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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  • Gaius Bolling

    say what you want about X-Factor but even with increased competition it still pulls steady viewers week to week and it will most likely be adjusted up. Fox has to be happy with the consistency.


    Will have to wait for the finals, but if the numbers hold

    TBBT & 2.5M real powerhouse duo 8-9 & POI back over 3.0, Elemaentary under 3.0, hope it stabalizes in upper 2.0’s

    Last Res under 2.0 (no surprise) & Scandal probably will be; GA coming back down & should be neck to neck w/ POI within a few weeks

    C’mon Glee, siphon more of that GA demo

    APB out for must see NBC Thurs

  • Toni

    Forgot to add that as a part time, casual viewer of Grey’s for the last few years, I am done with this one. Off of my DVR as of last night. SR has lost all creativity for this show and it’s well passed redundant.

  • John_M

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

    As a fan of Glee I can only hope they move the focus to the new characters and give them interesting stories to tell.

    Hopefully the overwrought pablum that they passed off on us last night (aside from the whole left behind rapture thing which was genius) won’t continue.

    Michael Ausiello – I have no respect for you

  • One

    Idiots all of you. You must watch Last Resort lest you lose IQ points. Seriously, the wool has been pulled over your eyes. Yank it back. Now. See the truth. Recognize the awesomeness. Save the future.

  • omabin

    I agree with Peter Ivanov about the possibility of POI spinoffs. Maybe not next year, but after the show hits syndication, I can definitey see them creating spinoffs. I think the potential is all there, they just need characters as compelling as Finch and Reese to operate with the machine in some other city. Bearing this in mind, and even though I get the argument for saving Mondays and boosting two broke girls, I think POI should get it. I donn’t know if it will or not, but in my opinion it should.

  • 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.

    Thats bad. Even CBS to create olong spin-off Without Nolan (spin-off) will be with bad quality and no so entertaining and funny. I don’t want spin-off withot Nolan as showrunner iys like LOST without Damon Lindelof no thanks.

  • Holly

    @John_ M,

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

    Not Bill, but…

    The fact that it’s winning its time slot is meaningless. However, the fact that it is the highest rated 10pm show on CBS is not. If it stays in the top 2 or 3 10pm shows on CBS, it will probably be safe. If it doesn’t, winning its time slot won’t save it.

  • Eridapo

    Scandal @ 10PM is a problem. Unlike the other ABC shows at 10PM, Scandal is benefiting from a huge lead in and has only one other show to compete against, Elementary. Rock Center is a joke.

    666 has Football and The Mentalist
    Castle has Revolution and H50
    PP has Vegas and Parenthood
    Nashville (not Premiere yet) will go up against CSI and Chicago Fire.

  • John_M


    Thanks for the answer, yours is one of the posts comments I actually read :)

    Kind of what I figured but just wanted to be sure.


    I highly doubt Jonathan Nolan would pump out a spinoff.

    Are you confusing Jonathan Nolan and his brother (PS…JJ Abrams makes lots of money from movies – he keeps pumping out tv shows)

  • Sarah

    Regarding “Person of Interest” … that was a fantastic episode last night.

    IMO, the two hour arc (season premeire + 2nd ep) is better than 99.9% of the movies out there! :) :) :)

  • Ryan

    @omabin- and see I on the other hand just don’t see it being able to do a spin off… Finch would still have to be in the picture if they even thought about doing a second one. They’d need to wait until the show as at least in its 4th season to even think about a spin-off. CBS failed with the Criminal Minds spin off. Its just over-kill with spin offs.

  • MoHasanie

    TBBT did good, and it could be even with last week in the finals.
    Good that TAAHM rose, but its still wasting, but CBS is still wasting a lead in on an already established show.
    Both shows were good, and I preferred the TAAHM episode this week much more than last week’s episode.
    POI rose, probably because Grey’s fell, but its still not the powerhouse it is expected to be, considering it has the biggest lead in for a 9pm show on the night.

    Grey’s fell as expected, and will continue to fall. Still good ratings.
    Scandal doesn’t seem like it will ever go above an average 2.1, which is average for 10pm shows.
    Last Resort is just performing the same way as Missing did in the spot. It will still be cancelled.

    X factor did the same. Glee rose as expected since Grey’s went down. Still, its disappointing considering the lead in.

    NBC had the same bad night. 30 Rock had a low premiere, but its ratings are not surprising.

  • Bookworm

    I’m indifferent to the other shows but I’m sad for ABC’s Last Resort. I was really hoping it could stay around the 2.0 mark, it would have had a better chance of a second season. Right now, I don’t know which way it will go but a 1.8 in it’s second week is not good.

    Grey is still a powerhouse for ABC though I’m sad to see it drop like that. I was still hoping for a 4.0 but I’ll take this.

    Scandal is steady and I’m happy about that. I’m sadden by the number of viewers but as long as it’s rating stays in the 2.0 range, I think we have hope for another season. This is going to be another run of 2.0’s; it’s kind of been living in that spot and I’m sort of glad about it. No sudden drops and hopefully, that stays the same again this time around.

    Elementary dropped and I’m not shocked. Next week it might see another drop but for it’s sake, I hope it stays within the 2.0’s possibly the upper 2.0’s. To say it premiered higher than POI, I’m shocked it drop a good fourth below it. POI went up though and that’s great!!!

    I’m sorry for 30 rock but happy for Parks and Rec (sort of).

  • Benedict Cumberbatch

    I’m ecstatic Elementary is down :D

  • John_M

    I’m ecstatic Elementary is down :D

    And yet the real BC probably couldn’t give a good god damn as he’s not nuts

  • Ryan

    cue BBC Sherlock Holmes fans.

  • Baaa!

    CBS numbers are too questionable with the West Coast game. Really going to have to wait until the finals.

  • RyanCanada

    xFACTOR, Glee and Elementry was great. I PVR’d BBT, TheOffice, and P&R, im sooo excited for The Vampire Diaries next week, i hope he preforms well, that and B&TB

  • Lilly

    I think Mentalist (even with the annoying & boring Red John thing) is still a better show than Elementary.

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