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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  • Colin

    Again HAHAHAAAAA to all X Factor haters!^^ Huge success for Fox.

  • Mon

    I miss my Outsourced!!! I’m still disappointed about its cancellation.

  • Billy

    Once the CBS power hour of comedy and Grey’s Anatomy premiere next week the FOX numbers will nosedive.

  • Rana

    This is just sad.

  • James

    The renew/cancellation index for NBC this year is going to be juicy.

    The New Normal looks abnormal in comparison to Thursday NBC.

  • Richard

    And people were saying that “the new normal” was in trouble lol….

  • Jordan

    XF is so much better this season. It’s doing well. It’s rising.

  • Tony ^_^

    “The Office” was the only NBC show that got a 2.0+. NBC’s comeback season? NBC the third place network? Without “The Voice”, NBC collapses.

    In two weeks, “Up All Night” will fall below a 1.0…

    And “X-Factor” rose again. I wonder why…

  • Dave

    “I miss my Outsourced!!! I’m still disappointed about its cancellation.”

    Dude, it’s been two years.

  • Alex

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


    Well not so much bad as something that has to be addressed. If NBC were stronger across the week then having The New Normal pulling a 2.2 on Tuesday night would be fine. The problem is they aren’t stronger across the week and (excluding Sunday Night Football) Monday and Tuesday are clearly their best most immediate options for rebuilding. They need to get a stronger show into that 9:30 slot so that they can ultimately have a stronger platform to launch something new/different at 10PM midseason.

    I don’t think they should cancel The New Normal I think they should move it. They could move it to Thursday now though.

  • Don Juan

    well……. at least NBC’s new shows are doing good. for now

  • Kevin Somerhalder

    If Glee can maintain in this zone the whole season, also with Grey’s Anatomy as competition, it is safe.

  • Paul

    With The Office ending and Up All Night surely dead, looks like NBC will be forced to renew Community and Parks and Rec just to make sure they have reliable (yes, consistent mid-1’s is reliable – better than other shows! lol) shows in the can if new shows flop.

  • MattM

    Well that’s rough. This might end up being Parks and Rec’s last season as well. Oh well, I’m gonna enjoy them while they’re here.

  • James

    Up All Night is dead then. Wouldn’t be surprised if they end up with 30 Rock and Community back in that 8pm slot before the end of October.

  • Billy

    If anybody here thinks the X Factor is going to keep rising with the competition it will face next week I have a bridge to sell you. The X Factor numbers are high because of no competition. They will go steadily down over the next few weeks.

  • glover

    OMG, Vampire Diaries will beat 30 Rock and Up All Night O.O

  • Dennis

    Community will take UAN’s place when it premiere’s…..It might not do much better but I think it is definitely going to happen

  • Greg

    I believe Up All Night will even lose to The Vampire Diaries. Certainly it’ll lose a few tenths with Two and a Half Men’s premiere.

  • Sid

    Really enjoying X Factor this Season! :D

    Up All Night and Whitney should swap slots.

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