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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  • gerry

    @ slam – agreed on it potentially going up next week. if you look at the half hours (i think i looked at those correctly) it went up v dropping off. perhaps it snagged some of those viewers that disappeared from cbs after TBBT. its obvious from reading the comments that everyone that watched LR (short of a few people) liked it and plan on watching next week. i also think it will do ok in dvr numbers.

    its also in a HORRIBLE time slot. abc either needs to move it to another night (private practice/last resort switchout would be a good move i think), or it will hopefully be ok with it doing a 2.0 since its performing that number in the thursday 8pm..? maybe? fingers crossed.

  • eridapo

    @Sean 922

    HAHAHA….. I don’t mind people talking and pulling for the show, but when you place a promo without commenting on the site just makes me think you are some POS marketer….

    I notice the last couples of days the Same Chicago Fire promo being posted without any comments to go along with the posting….

    If you want to advertise your show, pay for it…. I’m sure TVBTN would like to get paid for hosting such promos…

  • sam

    Elementary was extremely dull and irritating. It is just Monk, Perception and The Mentalist mixed together badly. I won’t be watching again.

  • Ike

    Regarding Last Resort, people keep bitching about Thursday at 8 being a bad timeslot, but there’s nowhere else for it to go on ABC. You want it in the Castle slot behind Dancing with the Stars on Monday, against Revolution and Hawaii 5-0 and Monday Night Football? You’ve got to be kidding me. Dancing with the Stars is mostly an older female audience too, so that doesn’t work as a lead-in.

    Tuesdays? Tuesdays are catastrophic for ABC, and again, wrong audience lead-in from DwtS.

    Wednesdays at 10? Maybe that would work better, only just barely. But they picked female-skewing Nashville for that slot, which is probably smart against male-skewing CSI; also SVU might get moved back there if NBC’s Chicago Fire fails.

    Fridays? The show is too expensive for Fridays.

    Thursday at 10? Nope, Grey’s gives the wrong kind of lead-in: Too female. So yeah, nowhere.

    8 p.m. is actually smart because there might at least be SOME dudes watching whatever is on their local ABC stations at 7:30, like Jeopardy etc., thus… giving it a lead-in! Just one that isn’t reported here.

    Anyway, is “this is on the wrong network” a fan excuse bingo square? Because there you go! I’m giving you that one for Last Resort. Wrong damn channel for it. Anybody got bingo yet?


    Wow! The old man is very pleased. Just came back to check the fate of MD & it seems to be relatively safe.



  • Bookworm

    Lol Maggie Q,

    SJ is bitter and I never got why. He is by far the most pessimistic commenter on the board. I laugh at his attempts to rationalize his hate and opinions with bogus predictions and downright cruel intentions. I guess he is till upset about GCB. I don’t understand people like that. This board is friendly and we can disagree about which show to watch but also make logical observation and what is to expect but very few, if any, are salivating at its downfall and cancellation.

    His habits are unhealthy, I almost want to send him a Scandal Dvd and buy him an Itunes pass.

  • healthy

    @ KJ Styles: Wrestling still plays a big part just due to the fact that it can grab 4-5 million viewers on any given week. Those same viewers could be watching something on the broadcasters.

  • Vance

    Bill, are Bookworm and Maggie Q the same person?

  • Maggie Q

    Yeah Bookworm he is probably the worst poster on here I’ve been reading comments on here for 2 years now and I’ve seen some pretty bad trolls on here like the guy on this page eridapo who attacked a guy for posting promos that I wanted to see. I despise him the most because he always has to attack posters on here like its nobody’s business just because they say something negative which is usually the truth about the shows he likes. He’s a lunatic, the guy needs to seriously change his name, I just hate seeing him post on here.

  • Maggie Q

    Vance no people actually hate SJ on here. Why are you concerned anyways nobody was even talking to you or about you? Are you and SJ the same person?

  • Kyle7

    @Bookworm: “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.”

    Aren’t a quarter of the posts in this thread alone happy about the low ratings of show X and/or hoping for its cancellation? A number of them also include insufferable smileys appended to those sentiments, which makes those people look like even larger jerks than they would have otherwise.

  • Bookworm


    Bill can check all he wants and check another two times. Maggie Q and I are not the same person. I believe this was brought up with me and Max because we both loved Scandal. Thank You for the concern though.


    I’ve been here since roughly April and I from what I’ve seen, it stands true. I don’t see to much trolling for other shows though I see a lot of fans who want one show over another and that’s totally normal but I think he goes beyond with his dislike for Scandal. I don’t know if he applied for a job there and didn’t get it or someone dissed him on Twitter. I almost feel bad for him. It’s kind of sad but he keeps his distance so I leave it alone. Though I don’t understand the point in typing a comment for a show you don’t and won’t watch. I never talk about Vampire Diaries or any other CW show because I don’t watch them and it makes no difference who goes on and who doesn’t; though I’m not wishing for anyone’s down fall.

    It is what it is though. Makes for good laughs on a Friday!!

  • Bookworm


    Most of them aren’t but I think SJ has a special place for Scandal. I mean this is the second season and he is still carrying on. Most of the post on here talk about what will get cancelled but very few are salivating at the thought of its cancellation. I hear a few on low ratings but as a whole, most low ratings are just disappointing, not “happy” post.

    I could be wrong but that’s what I see most of the time on here. This place is not too pessimistic, expect for “Renewal” weeks.

  • Maggie Q

    Bookworm someone gave me the impression a long time ago that SJ must be some sort of an angry kid. He really seems to snap all the time too I think he’s a big fan of 30 Rock and if you diss that show you will have problems with him. I simply don’t diss shows I don’t watch I just comment the ratings at hand. I consider myself a Nikita fan as you can tell by my name and there’s usually all sorts of bashing on that show every Saturday after the ratings come out. I might be better off not being on here when it premieres in a few weeks.

    SJ is so stupid and crazy and he really does need to change his name were not the only two who hate this guy. I never had a run in with him myself this is just based on my observation. A guy who got booted off of here by Bill or Robert told me in a e-mail because were both Nikita fans that he got him booted off of here. SJ is such a clown dude.

    Yes the conversations are fun on here late in the week.

    I don’t watch Scandal but I’ll really root for it now. LOL!

  • Temis

    Ike’s got the right idea waaaay back there, Last Resort would have done better on NBC, which is making a solid effort to rebuild its audience with a male skewing genre show. The’re doing it with Revolution, they could have done it with Last Resort, but the latter is screwed because it’s on ABC, which skews too female for a military show to trive.

    (FOX wold have been another good home for LR, and they do need a big, bold show this season because their lineup is a snooze and they are going to regret having no sf/f genre show at all this year to introduce.)

    Now watch 666 Park Ave do much better. Supernatural horror is perfect for ABC’s female audience. During the pickup season in May, I was skepitcal that ABC was making a smart move with such a male-skewing series. The moral of the story is, the networks need to know their audience and cater to it (or in NBC’s case, find an audience and cater to it.) Look at CBS’s success with Elementary, that’s called giving your audience exactly what they want.

  • Justin121

    LOVING that REVENGE promo

    Hope it does +3.0 on Sunday (deserves +5.0)

    NASHVILLE is the next big thing

    It should premiere to no less than +3.0 Wednesdays @ 10

    Possibily a +4.0

    Grey’s, RVG, Nash, ONCE, 666, Castle, Scandal, Resort – hour-long scripted is why ABC rocks.

  • AlexD

    I wish more people would realize how awesome P&R is. :(

  • Slam

    Granted, LOST started out a hit but today it might not have. To argue that there is no good slot for LAST RESORT would be the same as saying there was no good slot for LOST in 2004. Both are male-oriented. And like LOST, we have no idea creatively yet where LR will go. Personally, I think it’s a 10pm show which traditionally are accepted as more serious adult fare no matter what its lead-in is. To say it would fail after a reality show is moot when REVOLUTION benefitted from THE VOICE and SVU used to follow BIGGEST LOSER. And I’m sure Braugher and Speedman have female fans.

  • Slam

    @AlexD: it’s not. America repeatedly rejects it. They watch promos for it during shows they like, they may even like Amy Poehler or bizarre halfwits they would actually avoid in a park, but still there is little appeal to it. They should turn it into a comedy but it’s too late.

  • Emily

    I’m sorry respectable elementary start, thats a great start! plus it *grew* on the 10pm hour, looks like it’d be sticking around for a while!

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