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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  • ReallyTired

    30 Rock was hysterical. Public so friggin’ dumb.

  • Terri

    Caviezel rocks.

  • John_M

    @ 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.

    Or, you know, they didn’t deserve nominations.

    Mariska Hagritay waves hi, shows you her emmys

  • Andy W

    I’m surprised anyone hasn’t used an excuse like…

    ‘Everyone was still tired from watching the debates on Wednesday night.’

    …sounds like something that belongs in the fan excuse bingo card.

  • K


    It’s not as good as POI.

  • Mary

    ABC is going to give Last Resort some slack for a numbers of reasons:
    1) it is in the Thursday 8pm slot which is very hard spot for a male schewing show
    2) ABC wants male viewers, just look at the scripts they have bought for possible tv shows next year. There are tons of male schewing shows they are looking at.
    3) One male schewing show that ABC wants to launch next year is Whedon’s SHIELD which they have already ordered to pilot. Last Resort is ABC most likely show to be compatible with SHIELD. ABC has highly vested interest in getting SHIELD on the air.
    4) ABC’s deal with Sony in regards to Last Resort is they have to air 13 episodes. So that is enough to see if the show will do better in a different timeslot.

    In the case of Last Resort looking at a different time-slot is a good option. Putting Last Resort on Thursday at 10 would mean less competition from the other channels and would most defiantly mean bigger numbers since it will not be fighting to take viewers away from TBBT and football on cable. Also putting Private Practice at 8pm on Thursday helps Grey’s and Private Practice both.

  • James Romano

    @John_M “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”

    Do you doubt my abilities, John? > : (

    When I am dictator of this country and have my own network, my enemies will be forced to watch my network if they want to know how to counter me. That is how I will do it. I can do anything I set my mind to!

  • The End

    Did say last week that Person of Interest will only go up from here and lo and behold it was up.


    Off Topic

    Adele’s James Bond theme song “Skyfall” is streaming on her websited & is available on iTunes, so get your gadgets in gear & start buying!

    Thank “Grimm” it’s Friday (just to mention TV)

  • David

    “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”

    I am sure he could write for other people, but that would be pointless. He works well with his brother and his brother can get insane budgets, which allows him to pay him more than he might get doing a movie for someone else. Plus, they started together with Memento (great movie). It is kind of like Adam Sandler getting insane budgets for his movies and giving millions to friends every time, except Johnathan actually has more talent than Adam giving someone a million just to be in his film for 2 mins.

    I also knew that he was not an active writer in the show. JJ stopped being active because he was getting into movies and Johnathan was already there so he only needed to write the pilot, a few more episodes, and makes sure great people are around to carry it.

  • Sean

    I did not know 30 Rock was on last night until the first commercial break in the Big Bang Theory.

    Considering I watched NBC a lot last weekend (Ryder Cup & NFL) – what a TERRIBLE job of promoting that. I love 30 Rock!


    @ The End

    And you were right about “Supernatural,” too. Tip of the hat 2U!

  • richard

    bill will you provide me with a nielsen box ;)

  • Chad

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

    Really funny, many viewers (posted on POI Facebook) want her character “Root” killed ASAP, me included. To each his own ..

  • Toni

    Maybe I’ve missed something integral but why is there so much hope that Elementary fails? I understand not liking a show (couch Grey’s, PP, Scandal,Castle,CSI,Grimm,DWTS,XF,Glee…cough) but I don’t actively wish for any of them to fail. I admit to only posting here once the season starts so I may very well have missed something about Elementary.
    I enjoy it and so far, the interaction of JLM and LL. It’s not my favorite, it’s not the best but I do enjoy it.

  • vanna

    Yay Person of interest, I knew it would be up in rating this week. Good for TBBT too.

  • Eridapo

    @ Bill

    I agree about those days for launching dramas, but ABC has too many holes in their lineup right now with the collapse of DWTS. An All-Star edition with a 2.1 rating is bad news, so I’m wondering if fixing DWTS will become their top priority. I could well see a scenario where all the 10PM shows be renewed if they stayed above a 1.7.

  • DW

    stupid people not watching my favorite show. your dumb. dumb dumb dumb. i love that logic. lol. is that in fan excuse bingo?.

  • John_M

    Really funny, many viewers (posted on POI Facebook) want her character “Root” killed ASAP, me included. To each his own ..

    Humor is subjective.

  • John_M

    stupid people not watching my favorite show. your dumb. dumb dumb dumb. i love that logic. lol. is that in Fan Excuse Bingo?.

    Funny, ironic even, thanks

    I prefer to keep my dumb to myself

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