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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  • Juan

    Not bad for ABC , grey’s will adjust up one or two tenth cause it went 2 minutes over, at least though I really hope scandal just gets adjusted down one tenth only please, also not bad drop for Last Redort even though I really wanted it to be up, it’s so great but hope it gets adjusted up, also people read POI will probably go down in the finals


    Again the X Factor did good Thrusday numbers against stiff competition and people are freaking complaining. X Factor will be RENEWED for season 3. Its guaranteed. Honestly I have to say I loved Britney Spears last night she truly cares. Shes the most autentic thing about the X Factor. Although they completely rippred off the battle rounds ala the Voice.

    That’s awesome that Grey’s Anatomy is still staying strong. With ABC’s fumbles this year. Is it safe to say Grey’s will last a bit longer? I think it should end season 10 to go out on top. How long do you see Grey’s lasting on the air?

    I loved the Last Resort its honestly not long for the world. I wish people would watch it. It demands peoples attention its a riveting show.The second episode not as good as the first but its still a great show.

    BBT/Two and Half Men are solid. Honestly Person of Interest the show is getting younger and staying steady. It was a slow start for this show and CBS was patient with it. CBS’s patience paid off. Elementary dropping aint so good. I didn’t really care for it.

  • TimsDale4ever

    I watched about the first half of 30 Rock for the very FIRST time last night in all of their 7 seasons or so. What a horrid show. Not the least bit funny. THIS show has won 3 emmys for best comedy over the years? Seriously? Does the blue ribbon panel KNOW what a comedy series is???? The low ratings for this show since inception shows you it’s not any good — but that emmy panel will eat this kind of show up during award season for some UNKNOWN reason.

  • DougF

    Looks like Community wasn’t the problem at 8pm

  • joss

    @Petar Ivanov

    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

    hmmm. Friends .. ?

  • Bunny

    Glee fans wrote “courage” on their wrist to prepare themselves for the break up of their beloved characters….wow.

    Here’s the article:

  • steve

    Hopefully POI holds a 3 in the finals and continues to grow from here on out. Elementary don’t think can go much lower than that if wants to see a full season/2nd season

  • MattM

    I really wanted to like Last Resort but the character’s are just completely unlikable and unrealistic. The story is all over the place, they really need to explain things better.

  • Ryan

    @ Joss- I don’t think anything will ever beat Friends 51 million viewers after the superbowl

  • Bee

    last resort :( WHYYY must you skew so damn old!? the show is so good. still hoping it doesn’t completely crash so something can work out.

    so glad scandal was steady despite grey’s going down 0.7! even if it has the advantage of a good lead-in, it’s hanging in there. 10 PM’s castle and PP are doing worse so far and soon 666 park will be under it too.

    it’s so strange to see CBS’s numbers go up in the second week.

    also, good for glee! last night’s episode was AMAZING and its best in so long. hoping the five week break (yes, FIVE DAMN WEEKS! an even bigger hiatus than last year’s, which caused all of FOX’s shows to crash) doesn’t hurt it too bad.


    Honestly the biggest question to everyone is can anyone answer this how did 30 Rock last for seven seasons on NBC? I mean this show while it had critical acclaim and emmys was a total ratings bust. It never got any ratings. Usually a show would be cancelled with such low ratings for a long time. Didn’t NBC lose money on this? I can’t even believe it lasted seven seasons on the air considering how low the ratings were.

  • MattM


    I doubt it helped. Even when they aired Community back to back it would do low ratings. It’s fine on Fridays, enjoy the final season.

  • WowZers

    I love how people keep going on about how X Factor is not doing bad when in fact it does considering the 1st season was considered a flop and it had higher ratings. People go on about X Factor being FOX biggest hit in the fall “by far” when in reality Simpsons has bigger ratings and even Family Guy has outrated X Factor thursdays.

  • senor chang

    Very happy for Parks. Office has at least stabilized, which is good, I suppose. 30 Rock did horribly (where are all the people slamming Community now?). Up All Night is still not long for this world but those numbers could easily be worse, so I suppose NBC has to take what it can get.

    Borderline for Last Resort, but it at least appears more stable than Charlie’s Angels did. Scandal will likely move to a lower profile slot come midseason.

    Good for CBS, although if Elementary doesn’t stabilize in the mid-2s they have to be somewhat disappointed.

    Good for FOX.

  • Josh

    The half hours for X Factor is so weird.
    It always has a low amount of viewers in the first half, but much higher demo and viewers in the second. Is it airing too early?

  • Petar Ivanov

    But POI is 1 hour with possible spin-off(like CBS CSI NCIS) 2 hours hit dramas(With all new CBS dramas crap and in decline) until 2BG (wich is best sitcom and for me my favorite one) but only 30 min. And without option for spin-off. And 2 BG is more female POI is most (CBS) male show out there.

    ps Can they try to put one of the two at least after other game they have? Or this is not part of us tradition.

  • SteveO

    ABC should switch Private Practive and Last Resort!!!

  • Matt

    No matter for the viewers, Greys will always win that hour againt the stereotypical CBS cliche procedural, POI.

  • senor chang

    It was actually a solid performer for NBC from its second to fifth seasons: it just crashed horribly after that and never recovered.
    Not to mention the revenue from syndication.

  • Andrea


    Scandal is more than likely going to adjust down, it always does, due to Greys overrun. Going down .2 would not be surprising.

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