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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  • John_M

    Correct. It’s all on the site somewhere, but if we organized like that, Nielsen’s lawyers would have us for lunch.

    They’re both writers, and if I had to guess Christopher Nolan does the lions share of the writing work on the movies he directs.

    And in fact if I were Jonathan Nolan, I’d be eager to issue a spin off or new show that I was a primary motivator behind so that I would be more than just ‘christopher nolans brother’ as every screen play he has credits on, it’s a movie of his brothers.

    PS – According to this http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0634300/filmoseries#tt1839578 – Nolan has only written 4 episodes of Person of Interest

  • JP

    I am really liking Last Resort. I hope it can make it.

  • Brand

    I’m too not surprised at Elementary’ drop.
    Too many similar shows like Monk, Perceptions, Mentalist ….

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “You mean you buy the data but you can’t store it in an organized fashion so you could, say, easily run a report to compare how a shows numbers compare on a friday versus a monday (saying it ran on those two nights)?”

    We pay for nothing. We are not a Nielsen “customer”. Almost everything we get comes from other Nielsen customers, very little comes directly from them. We operate within their (at times nebulous) rules for the press.

    As for databasing everything up, we could do that and keep it hidden, but it would not even remotely be worth the effort.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Not for nothing, but do you realize that Google ads are served uniquely to each individual?

    Hmmm..what’s that say about your personal demographics?

    Not for nothing but you take too much joy in arguing with commenters for my tastes even when you’re right! (which is often!).

    But in this case Google AdSense is serving a lot of political ads even if you have all cookies and tracking shut off. Even on a brand new computer with a new, never-been-used-browser with no identifying cookies there’s a far higher probability than normal that someone will see a political ad. On our site, even without tracking, the debate ratings content on our site and the press releases directly or tangentially about the debate/campaign increase the chances. The big reason though is the campaigns have surely brought up a not insignificant chunk of Google’s available display ad inventory for the next month.

  • John_M

    As for databasing everything up, we could do that and keep it hidden, but it would not even remotely be worth the effort.

    Depending on how you get the data – there’s not a lot of effort beyond the original set up. If it’s tabular data it’s quite easy to import into a database if you wanted – I’d do it for you for free – I like building databases – I can’t see how it would be so complicated based on the numbers you use here – only a couple tables really (depending on what you’d maybe want to do research on in the future, i.e. sweeps or some such stuff, might require an extra table)

    If you’re interested, I’d hammer it out for you pretty quickly…if not no biggie

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Not for nothing but you take too much joy in arguing with commenters for my tastes even when you’re right! (which is often!).”


    Price of doing business with me!

  • John_M

    Ooh Moderator fight, moderator fight – AWESOME

  • James Romano

    When I run my own network, on Debate Night and Superbowl, I will run counter programming that will get a 25.0. I have had this dream for years, even expressed it on this site, and the more I think about it, the more likely it seems. Will you make me my own page when this happens, Robert, Bill, Or Sara?

  • a p garcia

    Can anyone tell me why the stars of POI were not Emmy nominated?

  • John_M

    When I run my own network, on Debate Night and Superbowl, I will run counter programming that will get a 25.0. ,

    How exactly will you score a 25 against one of the most watched ‘events’ year in and year out?

    I mean, the puppy bowl is excellent counter programming

  • John_M

    Can anyone tell me why the stars of POI were not Emmy nominated?

    Lots of reasons – Can you tell me which emmy nominees they were better than?

    I’m also curious as to why anyone would think Caviziel would deserve an emmy playing a guy with little to no emotion isn’t exactly challenging

  • K

    CBS appears to be owning Thurs night

  • Crystal

    *fingers crossed that Elementary continues to drop like a stone*

  • BobbyDazzler9876

    @a p garcia

    Check the doomsday book. There may be something about it in there.

  • KarenM

    Great news for PoI even though I wasn’t crazy about last night’s episode. Not good for LR. I think that’s still okay for Elementary because I expected it to lose viewers but it can’t keep going down.

  • John_M

    I’m gonna say that once amy acker leaves the show that POI will take a hit as they loose the whedonverse viewers

  • John_M

    Sigh, there’s an obvious typo in there – stupid o key stuck

  • James Romano

    @One from page 6

    Well, okay, weird to be pretentiously criticizing the intelligence of viewers by using a show that has a lot of problems in its writing. I watch it, but it I laugh at some of the dialouge and story progressions. But other parts of it are fascinating. That’s just me though. If you think it’s good, that’s fine, but do not be a douche about it.

  • carla

    @ ap garcia, the stars of POI were not Emmy nominated because Emmy voters turn up their noses at so-called “procedurals” like those on CBS. As a result they miss some of the best acting and writing on TV today. POI has it all: vibrant acting by the three leads (Emerson, Caviezel, and Henson), superbly tight scripts, gripping mythology, and fast, funny action sequences.

    POI is easily the best drama on TV and I anticipate it will continue to chip away at the timeslot rivals as the weeks go on.

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