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:

  • Hades

    CBS to win the night, followed by FOX, ABC, NBC and then CW.

    Premier numbers

    Last Resort-1.8


    X Factor-3.3

    30 Rock-1.3
    Rock Centre-0.9

  • Holly


    To be fair, NBC has been making it really hard to remember…

  • Dima

    Ratings Predictions for the season:

    The Big Bang Theory – 5.2
    Two & A Half Men – 4.1
    Person of Interest – 3.3
    Elementary – 2.8

    Last Resort – 1.5
    Grey’s Anatomy – 3.4
    Scandal – 2.2

    X-Factor – 3.2
    Glee – 2.5

    30 Rock – 1.5
    Up All Night – 1.5
    The Office – 2.3
    Parks & Rec – 1.7
    Rock Center – 1.0

  • Simon

    CBS have all but assured victory on Thursday nights for the 8:00 PM hour to 10:00 PM hour at least, I remember back when POI was first announced and the ratings for the premiere came in and people were proclaiming it DOA.

  • Petar

    @capslocke whi said:
    CBS is gonna have the best possible Thursday nights ever

    Yep. Thursday will be new best CBS day. Monday next. Tuesday stable, friday good. Sunday and wednesday CBS will be in trouble.

  • Petar

    @ Holly who said:
    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.

    CBS hit dramas rise around 10-20% from rookie seasons. So with 3 demo and 15 million viewers in PoI rookie season this mean at least 3.3-3.5 demo and 17-18 million viewers. But we must count TAHM factor here. With BBT lead-in. If TBBT can hit 6 in demo and TAHM retain 5 POI will be 4s in demo and may be 20 million. In the end CBS will easly take the night only Greys is competition here nothing else.

  • Petar

    ps If PoI take post super bowl slot it over(if this ratings count). If 2BG take it, than POI will take AFC Championship. In both cases 2BG and PoI will rise a lot. And people who doubt 2BG lead in Monday will sorry.

  • Holly


    CBS hit dramas rise around 10-20% from rookie seasons.

    Aside from NCIS… which shows exactly have risen 10-20% from their first season?

  • Ultima

    Aside from NCIS… which shows exactly have risen 10-20% from their first season?

    CSI was up 32% its sophomore season!!!1! ;)

    CBS hit dramas rise around 10-20% from rookie seasons.

    I know you really want to believe that Person of Interest is a CSI/NCIS type of hit, but those are ridiculous expectations and until it actually starts putting up mega-hit numbers, you just sound like a crazy person.

  • Holly


    Ha, I had forgotten…granted, I think the move might have had a little to do with that, but it was also quite the surprise hit.

  • Rebecca

    @Justin (if you’re the one who asked because I just forgot, lol)
    Yes, this will be the final season for The Office – I think it was announced in the New York Times but then it must be here somewhere too.

    Because of that, I’ll continue to watch The Office (I’ve seen all the episodes before this season anyway; might as well finish and hope it ends on a high note), 30R (might have to save it for hulu since I have to record TBBT because both adults here watch it), UAN and P&R.

  • Petar

    ALL CBS dramas rise from season 1 to 2.(the real question is how much)

    Person of interest is BEST drama on network TV! Highly entertaining and quality. So litle other dramas can get both. And off course outstanding actors. If you see people comment after they watch season 1 you will understant it. Or if you just watche it. 90% positive for the show.

  • Petar


    Person of interest promo for season 2. CBS now promote it like:


    I love it. I love CBS!!!!!!!

  • Petar

    question: why is TV’S #1 NEW DRAMA and not TV #1 NEW DRAMA@ I mean why is this ‘s@ Thanks a lot.

  • Mark

    Premiere Ratings Guess:

    Last Resort – 2.6
    Grey’s Anatomy – 4.2
    Scandal – 2.5

    The Big Bang Theory – 5.8
    Two and a Half Men – 4.9
    Person of Interest – 3.6
    Elementary – 3.2

    The X Factor – 4.7
    Glee – 3.5

    30 Rock – 1.7
    Up All Night – 1.9
    The Office – 2.3
    Parks and Recreation – 2.0
    Rock Center – irrelevent

    The Vampire Diaries – 1.6
    Beauty and the Beast – 1.4

  • Holly


    ALL CBS dramas rise from season 1 to 2.(the real question is how much)

    No they don’t.

    NCIS: LA (3.5 in season 1, 3.38 in season 2)
    Hawaii 5-0 (3.04 to 2.98)
    The Good Wife (2.68 to 2.22)
    The Mentalist (3.75 to 3.39)
    Blue Bloods (1.77 to 1.72)

  • Ultima

    ALL CBS dramas rise from season 1 to 2

    Nonsense. Holly already made the point, but I’m going to drive it home. (Because I looked up the numbers before I saw her comment…)

    Here’s the list from the past decade…

    Up year-to-year from first season
    CSI (2000) +32%
    CSI Miami (2002) +4%
    Without a Trace (2002) +8%
    NCIS (2003) +17%
    Cold Case (2004) +12%
    Criminal Minds (2005) +5%
    Flashpoint (2007) +3%

    Down year-to-year from first season
    Hack (2002) *
    Joan of Arcadia (2003) *
    CSI New York (2004) -7%
    Numbers (ms 2005) -3%
    Close to Home (2005) *
    Ghost Whisperer (2005) -4%
    The Unit (ms 2006) -20%
    Jericho (2006) -25%
    Shark (2006) *
    The Mentalist (2008) -10%
    The Good Wife (2009) -17%
    NCIS LA (2009) -3%
    Hawaii Five-0 (2010) -6%
    Blue Bloods (2010) -3%

    *don’t have the numbers for these, but all were canceled their second season

  • omabin

    Will watch:
    Last Resort, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, The Vampire Diaries, The Big Bang Theory, Person of Interest

    Returning Shows Rating Directions Predictions:
    The Big Bang Theory: Higher than Last Season
    Two and a Half Men: On Par with Last Season
    Person of Interest: Higher than Last Season
    Glee: Lower than Last Season
    The Vampire Diaries: On Par with Last Season Spring Ratingns, but lower than fall ratings
    30 Rock & The Office: final seasons, so on par with last year’s ratings
    Parks and Recreation: lower than last season
    Up All Night: lower than last season
    Grey’s Anatomy: lower than last season, but not by as much as people are predicting
    Scandal: slighly higher than last season

    Renewals Predictions:
    The Big Bang Theory: renewed
    Two and a Half Men: depends on whether or not they find a suitable partner for big bang the next year, I will say renewed
    Person of Interest: renewed
    Elementary: renewed
    The Vampire Diaries: renewed
    Beauty and the Beast: canceled
    Glee: renewed for a final season
    Last Resort: could go either way, it’s anyone’s guess by now. As much as i want to be optimist, I will go with canceled unfortunately
    Grey’s Anatomy: renewed
    Scandal: renewed (i might be too optimistic here)

  • Ultima


    If you look at my list, it’s fairly obvious that during the 2002,03,04-05 seasons, at the height of CSI’s ratings, the show was boosting interest in the entire crime procedural genre.

    However, by 2005, DH, Grey’s and DWTS had arrived and Idol’s ratings continued to climb; the hot thing had changed and the ratings reflect that. These days, sitcoms are the new hot thing.

    You can’t expect Person of Interest to perform like a 2002 CBS crime drama, because a lot has changed in the past ten years.

    I do think it will rise year-to-year, but that will be primarily due to having a significantly higher rated lead-in. It’ll be enough to keep the show around for four or five seasons (maybe more, depends a lot on how other shows are doing). I just don’t see mega-hit status for the show.


    CBS usually promotes based on total viewership; Person of Interest was the most watched freshman drama. However, Once Upon a Time was the highest rated freshman drama (Live+SD New Eps – 3.3 to PoI’s 2.9; Season – 4.1 to PoI’s 3.3).

  • Person of Interest TV’S #1 NEW DRAMA

    @Holly & Ultima
    Thanks for info. I agree.

    I love all your predictions. But what a strange name.

    ps 11 seconds in heaven:

    BEAUTIFUL (smile)

    ps2 CBS are right for TV’S #1 NEW DRAMA, Ultima! PoI is with 15 million viewers per ep and Once ‘only’ 9 million. So most watched and popular therefore #1 new drama is PoI! People are not ADs(yes once beat PoI in demo) as people are not corporation(as some political leaders think) Off course they are both big hits but for the record they(CBS) are correct.

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