TV Ratings Thursday: 'Two and a Half Men' Soars With Miley Cyrus, 'The Big Bang Theory' & 'Up All Night' Up; 'Person of Interest' 'Grey's Anatomy' & 'Elementary' Down

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October 19th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.1/9 2.4/7 1.4/4 1.4/4 1.4/4 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.8/6 1.7/6 1.4/4 1.3/4 1.2/4 1.0/3
Total Viewers (million) 13.055 7.739 5.422 3.528 3.530 2.381


Note: The Thursday Night NFL Network 49ers/Seahawks game was simulcast on the ABC affiliate in San Francisco. As a result the 8-9pm numbers for ABC are likely inflated and subject to more than typical adjustments in the final numbers. The live baseball coverage on FOX is also subject to  more than the usual adjustment in the finals.

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

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory earned a 4.7, up 4% from last week's 4.5 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men scored a 4.0, up 14% from last week’s 3.5 adults 18-49 rating. Person of Interest garnered a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, down 7% from a 3.0 for its last original episode.  Elementary scored a 2.3 among adults 18-49, down 8% from a 2.5 for its last original episode.

On ABC, Last Resort earned a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating up 6% from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. However, since the football game ended at around 8:30PM PST, this is the show most likely to be inflated by the SF ABC affiliate carrying the football game. Grey's Anatomy notched a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, down 13% from a 3.8 for its last new episode. Scandal scored a 2.0adults 18-49 rating, even with its last original episode.

On FOX, the MLB Playoffs scored a preliminary 1.4 adults 18-49 rating from 8-11PM, though this will almost certainly be adjusted in the finals.

On NBC  30 Rock garnered a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, matching last week’s performance. Up All Night earned a 1.4, up 27% from last week's 1.1. The Office scored a series-low 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, down 9% from a 2.2 for its last original episode. Parks and Recreation notched a 1.6 among adults 18-49, down 16% from a 1.9 for its last original episode and tying its series low.. Rock Center earned a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, down 10% from a 1.0 for its last original episode.

On the CW, The Vampire Diaries earned a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, down 25% from last week's 1.6. Beauty and the Beast garnered a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, down 42% from last week's 1.2.


Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, October 18, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.7/15 15.40
ABC Last Resort 1.7/5 7.32
FOX MLB Baseball Playoffs (8-11PM) - Live 1.4/4 5.51
NBC 30 Rock 1.3/4 3.33
CW Vampire Diaries 1.2/4 2.74
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men 4.0/11 13.60
NBC Up All Night 1.4/4 3.24
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.3/9 9.48
CBS Person of Interest 2.8/7 13.83
NBC The Office 2.0/6 4.27
CW Beauty and the Beast 0.7/2 2.03
9:30 NBC Parks and Recreation 1.6/4 3.43
10:00 CBS Elementary 2.3/6 10.84
ABC Scandal 2.0/5 6.42
NBC Rock Center  With Brian Williams 0.9/3 3.45


Late night ratings:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:
> * In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.3/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 3.3/9 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: > "> The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,> "> 0.6/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.9/4 with an encore; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/4.
> * At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) trailed CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.7/6). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) trailed "Late Late Show" (0.5/4).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 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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  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    GO GA & Elementary, but please don’t fall anymore!

  • Dillan

    Was expecting higher for TVD :(

    BATB will definitely be cancelled.

  • Doris

    Scandal will adjust down like it always does.

  • Austin Lauran

    I have a good idea for NBC to have high rated shows again:

    Get rid of all the non-cop dramas and non-laugh track sitcoms at the end of the season and replace them with cop shows and laugh track sitcoms for the 2013-2014 TV season. Isn’t that why CBS is #1? Or the NBC execs could pick up the type of shows that are on ABC that appeal to females (No offense, I’m starting to watch Modern Family and The Middle).

  • rob60990

    Isn’t Last Resort the only show on ABC inflated since the game ended 11:30 eastern time?

  • CrimTV

    What the hell happened to The CW?!

  • Michael

    Damn, at the TVD drop!

  • Jules

    Glad Beauty and the Beast did well. I like it. The actors have smoking chemistry. Grey’s was also a good episode.

  • MoveOn

    agh come on TVD!! Last night’s episode was so good!

  • Bee

    yikes. apart from TBBT and 2.5 men, nothing did impressive last night. looks like the one week off hurt. hopfully most of them re-bound next week.

    and LMAO scandal. it just holds on to that low 2.0 demo for dear life. although it’ll adjust down to 1.9 later and the haters will go CRAZY. oh well.

    too bad last resort didn’t stabilize higher.

  • Clarke

    Elementary is still doing good for CBS @ 10. The 3rd episode was a vast improvement, so I think the show will be steady next week.

    Ouch for B&TB. Get ready for an onslaught of angry Secret Circle fans to throw a tantrum.

  • tara

    Wow I was expecting a larger drop for BATB. It stayed above 2 mill which is what I was hoping for.

  • silvit

    Terrible for baseball.

  • adanskiiii

    Cw is back to normal

  • omabin

    – Incredible jump for Two and a Half Men. It seems it took its sweet time to get settled in the new timeslot, but clearly the hour is now showing its strengt.
    – Disappointing for Person of Interest considering the lead-in jump
    – Elementary did the same as CSI yesterday, seems that is the best CBS can hope for at 10pm, which is just slighly higher than ABC can.

    – Surprised by such a sharp fall for the vampire diaries. 0.4 on the cw universe is a lot, i was coutning on a 1.4 or something. Might be adjusted up though, so we have to wait a bit more. Arrow gains supreme very soon.
    – Awful for beauty, but i totally saw that coming. It will be moved to fridays come midseason leaving that slot to cult. That show has flop written all over it.

    – No comments on ABC yet since their numbers are likely inflated but, if that’s the case and they fall a lot, they had a bad night. Even greys should not have dropped that much so early on.

  • Lynn

    ABC needs to switch Nashville with Scandal to give it a chance with a better lead in. Scandal had its chance last season. Scandals’s not going to grow. Do the right thing ABC.

  • Cyrax86

    God, not even Elementary can be a hit at 10 pm?

    Not so good for P&R but seems most NBC comedies are at the 1.3-1.6 range, hopefully Community will equal that so it can live another season.

  • s0303

    yikes cw…tvd is still safe, of course, but big drop…batb is already in trouble…

  • Ryan30

    Let’s await the Russian guys analysis of POI.

  • silvit


    They remembered they are the CW after all.

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