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.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Great for TVD.

    And yes, viewing BATB, it really wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be. It had its down sides, but really wasn’t that awful. Of course, the 1.2 it ends up with isn’t likely to be sustained unless the story gets better. But it could since the premise is now more conspiracy theory than fantasy.

    This is an important point. This BATB has almost nothing connecting it to the original. The original was pure fantasy. This one has a halfway-plausible basis making it more science-fiction than fantasy. This may work very well in its favor ratings-wise.

    Or not… :-)

    On the other hand, Last Resort gets less plausible by the week and its .3 drop this week shows that the bleeding isn’t over and will probably continue for several more weeks until it’s canceled.

  • halloween

    looks like the cw may survive another year

  • Greg


    Also, don’t confuse acting with writing, which is what makes a TV show good for 10 seasons. You obviously don’t understand that a TV show can be bad even if it has great actors involved (e.g. The Office).

  • robin


    actually TVD got a 1.6 and 3.51 million viewers for an episode last november

  • halloween

    How much Beauty And The Beast drop next week against real competition? 30%?

  • SPM

    @ halloween

    It will definetly be at 0.7 or 0.8

    Maybe even lower.

  • thesnowleopard

    I think you’re confusing “complex” with “meandering.” The premise for “Lost” was as simple as simple could be: A bunch of people are stranded on an island under mysterious circumstances and confront their own demons while trying to find a way off. That’s a very simple storyline (I used to call the show “Gilligan’s Island 2005″ and was completely unsurprised by how it ended. In fact, after watching the British promos for the pilot before it came out over there, my very first thought was, “I bet they’re all….” And it turned out I was right because that was the only really solid resolution available to them. Not like that story’s never been done before). All of the convolutions about how to stretch things out didn’t actually make the storyline or its projected resolution any more complex. That’s probably why they lost steam after a few years.

    “The X-Files”‘ mytharc was somewhat more complex, originally, but, as you already pointed out, they didn’t plot it out properly and it eventually fell apart. I actually thought the two films did a better job with it than the show did.

    I would hold off on calling anyone delusional until you figure out just how Facebook promotion figures into a show’s success. Facebook Likes are very nice egoboo and free promotion for a show, but unless that promotion translates into money-making for the network–like improved ratings or increased DVD sales–it’s as meaningless as any other promotion that has no effect.

    So, those Likes are less than useless, especially since Likes tend to build up over time and only relate to how many people have Liked the page since it was first put up. This is true of any product that advertises through Facebook pages.

  • Mallory

    The people that run this site can kiss my ass for “celebrating too early” earlier over The Vampire Diaries.

  • Phil

    @Greg, Seinfeld had many arcs.
    Jerry and George’s seasonlong “NBC pilot” storyline.
    George’s relationship with Susan.
    George’s engagement with Susan and pact with Jerry.
    George running the foundation after Susan’s death.
    Elaine’s relationship with her shrink.
    Elaine’s relationship with Puddy.

    All these and more were serialized storylines. I guess you missed them.

  • Addy

    Nobody gives a damn about The Secret Circle’s ratings. It’s DEAD! “Beauty and the Beast” took its spot, everyone’s happy but you and the three other Ringer bitter fans who keep trolling the internet without getting a life.

  • Phil

    The problem with people seeing Beauty & The Beast is that people saw Beauty & The Beast.

  • SG

    I love Last Resort. Too bad ABC doesn’t.

  • SPM


    I never even mentioned the likes I mentioned physical comments from scorned fans of TSC on the CWs page in response to someone saying “where are all the TSC fans now”

    John_M then blew me away with his delusional rmablings on facebook meaning nothing and its end being near.

  • Greg


    We’re not talking about audience, we’re talking about quality. A weak season of Friends was the one where Joey and Rachel were in love with each other.

    You’re wrong about the audience outgrowing, just look at Supernatural and Smallville. Besides, 10 years from now, teens will have 20 to 40 years, which is still inside the 18-49 demo target.

  • SPM

    @ Addy

    Speak for yourself not EVERYBODY

    thank you

  • Steve

    @ Greg

    I completely agree with what you said on page one regarding TVD. I want to see it decline not improve because i want it to get a real ending and end on a high note and note drug out forever like Supernatural… A show i haven’t watched since like S5 or S6. I really hope TVD doesn’t last more than 6 seasons. The CW takes a good show then beats it to death by dragging it on way to long.

    Ugh, Im sort of disappointed with the ratings for Last Resort… It is my favorite new show of the season. Im still on the fence with Revolution. Revolution needs something to happen to keep me from boredom.

  • Skylar

    I loved TSC last year but I’m not gonna come here and bash B&TB, its stupid. TSC isn’t coming back, and there’s no point in wanting another show to fail, especially if you don’t watch it. I’m definitely gonna give B&TB a chance

  • Addy


    As I see it, you’re the only one whinning over TSC’s deserved cancelation. You have been posting hateful comments about the CW the whole week. Get your complaining into some ridiculous TSC fanpage.

  • thesnowleopard


    Comments from “scorned fans” mean even less. If you scorned fans cared that much about the show, maybe you should have gotten hold of some Nielsen boxes and watched it more. Now it’s dead as a doornail and whining all over this site about it will do nothing but irritate everyone else.

  • Charmed

    If Nikita cracks a 1.0 I’ll run around town naked!

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