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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  • Andrea


    You make very good points about scandal. In terms of retention from it’s lead in and competiton, IMO it looks like ABC’s weakeast 10pm show. It really should hold on to more of the Greys lead in. At least Castle stays close to DWTS on Monday.

  • Petar Ivanov

    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.

    ME: THanks man. I am so HAPPY that more and more people watch quality show like POI! In the begining especially young americans name it ‘one more CBS cop show’. But whoever start to watch it after that says:
    ‘I was wrong.’
    Its different, funny, and really interesting drama. With thriller, mistery, a lot of action and great humor.(NOT STUPED humor) I really think that script(Nolan) is the big difference. I day it 12345r times but is true. Best scripted show out there. Off course with great actors.

    ps May be is time TV with dramas do much in decline to try with more quality writers and script winners(no matter oscar or emmy)

  • Katy

    I just think the viewers will get lower by focusing on the new kids especially with rehash storylines. It also seems like fox Thursday is stagnant.

  • Andy

    I’m sad for 30 Rock :(

  • Stacey

    Glee was excellent last night. The music for the episode and the way they used the songs was I think the best they’ve ever done. The episode is also getting a pretty great response from critics. I’m glad it recovered a bit from last week’s ratings. Hopefully it will come back from the hiatus without too much of a drop or even do a little better.

  • Mon

    Elementary’s opening credits is so cool. Episode 2 (like other new shows) is better than the pilot. Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu have great chemistry. I’m glad there are no will-they-won’t-they crap.

  • Richard_T

    Question for the masses: Time slot aside, are people just tired of these high concept shows IE…Last Resort and Revolution (I think it will get canned as well). It seems to me, that ever since Lost, people just don’t seem to have the patience for these type of shows. Or in ABC’s case, no matter what they put there will get eaten up by TBBT. Am I off base, Someone please enlighten me.

  • John_M

    My opinoins on how to make scandal better

    The whole president / olivia thing is stupid – the president as a character on a show such as this – bad idea – slice it out – there’s lots of meaty grist in the Political world for a show with this premise.

    Kerry Washington – sorry Shonda – she’s not a good actress, she’s out classed by almost everyone she is on screen with.

    Kill off Olivia, have Columbus Short be the main character, Josh Molinas character resigns from the government job in disgrace after being castrated by olivia pope and joins the law firm.

    And make it harder to cover things up – Scandal seems to be a show where cell phone video doesn’t exist

  • Dee

    I thought Glee would do better, considering how heavily this episode was promoted as the best episode they’ve ever done.

    Glad to see Parks&Rec tick up!

  • senor chang

    NBC sitcoms this week:
    Go On, 2.1
    Office, 2.1
    Parks, 1.9
    The New Normal, 1.7
    Guys With Kids, 1.6
    Up All Night, 1.4
    Animal Practice, 1.3
    30 Rock, 1.3

  • Pauly

    Thursday’s comedies on NBC are doing so poorly and have never really garnered great ratings. It is really surprising they kept them around as long as they have. This contributed to NBC’s woes in ratings…

  • John_M

    I thought Glee would do better, considering how heavily this episode was promoted as the best episode they’ve ever done.

    Really? I hope after viewing it no one finds it the best episode they’ve ever done – I’d be sad if that were true (not really, just disappointed in how bad it was – song choices are getting worse – the duncan shiek song was excellent though)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Phoenix is market #13 with 1.6% of the US TV households. When their local NFL numbers get pulled out of the CBS preliminary ratings above, early celebrants may be in for some disappointment.

  • Steph

    Bummed for Last Resort :(

    Wow, I guess 30 Rock is really ready to go. Just started watching S6, and it’s not like it used to be.

  • Eridapo

    Last Resort problem is ABC. Wrong network. Wrong day.

    The show should appeal to a more male audience, and ABC Thursday’s is not a male friendly environment.

    As long as ABC is perceived to be a late 30s to mid 50s female network, male friendly shows will struggle. If ABC really wants to expand its brand into other demographics, it has to give shows like Last Resort a shot. I would even suggest developing a Night specifically for the male audience. However this is unlikely. The trend in television is to solidify your brand around a niche demographic.

  • Jesse

    The first 2 episodes of Big Bang haven’t been that good. Kinda dull. But it’s good the ratings are still high.

  • John_M

    The first 2 episodes of Big Bang haven’t been that good. Kinda dull. But it’s good the ratings are still high.

    I think some shark jumping has occurred. Howard’s character would never ever get married, and adding the comic book guy made no sense to me.

  • BG

    I really like Last Resort. I decided to watch the pilot online and loved it!! I hope ABC gives it a chance.

  • OMG

    Person of Interest grew on me. I thought it was just another procedural, this time on crime prevention, instead of crime solving.

    While I could care less about each individual episode’s case of the week, the brilliant acting as well as the excitement of each episode makes it worthwhile. I especially like episodes where there are some significant links or part of a larger story arc. (You can probably figure out that I like serialized shows more than procedurals.)

    I think while having a basic procedural structure helps in bringing in viewers, I get frustrated when some episodes of POI become completely standalone. I guess CBS dictates a procedural format for all of its dramas, but POI can really soar (creatively, maybe not in ratings) if the procedural barrier is taken out.

  • Ike

    I don’t get why people are complaining about Last Resort’s timeslot. There’s nowhere else for it to go on ABC. Put it at 10 on Mondays or Tuesdays after Dancing with the Stars and you’re getting the wrong lead-in audience (older women, mostly), plus the ratings for Dancing are WAY down this year, so that’s both a poor lead-in and an incompatible one. Plus on Mondays it would’ve gotten stomped by Revolution’s strong ratings, as bizarre as that seems given how bad that show is. Tuesdays are probably ABC’s weakest night. Wed. at 10 is bad because the other shows are also male-skewing and CSI is still strong. Thu. at 10 is bad because the lead-in from Grey’s is very very female, plus Elementary is stronger.

    At least at 8 p.m., it gets a lead-in that from locally-chosen programming that may have a lot of guys — in many areas, I think it’s Jeopardy. Jeopardy makes a better lead-in for this show than anything nationally programmed on ABC.

    The real problem is that the show is on ABC in the first place, instead of NBC or Fox, and ABC doesn’t have any other male-skewing programs AT ALL anymore, so there’s no promotional springboard for it on its own channel. I hope they are advertising it a lot on ESPN.

    Anyway, the second episode of LR was really badly-written and directed. Too bad. The pilot was great.

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