Thursday Final Ratings:'The X Factor' Adjusted Up; 'Wipeout', 'The Next' Adjusted Down

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September 21st, 2012

The X Factor was adjusted up a tenth, Wipeout was adjusted down two tenths and The Next was adjusted down three tenths among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Thursday broadcast ratings. Both Wipeout and The Next were pre-mpted for football in local markets.

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Thursday, September 20, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX The X Factor 3.5/11 10.15
CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 2.1/7 7.91
NBC SNL Weekend Update Thursday (Season Premiere) 1.6/5 5.15
ABC Wipeout (Season Finale) 1.2/4 3.94
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.3/1 0.79
8:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 2.5/7 9.32
NBC Up All Night (Season Premiere) 1.3/4 3.11
9:00 FOX Glee 2.9/8 7.46
NBC The Office  (Season Premiere) 2.1/6 4.28
CBS Two and a Half Men - R 1.8/5 7.41
ABC Grey's Anatomy - R 1.1/3 3.76
CW The Next 0.3/1 0.78
9:30 CBS Two and a Half Men - R 1.7/5 7.41
NBC Parks and Recreation (Season Premiere) 1.7/5 3.50
10:00 CBS Person of Interest - R 1.3/4 6.65
NBC Rock Center  With Brian Williams 1.1/3 4.09
ABC Scandal - R 0.9/3 2.99

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Fake Me Out

    @Allen “Whitney/Community/Grimm can beat those Thursday numbers!

    Test Pattern/Opera Highlights/Cricket Scores could beat those Thursday numbers …


  • were123

    If Go On stays strong, I’ll be sure that by mid season, or sooner, that show will be the anchor to try save face on Thursdays, but that could as well destroy Go On as last season it happened with Up all Night. I believe the lowest telecast for UAN in Wensdays was a 1.8, in Thursdays it was a 1.2 and this premiere came very close to that series low. So NBC has a tough choice: depending on how their Tuesdays comedies go along, if they do great, they might be moved to Thursdays, put Smash at 9pm Tuesdays, while Go On and New Normal try to save NBC.
    This is the schedule I’m seeing.
    8PM- Voice
    9PM- Smash
    10PM- Parenthood

    8PM- Go On
    8:30pm- The New Normal
    9PM- The Office
    9:30PM- Parks & Recreation

    Up all Night is most likely dead (although I hate to say it), it’s only chance would be a move to Thurdays 10PM along with 30Rock at 10:30PM (Brian Willis to Saturday) or to Fridays switching with Community and leaving Go On and The New Normal where they were (Tuesdays). Anyway, NBC has a mess and I see Up all Night as collateral damage :(

  • deadline

    Wow P&R and Office waaaay down on what I thought they’d be. Bumping them both up .5 is what I kind of estimated.

  • Raykov

    What will NBC’s ratings be next week. I say 1.0 for UAN, 1.8 for The Office and 1.7 for P&R

  • TVDude


    If Go On stays strong, I think they should do this (similar to yours, but different:)
    8pm – Parks and Recreation
    8:30pm – The Office
    9pm – Go On
    9:30pm – New Sitcom/TNN

    Then Tuesday would be open to launch two more comedies. Go On might hurt a little at first, but there’s no doubt that it would pull decent numbers following the finale of The Office, which will probably bring some people back (although, probably far from a series high).

    NBC might be afraid to pull it from Tuesdays though. In either case, I do think The Office and Parks and Rec should be moved earlier to make way for new programming in the 9pm hour, whether it be more comedies or a new drama. It’s quite possible they’ll split SVU and Chicago Fire up at midseason and expand comedies on Wednesday night (going against ABC since CBS might expand its Thursday block at midseason).

  • TVDude

    Sorry, that wasn’t for SJ, but “were123″… although SJ will probably read it too haha

  • Hugh

    *Gulp* NBC

  • Joseph A

    CBS – Those are great numbers for repeats
    NBC – The numbers are nothing to boast about, and only worth while if you don’t mind being the lowest rated network of the night.
    ABC – Horrible numbers but things will get better when the normal season starts.
    FOX –
    X Factor – Good Numbers if costs are not out of control.
    Glee – Good Numbers but it had no competition , though I think they brought in to many new characters at once, BUT
    Very happy to added Hunky Dean Geyer who went the distance in Australian Idol back in 2006, and had a supporting role in TeraNova.

  • luisl

    Maybe Community has better ratings if they announce it’s the last season? Yeah, no, that didn’t work for Chuck.

  • Ting En

    I wonder what’s gonna happen to NBC once 30 Rock and The Office is gone.
    SVU is dying, the other shows are just not decent enough. (Besides Smash, but NBC decided to leave it for midseason)
    I’m not gonna comment on the freshmen dramas yet, since it takes time before their full potential is shown.

  • Juan

    Very good numbers for both grey’s and scandal repeats, I think they will both come back very strong, I say above a 4 for sure for grey’s and maybe above 3 for scandal, def. a series high, also I really think that Last Resort will do very well with the incredible buzz and such it ha going for it, plus I think it’s good counter programming I think, I say above a 3

  • peter


    Greys anatomy had several episodes at 4.0- 4.2 last year and only one episode below 3.0 rest were about 3.2 -3,8 …

    last episode had 12 million viewers and 4.2 in the demo ….
    i dont know what you ve been smoking saying greys was at 2s .

  • Bumfuzzled

    In the unlikely event a CW Exec. reads this post…. I will no longer watch any further CW shows. I cannot commit to another Ringer situation where you end a drama without a finale. You’ve done this too many times.

  • thesnowleopard

    @Bill Gorman
    One could say that about most shows, really, but the premise of Last Resort does seem a bit…goofy.

  • peter

    for an 8th season drama show greys anatomy did more than great.first episode on february had 4.2 and 12.000.000 viewers number and same thing happened at the finale.

    You re also making fun of yourself if you think glee will retain same ratings when person of interest and greys anatomy airs new episodes…
    my bets for next weeks glee is below 2.0 and i hope this awful show gets cancelled.

  • BJG

    The days of NBC Thursday dominance…or even relevance or long gone. They need to rearrange the Thursday night lineup…8-10: NBC Thursday Movie and 10-11: Dateline NBC (Always a reliable standby for them). But they’re 4 comedies/1 drama plan needs to be put to rest!

  • getmilk

    LOL @ The Next. This show is such a flop. I wonder if it’ll better during the live shows?

    Not even the 4 “celebrity” judges can save this show. It’s only performing slightly better than The LA Complex.

    When The LA Complex gets renewed in Canada, I hope The CW picks it up and air it next summer over this show.

    I legit feel bad for Gloria Estefan. Isn’t she a Grammy winner?

  • Holly


    Greys anatomy had several episodes at 4.0- 4.2 last year and only one episode below 3.0 rest were about 3.2 -3,8

    While I definitely wouldn’t say that Grey’s was in the 2s, it did actually drop below a 3.0 twice (4/5 and 4/12). And it spent most of the spring in the low 3s. And the numbers I have for the final was a 4.1 (actually, the numbers Spotted Ratings has since that’s where I’m getting these).

  • Joseph A

    @thesnowleopard and others ,

    Anyone know how the heck , Last Resort was allowed to be made?
    Really ! A series about the United States wanting to Nuke a Muslim Country !

  • AO

    @ Bumfuzzled,

    *EVERY* Network has canceled numerous dramas without a finale that ties things up. That’s in no way unique to the CW, and the CW at least aired all the Episodes. If you boycott them you might as well boycott all the Nets.

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