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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  • Pluck

    Person of Interest is really solid. It is doing better than it did when it first began. Also, and after its surge midseason it only really dropped near the end of last season because of sports (was it NBA play-offs, I forget) since it skews male. Otherwise, once people start watching they stick with it. That’s a good sign. I don’t think it could be the new NCIS (unless syndication eventually has the same effect) but hopefully it could be, like, the new Criminal Minds.

  • CrimTV

    @Peter Inanov

    POI would have to do a lot better than 4+ to do well in post Super Bowl, i’m still going with 2 Broke Girls as their choice!

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    Go Grey’s, always winning its timeslot.

  • David

    POI can be adjusted down and still probably hold a 2.9, but Elementary can not afford to lose more than it has on the chart now.

  • Sid

    Go X-Factor!

  • Andrea

    Will be interested to see if Scandal adjusts down with later since Greys had overrun.

  • Elaniel

    Let’s have some Community/30 Rock swapsies please :) IIRC, Community wasn’t even doing that bad was it at 8PM?

  • juank

    GLEE WAS AWESOME!!!!1 normal numbers….hopefully it will be adjusted up inthe finals

  • OERM

    Scandal should be down 0.2

  • Matt

    Good night for ABC! Greys was only down 5 tenths and 1.1M, Scandal was up a tenth and 0.1M and Last Resort was only down 4 tenths and 1.5M.

    Greys is STILL a powerhouse in Season 9 with a 3.7 (more likely a 3.8 since it always gets adjusted up) and 10.6M.

    If Last Resort can continue in the 1.7-2.2 demo range and the 7-10M range, it will get renewed. Ditto to Scandal too.

  • J.G.

    Another half-hour uptick for Last Resort…interesting. I wonder if a later timeslot would help it. 30 Rock I was actually expecting to be lower so this was surprising. Scandal is worryingly steady but gaining nothing. Hope it success because it’s a great show.

  • omabin

    I take those CBS numbers with caution due to the football coverage, so i will wait for the finals for definite comment on those. As it is, it appears that the entire lineup did very well, especially POI, growing from last week. And Elementary, for a 10pm drama this season also did very well.

    – NBC is completey dead on Thursday, per usual. Even so, the office has been extremely steady this final season and Parks improved. I thin by midseason NBC should try 1 hour of comedies on Sunday and put the apprentice or something like that ont he Tursdays 8pm slot. Leave the office at 9 followed by a new comedy. And get rid of rock center already.
    – Sad about last resot. It fell even more than i thought it would (was couning on a 1.9). It’s dead. I loved the pilot so much, but there is no way it escapes now. Damn cursed timeslot.
    – Grey’s came back to earth as expected but that’s still very strong. High increase in the half-hours which is good. I am expecting an upwards adjustment anyway. Still very strong.
    – Scandal per usual. I am affraid it will go down to 2.0, as this show always adjusts down. Worried about the show. In a sort of big way.
    – Glee went up a bit, but I have heard the episode was a heavily hyped one, so i wouldn’t rely on this data point that much.

  • richard

    so.. scandal is up, but will it get another season idk any shonda rhimes shows, but grey fans, is this a good show in your opinion?

  • leo

    last resort is ehm, fottuto!

  • Billy

    Last Resort only survives if ABC finds another time slot. It has no chance in that time slot of survival.

  • Ryan

    @Peter Ivanov

    I wouldn’t be so sure they’re going to throw it in after the super bowl. It would be nice to see it…but they also have 2 Broke Girls to worry about and they need to keep Monday Nights up.

    Also…I hope they DONT do a spin off because that would just be silly. Not every show needs a spin-off and personally I don’t even think it is possible with this show especially since Finch(as of right now) is the only one who has control of the machine.

  • soso

    hmmmmm x factor is doing what? i know it is good ratings but you can not tell if fox happy or not!

  • John_M

    Grey’s Anatomy runs over by a couple minutes into 10 PM – Scandal will most likely adjust down after the adjustments are made

    Like it does every week

  • Eridapo

    @ Petar Ivanov

    No. I think that honor of the post Super Bowl slot goes to 2BG. Have to strengthen the Monday lineup…

  • Petar Ivanov

    POI rocksssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

    I am so happy that people start watching qality shows with EMMY and Oscar award level actors(winners and nominated) ocar award showrunner(winner for best scripted) mot boring CBS cop sgows like CM. So happy for Mr. Reese and Mr. Finch. So much action, humor, laughing and crying BEST scripted drama on TV!

    I love Bear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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