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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

 

Scoreboard CBS ABC FOX NBC UNI CW
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

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Late night ratings:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:
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> * 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.
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> * 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.
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> * 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).
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> * 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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Definitions:

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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  • jules

    @KarenM, I thought the first season of POI had more zip to it and more surprises than this year, although it still keeps my attention. I think it is normal for a shows sophomore year to be more emotional and relationship based to develop the story, but they need to keep an edge also. I just don’t want Reese to become too hip for his own good, constantly throwing out snappy one liners. He did them last year too, but it seems he is doing it too much in this young season. Also, get rid of the dog, unless there is a really good twist or story involving him, and it better be good.

  • Steph

    I love Elementary. It’s getting good.

  • Tom

    “TVD and B&TB dropped because of Fox. Miley was good on 2.5 Men.”

    Thanks, Kaylie. New Fan Excuse Bingo category: “[Name of program]wouldn’t have lost ratings if [fill in name of guest] hadn’t made a cameo appearance on [name of competing program.”

  • RyanCanada

    i love elementry, TVD, BATB, BBT, P&R,GA

  • enes

    Ok and The CW axed The Secret Circle for that :S that’s pathetic ! Enjoy your 0.7 and even less in the next weeks

  • Joseph

    I enjoyed the 2nd episode of BatB, I didn’t think it would drop that much.

  • Cathy

    Loved Miley Cyrus on 2 l/2 men. She’s a natural. Hope she stays on until she gets her own show.

  • TheSensibleGuy

    @Afflan: Do you realize what an ‘inbuilt’ audience means? It means that the show has gotten sufficient support and been placed in one-time slot where it actually gets the same audience time and again. Revolution is the next biggest potential juggernaut! Why would NBC want to shoot itself in the foot by placing it on any other hour? I believe more than half of The Voice’s audience turn off for Revolution and other viewers jump in at 10. But I still wouldn’t want a spanking new show which has such a big demo to open the night by itself and lose ratings just in hopes of some other sitcom maybe holding on to its ratings (which I’m sure will not happen on NBC since none of the comedies are exactly must-watch unlike Revolution). The fans are fickle right now. I’d support it for the rest of the season behind The Voice and then make a decision for the next fall. Personally, I’m sad its not airing this monday. I’ve to have my Revolution fix, especially when it just started to get incredibly better.

  • TheSensibleGuy

    @Kyle: The problematic days for NBC are wednesday and thursday. Friday has Grimm which goes as high as 1.6 and has a solid fanbase, wouldn’t call it a bad night.

    @Phil: Frasier wouldn’t be a breakout hit if it wasn’t a spin-off of Cheers. Anyway, dramas and comedies can’t really be held up against each other.

  • Ken Trew

    SCANDAL is AMAZING….WOW what a show!

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