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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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.

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  • halaci

    Yeah, in the article text the ratings of Last Resort is mistyped, both this week and last week values, please correct it!


    What happened last night? The Debates were on and it must have been football had a huge impact on the ratings of other shows. Anyways CW should be happy they have Arrow and Beauty and the Beast. IMO this is what CW should be doing they should be marketing there network as fantasy, superhero, sci fi these are the shows that sell for CW. Gossip Girl is having its final season and 90210 should as well. 90210 has enough episodes for syndication. I also think they should retire Americas Next Top Model. These shows have gotta go IMO.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “someone knows exact time of VP debate ended??”

    For Nielsen ratings purposes, it looks like the debate period was 9-10:30pm Eastern, and the analysis period was 10:30-11.

    Another source has the debate running until 10:33pm, and analysis beginning then. Either way, the difference is small.

  • Alan

    CW predictions:

    Renewed: The Vampire Diaries, Beauty and the Beast, Arrow, 90210 (final and shortened season), ANTM (final season)
    Cancelled: Gossip Girl (final season), Hart of Dixie, Nikita
    Too soon to tell: Emily Owens M.D.

  • RyanCanada

    @Charmed i cant see them cancelling that many shows, i think 90210 will be canceled and GG is in its final season, ANTM has been doing ok, and HOD is in the air.

  • Max Vrany

    ABC/CBS/FOX/NBC program ratings include the debate instead of the listed shows in the Mountain Time Zone. My advice is to ignore everything until the finals. (Except maybe CW)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Mark P. must be celebrating somewhere”

    Mark P. is smart enough to wait for the final ratings before celebrating.

  • Dan

    Last Resort is performing better than charlies angels in the slot. Maybe ABC will give it some time

  • Tihomir

    WOW, I’m so happy for the CW! The Vampire Diaries was such an epic win (the best in.. two seasons?) and BB got an impressive start too. Could this be the reborn of the CW?

  • MoveOn

    @Cyrax86 haha my thoughts exactly. Jill Wagner for the win!

  • richard

    @ rob60990

    ehh, both shows are very overrated imo

  • HB

    Wow at TVD ratings. its actually way up high from may finale!

  • Tony ^_^

    Even with a 0.3 downward adjustment for both CW shows, they will still be above a 1.0. But maybe this should be a wake up call to The CW that they should focus on fantasy/sci-fi kind of shows…

  • CW


    They should make ATNM a summer show. gives the network some fresh programming in the summer to promote new shows

  • RyanCanada

    @Alan i cant see them cancelling Nakita in its third season, too close to syndication?

  • SPM

    U cant believe people are renewing Arrow & B&TB already lol

    Both will fall next week its a certainty!

  • GoTVGo

    LOL @ those Flop Factor number.

  • leonardo

    CW is going very well on Wednesday&Thursday.

  • Kevin Somerhalder

    I’m so happy for TVD. I’m just going to keep on dreaming: If it would be adjusted to a 1.7 rating, that would be epical. I don’t think they managed that rating in season 2 and season 3.

  • MoveOn

    I love how we are 1-2 episodes into the CW season and people are already asking for certain shows to be canned. Not to mention that Nikita and Emily Owens haven’t even premiered yet and they are on the chopping block. Calm down people.

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