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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  • Billy

    I just don’t understand what ABC is doing with Last Resort. The show gets good support from the media, and the feedback from viewers is very good. People like this show, but it has no chance of putting up good ratings in this time slot. If Last Resort is to survive they must find a new time slot.

  • CrimTV

    Remember guys, CBS and The CW may adjust down, so down get too attached to that 3.1!

  • EatMorePez

    So much for Last Resort. Commence with the sinking ship jokes.

  • Tom

    Happy Parks and Rec rose. Hopefully it’ll keep rising/maintain its ratings in the next few weeks and we’ll see atleast one more season.

    Last Resort is dead, unfortunately.

  • Eridapo

    The NFL game was over in the West Coast by 9PM on the West Coast, so I would expect all CBS except Elementary to be adjusted.

  • richard

    last resort was ok, not as good as the pilot. hopefully it improves. the one gril is a terrible actor though. anyway, hopefully ratings improve and the writing improves.

  • BTVS


    well… the show is already dead since its the final season??

  • Alfred E. Neuman

    Ouch. (I just dropped the remote on my foot)

  • John_M

    I just don’t understand what ABC is doing with Last Resort. The show gets good support from the media, and the feedback from viewers is very good. People like this show, but it has no chance of putting up good ratings in this time slot. If Last Resort is to survive they must find a new time slot.

    Or people need to learn how to change their channel

  • Petar Ivanov

    Congrats to Petar Ivanov… POI is stable.

    Thanks man. In your opinion with this ratings is POI lock for post super-bowl slot? I already wrote it somewhere, but one more time:

    Person of interest will be with the best retention ever after super bowl in history of that slot. No one other tv show(sitcom or drama) on broadcast network(CBS with sure) is so much male skewed. After football was over(last season) all shows start droping in the spring only PoI start hit its best ratings. Super Bowl will make PoI 4+ in demo hit drama. From there CBS can move PoI in wednesday at 8 as new anchor drama(like NCIS) after it POI spin-off(with female lead) and in 10 CM. Move survivor in sundays with one cycle per year and CBS sill have both old reality shows(TAR) for few more years.

  • WowZers

    X Factor ratings will be in the 2’s come next week.

  • Jules

    I watched the first Last Resort. I might hold off on watching the others for awhile. Those numbers aren’t great at all.

  • darius

    Hopefully POI stays at 3.0 despite the story with the nfl game!

  • were123

    Up all Night steady, which is better than down. If it just could get 2 tenths up… at least it built up from 30 Rock (which rating doesn’t matter as it’s the final season). Glad for TBBT, and sad by Last Resort results, although increasing in the half hours is a little glimmer of hope (just a little, because unless it pulls ala Scandal retention on 2s on the following weeks, it’s a goner).

  • IP

    yay!!! Parks and Rec is up! dang The Office loves staying at a 2.1

  • Sarah

    A 4.9 for TBBT, wow! GA dropped quite a bit, but still a beast for a show in its 9th season.

  • fearless

    hoping for Elementary to stabilize at that rating…

  • Peter

    Last Resort is the new Missing. Decent viewership, poor A18-49 #’s.

    I’d imagine there is some overlap between Grey’s and Glee viewers. Glee is definitely a heavily time-shifted program.

  • brentpo

    NBC dies again. Good for P&R.

    Last Resort is dead already. Elementary not bad, better not go down next week.

  • DW

    i dumped elementary last week. lousy show. and i deleted last resort from my dvr. i dont want to waste my time with drivel. this season sucks. big time.

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