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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  • Chris

    @KarenM–Sherlock Holmes is in the public domain now, which means anybody can do whatever they like with the name, and nobody can do a damned thing about it.

    But only Jeremy Brett ever got him right. And I’d take the best of his Holmes series over everything broadcast in network primetime for the past decade–combined. And everything on British TV right now.

  • silvit

    About my previous post: nevermind, I checked and it was the one with Obama as a guest.

  • Petar Ivanov

    NBC has more serious problems than they will ever admit. Once “The Voice” goes on hiatus, and NFL ends, they are in big time trouble. They don’t have a night that can stand on its own without either of those shows.

    They need to hope “Revolution” can somewhat stand up on their own. Thursday is a very important night for advertisers. NBC may want to consider putting something there that can drive audience.

    If “Revolution” truly has built an audience – then why not move it to Thursday at 10pm and find something else to lead out of “The Voice” that could use the help.

    The only shows now that seem to have a built in audience are “Grimm” and “Parenthood”

    NBC must put RVN at 8 pm as anchor in tue, wed or thur. Best day i think is wednesday.

    8 Revolution
    9 Dracula
    10 Hannibal

  • BigFatMouthFilledWithCream83

    If “Revolution” truly has built an audience – then why not move it to Thursday at 10pm and find something else to lead out of “The Voice” that could use the help.

    Maybe because NBC knows Revolution is trash and it wouldn’t be able to stand on it’s own if moved away from The Voice? It’s like FOX with Fringe; they tried to prop it up with AI, but once they shifted it out again it collapsed. Then again, that could have had something to do with Fringe’s terrible acting, writing, and general lack of direction, focus, and quality, too.

  • Shaz

    Have there been any scripted CW shows that didn’t get full season pickups? I can’t think of any rookie scriped show on the CW that didn’t make it through at least one full season.

  • Holly


    The Beautiful Life

  • Why The Hate?

    White people are saying Scandal should only be canceled and not other shows that have the same ratings because unlike those other shows the leading person is a black woman. They hate to see black greatness unless it serves them. Stay mad. Scandal willl not be canceled anytime soon. :-)

  • Kyle

    NBC only problems are Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays. They have Monday, Tuesday and Sunday down.

    Finals are in. Big Bang Theory/The Office/Greys Anatomy/The Vamapire Diaries UP,

    Scandal/Up All Night/30 Rock adjusted DOWN.

  • LoveLee

    TVD is hurting i bet because they made Elena a vamp. I personally think was a lame move and it turned me off the show.

    I totally agree with you. Having Katherine was good enough but once Elena turned I was done with the show.

  • Phil

    It’s one thing to move a blockbuster first season hit like Frasier and hope for the best. Moving a show that has done ok in the first six episodes like Revolution to a different time and different night is just stupid. There is no “built-in” audience for a show in its first weeks.

  • Kavyn

    I knew BTB would plummet. The pilot was just terrible and they have so much going against them. Wouldn’t be surprised to see the series crash and burn before Spring.

  • Phil

    NBC’s only problems are Tue 9-11, Wed, Thu, Fri and Sundays after football in January. And if people abandon The Voice with different judges.

  • Shaz

    @Holly Thanks! Checking Wiki, The Beautiful Life got a 0.6 rating back in 2009 for the two episodes that aired before it was pulled. Extrapolating to 2012, rookie shows might have to get 0.4? 0.3? from the start before CW will axe them early?

  • Phil

    Letterman also higher with an encore because Leno was an encore and CBS’ prime on Thursday is much stronger than NBC’s.

  • Brandy

    Shaz Life is Wild(13 episodes),Melrose Place 2009(18 episodes),Privliged I think had 18 episodes too

  • Phil

    Calling Beauty a failure was not premature two minutes into watching it. Most people who saw the screeners knew this months ago. The rest figured it when they saw ads where a handsome guy was The Beast.

  • Shaz

    In the books that TVD is (loosely) based on, Elena became a vamp early on. TVD showrunners have said since the beginning that Elena would eventually be turned, the only question was when.

  • tay

  • Shaz

    @Brandy Looks like Life is Wild aired out its initial order and Melrose and Privileged got extra episodes but weren’t renewed. So it seems CW generally lets its rookie shows run through the initial orders, with most of them getting 18-22 episode seasons. So I assume the same will be true for EOMD and BATB unless their ratings plummet to LA Complex levels.

  • silvit

    @Why The Hate?

    Maybe just because it gets lousy ratings? It has the best lead-in possible and it squanders it.

    I’m all for different character on tv and not the same old same old, but having the same “bitch on high heels on the outside, soft on the inside, oh poor her” but only with black skin doesn’t speak diversity if not only on the surface and not in substance. The show is a soap, with a soap character and soap writing, as it’s Shonda Rimes style. Anything different.

    The black woman on GA (sorry don’t know the name) is a more interesting character.

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