TV Ratings Thursday: 'Big Bang Theory' Wins Night, 'Person of Interest', 'Glee', 'Parks and Recreation' & 'Two and a Half Men' Up, 'Grey's Anatomy', 'Elementary' & 'Last Resort' Down,'30 Rock' Premieres Low

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October 5th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.3/10 2.9/8 2.5/7 1.5/4 1.5/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/7 2.6/9 2.0/7 1.4/5 1.3/4 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 13.289 7.674 8.416 3.482 3.575 0.902


 The Thursday Night NFL Network Arizona/St. Louis game was simulcast on the CBS affiliate in Phoenix and the CW affiliate in St. Louis. As a result the numbers for CBS and the CW 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 in total viewers.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory earned a 4.9 adults 18-49 rating, down 2% from a 5.0 for last week's premiere. Two and a Half Men scored a 3.7 among adults 18-49, up 6% from last week's 3.5. Person of Interest garnered a 3.1 in adults 18-49, up 7% from last week's 2.9. The second episode of Elementary earned a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating down 16% from last week's 3.1. Note that these numbers may be inflated due to football pre-emptions in Phoenix.

On ABC, Last Resort earned a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating down 18% from a 2.2 for last week's premiere. Grey's Anatomy scored a 3.7, down 16% from the premiere's huge 4.4 adults 18-49 rating last week. Scandal garnered a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week.

On FOX, The X Factor scored a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating, down 3% from last week's 3.2. Glee earned a 2.6 up 8% from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, the season premiere of Thirty Rock notched a 1.3 in adults 18-49, down 28% from a 1.8 for last season's premiere on January 12, 2012 and down 7% from a 1.4 for last season's finale on May 17, 2012 . Last year, the season premiere of Community garnered a 1.7n in the time period. Up All Night earned a 1.4, even with last week's adults 18-49 rating. The Office garnered a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating matching last week’s performance. Parks and Recreation scored a 1.9 among adults 18-49, up 19% from last week's 1.6. Rock Center earned a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, up 38% from last week's 0.8.

On the CW, the two hour finale of The Next garnered a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight 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 15.38
FOX The X Factor 3.1/10 9.14
ABC Last Resort 1.8/6 7.87
NBC 30 Rock (Season Premiere) 1.3/4 3.40
CW The Next (8-10PM) (Finale) 0.3/1 0.90
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men 3.7/11 12.67
NBC Up All Night 1.4/4 3.09
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.7/10 10.56
CBS Person of Interest 3.1/8 14.62
FOX Glee 2.6/7 6.21
NBC The Office 2.1/6 4.11
9:30 NBC Parks and Recreation 1.9/5 3.53
10:00 CBS Elementary 2.6/7 11.22
ABC Scandal 2.1/6 6.82
NBC Rock Center  With Brian Williams 1.1/3 3.39


Late night ratings:


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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  • CrimTV

    The Big Bang Theory’s viewers are wrong, I think, unless it skewed extremely young!

  • FlorianN

    ‘The Big Bang Theory’ did 15.38M and 4.9 rating among 18-49.

  • Eridapo

    POI 3.1 14.73/ 3.1 14.52
    Elementary 2.7 11.77/ 2.5 10.67

    XF 2.7 8.22/ 3.5 10.06
    Glee 2.7 6.59 2.5 5.83

    Last Resort 1.8 7.88/ 1.9 7.85
    Greys 3.6 10.67/ 3.9 10.67
    Scandal 2.3 7.52/ 1.9 6.40

    RoCk Center 1.1 3.32/ 1.0 3.45

    The Next .3 .841/.2 .764/.3 .97 /.3 1.03

    Expect Scandal to be adjusted down by a tenth or two given the
    1 minute over run of Greys. Scandal final most likely a 2.0.

    Elementary dropped 4/10s, so with this we only have 1 show at 10PM with a 3.0 – Revolution. Also the drop in viewers should concerned CBS.

    Congrats to Petar Ivanov… POI is stable.

  • richard

    2nd! :)

  • Craig Olshlager

    I’m assuming it was 17.67 for BBT….not 7.67 mil…right?

  • BTVS

    Yay for Parks and Rec (please don’t adjust down!!)

  • Roberts

    Great to see POI up. Hope it continues to grow.

  • Kyle

    So excited to see POI rise! People were ready to trash the show last week. It has increased .6 from it’s season one finale!

  • richard

    dang it ! >:(
    however sara, i will pay you if you remove comments so i can be 1st ;)

  • Greg

    Poor, poor 30 Rock. Thank God it’s ending. :(

  • MattM

    30 Rock is dead. I didn’t even know it was premiering, way to promote, NBC.

    Ok numbers for The Office and Parks, both were good episodes last night.

    Glee was also pretty good but now they’re gonna be showcasing new characters so expect a dive when it comes back.

  • Ryan

    Hoping that POI’s Numbers hold in the finals. But with the Football coverage I don’t know..

  • HB

    POI is up..Yayieee :D :D

  • SarahK123

    Should there be a 1 before TBBT viewers? As in 17million and not 7?!

    I love 30 Rock – god those are low numbers (as usual)

    Is that a big fall for Elementary?

  • Battlejuice

    Glad to see Grays dip and PoI go up.

  • Lane

    I hope Elementry stays stable from here on out!

  • CrimTV

    At least Glee rose :D

  • João Paulo

    Person of Interest up hell yeah!!!
    TBBT rocks again.

    Obs: The number of TBBT viewers is not right.

  • joss

    ooooh my god … 30 rock :X thats awful

  • Aaron

    Yeah, The Big Bang Theory won with 7.67 million viewers? Yeah, somebody screwed up the ratings for last night.

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