Thursday Final Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory', 'Grey's Anatomy', Adjusted Up; 'Parks & Rec', 'Up All Night', 'SNL: Weekend Update', 'The Office', 'Glee', 'Scandal', 'Rock Center' Adjusted Down

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September 28th, 2012

The Big Bang Theory was adjusted up two tenths, Grey's Anatomy was adjusted up a single tenth, Parks & Recreation was adjusted down half a ratings point,Up All Night and Rock Center were adjusted down four tenths, The Office, was adjusted down three tenths, Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update was adjusted down two tenths and Glee and Scandal were adjusted down a single tenth among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Thursday broadcast ratings.

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Thursday, September 27, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.0 15 15.66
FOX The X Factor 3.2 10 9.39
ABC Last Resort -P 2.2 7 9.31
NBC Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update 1.5 6 4.67
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.3 1 0.72
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 3.5 10 12.54
NBC Up All Night 1.4 4 3.26
9:00PM ABC Grey's Anatomy 4.4 12 11.73
CBS Person of Interest 2.9 8 14.28
FOX Glee 2.4 7 5.79
NBC The Office 2.1 6 4.13
CW The Next 0.3 1 0.69
9:30PM NBC Parks and Recreation 1.6 4 3.27
10:00 PM CBS Elementary -P 3.1 9 13.41
ABC Scandal 2.1 6 6.74
NBC Rock Center With Brian Williams 0.8 2 3.13

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

  • The End


    Person of Interest is ‘So so’ for real? Last season proved the show is a solid performer and has a fantastic audience retention. The show is pretty much on an upward trend. And think the show will grow from here on out if last season is anything to go by.

  • LL2

    @ Bookworm It seems that show hasn’t yet decided on an identity which is not good for a show in its second season. It wants to be a political show, a soap opera with the Olivia-Fitz-Mellie love triangle, and now we have the mystery with “who is Quinn?” and Olivia’s possible role in the whole situation. The show has some good ideas but its all over the place.

  • eridapo

    @Petar Ivanov

    I disagree with you.. Hannibal needs a lead in. Without it is just as dead as Awake was..

  • S.

    Scandal really can’t improve, and can’t take any advantage of any improved lead-in thrown at it. ABC would do better swapping it with Nashville starting next week, give the new show a better chance and stop wasting the lead-in on a show that doesn’t benefit from it.

    Scandal has very loyal fans, it would still be OK on Wednesday. The move would save it from the embarrassment of comparison with previous occupant, 2.1 was the worse rating PP did in that slot. Last season, PP was already considered a fading veteran and it still premiered at 2.9 with a lead-in of only 3.6.

    While Scandal is not in trouble, Scandal in that time slot is a waste of the only show on ABC that can still deliver a lead-in in a demo into 10pm. Unless Revenge really grows on Sunday.

  • Oliver

    My guesstimate of a 0.4 downward adjustment on NBC was pretty good.

    Looks like NBC won’t be pulling Up All Night from Thursday for Community. Still not going to get a back 9, though.

  • healthy

    NBC might want to pull the plug on their Thursday lineup as soon as 30 Rock wraps up.

    Looks like their future for comedy is on Tuesday and Friday nights.

  • omabin

    @KJ Styles,

    I am sorry, I meant Tuesdays at 10. My bad. That’s why I mentioned PP being at Thursday at 8. Sorry about that.

  • LL2

    @Bookworm, my comment was meant for Bigbrotherfan.

  • SJ

    Wow, Scandal couldn’t even hold on to 50% of Grey’s audience! That’s gotta hurt! :D

    I’m really surprised Men did as relatively “badly” as it did considering the very compatible lead-in.

    …aaand new series low for Glee.

    Ouch, Parks and Rec. I hope it recovers. I liked last night’s episode way more than the premiere.

    Hoping that 30 Rock can do at least a 1.7 for its return. Wishful thinking, I know…

  • Brandon

    WTF, why don’t Nielsen families watch Parks and Rec?

  • Cass rowlwland

    NBC Thursday is still TVs number one night for comedy

  • juank


  • bill

    I don’t want to get too political on this and preface by saying I have no political affiliation, so here is my question to those interested in throwing it around:

    Does anyone think Kerry Washington may have had her “Oprah” moment by endorsing the President during the convention? I spoke to a few who skew in the hot demo and said they are just tired of politics injected in their favorite shows and have decided to give them a pass? The show screams partisan and her face is now pretty recognizable.

    I look the the RNC with the Eastwood thing. While his movie didn’t do too badly against the competition, I saw no cast out promoting it and the butts in the seats were pretty low.


  • Sara

    Great for GA, was a genius episode, make me cry like a baby jaja

  • Spen B

    Last Resort’s half hours were 2.0 and 2.3, that’s good to see.

  • Bookworm


    I am a huge fan of the show but the writing is really great to me. I can go without the weekly cases most of the time (they are just in the way of the larger storyline) but as a whole, i think they do blend well together and Scandal has a really good rhythm. Shonda has created a world of dirty politics and really different people who have capabilities that many of us don’t know. Everyone from the First Lady to Fitz, Cyrus and then Huck all have something they add and a little thing they will do to get things done. I love Kerry and I think Olivia Pope is the most flawed heroine on TV (at least the shows I watch). We love her and Fitz together and their sad but passionate romance, however, the last episode taught us that Olivia Pope clearly has her hand in the dirty politics she is hired to fix. And Mellie makes for great Tv, she is ruthless but has moment when you feel bad for her.

    I would change the pace (slow down just a little) and sharpen up on the weekly cases (can go without them at times) but as a whole, I like where this is going. Even though I have no clue what will happen next; the cliff hangers make no sense and have you asking a million questions.

    Scandal would work perfect on Cable TV. The head writer needs to be given some more ammo. I think the way they want to work out the show can’t be done to well on Prime time and Cable TV would allow them to loosen their buckle and get gritty. Sounds weird but as a fan, I hope Scandal is put on cable tv eventually; I love the show but prime time is restricting it for me. There is too much to be down with Kerry and Tony.

  • omabin

    For everyone talking about the midseason schedule of NBC, I am confused. NBC will have a period with no Voice on, right? What will it have on during that time? It has three hours to fullfill. Or am I nuts?

    They have stocked up:
    – Reality: The Biggest Looser
    – Comedies: 1600 Penn, Save Me, Next Caller
    – Dramas: Infamous, Hannibal, Do No Harm

    Also, how many hours and starting when do they need to program Sunday? I am very confused at doing these fantasy schedules for NBC, too many variables!

  • The End


    Because Nielsen families prefer quality shows like Person of Interest, or Greys Anatomy.

  • Andy

    Do you want a soulution for Glee? Forget Rachel and Kurt! They’re bringing down the damn show!

  • Michael

    Moving Glee to Thursdays was a huge mistake!

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