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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  • Amanda

    I love Scandal. I’m really hoping the ratings somehow pick up and the show sticks around. I think they will give it the 13 episodes they ordered unless it plummets a lot further.

  • Katy

    Have the ratings been adjusted up or down yet?



    Even TVBTN is down considerably from premiere week!

  • Chris

    Don’t forget that ABC has Last Man Standing which skews to men. I’ve never been a fan of shows skewing to a certain gender though. I wish ABC didn’t skew to women. Usually the shows that skew to one gender suck. I don’t even think of LMS as a man show really. I see it as a family show; something for everybody to watch which gives it broad appeal as it tries to get everyone to watch.

    On the same note as broad appeal, Guys With Kids beat half of NBC’s thursday lineup in viewers and demo. Something for people to think about.

  • Networkman

    The Glee episode last night was fantasic. As far as the ratings are concerned, NBC should really consider putting these old comedies on Saturday. It is pathetic for 30 Rock’s permiere to be that low. There is no more interest for the show. Those numbers are worse than the season finale. NBC should appreciate Community even more now for what it did in the timeslot. Hopefully one of the mideseason comedies will be a breakout. It would need to air on Tuesday though to have any chance.

    How long will ABC stick with Last Resort on Thursday before they change its timeslot? As long as the show does not slip into the low 1’s, I feel it will remain there until January.

  • tom

    @ Melanie: I think it’s stupid that you can’t spell “bang”. Loser.

  • Don

    30 Rock is a Lame Duck this year.

  • Petar Ivanov

    BIG BIG day for CBS!

    YES! CBS BEAT football. TBBT TAHM POI ALL BEAT football. I think this is the worst rating nights from the begining of the season!


  • ricchard

    i read through all 15 pages of comments. ive also commented throughout it. i was on the computer for an hour at school today (last day of the quarter, so free time) and i dont have anaything to do at home.

  • richard

    my point is, ive read a lot of good things about person of interest. i wanna watch it now. is there a place i can watch the first few episodes for free?

    also is it as good as boomtown, awake, justified, or malcolm in the middle?

  • Brian J


    Was CBS’ development season really that bad? I never know what to make of the Deadline boards, but supposedly, they had some pretty decent pilots. Supposedly, Martin Lawrence’s “Over and Out” was very good.

    But even if they weren’t happy, why didn’t they order more? Why didn’t they shop around, even into this season? If they were worried, why not order a bunch of shows? These things certainly cost money, but if any network is in a position to spend money, it would be CBS.

    I don’t think there’s anything hold them back now except for lack of desire to expand.

    Is “Men” really only going to last one more season? That argument probably applies to “Mother,” which made a lot of the talk of it moving to Thursdays seem odd.

    I certainly don’t think CBS will go back to only one night of comedy. “TBBT” towers over the competition in most respects, and while it could struggle in any number of ways to expand that dominance with comedy to 9:00, there’s no reason to give it up on Thursdays. If CBS were to do only one night of comedy, it would probably be on Thursdays.

    You know, as I suggested before, I think the best thing for CBS might be to move “NCIS:LA” to Mondays at 8:00 if it sees its comedy block struggling. (If not that, then to Fridays at 8:00.) It could probably do very well there, support the 9:00 PM shows, and give CBS a chance to develop some new comedies. Plus, it’d open up the 9:00 PM slot on Tuesday for either a drama or two new comedies.

  • gustavo

    IMHO unless ABC wants to give the same treatment to Scandal that CBS does to TGW…Scandal is facing the second and last season.

  • Nick

    Fox does so well in 18-34

  • Steph

    Elementry was good last night.

  • Steve

    I really like Last Resort so im disappointed in these numbers. I really hope they don’t dip down more.


    @ richard

    As good as all the shows you mentioned except Justified (nowhere near) IMHO

  • Justin121

    CBS Mondays should’ve been

    HIMYM – New Show (NOT Partners) – 2 Broke Girls – 2.5 Men


    TBBT – Mike & Molly

  • Alan

    Given the budget on Last Resort, somebody at ABC must be having a meltdown.

  • Ant

    Would love to see 30 Rock moved to Fri nights, and Community back to Thurs to give it a fighting chance at renewal.

  • sarah nz

    @ richard

    Don’t know of any legal free sites to watch PoI season 1 or the new season 2 that has just started.

    Legally you can see the first season episodes via Amazon for $1 or $2 an episode.. or maybe your local video store might have a copy you can rent out.

    @ Brian

    As you say I can see why CBS did move 2.5 Men from Monday, not sure if it worked out great for them, but not a disaster yet. I think they made the right decison in my noob opinion but can also see the points other (more experienced) posters have put up to critise what CBS has done.

    Never knew about ratings until I found this sight way back before Easter and still don’t understand enough… but it is quite facinating even in my ignorance of what the same details mean.

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