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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  • Nick

    A shame that Last Resort did mediocre. If it can stay steady, it’ll probably survive, like Scandal did.

    Nice for TBBT and POI, excellent for Elementary. 2.5 Men is dead. I think ¡Rob!’s premiere did better than that.
    CBS schedule should have been:

    8: HIMYM
    8:30: 2.5 Men
    9: 2BG
    9:30: new comedy

    8: TBBT
    8:30: Mike & Molly
    M&M is the only comedy that needs the TBBT help but won’t flop after it.

  • Nero

    Two cool promos from Chicago Fire and Revenge:

  • Nero

  • KJ Styles

    @Ultima- Aren’t the “we didn’t cancel everything” renewals usually granted to midseason dramas? Both Body of Proof and V were midseason shows (V only had a four episode fall run).

    When I mentioned Body Of Proof, what I meant was that BOP’s 2nd season had ratings that should have gotten it cancelled, but somehow it got renewed. I could see the same thing happening for Last Resort given it’s critical acclaim (most critics view it as the best new network drama this season) especially if their other new dramas underachieve as well.

  • eridapo

    Stop it with the Freaking promos… Just for that I refused to watch those damn shows… Screw Chicago Fire and Revenge…..

    If you want to say something on this site, say it. Don’t F___ put damn unpaid promos.

  • Dave C

    Last Resort deserved better. I think ABC dropped the ball on its marketing. Revolution debuted bigger and among high concept shows Last Resort is a more interesting premise that they should’ve been able to sell. Its also better written, better shot, and better acted but its hard to translate that into viewers if you can’t sell people on the premise. ABC failed to do that and now the show is going to struggle.

  • danny94

    Love that Revenge promo! Cant wait for Sunday!!!

  • Billy


    This Just In…

    …From CBS Entertainment

    THE BIG BANG THEORY was adjusted upwards +0.2 rating points among adults 18-49 to 5.0/16, marking its biggest premiere in adults 18-49, according to updated Nielsen ratings for Thursday, Sept. 27.

    THE BIG BANG THEORY also recorded premiere highs in viewers, with 15.66m

  • bigbrotherfan

    Slam- We can only hope that GLEE is done. Now I am sure the cable landscape was pretty good in 2000-2003 not anywhere near today but I always see how people mention that CABLE has been a contributing factor since the 80’s..Dunno not gonna comment..I wasn’t born till 87 but if memory serves TITANS premired to either a 9.1 or 9.3 rating. That is amazing under any standards no matter how you wanna cut it. I think it even was around the 8-9 million mark when it was moved to mondays at 8pm to replace DEADLINE.

    BACK TO GLEE- I said it would go down and it did. This show has lost all it’s steam and whatever FOX can promote with X FACTORS not-so-great numbers after it they should put there! FOX needs to know GLEE has been going down and down each season ITS NOT GETTING BETTER. It’s on it’s 9th life. SYNDICATION SYNDICATION LOL

  • Eddy

    I got the chills watching those two promos I’m really excited for Sunday and October 10th.

    @ Dave C

    I believed from the get go that ABC will keep failing on their new shows as long as they keep placing them on Thursdays at 8p they probably had some potential hits in years pasts had they put them in right timeslots. I would’ve liked to had seen Resort get the same treatment that the Grey’s spin-offs were getting at 10pm on Tuesday or Thursday.

  • ToXiX

    The Big Bang Theory was trash last night.
    Two and a half men was funny.

    2.5 Men should have been a 4.2/14

  • Vance

    The Big Bang Theory hits the jackpot with a +0.2 adjustment to 5.0. I can’t wait to see Idol and other singing competitions to get mauled on a weekly basis by titans like Modern Family and TBBT.

  • Sean 922

    @ eridapo, who ruined your day? Cool out dude its not that serious you don’t want to see them then don’t click on them its as simple as that. I’m glad the guy posted them or I would’ve never seen them.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @eridapo who said:

    Stop it with the Freaking promos… Just for that I refused to watch those damn shows… Screw Chicago Fire and Revenge…..

    If you want to say something on this site, say it. Don’t F___ put damn unpaid promos.


  • bigbrotherfan

    HMMMM……Chicago Fire…? Does NBC not remember TRAUMA?

  • Bookworm


    Thanks!! I always wondered how that works.

  • Eddy

    @ ToXiX

    If you want to see something 10x better than Two and a Half Men then watch Anger Management.

    @ Vance

    Good to see BBT hit that 5.0 in finals it beat Modern Family in viewers but not in the demo.

    @ Sean922

    Thank you!

  • colt13

    NBC has a problem. Watching Parks and Rec, it is a different show now since Leslie and Ben have different jobs. Wont last past this season. And with the Office and 30 Rock ending, they will need 3 or 4 new comedies just for thursday alone.

  • Bookworm

    The bitter queen called SJ has spoken. Seriously, I think your pessimistic attitude towards Scandal works in the reverse. You hope and wished for a horrible finale and no renewal, we got a renewal and a kick ass finale number (higher than what you thought). What is your headache with this show?

    I’ve yet to see anyone go out of their way to bash a show and hope for cancellation. Just don’t watch it! Saves you time and energy.

  • Maggie Q

    That little nerd SJ better be quiet.

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