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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  • amy

    Wowza I know 18-34 is important but neither Glee or Xfactor seem to be growing that well. Glee for instance is not improving or holding its lead in. I wouldn’t be surprised if they moved it to another night after it returns from hiatus.

  • kennya

    I thought that ga would be similar to last weeks number but stilll…
    I think, if i remember right, ga is the most watched (18-49 demo) drama show this week and last week! Whiich is quite amazing for a show i it’s 9th season!

  • Synzeer

    @ Wowza,

    You should stop spinning those numbers, makes you look suspect and very biased. Glee and X Factor are doing horrible compared to past seasons and especially X Factor considering it’s only in it’s 2nd season. They had a 4.1 rating with Paula during bootcamp and it’s barely 3.1 right now, that’s a significant drop.

  • Jamiestp

    If you watch NBC regularly then they promoted it. If you don’t then they didn’t.

  • Synzeer

    @ Melanie,

    Big Bang Theory is a comedy show about highly intelligent people, I’m very sorry for you that you can’t relate.

  • alffan

    Phoenix CBS runs on MT … meaning their Prime Time runs 7-10p. I didn’t see what they scheduled last night but the game ended before 9pm. Not sure if they went right into Elementary

  • Petar Ivanov

    @POI and Revenge best shows on TV

    Add ONCE too.

    @ 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.

    ME: Yep. But still Emerson is Emmy winner and nominated, Henson – oscar nominated. Nolan – oscar winner for best script, Abrams – multiple Emmy’s.

    Soon or later and PoI will take Emmys.

  • Hethler

    ROTFL with CW’s numbers. Uni > CW

  • alffan

    Now that the NFL Network essentially has games every week, and the local teams are on local affiliates, this is becoming a real threat to the broadcast networks in the fall. I just don’t see why they thought a male skewing show like Last Resort should be launched against the NFL.

    I liked 666 Park Avenue enough to watch again but it feels more like a horror show. I know ABC has had only marginal success with these kinds of shows. However, Tuesday might be a night to try and do battle by shooting the male stuff out there. Maybe try Last Resort at 9pm and 666 Park Avenue at 10pm.

    OUAT and Revenge have very strong female leads. It would seem Scandal might not be such a bad Sunday night fit for them there.

    I don’t know what you put behind Grey’s. Scandal is a little more hard core/politicial. It would seem Nashville might have been a better fit there.

  • Brian J


    I am sure the Emmys helped. NBC also didn’t have much else going for it during these years.

  • Eridapo

    KPHO, CBS CH5 ON PHOENIX, listed their schedule for yesterday as follows:

    5PM to 8PM,,,, NFL GAME.
    8PM Person of Interest
    9PM Elementary
    10PM Local News
    1035PM David Letterman
    1135PM Craig Ferguson
    1235AM TBBT
    0135AM TAAHM

  • Cathy

    “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”

    Oh no .. means POI might be adjusted down. :(
    It was such an awesome episode.

  • Brian J


    On the other hand, “Men” is still doing better than almost every other sitcom on the air these days by a wide, wide margin. It’s not clear what the ad revenue will be for the show next season, but it saved quite a bit of money when Ashton Kutcher took over for Charlie Sheen. I don’t watch the show regularly, so I have no idea how it is holding up creatively, but I’d CBS could get at least one more season out of it, if not more.

    It was certainly a gamble to put it on Thursdays, but if Mondays continue to crash, it can easily put the show back on that night. And if it continues to do well on Thursdays (which it is now, despite not being as big as “TBBT), it could slide up to 9:00 next season, if CBS wants to go with four comedies on the night. Unless another show breaks out for them this season, I think that might just happen…if CBS still wants to expand to four comedies on Thursdays.

  • Charlie Sheen

    CBS obviously has complete control of Thursday nights from start to finish and its amazing how POI has developed its fanbase in such a short period of time. Elementary slipped harder than I thought it would in week two but its still got a chance like POI to develop its own fanbase.

    X Factor is just so rock solid, I don’t know what FOX would do without it. That’s a scary thought within itself.

    ABC probably could’ve turned Last Resort into something bigger had they given it a post-DWtS timeslot but now their killing it in the Mork & Mindy cursed hour.

    NBC is just a disaster on Thursdays, I know their happy about 30 Rock and The Office finally leaving but P&R is all alone now. Up All Night and Animal Practice whose first up for cancellation?

    At least with NBC right now it looks like they might have something positive going with Guys with Kids and possibly Chicago Fire on Wednesdays.

    Next week the return of Vampire Diaries and the debut of Beauty and the Beast on The CW.

  • Phillip Drummond


  • Anita

    Perhaps if ABC promoted Last Resort differently it would help. Last night the promos consisted of “Four words! Scott Speedman in Uniform!”.

    I watch Private Practice, Grey’s and Scandal. Currently I am finding Scandal to be different from the other two and I am enjoying it. The ratings aren’t great so it may not last but I wonder what type of show would do better after Grey’s. Since Grey’s has moved to Thursdays the majority of shows (that I can think of) in both the 8pm and 10pm slots haven’t been successful long term. I would like to see ABC move Grey’s to 10pm. I’ve never viewed it as a show that was successful in launching others.

  • Anon

    I don’t understand what determines the local simulcast channel for NFL Network.

    I’m reasonably sure ESPN is 100% tied to ABC, and thought that NFLN would likewise be tied to some other broadcast network’s affiliates. But the Steelers-Titans game on 10/11 is being carried in Nashville on FOX. In Pittsburgh, it’s on the CW.

    How is this decided?

  • eridapo

    @ Kathy,

    The NFL over run was only 30 Minutes, and given the listed times for KPHO, CBS Phoenix, the adjustments will be minimal. POI got pushed back to the 8:30PM slot and Elementary to the 9:30 slot. I would say those times are early enough that they should not have that much of an impact.

  • eridapo

    @ Anon

    The NFL teams have deals with the local Football teams for preseason, and that deal normally includes an option to retransmit when the game is made available only on CableTV in the local markets .

  • Brian J


    It seems like a stretch to imply that ABC will keep around “LR” to have a compatible show with “Shield” next season, when we don’t even know if the latter will be picked up and where ABC will put it. If “LR” does well enough to be renewed, perhaps they will be paired together, but if “Shield” could be as big for ABC as you make it sound, why not use it in some other way?

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