.0
    Glee 2.6

    30 Rock 1.7
    Up All Night 1.5
    The Office 2.1
    Parks & Rec 1.8
    Rock Center 1.4

  • joss


    It is sure the GA will drop whats also sure is PoIwont be in mid 3. And it wasnt just one episode … I`m sorry I really cant see how that show will get that numbers

  • Holly


    PoI doesn’t have to get mid-3s to occasionally beat GA. In fact, PoI did beat GA once last year (4/5). In order to beat it again, PoI just has to maintain similar numbers to last year while GA drops. Given it’s much stronger lead-in and well hyped lead-out, that is entirely possible. GA’s highest rated episode will definitely beat PoI’s highest and GA will most likely come out on top on the averages, but it is not unbeatable.

  • Ultima

    CBS is gonna have the best possible Thursday nights ever

    Sigh. Kids. You’ve clearly never heard of NBC’s “Must See TV.”

    Check out my previous comment (on page 2 of this topic) for an example.

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