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.

  • James

    WOW CW! After a humiliating Monday/Tuesday, you pulled it together for Wednesday and Thursday!

  • John_M


    I made it quite clear why I didn’t think Facebook would be around in 5 years (maybe it’s 10, I might be overly optimistic). It’s a time waster everyone loves, that’s great, but you know how business stay in BUSINESS, by making MONEY, the reasons for face books failure have nothing to do with this web site and nothing to do with how many people use the site.

    AOL used to dominate the internet access market, Myspace used to be huge, ever heard of the globe.com, egroups, and on and on, the internet is littered with ‘the next big thing’ that never sustained because they couldn’t monetize beyond charging people for advertising that in the end hardly every was worth the cost.

    In the real world tv ratings matter to very few people

    The internet isn’t the real world

  • HB

    TVD may have got great numbers but they don’t write complex story arcs .They just re-write what they have wrote in past!
    Its NOT THAT GREAT show!But still to pull of these numbers- WOW!

  • thesnowleopard


    “Lost” didn’t have a complex storyline. It had a confusing storyline. There’s a difference. Especially when you consider that the finale made 90% of the characters’ backstories and experiences on the island pointless.

    I’d argue that “complex” (without necessarily arguing that “complex” means “superior”) pertains the most to shows with multiple POVs in very different, even almost unrelated, situations, with storylines of varying lengths of half an episode to five or six seasons. Those are usually noir-type shows like “The Wire” or “Da Vinci’s Inquest,” or political dramas/thrillers like “The West Wing.” That doesn’t apply to “Lost,” which was a single overarching situation and storyline that encompassed all of the main characters.

  • John_M

    @THe Old Man

    Oh come on – it’s pittsburgh – it’s ok – you can say ‘storm cellar’

  • Phil

    1.6/5 for VD. That’s a big number?

  • SPM

    @ John_M

    Oh dear, say hi to the dinasaurs for me.

  • GARY

    good for BatB pretty amazing show!!! still watching next episodes
    Go BatB

  • HB


    Yup for CW it is.Plus it rose from 1.2(may finale) to 1.6.

  • Michael

    I think “Pretty Little Liars” is the only teen genre show, that can compete with Vampire Diaries numbers. PLL is on cable!

  • John_M

    “Lost” didn’t have a complex storyline. It had a confusing storyline. There’s a difference. Especially when you consider that the finale made 90% of the characters’ backstories and experiences on the island pointless.

    I don’t disagree that they mucked up the show but in the beginning it did have a complex story line – they did have good story telling that seemed like it was going somewhere interesting and mystical (in my mind) but then when they found out it was the last season, they just decided to do something utterly ridiculous so they could provide some ‘finality’ (at least that’s how I see it). I hated the way Lost ended, but in the end they fell victim to something a lot of shows do, they forgot their own ideas, or didn’t see them clearly in the beginning. The X-files had that problem I felt. They had the idea of ‘aliens are real’ but I don’t think they ever clearly mapped out the beginning middle and end ‘meta’ concepts that they wanted to achieve, so they kept sort of changing or making things up in the middle.

    The Whedonverse more often than not weaves their storylines better (in my mind) because when they plan it out they know where they want to get to in terms of major points and arcs, and mutant enemy also had some of the best writers in one room in a long time.

  • John_M


    Well, I’ll probably watch dinosaurs this weekend as it’s funnier than most of the so called comedies on television this weekend.

    Since you have nothing useful to add about the long term viability of facebook, that’s ok, maybe when you’re old enough you can go to college (junior college probably) and learn some basic economic principles about making money and profit and loss

  • oscar

    Why is everybody surprised about the TVD ratings??? Grey’s Anatomy is so much older and stays on top of all scripted dramas in USA without been a procedural or sitcom. It got a 4.4 for the premiere and that’s just the must amazines number of this season. The Big Bang Theory doesn’t has a big 6th season premiere… Grey’s got a 6.7 in its 6th season premiere without sindication.

  • SPM

    @ John_M

    You’re patronising comments aren’t bothering me as I am very much a full grown adult. I just think you need a reality check.

  • Addy

    We could’ve been celebrating early this morning but some buzzkillers were all over the site posting garbage about preemptions. TVD just lost some viewers but hit a high note on ratings since 2010 and Beauty & the Beast was adjusted down a thick and even won the half hour over NBC. Way to go CW! :D

  • David

    “Now see – I have a problem with this sentence, you segregate quality and enjoyment as though they are separate things that can’t go together. If people believed things like that we’d never have reesee’s peanut butter cups, or twix, or fluffernutter.”

    Quality shows are enjoyable so that is why I just put that. Mad Men might be quality to some people, but I don’t like it. When you take away quality (which includes enjoyment for me), the show just has to be an enjoyable show. PLL is crap when I think about the stretched out story and how bad it has gotten, but I still enjoy it (as long as I do not think about the absurdities too much). Lost is the perfect example of quality, but then later just became enjoyable because the plot went downhill.

  • Michael

    Should be interesting to see how “Beauty and The Beast” performs, with actual competition next week.

  • Greg


    I didn’t say Friends didn’t have arcs. Learn to read, please.

    Nope, this comment is my way of saying who you are, not how you feel about TVD. Look up what the word hater means. I’ll wait.

  • Phil

    Friends never had a weak season.
    Seinfeld started strong in the summer after Cheers. Seasons 2-4 were struggling but good in demos, and then it became a hit after Cheers ended.
    Cheers was struggling the first two years. Then was a hit for 9 years after Cosby premiered.
    Hill Street Blues was a serialized, complex police drama with an ensemble cast. It ran for 7 seasons.

    VD won’t run for 10 seasons because there won’t be a CW then. And the audience will outgrow the show as teen audiences often do.

  • david

    I enjoyed the Secrete Circle too.

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