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.

  • jamie

    Not bad for TVD and B&TB. Looks like people do watch the CW, two wonderful nights in a row.

  • Toni

    @ John M
    Good to know since the extatic post wasn’t mine.

  • iMember

    GREAT for TVD.

    And we all know BatB won’t keep these numbers. It’s going to end up falling and then it’ll get canned. True story.

  • fraa

    YAY i knew it! no adjustment! Really Greaaattt week! tvd is STRONG as in season 2 premiere!! that’s amaaazing! the show finale was so much great that they increase gtheir ratings by a 0.4 ! 30 % UUUppppp! this week was so much great! parenthood arrow and now tvd’s numbers! great result for b&b too. great night for cw. thanks tvd’s fans!!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Eradipo: I haven’t seen last night’s cable numbers yet, though I did see some early viewer #s for NFLN game (5.7M vs. 6.4M for last week’s game).

  • CrimTV

    WOW! CW can beat NBC and tie ABC! They must be ecstatic with TVD’s ratings, rising from the previous season premiere is something I never imagined, it’s got a long way to fall before being in danger of cancellation, and it was facing full competition! CW must also be happy with B&TB considering anything above 0.6 is good for them nowadays!

  • Rachel

    @John M I am sorry for my dreadful spelling error. Not really sure why you felt the need to reply to me about it, I would have thought you may have had something more interesting to talk about, like perhaps, ratings? But yes, just for you, I shall try being ‘ecstatic’ instead =) I have also double checked my spellings in this comment, just to avoid causing you further offense and inconvenience =)

  • David


    Can’t they also be fans of HBO, SHO, AMC, ABC, CBS, NBC, etc.? I doubt most of them only like the CW or ABC Family.

  • melbye

    They move Gossip Girl to Fridays and try Nikita on another night cause it is clearly shows like that which are popular on the CW

  • Michael

    Lol, some people are acting as if TVD never goes above a 1.0. The show has yet to go below a 1.0, since it started in 2009. Definitely a strong season premiere!

  • John_M


    Oh I can talk about so many interesting things, but I’d hate for you to get lost

  • John A

    TVD still CW no 1 show. Made Arrow look like a joke. No offense Arrow fans

  • were123

    Noooo!!!!!!!! Up all Night!!!!!! >.<

  • david

    TVD and BATB both down alot in viewers. TVD from 3.4 to 3.1 million and BATB from 3.1 down to 2.7 million. Great job for both shows and great job to the CW on the night. As i said before will alot of the people come back next week to watch the shows again. That is the big question.

  • Vance

    Amanda, I meant to ask this earlier, but shouldn’t The Vampire Diaries be listed before Last Resort? TVD has a share of 5 as opposed to LR’s share of 4, which if i am not mistaken, should mean that TVD marginally outperformed LR, and not the other way around.

  • Justin121

    That’s incredible for Vampire Diaries. With the CW’s lackluster results I expected it to go down to as low as a 0.9.

    I guess Elena turning into a vampire was a big event for the fandom.

    BAB did better than I expected.

    Both CW hours beat or tied NBC’s 8pm. Up All Night is dead.

    Four CW shows hit a +1.0 rating (who would’ve thought?) and the other CW shows got 0.4s and 0.5. Since this is premiere week I’ll reserve judjment.

  • Jeff R.

    I think Last Resorters have settled on “strong +3/+7 numbers.” Because advertisers are so very interested in the viewer numbers of people who zap through ever ad…

    How can the post-debate analysis numbers be any kind of meaningful, mixing 10:30 East Coast viewers with 7:30 West Coast ones?

  • omabin

    Wow, now I can comment. The Vampire Diaries!!! That’s just incredible! I thought the show had peaked. Also, Beauty and the Beast did waaaaay better than i thought it would. Still think it will fall though. Very sad for the last resort though :S

  • Greg

    @John_M and Marcelo

    Completely different cases. First of all, Friends, Cheers and Seinfeld all had weak seasons. Second of all, they were comedies, so they didn’t have to worry about coming up with complex story arcs like TVD does. All they had to worry about was coming up with jokes.

    I never watched Hill Street Blues, so I might be wrong, but I assume it was a procedural, right? If so, then my point is the same. The Vampire Diaries cannot run for 10 seasons. It’s a show without any formula, which burns through plot like no show I’ve ever seen on television.

  • Eridapo

    Just saw this posted on another site: Credit Sonofbronx

    Time Program (Network) HH/Shr Viewers A18-49 A25-54
    8:00 Big Bang Theory (CBS) ……….. 9.1/15 14.23 4.5/13 5.7/15
    X Factor (Fox) ……………… 5.1/ 8 8.43 2.9/ 8 3.3/ 8
    Last Resort (ABC) …………… 4.3/ 7 6.89 1.6/ 5 2.1/ 5
    30 Rock (NBC) ………………. 2.3/ 4 3.40 1.3/ 4 1.5/ 4
    The Vampire Diaries (CW) …….. 1.9/ 3 3.18 1.6/ 5 1.5/ 4
    8:30 Up All Night (NBC) ………….. 1.9/ 3 2.88 1.1/ 3 1.3/ 3
    8:31 Two and a Half Men (CBS) …….. 7.3/11 11.35 3.5/10 4.5/11
    9:00 Beauty and the Beast (CW) ……. 1.8/ 3 2.78 1.2/ 3 1.2/ 3

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    2.651 million viewers, 2.5 A18-49

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