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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  • Derrick

    Last Resort has already become one of my favorite shows.

    i dont understand the whole “i wouldnt watch a show i like if the ratings are falling” that to me is very dumb.

  • Michael

    I wish more people would watch Scandal! Kerry Washington is excellent in this show.

  • Lynn

    DWTS should be moved to the summer until ABC can find away to rejuvenate it and focus on fixing Monday and more importantly Tuesday.

  • Melanie

    I think it is so sad that a show as stupid as The Big Ban Theory does so well in the ratings. It explains a lot about the problems in American society today.

  • Derrick

    ” Michael
    I wish more people would watch Scandal! Kerry Washington is excellent in this show ”

    i keep forgetting its on Thursdays, i only watch ABC for Last Resort and Scandal and there is no promo on other channels, thank God for my DVR.

    It was a great episode playing on Olivia’s love for the president while showing the paint he first lady feels.

  • Eridapo

    @ John_M

    Michael Emerson waves back with his Emmy… ;)

  • Shenna

    POI and Revenge best shows on TV

  • gwen

    Still rooting for Last Resort. Really enjoy it.

    Grey’s sucked but I’m still watching, LOL. Would never try Scandal, though. All Shonda shows are the same, anyway. ABC has paid her how many times for the same idea?

  • amy

    Glee has know where to go but down the hiatus is going to hurt them (it does every season) and they are focusing more on the new characters. Looks like franchising the show isn’t going to work.

  • AppleStinx

    John_M wrote: “Ooh Moderator fight, moderator fight – AWESOME”

    It could be the prelude to a return of “Gorman vs Seidman”. :grin:

  • Wowza

    people forget 18-34……

    18-34, how often is fox number one… look a the 18-34 for fox… number 1.

    18-34 is the most important to advertising

  • Tony

    Where are the late night ratings?

  • Ilovemymac

    Abc should put an established show in that slope move last resort to later or another night.
    I still think the Nielsen ratings are not accurate. Because unless you have 100% of people with boxes you can’t have 100% accuracy. But until something better comes along I guess we are stuck.

  • aciel

    i don’t even know how scandal got renewed it is one of the worst shows that i’ve ever seen they should put last resort after greys anatomy to give it a chance to be a hit. i mean scandal only managed to hold 2.1 from a 3.7 lead in? with a lead in this big it should at least get a 2.5.

  • dantas

    Are Glee & Elementary in danger now? Should I be worried?

    God dammit, POI skews way old… Is there a reason why all CBS shows skew like this?

  • bigbrotherfan

    Say what you want atleast SCANDAL is consistant.
    I’m glad THE LAST RESORT didn’t fall too badly.

  • Marcus Vinicius

    GO TBBT, TAHM and POI!

  • Rocco

    I really enjoyed the Last Resort pilot. But I actually dozed off last night. Hopefully just a momentary blip on the radar screen.

  • Joseph

    I suspect the NFL game between St. Louis and Arizona on the NFL Network probably beat everything on broadcast and cable other than CBS last night (October 4th).

    And it’s possible the NFL game was the most-watched program after 10 P.M. EDT.

    If the NFL Network were in as many homes as ESPN, it would have easily won the night in total viewers and all key demos.

  • tv#1

    It is amazing how well 2.5 Men still preforms. In its tenth season in a completely new time-slot and it is still one of the best rated series on TV. You got to give the people behind the show a lot of credit. It isn’t nearly as good as it once was but still it isn’t a bad watch. Furthermore, I think CBS should have left it on Mondays. It was doing well there. They would have been better off moving How I Met Your Mother to Thursdays after TBBT, and then moving 2 Broke Girls to Mondays at 8. Mike and Molly Could of followed at 8:30. Then if they premiered Partners at 9:30 following 2.5 Men I think it would be rating better.

    Finally, pretty disappointing numbers for Last Resort. I will admit I am not loving it, but I still like it more than the majority of dramas on TV. It is a nice change from the TV norm. I won’t be heart broken if or when ABC pulls it, but I know its failure is a step back for progressive/different TV.

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