Thursday Final Ratings:'The X Factor', 'Last Resort', '30 Rock', 'Grey's Anatomy', 'The Office' Adjusted Up; ''Two and a Half Men', 'Person of Interest', 'Scandal', 'Elementary' 'Rock Center' & 'The Next' Adjusted Down

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October 5th, 2012

The X Factor, Last Resort, 30 Rock, Grey's Anatomy, and The Office were each adjusted up a tenth while The Next, Two and a Half Men, Person of Interest, Elementary, Scandal and Rock Center were each adjusted down a tenth among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Thursday broadcast ratings.

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Thursday, October 4, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.9/16 15.18
FOX The X Factor 3.2/10 9.25
ABC Last Resort 1.9/6 8.00
NBC 30 Rock (Season Premiere) 1.4/4 3.46
CW The Next (8-10PM) (Finale) 0.2/1 0.64
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men 3.6/11 12.33
NBC Up All Night 1.4/4 3.13
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.8/10 10.84
CBS Person of Interest 3.0/8 14.58
FOX Glee 2.6/7 6.07
NBC The Office 2.2/6 4.14
9:30 NBC Parks and Recreation 1.9/5 3.53
10:00 CBS Elementary 2.5/7 11.13
ABC Scandal 2.0/6 6.56
NBC Rock Center  With Brian Williams 1.0/3 3.40

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Steve

    I believe at some point the CW will get a rating of -.1. That of course will mean that directly because of their programming, people have decided to sell their televisions.

  • Bookworm

    I expected the Scandal downgrade; it always is because of Grey’s minute over. I don’t pay much attention to what others are saying on here. ABC seems to be content with Scandal in that spot and what it is doing. If Body of Proof was able to come back from the dead, I have hopes for another Scandal season. However, after a season three, I think they will need to see growth but right now, looking at the other 10pm shows, Scandal is holding its own. Castle and PP are two well established shows that are kind of sinking a little here.They have both reached syndication (I think) so ABC will have to decided if they want a final season, though I believe PP is gone after this season. Kate is leaving and even with her here, the show is slipping.

    That’s why I believe if Scandal is still steady, it will have a chance. With PP gone and Shonda having only Grey, I think they will spare Scandal this season but next season, it will have to grow for sure.

    It only has 13 episodes this season and I doubt that ABC is going to expand the order–I don’t want them too.It’s not a high cost show with a large cast with an even large price tag. It’s cheap to produce and steady, I see that as okay.

    Bill, we will know what is renewed and cancelled officially in May, right?

  • Bookworm


    I agree that Scandal might be the better show in terms of storyline and quickness. You really can’t figure things out until the last minute and I love the web that they have created. It really does give you many different elements of TV.

    I like Revenge also–Victoria is something else but I don’t know how long that will last as far as storyline goes. I’m sure the writers can come up with it but how long can you stretch it.

    Scandal has storyline arcs that carry over, in a different context, from the previous season. It does help that the season is shorter and therefore, they can put a storyline out there but not exhaust all they have to push the show for 22 episodes.

    Revenge gets the better rating but it has the better advertisement and exposure. Scandal was a mid-season replacement and Revenge started last fall with a hyped up premiere and season. I am happy for it though–I really did like the who Sunday line up commercials they were pushing.

  • forg

    And The Office returns as NBC’s top rated comedy. But really glad Parks ratings, I hope it can return to 2s soon

    I’m still shocked 2.5 Men’s retention ain’t that impressive, I really thought this would be a winning combo for CBS but absolute ratings are fine

    Decent night for Fox

    If Last Resort can come back to 2s, it has a chance to get a back 9. Scandal is always adjusted, so no surprise there.

    Tragic for CW

  • Remote Patrolled


    You know not all promotion is paid for by networks. A lot of the magazine spreads and media coverage of Revenge is because people in the media like the show and it has buzz. What’s going to sell more magazines – the sexy Revenge cast on the cover or the Blue Bloods cast?

    Magazines have also devoted a lot of space to Once Upon A Time, American Horror Story, Homeland – because they’re hot shows at the moment. It’s not all paid for press. I know because I spent a couple of years doing celeb stories / red carpets / set visits etc – you want to get a piece of a hot show and you’re competing with other shows and magazines to get exclusives.

    For you to say Revenge isn’t a hit after it scored 9.5 million and a 3.2 on Sunday night is plain absurd!

  • stef

    Elementary is boring. Gave it two chances and I’m done.

  • Ian

    Didn’t Scandal get a 2.0 on almost every episode last year. If the show isn’t getting a back nine and manages to score a 2.0 for all 13 episodes then why wouldn’t it get renewed. Ecspecially since 666 Park Ave didn’t premiere to well and Last Resort is struggling (most likely because it is put in an extremely unreasonable time slot) ABC might choose to give Scandal a season three if both 666 & LR or maybe just one bombs. But there is still all the midseason shows who knows one or two of those could be a hit(s). Also Nashville which ABC is promoting a lot and has gotten rave reviews is a possibe factor, also Connie Britton is one of televisions most popular actresses (plus the pilot was great could be this years Revenge really great show!) I guess it is just way to early to tell right now maybe in like two more weeks Scandal’s fate can be more insightfully discussed. P.S. Great for GA fantastic episode last night! Christina’s bath seen was heart shattering and Arizona was perfect!

  • Brian J


    What does NBC have that will do better than “UAN” right now? Not much, unless it ordered a bunch of comedy pilots in the last few weeks but didn’t tell anyone.

    “The Office” and “30 Rock” are both done after this season. “Parks” is getting older. I’m not saying it’s a sure thing, but it’s not as if this show in particular is dragging down NBC’s line up.

    And it most certainly is an NBC Universal show.

  • #1MentalistFan

    Hey CBS, you still liking the idea of replacing The Mentalist with Elementary on Thursday nights? At least The Mentalist always won its timeslot!

  • Nick


    Hey CBS, you still liking the idea of replacing The Mentalist with Elementary on Thursday nights? At least The Mentalist always won its timeslot!

    …Like Elementary has won its time slot each day it’s been on the air?

  • Colin

    People are dumb… Scandal last season Averaged 2.0 and 7M viewers.

  • Colin

    Ian, 666 or LR doesn’t effect Scandal. One is diff day, other is diff time

  • Oliver

    @Brian J
    NBC have Parks, Go On, The New Normal and Guys With Kids which are all currently beating UAN in the ratings. Whitney and Community are yet to premiere. At mid-season, NBC have 1600 Penn, Save Me, Next Caller (albeit with a 6 episode order) and potentially The Farm (which is a backdoor pilot, so it would likely get a 6 episode order).

    Parks isn’t that old, and it will also benefit from syndication income. Mockumentary style is also cheaper to shoot than traditional single-camera shows.

    And UAN is an NBCUniversal show, but NBCUniversal aren’t Sony. Sony are very aggressive about keeping shows alive (e.g. ‘Til Death, Unforgettable), likely because of international sales. I doubt NBCUniversal have quite the same zeal.

  • Networkman

    I did watch Two and a Half Men last night and I was underwhelmed. I do believe that it is running out of steam. I would love for the show to end on a high note. So this really should be the last season before it becomes unwatchable. How I Met Your Mother should end as well. CBS would most likely need to premiere 3 comedies next season.

    Elementary seemed to have lost alot of viewers from last week. With the sad condition of 10pm dramas, as long as it’s demo stay in the mid 2’s, I feel CBS will be ok with it.

  • zerg

    actually DH never rebound after the Grammy’s,GG,Emmy since season 3

  • Networkman

    Is The Office NBC’s highest rated comedy this week? If this is the case, NBC really could give it an additional two episodes to bring its total count to 200 episodes. This show has been very good to NBC and has been the bright spot for Thursday night. I believe Parks & Rec would fall into low 1’s if it did not follow The Office. Hopefully, The Farm and 1600 Penn hits. NBC still has alot of options to build a comedy block next year. And I know they want Micheal J. Fox’s show apart of that. The network should also work of improving Whitney. It would be smart to have one multi cam successful so that it can be paired up with another multi cam which would have big potential next year.

    This would be a great lineup
    8pm Micheal J. Fox comedy
    8:30 Go On
    9pm The Farm
    9:30 1600 Penn

  • The End


    Hey, I resent that :)

    I pointed the fact the show is hitting near enough the same numbers as last season on page 6.

  • The End


    Give it time.

  • getmilk

    LOL @ The Next!!!

    I feel so bad for the winner! Even though the winner won, no one’s going to know who they are because no one watched that show!!!!

  • OMG


    ABC promoted Revenge only because it has potential to bring in Desperate Housewives viewers. We have always seen how once hit shows ended, a time slot becomes a death slot for the network, like 8pm on Thursdays after Ugly Betty, at Wednesdays on 10pm after LOST. Scandal, as much as I do like the show, is always going to be a niche one.

    During the 21st episode of Revenge, you predicted Scandal will beat Revenge. All the while knowing that Revenge is up against Criminal Minds season finale, and Scandal will benefit from a HUGE season finale of Grey’s.

    And you won. 2.3 > 2.1, though it is an easy prediction.

    And you boldly predicted that Revenge will have a season finale less than 2.0, knowing all well that it will be up against the most watched minutes of American Idol. (Once again, a cop-out prediction that will not surprise anyone if it turned out true). But it turned out wrong. You then hoped that the 2.4 gets adjusted down, but it didn’t.

    Then during the Summer you started hitting out at Dallas on the same reasons you had against Revenge.

    Then last week you predicted that Revenge will score in 1.8-2.0, knowing that it will face Football, The Good Wife, Fox animation, and all the cable shows like Dexter, Boardwalk Empire.

    Now you predict (and we all know you hoped too) that it will get cancelled.

    You have always said that you are not a hater, but the language and the tone, and of course the content in your comments suggest otherwise. For example, in your earlier comment, at how ecstatic you are when people are agreeing with you. The constant without-fail week emphasizing of how Revenge does badly, and how Scandal rocks, whenever Revenge does well or bad, whenever Scandal does well or bad, when Revenge gets renewed, when Scandal gets renewed.

    You are definitely actively rooting for Revenge to fail, more so than rooting for Scandal to succeed. You can try to justify as much as you want that you are not a hater, but you come across as one.

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