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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  • MoHasanie

    Wow, great ratings for TAAHM and TBBT!
    TBBT was hilarious last night. And it looks like, all of Miley Cyrus’s fans came to watch TAAHM this week. lol
    Looks like this power hour is really working now.
    POI isn’t benefiting from this huge lead in, and that’s disappointing.

    Grey’s is down, but its expected.
    On the positive note, Scandal is steady, which could mean that its not that lead in dependent.

  • peter

    Guess everyone just wanted to see Elena turned into a vampire only for last week

  • Michael

    Unless, TVD is going to be adjusted up, CW may have found themselves a new #1 show on the network with, Arrow!

  • Bee

    ABC’s numbers are inflated?! WTF. yikes. if so, they had a rough night. too bad cus both grey’s and scandal were fantastic.

  • Dahne

    Yikes! That is a huge downturn for CW and especially Beauty and the Beast.

  • Baqinardo

    LOL @ BatB
    And also, for someone who blamed RoE last season as weak lead-in for POI, look at that now. It has nothing to do with it.

    I guess having Ryan Lochte in 30 Rocks didnt help the rating.

  • Hmm

    Why can’t Scandle hold on to Grey’s audience/demo? It seems like most of ABC’s 10pm drama’s are around a 2.0 but Castle is the only one that stays the same as the it’s lead in. Scandle should do better with Greys before it!

  • Honey Badger

    Good for Miley Cyrus CBS Two and a Half Men 4.0/

    Now the shows that will be canceled
    the Cancellation Bear will be running wild
    NBC 30 Rock 1.3
    NBC Up All Night 1.4
    NBC Parks and Recreation 1.6/
    ABC Scandal 2.0
    NBC Rock Center With Brian Williams 0.9
    ABC Last Resort 1.7

  • senor chang

    So Arrow will be the highest rated show on the CW this week (or tie with VD). Wow.
    Up All Night did well for one week, but I doubt it’ll hold that number. Office/Parks still a decent combo.
    Elementary can’t drop much further from here. A 2.3 is already pretty sketchy…
    Why did TAAHM jump all of a sudden?

  • tahina

    Person of Interest was good but not a great episode we are used to, but was fun to watch for most part..Elementary, hmm so, so..Lucy Lu carries this show, methinks. :)

  • hammard

    So the Vampire Diaries beat nothing in it’s slot! So much for that poll!
    And Beauty and The Beast crashed quite hard there. If it can even out it may survive but Secret Circle was doing better at this time last year and that was way into the season.
    So Arrow (barring a miracle from Nikita) will actually win the week for the CW? That’s gonna see a quick full order.
    NBC should be a little worried that its Thursday night comedies seem to be very reliant on the Office, unless they can get a big new hit they won’t have anything to shore up their night. Last place could be a possibility in Fall 2013.
    Last Resort looks like it may be stabilizing so will probably out last 666.

  • The Old Woman

    CW numbers for TVD and Beauty and the Beast back to expected numbers.

    Last Resort went up slightly!! Yay! Hope it keeps going up!

    NBC still lagging but atleast did not get beaten by the CW so that’s good!

  • John A

    Im glad that terrible Elementary is sinking. Awful Sherlock Holmes remake.

  • Gaius Bolling

    is elementary doing ok? i like the show and i usually avoid cbs like the plague lol

  • eridapo

    Last Resort 1.7 7.47/ 1.8 7.17
    Greys 3.3 9.44/ 3.4 9.51
    Scandal 2.2 6.84/ 1.8 6.00

    POI 3.0 14.08/ 2.6 13.58
    Elementary 2.3 11.17/ 2.2 10.51

    TVD 1.2 2.80/ 1.2 2.67
    BatB .8 2.13/ .7 1.91

    And the crash at ten continues. No series besides Revolution (aided of Course by the Voice) has been able to hit anything above a 2.4 this week. Remember yesteday the 10PM shows had no competition from NBC. Maybe Cable, but the competitition is not as strong as Monday Night.

  • Blake

    Looking at half-hours – “Last Resort” went up from 1.7 to 1.8 and “Scandal” fell from 2.2 to 1.8.

  • tv_viewer

    Go Big Bang Theory!

    I believe the local San Francisco ABC station did carry the 49er – Seahawk game and aired Last Resort at 11 pm last night. The SF station did air the other two ABC shows (Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal) on time. I don’t know about the Seattle tv market. So Last Resort should be adjusted down in the finals.

  • SPM

    Looooooooool @ Floppity & the Beast

    Just as I predicted :)

  • Austin Lauran

    I have a question on the first page and if you see it, can you answer it?

  • Seth

    Is baseball’s seeming popularity a mirage? The ratings indicate nobody watches it.

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