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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  • Jared

    Happy to see Scandal stay steady this week. Great episode last night as usual. Definitely one of the brighter spots on ABCs schedule.

  • Mon

    I also like Last Resort. I’m a huge fan of consipiracy-driven shows. Here’s hoping the writers are smart enough to write the appropriate ending they have in mind for the show. With those ratings levels it is getting and according to ABC’s history, they shouldn’t expect to come back. It still sucks but I can’t imagine it running for 4 seasons+ even if it had huge ratings without dragging the storyline too much.

  • Holly

    @Richard T,

    Time slot aside, are people just tired of these high concept shows IE,…Last Resort and Revolution

    The initial tune-ins for Revolution, V, FlashForward, etc. seem to indicate that there is an audience for this type of show.

  • The Old Woman

    That’s awful for Last Resort. Why???

    The show is good and it’s stuck in an awful spot with no lead in and strong competition.

    Sucks that good shows like this do badly when boring soaps like Grey’s Anatomy get such good numbers…

  • John_M

    Not for nothing – but the first ad in the ads by google is the mitt romney official site?

    Hmm…what’s that say about site demographics? :)

  • Rooks

    Good for POI, full season order incoming. Shame about Last Resort, I didn’t know if I would like it, but it’s turned out to be a good show, but it’s a walking corpse. Elementary is also better than I thought, but it will have to work a lot harder to crawl out of Moffat/Cumberbatch’s shadow, and a 16% drop won’t help with that.

  • Doris

    Shonda Rhimes run is over. Greys was a hit but OffThe Map bombed. Scandal isn’t doing any better considering it has the best lead of any other ABC show. Scandal will be adjusted down because of the GA overrun. Put Private Practice back on Thursdays and it will do better than Scandal. Private Practice never hit as low ratings on Scandal when it had the cushy time spot Scandal stole from it.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I don’t get why people are complaining about Last Resort’s timeslot.”

    Because its one of the easier Fan Excuse Bingo squares to play, and crazy fans *certain* that it should have better ratings have to point to *something*.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Hope POI uptrend to continue. Until begining of november can be #2 CBS drama in demo and viewers. Its only one growing with sure. In the spring if again is UP when others shows drop can be #1 CBS drama in the end of the season. But that depends and how much Grey will drop from here.

    Come on CBS give post super bowl slot to Person of interest! Pleaaaaaase.

  • John_M

    I’m not really sure how REvoluation or Last Resort is considered ‘high concept’.

    Does high concept mean well it’s something out of the ordinary not based on lawyers/doctors/cops combined with procedural/soap opera plot lines.

    I’m not sure how derivative shows like last resort and revolution are considered high concept?

  • DamC

    The question is which timeslot would be better for Last Resort?

    I think ABC should try to move it Tuesdays at 9 after DWTS. The comedies will bomb there anyway. The question is what to do with Apt23 and Happy Endings then? They could air 10 episodes on Tuesdays between DWTS cycles, or don’t order more episodes of Last Resort and have the comedies as a midseason replacement. Last Resort is the kind of show that would work better with short seasons.

  • Dan

    I think Last Resort is worth an attempt by ABC to save it. It has a brutal time slot, with shows all competing for a younger demographic. They must have believed that it would be good counter programing to comedy and reality. They thought wrong. Last Resort has no chance there. ABC should give it 666’s prime Sunday night spot at 10pm where is has a decent lead in and can build an audience.

  • alexis

    I don’t like watching Elementary. It’s boring. But those BBC Sherlock fans are really…ugh…Sherlock won’t benefit anything from the failure of Elementary.

  • John_M

    I wonder – has anyone ever bothered to do the research on the ‘oh my god this show is low rated it just needs a new time slot and it’ll all be ok’ theory to see if it’s anything more than wishful thinking?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Not for nothing – but the first ad in the ads by google is the mitt romney official site?

    Hmm…what’s that say about site demographics?”

    Not for nothing, but do you realize that Google ads are served uniquely to each individual?

    Hmmm..what’s that say about your personal demographics?

  • John_M

    Sherlock won’t benefit anything from the failure of Elementary.

    Especially since it airs on PBS – really they should be after Mitt – not Elementary

  • Ryan

    If anyone is looking for a fan excuse bingo for the 10PM shows why not use…”but Jersey Shore came back on last night!” :)

    @Peter Ivanov- NCIS will be the top drama again this year unless sh*t just hits the fan.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I wonder – has anyone ever bothered to do the research on the ‘oh my god this show is low rated it just needs a new time slot and it’ll all be ok’ theory to see if it’s anything more than wishful thinking?”

    Of course not.

    Even if someone were to try, the available data (ratings changes for shows moved within a season) is pretty thin. Sort of like “Non-CBS scripted Friday shows renewed”.

  • John_M


    Not for nothing, but do you realize that Google ads are served uniquely to each individual?

    Actually, all that does is tell me that the google algorithm is broken. (The cross site advertising thing bugs me though – personally that’s all)

    I must admit – the lack of a sense of humor here is quite disappointing

  • Anon

    Talk about leadins all you want, but as for me, it comes down to choosing between TBBT and LR. Leadins have nothing to do with it; I am just not willing to ditch Sheldon and the boys.

    I guess I am one of those dinosaurs who can only watch one show in a time slot. Maybe I just need to buy a dual-tuner DVR… but as it is, it is an either/or choice between TBBT & LR.

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