TV Ratings Thursday: 'The Office', 'Parks & Recreation', 'Up All Night' All Down Double Digits, 'The X Factor' Rises, 'Glee' Falls

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September 21st, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.1/9 1.8/5 1.5/4 1.4/4 1.2/4 0.5/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.0/10 0.9/3 1.3/4 1.2/4 0.8/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 8.633 7.388 4.040 3.329 3.983 1.267

 The Thursday Night NFL Network Giants/Pnthers game was simulcast on the CW affiliate in New York City and the ABC affiliate in Charlotte. As a result the numbers for the CW and ABC could be inflated and subject to more than typical adjustments in the final numbers

FOX was the number one network among adults 18-49 and total viewers.

On FOX, The X Factor earned a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating up 10% from last week's 3.1 . Glee scored a 2.9 among adults 18-49, down 6% from last week's 3.1.

NBC premiered its Thursday night comedy line-up. SNL Weekend Update Thursday garnered a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, down 6% from Community's 1.7 in the time period on September 22, 2011. and down 69% from a 5.1 for a similar election special on October 10, 2008. Up All Night earned a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, down 46% from a 2.4 for its premiere on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 and down 38% from Parks & Recreation's 2.1 in the time period on September 22, 2011. The Office scored a 2.1 among adults down 46% from a 3.9 for its previous season premiere on September 22, 2011, and tying its lowest rated telecast ever. Most of your predictions were overly optimistic.  Parks and Recreation earned a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, down 19% from a 2.1 for its prior season premiere on September 11, 2011 st 8:30PM, and down 48% from Whitney's 3.3 in the time period on September 22, 2011. Rock Center With Brian Williams notched a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, down 21% from last week's 1.4.

On ABC, Wipeout scored a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, up 27% from last week's 1.1, though the number will probably be adjusted in the finals due to local football pre-emptions.

On The CW,The Next garnered a 0.6 among adults 18-49, compared to last week's 0.2, though we'll have to wait for the finals to find out the actual ratings since the show was pre-empted in New York City for football.


Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, September 20, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX The X Factor 3.4/11 9.85
CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 2.0/7 7.80
NBC SNL Weekend Update Thursday (Season Premiere) 1.6/5 5.16
ABC Wipeout (Season Finale) 1.4/5 4.35
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.5/1 1.19
8:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 2.4/7 9.20
NBC Up All Night (Season Premiere) 1.3/4 3.14
9:00 FOX Glee 2.9/8 7.42
NBC The Office  (Season Premiere) 2.1/6 4.32
CBS Two and a Half Men - R 1.8/5 7.38
ABC Grey's Anatomy - R 1.3/3 4.18
CW The Next 0.6/2 1.47
9:30 CBS Two and a Half Men - R 1.7/5 6.78
NBC Parks and Recreation (Season Premiere) 1.7/5 3.52
10:00 CBS Person of Interest - R 1.3/4 6.59
NBC Rock Center  With Brian Williams 1.1/3 4.05
ABC Scandal - R 1.0/3 3.42


Late night ratings:


In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.7/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.



NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • Doug

    Wow, NBC Thursday is even more dead than last season. Yikes! What will happen next week?

    Not a bad episode of The Office, though.

  • Kyle R

    Yikes NBC! Thursday lineup is shakier than ever…

  • jt

    ooh NBC…

  • Greg

    I didn’t think that would happen, but Up All Night is dead. They should air these 13 episodes and replace it with Community.

  • Dillan

    X Factor was fantastic last night! Glad it’s rising.

  • Jon23838

    Disaster for NBC. Disaster!!!! So many of their shows on Thursday went down so much %%. That 9pm slot could be owned by one of the networks, someone just bhas to show something great and they could potentially get mammoth ratings because the general competition is poor.

  • forg

    Awful ratings for NBC sitcom! I know The Office is not strong anymore but to premiere that low! Ouch!

  • BH @ TV Recaps/Reviews

    Dang! NBC Thursday dropped big!

  • Petar Ivanov

    Wednsdays and thursdays will be bad(must say even stronger words) for NBC.

  • Pat

    Good God, Lemon!

  • paddy

    Woah!! NBC comedy night FLOPPED big time. Such a shame because Up All Night, SNL Weekend Update and Parks & Rec are all quality shows. But then again even The Office barely got into the 2s on the demo!

    Could it get much worse when ABC (Greys Anatomy) and CBS (Big Bang Theory) start original programming next week? Surely not….

  • Aquat1cF1sh

    Glee and especially The Office are gonna fall next week once Grey’s returns.

  • Alex

    And NBC back to earth with a thud. Terrible night and much, much worse than I’d expected. The Office only just above a 2 is a disaster. That nothing else even managed a 2 is even worse.

    I guess they just have to hope things don’t get even worse next week… (I’m sure they will though)

  • Karen

    How was the glee break-down ?

  • John

    Any history of the giants (or jets) being on a Thursday night game and the impact on other ratings as folks decide to watch the game instead?

  • Dennis

    Wow Community could actually get moved back to thursday before it premieres I think…

    Parks and Rec will probably end this year

  • Jason

    NBC can’t cancel the entire line-up after this season is over. They’ll be back where they started from if they do and have nothing in the can to replace it with.

  • forg

    Chuck Lorre sitcoms will dominate this night!

    I really hope Last Resort performs well

  • fran

    Well, now Parenthood seems stable like a ROCK!!! NBC’s thursdays are a MESS…. UAN is dead, The office is really low.. and so the other two comedies. NBC should change its schedule before it’s too late. Half of the schedule is strong, the other is really weak.

    Fox shouldn’t celebrate too much, a 3.4 for X factor with weak competition is not that good, Glee is weaker… not dead but weak

  • MoHasanie

    Yikes. NBC is back to being the worst network. The Office only managed a 2.1!! That’s awful for a premiere. Everything else did horribly as well. NBC Thursday needs to be completely changed, with all these shows cancelled.

    X factor rose which is good. If it keeps rising to 4.0+, than maybe its not a “flop” but I doubt it will, since it will be against TBBT/ TAAHM.
    Glee fell as predicted. I really hope Grey’s and POI destroy this show; I’m so sick of it!

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