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.

  • JD

    They could try Last Resort at 10. Scandal drops off a cliff after Grey’s numbers. Poor Parks and Rec…that 2.1 was nice while it lasted (a few hours).

  • JR

    Great showing for Grey’s Anatomy. There are points in which I wasn’t watching weekly, but I always end up coming back.

  • Vance

    @Ultima, yeah, I think Fox will go with the reboot of The Flintstones as well.

  • Brian J

    Why does everyone expect so many changes to happen so quickly regarding “Community,” “Up All Night,” and “Whitney”? Two of those three have yet to air, and if they could see any sort of success on Friday nights, NBC might be better off leaving them alone.

  • Dinaminjo

    Networks must have a “plan B” because they can’t expect all their shows to do well. They know they will have to cancel sth so they must already have a show or two on “standby”

  • Ultima

    @The End
    Predicting we’l sadly see some series lows with Two and a Half Men over the course of the season.

    We already have. The premiere was a series low.

  • Oliver

    Why would NBC want to keep making episodes of a bomb like Animal Practice?

    Also, Community only has a half-season order.

  • Cory

    Simpsons and Family Guy will get 4s if there is any overrun. I think FOX decided not to go with The Flinstones reboot.

  • JD

    Two and a Half men should’ve ended years ago. The numbers it still pulls are surprising, even if they’re down.

  • Oliver

    @Brian J
    There’s a belief NBC put them on Friday as standbys for failed shows and NBC never intended for them to air on Friday,

    Friday is a death slot, if they ever air in Fridays then they will get series lows prior to being axed. Shows don’t escape the ratings black hole that is the Friday Night Death Slot.

  • eridapo


    Cable companies and satellite providers do track everything yo watch, but they don’t know who is actually watching (No demo information)

  • scratcher base

    Leave it to Ultima to live in a fantasy world. idiot

  • SG

    So when do they move The Voice to Thursday?

  • jT

    @ultima simpsons is being inflated by the nfl……new girl is going it solo

    I can’t imagine 130+ million people sitting down and watching the flinstones.

  • eridapo

    @ S.

    That is the problem with ABC as a whole (too much estrogen and not enough testosterone).

  • Ultima

    Do they need to programme 3 hours on Sunday starting in January or are they just expecting to have that many failures?

    NBC’s announced Sunday schedule (which could change obviously) is
    7 – Dateline
    8 – Fashion Star
    9 – The Apprentice
    10 – Do No Harm

    They also have Smash, Infamous, Hannibal, Save Me, 1600 Penn, Off Their Rockers, Next Caller (7 eps only), and The Biggest Loser.

    There’s also several other unscripted programs they can use for December/January and Fridays (or hold for summer).

    They also have Crossbones and Dracula, but I’m not sure if they’re planning on using those for midseason or summer.

    Parenthood is ending early and obviously not all of the comedies are getting back-9s, so there will be room on the schedule. They’ll probably continue their repeat-lite approach that they used last year.

  • CBS lets do this

    The Flinstones debuting Sunday February 2, 2014

  • Oliver

    Never. They want to avoid Idol and you can’t put a results show on Friday.

  • MoHasanie

    haha, good news that Scandal had such bad retention. ABC will not be happy with that.
    Grey’s is very strong, but it always falls after premieres and settles down in the low to mid 3’s, although this year it should follow last season’s trend, and fall to high 2’s or at least I hope so. I mean, I have nothing against Grey’s, but it makes shows like DH and House look bad for performing averagely in their 8th year, and yet Grey’s is still very strong in its ninth.

    Good that TBBT reached 5.0 but its still half a point behind Modern Family. Only two shows could manage 5.0 in premiere week excluding sports, and I’m not expecting any show on Sunday to do so.

    TAAHM only had 70% retention from TBBT. CBS never should have moved it. Bad decision. They should keep trying to use the comedies that are strong now to launch new hits, and NOT create “power hours” which so far hasn’t benefited POI.
    They should have left their Monday’s intact, and just tried to launch new comedies out of either TBBT OR they could have moved Mike and Molly to the spot after TBBT, and launched something out of TAAHM at 9.30 on Monday. Oh well, in a few years they’ll only be left with 2 Broke Girls and Mike and Molly, and possibly TBBT, but they could have easily had more hit comedies.

    Good news for Glee! Hope it continues to fall. :)

  • Greg


    I completely agree with you. It makes absolutely no sense to greenlight this spin-off, except that NBC is in such a dire strait that anything that average high 1’s or low 2’s is good enough for them. Even if The Office is performing the worst ratings ever, it’s still doing better than a lot of their shows.

    Also, they might expect The Office to rise during its last episodes? Maybe? I don’t know. But I expect at least a 6-episode tryout for that spin-off.

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