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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

 

Scoreboard CBS FOX ABC NBC UNI CW
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

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Late night ratings:

 

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

 

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NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.
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Definitions:

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • John_M

    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”.

    Thin is better than nothing of course, and the database mind in me tells me it should be pretty easy, but I’ve been getting the feeling your data isn’t stored in any sort of relational database model?

  • Brian J

    @Billy:

    It’s also a question of what might do better. Given the problems that ABC has had with the slot aside from “Ugly Betty,” might it decide to give “LR” some time, especially if it skews male as I suspect it does? I think it might.

  • Richard_T

    @Holly. I agree, but I guess the point I am making is that lately, these type of shows start off like gangbusters. After awhile it seems as though people either get extremely bored with them or pick the plot apart so bad that they can’t enjoy it. IE…Richard Steven Hack. LOL, (couldn’t resist). Anyway, just my thaughts. LOL.

  • Eridapo

    @ Doris

    PP is gone after this season. ABC needs that slot to launch new shows not to sustain older shows like PP. Heck if we go by your logic, ABC should move Castle there. More viewers and could possibly take out Elementary, but ABC wont. Nashville makes the more sense to move into this spot.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I guess the point I am making is that lately, these type of shows start off like gangbusters. “

    I believe that one of Holly’s points was that LAST RESORT did *not* “start off like gangbusters”.

  • John_M

    fter awhile it seems as though people either get extremely bored with them or pick the plot apart so bad that they can’t enjoy it

    There’s a third option I feel you’re ignoring. It doesn’t involve boredom or plot picking apart – but attention span and something else neurological

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Thin is better than nothing of course, and the database mind in me tells me it should be pretty easy, but I’ve been getting the feeling your data isn’t stored in any sort of relational database model?”

    Correct. It’s all on the site somewhere, but if we organized like that, Nielsen’s lawyers would have us for lunch.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

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

    I thought my reply quite humorous. I guess to each his own. ;)

  • David

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

    Yea, I messed up on the names, but I was referring to the writer (both are extremely rich), not the producer. Bad Robot pumps out shows and JJ has very little to do with them now past helping decide which ones to pick up. They just keep putting his name on them like he is actually involved, when he isn’t. But, even Bad Robot would just rather do another show and Christopher Nolan would mostly likely prefer to do another show because both sides don’t like squeezing things like that. JJ and Christopher are both in a position where they can just start new things and be creative, which is where most want to be.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @OMG who said:

    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.

    ME: Excellent analysis. Applause. I totally agree with you. One more thing may be they will keep procedural elements so people can jump in and from season 3 will be more serialized shows.

  • John_M

    Correct. It’s all on the site somewhere, but if we organized like that, Nielsen’s lawyers would have us for lunch.

    You mean you buy the data but you can’t store it in an organized fashion so you could, say, easily run a report to compare how a shows numbers compare on a friday versus a monday (saying it ran on those two nights)?

    I can’t believe Nielsen can enforce something like that once you pay for the numbers? If you don’t resell them shouldn’t you be able to store them and manipulate them anyway you want? I’m not saying display the information in the database table format per se but just store it that way so you can look at things you want to look at and then publish them, I mean at work there’s data I pay for, I do whatever I want with it I just don’t make it ‘freely available’ on the web and if I have to publish something I just publish the results :)

    As for the humor thing – as much as I dislike the ‘emoticon’ universe – sarcasm often is missed without them :) (Unless you can create custom sarcasm tags in your blog, which would be awesome, sarcastic text shows up in a different color or something :))

  • James Romano

    I’m pretty sure Glee will get a 5th season, and maybe even a 6th if it maintains the numbers, but if it drops this year I doubt a 6th. I certainly don’t see a 7th season in their future.

  • a p garcia

    Good for POI for up several tenths. The only person happy at ABC for the Last Resort was the one who gave it that terrible time slot. It deserves a better time ASAP, perhaps inplace of Sandal. Was surprised that Glee went up, kinda expected a slow spiral down. I predict Elementary will go down in the comming weeks, only slowly to about a 2.0 by TV years end.

  • Richard_T

    @Bill Gorman, I totally understand what Holly meant. From what I have see personally, whether they start off like gangbusters or not, lately these type of shows don’t seem to be long for this world and get ran down by the cancellation bear. LOL.

  • Fred

    NBC is really a mess on Thursday. Time for a complete rehash.

    ABC needs to quickly replace the very expensive Last Resort with something cheaper. Dramas like last season’s Missing and this just can’t compete there. What did ABC expect? Perhaps The Last Resort would do better after Revenge on Sunday. Although I enjoy 666 Park Ave, I know many that wont ever watch it. At least Last Resort has a greater chance of succeeding.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “PP is gone after this season. ABC needs that slot to launch new shows not to sustain older shows like PP. Heck if we go by your logic, ABC should move Castle there. More viewers and could possibly take out Elementary, but ABC wont. Nashville makes the more sense to move into this spot.”

    Although we are only 2 weeks in, I’m thinking if ABC keeps Castle it stays on Monday night. Monday 10pm is no longer one of the better drama slots for them, so I’d assume they’d put new dramas on Thursday, Sunday or Wednesday first.

  • joss

    @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.

    and u must be some profesional comedian or something ?

  • Jason50

    I do think that Last Resort is the best new drama this fall season. It would be a shame for it to be one of the first cancellations. I’m not sure how they could extend this storyline through more than one season anyway but I hope it can get at least 13 episodes and I can watch it as an extended mini series.
    Glad POI went up in the ratings, good episode last night.
    Elementary is just so uninteresting. Forget about comparing it to BBCs Sherlock, it’s not even as good as the crime procedurals on the basic broadcast stations.

  • huldu

    Wow… POI above 3? Great news for once. TBBT still a monster, but well deserved. At least a good comedy sitcom or whatever they’re called.

  • Joe

    That’s really good for P&R!

    It’s the last season of 30 Rock anyway so who cares about ratings?!

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