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


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
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 3.4 9 11.74
NBC Up All Night 1.2 3 3.462
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


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.

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  • Tim

    Thursday shows ranked by rating:

    1. The Big Bang Theory
    2. Two and a Half Men
    3. The X Factor
    3. Vice Presidential Debate CBS
    3. Vice Presidential Debate NBC
    5. Vice Presidential Debate FOX
    6. Vice Presidential Debate ABC
    7. Last Resort
    7. The Vampire Diaries
    9. 30 Rock
    10. Beauty and The Beast
    11. Up All Night

  • Fake Me Out

    pas de quoi

  • Tessa

    In other news, woah! What happened today? This thread doesn’t include Supernatural but we have people bumping heads with Bill. I’m breaking out the pop corn folks. It’s good to be on the sidelines for once. ;)

  • Networkman

    OMG! The CW beat NBC in the 8pm hour once again. And The Vampire Diaries actually tied Last Resort. The network has to be thrilled to celebrate back to back nights with this type of performance.

  • Networkman

    I wonder if ABC would consider putting Last Resort on Friday after Shark Tank. I feel it would garner similar numbers. I think it is a quality show. I tried watching it again last night. I’m not into this type of military action drama but that doesn’t mean I want for it to fail.

  • Janie

    I am surprised B&B got as much as it did because it was a very disappointing show to me but glad TVD did as well as it did.

  • disney rocks

    Bill, I have a question- Do you and Robert make profit and earn money from the advertising on this site?

  • Jay

    @disneyrocks Of course they earn money for ads. But that’s none of our business.

    @FakeMeOut You’re a clown, bro.

  • marseph

    disney rocks said:

    “Bill, I have a question- Do you and Robert make profit and earn money from the advertising on this site?”

    1. Is it really any of your business if they make money or not?
    2. Of course they make money…if not they would still be living in their mom’s basement
    3. This is a website for ratings not a forum about those who run them…

  • GARY

    Good to see Kristin Kreuk kicking butt again
    like she did in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.

  • John_M

    Good to see Kristin Kreuk kicking butt again
    like she did in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.

    Yes – that movie was a big critical and financial success

  • Professor Doctor Count Victor Von FakeMeOut


    @FakeMeOut You’re a clown, bro.

    An evil serial killer clown with razor sharp teeth and a maniacal laugh that sends shivers down your spine … you know, the type that is hiding in your closet and under your bed this very night! [cue evil music]

    ^.^ Boo! ^.^

  • Professor Doctor Count Victor Von FakeMeOut

    Switching gears and turning to look forward rather than back, is anyone else wondering what the ratings will be tomorrow for the 8pm hour tonight?

    4 of the 5 networks are airing repeats of their heavy hitters. I know it’s repeats but when else are you likely to see NCIS vs The Voice vs X Factor vs Arrow in the same hour. And will the repeat winner give a significant boost to the follow-up show? If the repeats score better than average ratings, will this spell and end to new shows @ 8pm Fridays?

    ABC was also going to air a repeat of their heavy hitter until they realized they don’t gots one.

  • Eridapo


  • John A

    Comments slow today. Thursday usually more popular.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    sure finals will be posted soon, but despite our condescending bluster, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, very little downward adjustments for CW. No adjustment down for Vampire Diaries and Beauty and the Beast adjusted down only a tenth.

  • silvit

    @John A

    Mostly do to the debate coverage and missing shows.

  • Holly

    @John A,

    Thursday usually more popular.

    Thursday usually has a lot more shows too. ;)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @John A, fewer shows aired due to the debates. Our commenters care more about shows than debates/special events.

  • Vance

    Oh … that is interestings. If I recall correctly, a 1.6 was TVD’s peak during the previous season, so it looks like things are going well for the CW.

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