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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  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Looks like Community wasn’t the problem at 8pm”

    Not the ONLY problem, certainly.

  • James

    Gleee! i have a feeling that all the viewers are going to come back in Novemeber :)

  • Ryan

    @ Peter Ivanov- They would show two comedies after the superbowl if they choose to show 2BG..so they might show TBBT or Mike and Molly as well.

    @Matt- POI beat Grey’s last year in the demo around March I do believe.

  • peter

    Elementary isnt doing good fingers crossed it will get cancelled

  • John_M

    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.
    Now see – once again people want to equate ratings and good – ratings mean popular – they don’t mean good

    I find 30 rock quite funny, and intelligent, which is why most Americans don’t like it. Most Americans don’t like to think more than they have to. Or at all

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

    You say wow, I say, get some balance and perspective in life

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “The Big Bang Theory’s viewers are wrong, I think, unless it skewed extremely young!”

    Yep, was a typo. Now fixed.

  • WowZers


    Yes it’s obviously getting renewed, but at what cost no pun intended considering the show is so expensive to produce. How will the ratings fare when they’re going to change the coaching panel for the 3rd time in a row?

  • danny94

    Sucks for greys, quite a big drop but a 3.7 is still really impressive.

  • KS


    Looking at the pathetic NBC ratings, its pretty much clear that Revolution would be renewed, even though it falls to low 2s, in spite of the Mediocre quality of episodes.

  • John_M

    I don’t get the joy some people have when a show gets bad ratings. Did the producers steal your lunch money?

  • Eridapo

    Per KPHO (CBS PHOENIX), POI and Elementary aired during their normal schedule times… TBBT and TAAM were moved to 1AM

  • David

    @Petar Ivanov

    I highly doubt Jonathan Nolan would pump out a spinoff. He makes most of his money from movies so he doesn’t need to add another show and I seriously doubt he would. But, he might create another show if his name starts to hold as much weight in the TV world as it does in the movie world. I also doubt Bad Robot would be interested in a spinoff when they can just create another show, too.

  • Ryan

    @John_M- because they are just mad that everyone isn’t watching what they are.

  • Chad

    GLEE UP! Great Episode. (finally)

  • Brian J


    Those aren’t horrific numbers for “LR.” Not great, but considering how low it premiered, not that bad. The 18-49 numbers are not good, but the total viewer numbers, for what they are worth, are solid compared to last week. And I bet it skews heavily male, which helps. “Scandal” is meh, as usual. I’d suggest that ABC replace it with something, but what that is, I am not sure. Perhaps “Nashville” if it does well on Wednesdays, if ABC wants a stronger Thursday night. “GA” continues to do well, even if it isn’t what it used to be.


    Solid, but not spectacular. The problem is that there’s probably nowhere to go. Things are probably more likely to go to down than up, but even if they stay where they are now, is that good enough? I guess. Perhaps “AI” will premiere up from last season and help the night, but if it does, does Fox want “Glee” to benefit? At this point, wouldn’t it rather use “AI” to support “TNG”?


    Great, as always. I’m still wondering why they didn’t order more comedies to lay down the marker on Thursdays, but if “POI” can continue to grow, as it appears to be doing, I guess it makes sense. Perhaps that show will get the post-Superbowl slot, dominate the night for the rest of the season, and then move up to 10:00 next season. “Elementary” is kind of meh, but if it doesn’t crash and burn this season, it could be a solid bit player on pretty much any night next season.


    Oy… Given how decent to great its comedies are, it’s so frustrating to see this night in the state it’s in. “UAN” is a solid show, even if it’s still finding itself creatively, and given that it already has a season under its belt and is owned by NBC, I am not sure it’s going away just yet. “Parks” deserves so much more, but at this point, I can’t say I would mind if NBC moved it off of the night. “30 Rock” and “The Office” should probably finish up their seasons on Thursdays…unless NBC finds itself in possession of a hot new show.

    At this point, I’d spend the rest of the season trying to find one new unscripted show. Ultima says that “White Elephant” is a limited-run series for the holidays, but it seems like it could work all year around. Or NBC could take my suggestion and try to bring back “Supermarket Sweep.” Whatever the case, if it can find an unscripted show, it could use that to support a new scripted show next season…like that new Michael J. Fox comedy.


    Who cares?

  • Toni

    I am happy for Elementary. I am really enjoying Jonny Miller in this. I am worried about Last Resort. I really like this show. For someone who used to hate watching Scott Speedman in anything, I love him in this. He has great chemistry with the entire cast. Also, Andre Braugher. Need I say more about him? The show is filled with little epic moments.

  • Katy

    I wonder if glee can hold 6 million after the hiatus with the new characters being heavily focused on.

  • John_M


    Per the conversation yesterday regarding average ratings on a network for cancellation – is your belief that time slots and or ‘time slot performance relative to other networks’ are taken into account?

    Ala Elementary, maybe a weak number but winning it’s time slot by a comfortable margin?

  • Michael

    Last Resort isn’t doing too well. Ugh, and I was hoping it would last

  • USAmerica1st

    Last Resort down? ABC put it up against TBBT and XF, so they created their own problem for a new show. Time to move it to a decent slot.

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