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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  • Remote Patrolled

    This has been a good week for X Factor – two strong episodes – more talent, less over-production.

    Show could possible break the 10 million mark in finals which would be good for Fox

    Still has a long way to go though!

  • Spencer

    Cw was probably preempted

  • Juan

    Oh good god! Just air new episodes of The Voice Monday through Friday…

  • Mon

    Looks like NBC’s gonna start from scratch on its Thursday line-up on fall 2013. As in wipeout!

  • Dennis

    …and X Factor continues to rise

  • Doug

    @Jason – they certainly can cancel the entire line-up. If it’s averaging these numbers, and tentpole The Office is gone, they really have nothing to lose.

  • Californiadgd

    poor NBC..

    TBBT and 21/2MEN will squash X FACTOR big time!

  • EatMorePez

    Who still thinks 2.2 for the New Normal the other other night was bad for NBC?

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Jon23838 who said:
    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.

    ME: I think will be PoI:
    More and more people start watching the show. Guess they found it now or friends tell them for great quality and script. The best in all network tv.
    Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson. And if everybody knew about Mr. Finch(EMMY award winner), Mr. Reese make us to ask who is Jack? Also add uniqueness of the show. I mean with so many ‘more of the same’ not only dramas, but sitcoms, reality, singing/talent/dancing competition shows etc. so hard to find something different. POI is beyond them with its uniqueness. This finding Finch quest is genius. Great work from writers. Where is Finch? Where is Finch? Where is Finch? The search start on Sept. 27 at 9/8c on CBS! And new CBS “super thursday” block. With TAHM lead-in.

  • Oliver

    How long until NBC moves Community to Thursday to replace Up All Night?

    Surely it’s a no-brainer!

  • Stacey

    Anybody have the breakdowns for Glee and X-Factor?

  • battye

    Very surprised at SNL Weekend Update Thursday! A better comparison is not 2009, but 2008 which was also an election year. And I think the episodes were approaching a 5.0 then!

    So I’m shocked to see it only get 1.6… given it was leading off the night (as opposed to following The Office, which I think was the case in 2008) I was expecting maybe a 3.0. So this is quite low.

    Up All Night – terrible rating. It may not last to midseason? Am I right in remembering that it reached a season low of 1.0 last season? It is a surprise renewal I guess.

    Creatively it was a good comeback for The Office. It deserved a higher rating but last season probably drove a lot of people away; hopefully they return as the season progresses and hopefully the quality remains quite high. I think for a lot of people season eight was very disappointing.

    Parks and Recreation – decent episode, but I don’t think this show is going to get any popular. With The Office ending, I reckon we could see Thursday re-imagined on NBC next year. I think the era… and it’s been a damn successful one for NBC it has to be said, since the mid eighties until The Office’s and 30 Rock’s ratings fell… might be coming to an end for NBC Thursdays.

  • Gaius Bolling

    interesting thing about x-factor is that buzz online and in the media is very positive for the show. i can see the show steadily rising as it goes on. it keeps winning the night when it airs. i know fox may want more but at least it’s not dropping. but we’ll have to see

  • Dan

    This is the nbc we all know and love…

  • EatMorePez

    The CW had to be preempted for football in some markets.

  • RyanCanada

    NBC’s entire thursday lineup will be canceleld this year, sadly to say even The Office and P&R

  • maya

    good for x factor.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    People don’t like NBC comedies anymore?

  • Mr Mumble

    Community’s mid-season premiere in April did better (in demo and viewers) than The Office’s season premiere in September. Wow!

  • mark

    X Factor half-hour breakdown:
    8:00pm: 9.05 million, A18-49: 3.0/10
    8:30pm: 10.64 million, A18-49: 3.7/11

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