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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

 

Scoreboard CBS ABC FOX NBC UNI CW
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
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8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 3.5 10 12.372
NBC Up All Night 1.8 5 4.455
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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
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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

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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.

 

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NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • Petar Ivanov

    CBS super thursday not so strong as i was thinking. Next 4 weeks are very important. Hope PoI can start early rebound(not from the spring)Its only one fresh show and can and will be in utrend against aging Greys, Glee offise wich only will drop from here.

  • Crystal

    What was ABC hoping for for Last Resort? I REALLY liked the pilot but the time slot is awful!!

  • FOXkid

    I really think this season might be the last of GLEE! :(

  • oscar

    Grey’s Anatomy might up 0.1 in the finals… In its 9th season still gets the best drama performance of all.

  • still good shows on tv

    I’m glad POI did good I was worried about it.

  • Oliver

    Baltimore/Cleveland are big markets but I won’t be surprised if the NBC scripted comedies are level week-on-week. Makes it pretty unlikely UAN will be pulled.

  • CrimTV

    @Tony

    That’s sad how 2.7 can be the highest scripted show for FOX lol

  • vern

    I don’t think that is too bad for Scandal… But for Last Resort, the usually drop off from the premiere will have it in 1.8 range. Not good.

  • DKD

    Interesting that NBC’s comedy line-up did better than last week despite more competition.

    I was fearing it would be worse.

  • Crystal

    Also, I haven’t watched Greys in years but tuned in last night for plane crash aftermath. They were smart because next week’s ep is when they’re REALLY going to show that. Well played, Greys, well played.

  • JEAN

    Grey’s Anatomy after 9 years, still the #1 SCRIPTED SHOW ON TV, haters gonna hate

  • KS

    I guess the overly-hyped Nashville is all set to fail.

  • HB

    Both Xfactor and TBBT did good. I am surprised Xfactor was down only .1 with TBBT competition.

  • rob60990

    Hey guys, wouldn’t it be funny if I was, like, a complete jerk all the time? I might have to start doing that. I mean, I don’t understand human emotions, so I might as well!

  • FOXkid

    Season 10 of Grey’s here we come! :D

  • Mike

    The fact that Grey’s was up compared to last season’s opener is remarkable. Nearly every premiere we have seen is down from last year, and that show just keeps on ticking.

  • were123

    GO UP ALL NIGHT! THAT’S WHAT I CALL A MIRACLE!
    Now Up all Night will come back for season 3, what a recovery! :D
    Also glad for TBBT :)

  • John A

    Even with inflated ratings NBC numbers dont look good.

  • Alysse

    I wish those NBC numbers were real, but all the comedies are coming down at least 0.4-0.5 in the final ratings. Also the Thursday schedule is ridiculously crowded. Not that any of this matters in the grand scheme of things, but just out of my own curiosity, I’d like to see the numbers for DVR, VOD and Hulu because I wonder how many viewers are forced to play catch-up at a later time.

  • joanna

    Elementary was underwhelming.

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