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TV Ratings Thursday: 'The Big Bang Theory' Falls, 'The Vampire Diaries' Returns Up, 'Beauty & The Beast' Debuts Well for The CW + Vice Presidential Debate

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October 12th, 2012

 

Scoreboard CBS FOX NBC ABC CW UNI
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.7/7 2.4/6 1.9/5 1.7/4 1.4/4 1.4/4
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/6 1.9/6 1.5/4 1.2/4 1.4/4 1.4/4
Total Viewers (million) 9.353 6.798 5.728 6.911 3.320 3.466

 

 The Thursday Night NFL Network Steelers/Titans game was simulcast on the CW affiliate in Pittsburgh and the FOX affiliate in Nashville. As a result the numbers for FOX and the CW are probably inflated and subject to more than typical adjustments in the final numbers

Note: Due to live coverage of the first Presidential Debate on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX, the entire primetime line-up is subject to more than the usual adjustments in the nationals.

CBS was the number one network among adults 18-49 and in total viewers.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory earned a 4.2, down seven tenths from last week's 4.9 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men scored a 3.4, down two tenths from last week's 3.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Last Resort earned a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating down from last week's 1.9  adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, The X Factor scored a 2.9,  adults 18-49 rating down from last week's 3.2.

On NBC  30 Rock was even with last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Up All Night earned a 1.2, down two tenths from last week's1.4

On the CW, the season premiere of The Vampire Diaries earned a 1.6, up from last year's 1.5 premiere rating. Beauty And The Beast debuted to a 1.3. For once, your votes were too pessimistic!

Coverage of the Vice Presidential debate earned a 2.1 on CBS, a 2.1 on NBC, a 2.0 on FOX, and a 1.8 on ABC. However these are live numbers and likely for more adjustment in the finals. 

Note: Since the debate is commercial-free, ratings will be not be counted in the final national ratings.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight 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 4.2 13 13.767
FOX The X Factor 2.9 8 8.25
ABC Last Resort 1.6 4 6.93
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.6 5 3.483
NBC 30 Rock 1.4 4 3.824
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8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 3.4 9 11.74
NBC Up All Night 1.2 3 3.462
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9:00PM CBS Vice Presidential Debate 2.1 5 10.397
NBC Vice Presidential Debate 2.1 5 6.771
FOX Vice Presidential Debate 2.0 5 5.345
ABC Vice Presidential Debate 1.8 4 6.902
CW Beauty And The Beast -P 1.3 3 3.158

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Late night ratings:

* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.6/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4. * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 0.8/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3. * At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3). * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

 

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.

For more information see Numbers 101.

 
  • Jeff (Canada)

    Wow, a 1.3 for BatB. I’m impressed.

  • Holly

    *popcorn*

  • rob60990

    NBC 5th in the 8pm hour yet again lmao.

  • soso

    xfactor!

  • Marcelo

    CW ahead of NBC again? What’s going on in this world? lmao

  • Oliver

    The Beauty and the Beast premiere ratings are surprisingly high.

    The CW equals ABC and NBC for the second night running

  • Jay S.

    Up All Night 1.2? Here comes Community.

  • Lucas

    How inflated is CW? 1.6 is huge.

  • Dean

    Wow, Beauty and the Beast got more than The Secret Circle’s premiere and The Vampire Diaries went up a lot. Good for the CW

  • Remote Patrolled

    Wow what happened at 8pm – big falls for Big Bang (which doesn’t matter) and X Factor (which does!)

  • Eridapo

    Last Resort 1.6 7.11/ 1.5 6.75

    XF 2.6 7.6/ 3.2 8.90

    TVD 1.5 3.37/ 1.7 3.60
    BeautyBEast 1.3 3.24/ 1.2 3.08

    TVD beat NBC and ABC… Damn.

    TBBT fell a lot. It seems it and MF are underperforming when compare to their year ago fall numbers. Will see next week if this slide continues.

  • Michael

    Vampire Diaries still the #1 show!

  • Anthony

    Wow. Two nights in a row that the CW averaged over a 1.0 in the demo. Good for them.

  • Psac

    Beauty and the Beast was not good. Expect it to plummet next week.

  • EatMorePez

    The CW is the opposite of NBC: great on Wednesday and Thursday, awful on Monday and Tuesday.

  • George

    I’ll be interested to how BatB does NEXT week. Obviously it will fall, but I have a feeling the fall will be MASSIVE.

  • CarShark

    Big Bang and 2 1/2 Men really are getting hurt by football, it seems.

    Not getting juked by CW. Expecting two tenths down.

  • Antonio Jose

    I’m not a fan of the 2 shows from CW, but i’m really happy for them.

  • John A

    Wow at TVD. I kind of expected it to be a 1.2 at best. See people do watch the good shows on CW.

  • were123

    Up all Night :(… hope it’s adjusted up.
    Beauty and The Best got the best of TVD, just like TSC did last year, but will it keep it? Anyway, the combo surely is making CW happy. Now they just have to see how to fic their mondays and tuesdays ratings

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