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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  • Andrea

    TBBT has not been as funny this season.

  • Eridapo

    Wait for it….. The first complaint on why TVD 2.0.

    Here it comes…

    Had Cablevision carried CW in NYC TVD would have scored much higher..



    Can’t really say too much until the finals

    CBS really down from last week, at least Last Resort beat 30R & UAN (barely)

    Prelims look promising for CW, think they’ll both adjust to a 1.0+, great for CW

  • Sid

    Move over Arrow, TVD Zis still the king on The CW :D

    Beauty debuted Solid!

    Congrats CW!

  • LisaM

    How can these ratings even count when the debate messed up viewing times. I almost didn’t see TBBT because I didn’t know it would be on after the debate. Only Beauty and the Beast was on its regular time for me to watch.

  • Dinaminjo

    Last Resort is down again and for the first time since it was announced I think I won’t miss it..

  • danny94

    Good for BATB. and big numbers for Vd

  • thesnowleopard

    Sounds like preemptions are going to bring those CW numbers down in the finals. Even so, unless they get adjusted down a whole lot, those are good numbers for both TVD and B&B’s premiere.

    Sure makes some other shows on the network look bad, though.

  • Oliver

    Missed the football preemption warning at the top. The CW’s ratings will have large adjustments due to Football. Pittsburgh is a big market (1.02% of HH), so it’ll probably be adjusted by 0.3+.

  • rob60990

    “2.5 Men did better than last week and it was a very solid episode.”

    Its down 2 tenths from last week.

  • Max Vrany

    Debate Analysis ratings:
    NBC 5.83 Million 1.8/5 18-49
    CBS 6.06 Million 1.6/4 18-49
    ABC 5.44 Million 1.4/4 18-49

  • Robo

    X-factor ratings are really pathetic.

  • RyanCanada

    Yay! Vampire Diares And B&TB did really well

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Early celebrating is likely to meet with disappointment. All these ratings could be adjusted, some by a lot, in the finals.

  • Michael

    Fast national ratings, I predict TVD at 1.5!

  • SPM

    Beauty & the Beast will be at 0.5 next week just wait & see.

  • joss

    when cable ratings does arrived I can not wait to see how SUNNY did

  • Rachel

    Beauty and the Beast was boring. It won’t keep that audience.

  • Charmed

    Wow, TVD and BATB!!! 1.6, that’s huge!!! TVD just proved it’s here to stay!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “How can these ratings even count when the debate messed up viewing times. I almost didn’t see TBBT because I didn’t know it would be on after the debate. Only Beauty and the Beast was on its regular time for me to watch.”

    Wonder you may, “count” they will.

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