TV Ratings Thursday: 'Grey's Anatomy' & 'Scandal' Return Up, 'Big Bang Theory' Steady With Last Year + Premieres for 'Elementary' & 'Last Resort'

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September 28th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.4/10 2.9/8 2.8/8 1.7/5 1.4/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/7 2.4/8 2.5/8 1.5/5 1.2/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 13.800 9.210 7.558 4.655 3.588 0.727


 The Thursday Night NFL Network Cleveland/Baltimore game was simulcast on the NBC affiliates in both markets. As a result the numbers for NBC are probably inflated and subject to more than typical adjustments in the final numbers

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

On FOX, The X Factor garnered a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating, down  from last week's 3.5. Glee earned a 2.5. also down from last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS,the season premiere of The Big Bang Theory earned a 4.8, down just a tick from last year's 4.9 premiere 18-49 rating. The season premiere of Two and a Half Men earned a 3.5, compared with last year's Ashton Kutcher-inflated 10.7 premiere rating. The season premiere of Person of Interest earned a 2.9, down only two tenths from last year's 3.1 premiere rating. The series premiere of Elementary earned a respectable 3.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, the series premiere of Last Resort earned a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too optimistic. The season premiere of Grey's Anatomy earned a 4.3, up two tenths from last year's 4.1 premiere rating. Scandal premiered its second season also up to a 2.2 18-49 rating from last year's 2.0 premiere rating.

NBC's Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update special earned a 1.7, up a tenth after last week's 1.6 18-49 rating. Up All Night earned a 1.8, up half a ratings point  from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. The Office earned a 2.4, up three tenths, after last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. Parks and Recreation earned a 2.1 rating up from last week's 1.7 rating. Rock Center earned a 1.2, up a tenth from last week's 1.1 rating. Its worth mentioning again that all of these numbers are likely inflated due to Thursday Night Football coverage and will look very different in the finals this afternoon.

On the CW, The Next was even with last week's 0.3 among adults 18-49.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight 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 4.8 15 15.309
FOX The X Factor 3.2 10 9.192
ABC Last Resort -P 2.2 7 9.079
NBC Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update 1.7 6 5.433
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.3 1 0.771
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 3.5 10 12.372
NBC Up All Night 1.8 5 4.455
9:00PM ABC Grey's Anatomy 4.3 12 11.546
CBS Person of Interest 2.9 8 14.271
FOX Glee 2.5 7 5.925
NBC The Office 2.4 7 5.23
CW The Next 0.3 1 0.683
9:30PM NBC Parks and Recreation 2.1 5 4.464
10:00 PM CBS Elementary -P 3.1 9 13.288
ABC Scandal 2.2 6 7.006
NBC Rock Center With Brian Williams 1.2 3 4.17


Late night ratings:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.9/8; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.1/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5. 

  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.1/5; "Late Show," 0.8/4; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).

  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 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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  • CrimTV

    CBS should’ve kept TAAHM on Mondays and premiered Partners on Thursday!

  • Victor Hugo

    dissapointing results for Two and A Half Men and Person Of Interest… #TBBT was great and good star for Elementary
    Ouch for Last Resort

  • Vance

    Looking back on this, HIMYM and 2BG actually did very well, considering how much 2.5 Men declined from last season.

  • Tony ^_^

    Wasn’t a 2.5 considered low for “Glee” last season? :o

    When I first saw that “Up All Night” rose to a 1.8 I was like, “Huh??” But then I remembered the red text at the top. :p Hehe… ^^^

  • Mike

    Parks and Rec was hilarious last night, best comedy on Thursday for sure. Too bad for Last Resort, I thought it was amazing, is it this years awake?

  • Gregg

    14 million viewers for POI, but so few are 18-49. Very disappointing. I’m also sorry to see Last Resort do relatively weakly. I really enjoyed the show, and hope that word of mouth may at least keep it stable at it’s current rating.

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  • CarShark

    Yet another drama disaster for CBS. Big Bang might grow, but 2 1/2 Men is evidence of audience fatigue. PoI once again gives up all its gains and is back to high 2s. Elementary scored better than I expected, but we still have to see if it can hold it.

  • Hugh

    Parks being more than 2.0 is thrilling

  • Cristi

    Bye bye scandal and last resort. :)

  • CrimTV


    That’s exactly what happened when I saw UAN’s 1.8 rating, I was like whattT!

  • John_M

    WTF happen to Glee?? UGH!!!

    It forgot what it’s primary premise and conceit was and fell into the same old trap all shows about high school kids do – forgetting to properly infuse new blood and focusing on the same old twats.

    Oh yeah – it seems that Lea Michelle holds sway over them for reasons passing understanding as she was never the best female singer but gets half the camera time

  • rick

    America skews old nowdays.

  • Wally Sparks

    Wow, CBS’s decision to shore up Thursday so far seems like a disaster. Sub-3 rating for POI, which was the whole reason for moving 2 1/2 Men to the night. Love Parks & Rec, but wouldn’t be shocked at a .4 adjustment down when the game is taken out. The Last Resort did better than I thought. It was the best pilot of the year, hopefully ABC has super low expectations for the slot!

  • FOXkid

    Still waiting for the analysis…

  • mantua

    WOW, nice for ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ onsidering it was its NINTH Season Premiere. Decent for Elementary and Scandal, although latter’s retention is rather bad.

  • Roberto

    Parks and Rec went up and X Factor did well against the heavy competition. :)

  • Chris L

    Office and Parks up a scosh. I think premiering a week early was a huge mistake, but even still they’re going to be in big trouble against the NFL.

    Parks is my favorite show and even still I’ll DVR it for a good game.

  • SherLOCKED

    BBT came back as big as usual!

    Oh and Elementary is a REALLY, REALLY good show! I’m still a bit mad it took Mentalist’s timeslot, but I can forgive them if it stays as good as the premiere episode was. :D

  • James

    Two and a Half Men did well below expected considering the cost of the show. I expect this year will be the last. Saying that, it is astill a strong show. But it is no longer even the second strongest show on CBS. It is now the third (which we saw some signs of last year with a few episodes of 2 Broke Girls beating it).

    Those NBC numbers must be inflated by the NFL (as the red text says) as they are just too high above last week. Up All Night is in renewal territory with that rating! Stark contrast to last week. The Office still doing badly compared with last year at this time.

    Big Bang as strong as ever. Already renewed anyway, mind. Wouldn’t be surprised if they renewed it again in the next few months for another long term contract.

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