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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  • CrimTV

    Remember guys, The CW is inflated :(

  • Billy

    Everyone needs to relax about the CW numbers. Pittsburgh generates huge NFL ratings. The numbers will drop in the finals.

  • concrete

    i’m guessing these overall poor numbers are do to baseball and teh debate? b/c EVERYBODY took a big hit

  • Ryan

    The Vampire Diaries is WAY up this season. I’m not sure they’ve hit a 1.6 since Season 1!

  • Nick

    Wow CW. Two impressive nights in a row. Tied ABC and beat NBC at 8pm. Great premiere for BatB, dead even with Arrow. If only those ratings would stay, which I really hope they do, The CW can finally be competitive once again. Hopefully the ratings for these genre shows compared to the Monday/Tuesday sappy soap opera shows will give them a clear initiative from here on out.

  • MoveOn

    yea VD!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ali

    super impressed about with the CW right now. even with no competition, still didnt expect Beauty to perform that well and I actually enjoyed it!

  • a

    hahaha! Im so happy seeing cw have decent ratings for the 2nd time this week! Im glad gossip girl is dying, but liked 90210 tbh. Oh well. Hart of dixie is okay too, what a shame! MY Favorite show of all time is vampire diaries so I’m glad about it! And beauty and the beast wasnt that amazing but was watchable I hope it keeps it up. Arrow was great wednesday! Im glad x factor is slowly falling b/c I don’t like the judges very much, still watching.

  • poweranimals

    Wow. B&TB tied Arrow? TVD got a 1.6? Dang.. nothing can beat that show on the CW.

  • concrete

    sorry…not baseball. i mean football

  • Clarke

    Beauty and The Beast did well for the CW if those numbers aren’t too inflated. The pilot though was pretty bad. The plot was very, very cheesy and the acting was sub-par. Hopefully it will get better as the show progresses.

  • Adien

    God those numbers are very depressing across the board
    2.5 Men did better than last week and it was a very solid episode. They might have sorted out the kinks from last season that made it so unwatchable. Fans should like it!

  • silvit

    @Remote Patrolled

    I think many people thought they wouldn’t be on because of the debate. The same thing happened last week.

  • Bee

    good for the CW. TVD deserves it. awesome show. B&TB will fall next week as reviews are mixed and all the competition returns, but a good start atleast. hopefully they don’t fall too hard in the finals.

    last resort :( oh well, it’s to be expected. great show last night though. if it falls next week w. the return of grey’s as a lead-out, then it’s all 100% over.

  • CrimTV

    I’m not looking at The CW’s ratings and feeling happy, i’m just feeling depressed knowing they can drop 1-2 tenths

  • Joao

    wow The CW rocks again!

  • John A

    Oh crap CW inflated hope TVD dont adjust down too much.

  • rob60990

    Modern Family > TBBT, like it should be :D

  • Jules

    Beauty and the Beast was very enjoyable. I preferred it over the Arrow.

  • CW


    Actually Secret Circle debuted to a similar rating.


    1.01 – Pilot 1.3 3.05

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