Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' and 'Two and a Half Men' Adjusted Up; 'Up All Night', 'Beauty and the Beast' and '30 Rock' Adjusted Down; No Adjustment for 'The Vampire Diaries'

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October 12th, 2012

The Big Bang Theory was adjusted up three tenths, Two and a Half Men was adjusted up a single tenth, and 30 Rock, Up All Night and Beauty and the Beast were each adjusted down a tenth among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Thursday broadcast ratings.

Note: We do not have final numbers for the VP debate coverage, but do have final numbers for each network's "analysis" segment which aired at 10:30PM

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Thursday, October 11, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.5 13 14.23
FOX The X Factor 2.9 8 8.43
ABC Last Resort 1.6 4 6.89
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.6 5 3.18
NBC 30 Rock 1.3 4 3.4
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 3.5 10 11.35
NBC Up All Night 1.1 3 2.88
9:00PM CW Beauty and the Beast -P 1.2 3 2.78
10:30 PM NBC Decision '12 VP Analysis 2.0 5 6.7
CBS Campaign '12 VP Debate 1.6 4 5.93
ABC Vote 2012 Analysis 1.4 4 6.06

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

  • Ultima

    @Honey Badger
    The X Factor is a very expensive show with the judges and Simon’s salary.
    … At what ratings does this show become unprofitable?

    The X Factor is cheaper than scripted programming and pulls in significantly higher ratings.

    It would have to drop pretty far, relative to the rest of FOX, for it to be in any danger. It’s only down ~15% year-to-year right now, making it look really good compared to FOX’s scritped programs.

  • Dr. Britt

    Considering Pittsburgh consistently gets 60 shares for Steelers games on CBS, FOX, or NBC I do think there was a huge split between the CW and NFLN audiences in the city watching the game.

    Beauty and the Beast did surprisingly well for The CW.


    NBC Up All Night 1.1 3 2.88

    It’s pretty simple right now that Animal Practice and Up All Night have to go next week so they minus well announce that Whitney is taking over Wednesdays at 8pm and Community is taking over either at 8pm or 8:30pm on Thursdays.

  • I like this show

    I don’t have the NFL network so….VD wasn’t even shown in my area LOL the football game was THANK GOD!

  • joss

    Or Desperate Housewives. Both those shows were trash IMO and yet they weren’t on The CW

    Pha !

    DH is the best show ever you stupid cow !

  • thesnowleopard

    More like 6-8, depending on where they are in the season. Supernatural, for example, is filming its last episode of 2012, 8.09 starting this week, which is about six weeks ahead. But it filmed episodes 8.03 and 8.01 back in the first half of July, which was about ten weeks before the premiere. Some of it depends on the length of primary filming (SPN films for eight days per episode) and how much post-production occurs (SPN has a fair bit, but it got rid of its second unit years ago, so that probably speeds things up).

  • Honey Badger

    @ Ultima

    Thank You

  • Mickey

    What a roller coaster ride this past week has been for the CW. It went from four shows at 0.4 and 0.5 to four shows between 1.0 to 1.6. I bet the network execs went from wringing their ties to wearing them around their foreheads party-style.

  • Steve

    @Joss maybe the early sesason of Desperate Housewife weren’t so bad but it got pretty ridiculous in the later season. Im sorry if you don’t agree but that is my opinion and it will never be swayed. Grey’s might have started out well as well but now its not more than a soap opera.

    I loved early days of ER and i can admit that later on it turned into trash at times as well. It happens when shows air to long.

  • Penny

    All TSC fans can’t grasp that the show was cancelled because it wasn’t bringing in the ratings. Television is a business, and when a TV Show (product) isn’t selling or justify it’s costs in-order for more production, then it is only logical that the show/product gets shelved.

  • John A

    Im shocked we dont have more bitter Secret Circle fans here. 1 or 2 is a lot less than i thought.

  • John A

    Kind of surprised you guys didnt post a ‘guess the fringe ratings poll’

  • Adrian

    Very good numbers for TVD. Honestly I’m impressed, even with preemptions it did not adjust down.

    The numbers for Beauty and the Beast are also very good but I don’t know if it can hold them. I watched it and it was nothing special. For CW’s sake I hope it doesn’t go down in flames.

  • Fake Me Out


    How fast do episodes make it to air?

    I ask because 2 days ago I was walking around Downtown Toronto and they were still filming for Beauty and the Beast.

    What you saw was them filming portions for next season. BatB is already in production for season two after an early renewal announcement. (1)


    (1) The preceding answer was designed solely to see SPMs’ head explode.

  • LOL

    Pitiful ratings for Flop Factor. I thought people said the ratings would grow after a few weeks.

  • Mark

    The Vampire Diaries being up vs. last year’s premiere is very good! It is going to be a good season for them. Congrats to The CW for beating NBC and tying ABC at 8pm!

    Good premiere for BatB! But will surely go down.

  • June

    The ratings for the season premier of vampire diaries were on par with last season, good on them.

  • nikki

    glad to see beauty and the beast got adjusted down.. i saw that coming a mile away. and when it dips to 0.6 next week it will have one of the biggest drops. The Secret Circle was better. It premiered better, kept its viewers.. but beauty wont. Did anyone see the reviews.. the show is terrible.

  • Ben Thompson

    NBC fifth again. :D

  • Allison

    Yes!! The Vampire Diaries, just outscored Arrow in 18-49 while in highest rated show mantle sharing it scoring more in absolute viewers. Monday’s lineup Gossip Girl/90120 are now fully exposed as the weakest.

    This is great that plot heavy/character centric series is this strong, ensuring continued episodes. The test for BaTB next week is seeing if it can maintain those ratings after the best lead in on the network.
    Mark Pedowitz must be estatic.

  • thesnowleopard

    So, are you yet another cray-cray TSC fan or someone trying to rile everybody by pretending to be yet another cray-cray TSC fan (which is its own, special kind of cray-cray)?

    It’s no biggie to me one way or the other. I just like to keep track.

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