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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  • Aquat1cF1sh

    Wow, Grey’s just refuses to go down doesn’t it? ABC has to be really happy with that, they can always count on it.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Amanda Kondolojy

    Trust the table! Fixed in the post now though. Sorry ’bout that!

  • Sam

    well, last resort is DOA. I shouldn’t even botter watch new shows until I get the ratings.

    well, another show I like will get cancelled. Same old.

  • John_M

    Grey’s did have a two minute run over, so it’s likely that Scandal goes down, yes?

  • franlyn

    X factor Half Hour?

  • RJ

    Perhaps the NBC numbers should be in red. Maybe people would notice the inflation then….


    The Last Resort still did fairly well viewer wise. I mean demos were not fantastic. ABC should really give this show a chance to grow because it was a great pilot and has great potential.

    Damn at Grey’s Anatomy after 9 seasons on the air. Well all the originals are signed until 10th season. Honestly I think ABC should have Grey’s go out on top and end Grey’s next season. It still does great business for ABC but at the same time I really believe they should end it on a high note. Take note at how fizzled Desperate Housewives last season was. I think ABC/Shonda should announce the 10th season of Grey’s Anatomy will be the last one. I think 10 is a great way to cap this series. Grey’s Anatomy will be one of ABC’s biggest hits of all time. I remember how mega huge it was in its first three seasons. It was pop culture phenom at one time, even people said the cast chemistry rivaled the chemistry of Friends NBC.

    Okay as I said it now and Ill say it again when is FOX GOING TO BE RENEWING X Factor for season 3. Its by far its number 1 fall show and it did well again against very stiff competition. It was about against BBT and other shows. It beat NBC and ABC. The demos are very young. I am glad the auditions are over. I loved the boot camp episodes cause we get down to the real talent. Is anyone thinking FOX should be renewing X Factor season 3 anyday now?

  • John_M

    well, last resort is DOA. I shouldn’t even botter watch new shows until I get the ratings.

    Or you should just ‘botter’ to watch new shows and find ones you like and enjoy them as long as they are on, and let the ratings sort themselves out.

    If you choose your television choices by ratings that’s just weird

  • KarenM

    @Petar Ivanov, PoI being up instead of down’s a good sign. I love this show!

  • RJ

    EDIT: Good choice! :D

  • Holly


    Grey’s did have a two minute run over, so it’s likely that Scandal goes down, yes?

    Likely but not guaranteed.

  • John_M

    Perhaps the NBC numbers should be in red. Maybe people would notice the inflation then….

    Perhaps if people read the whole article as opposed to just going to the table they’d notice the big red words at the beginning

    But since the desire is to placate the inattentive I’d suggest just wait until all adjustments are made – that way no one gets easily befuddled

  • were123

    I just noticed that NBC numbers are inflated. Hoping that Up all Night doesn’t fall much (or at all, that would be unlikely but wonderful :) )

  • DKD


    Baltimore and Cleveland represent 2% of the U.S.Population.

  • Steph

    Grey’s Anatomy was heartbreaking. I loved the first episode of Elementary.

  • The Old Woman

    They should have given Last Resort a better chance and premiered it after Grey’s Anatomy.

    Good show. Deserves better ratings. Scandal sucks and is so boring.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Perhaps the NBC numbers should be in red. Maybe people would notice the inflation then….”

    We do what we can, but in this case Amanda’s like a little Dutch girl with her fingers in the dike of confused ratings celebrations. ;)

    “But since the desire is to placate the inattentive I’d suggest just wait until all adjustments are made – that way no one gets easily befuddled”

    We go back and forth on this. For a time when I was writing these posts, I’d write “We won’t know what the NBC numbers are until the finals later today, so no discussion from me”, but folks would just go elsewhere and copy and paste the numbers in the comments anyway, so we figure we might as well include them.

  • ABCFanatic2012

    Wow Grey’s Anatomy is still huge!

    :( @ Last Resort and Scandal.

  • Tony ^_^

    @CrimTV: Yes! FOX needs to hope “The Following” premieres big and stays steady (2.7+) throughout its run. Especially if it’s going to air on Mondays. Or hope that “New Girl”/one of their other sitcoms grows…

    Although the chances of any of that happening is low…

  • LisaM

    I missed the first half hour of Last Resort and was totally lost. Who are the bad guys? Who are the good guys?

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