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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  • psychic

    When The Big Bang Theory has its hundredth season, will the actors get free old-age walkers as gifts?

  • Brian J


    I don’t know how much life “Men” has in it creatively, as I don’t watch the show regularly, but if it can go at least another season, which it probably can, I think it’s all but guaranteed to slide up to 9:00 next season if CBS wants four comedies on Thursdays. If it keeps up its impressive numbers from last night, that is.

    I think this presents a problem for NBC the most, as it probably wants to put that Michael J. Fox comedy at 9:00.

  • John A

    BATB is another Flop after TVD just like The Secret Flop Circle.

  • eridapo

    Scandal will more than likely be adjusted down given the Greys overrun and the second half hour numbers…

  • Jenn

    LMAO! Scandal will drop at least to a 1.9 if not lower. Bye bye!

  • Oliver

    UAN equalled its ratings from 2 weeks ago. No recognisable SNL bump, though. It didn’t do badly enough to get pulled for Community, which is a shame.

    Any specific reason for the TaaHM ratings increase?

    40% drop-off for BatB is high, but that’s what happens when you’re facing regular competition rather than the VP debate.

    Large drop for Parks, but I expect it’s just margin-of-error. I suspect it’ll be fluctuating around 1.7 all season.

  • 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


    CBS wins night as 2.5M up to 4.0 & TBBT 4.7, the gap closes between GA & POI, but Elementary down to 2.3 @ 10:00 ONO

    Let’s hope for ABC that LR is only show affected by adjustments, can GA be adjusted lower? Will Scandal drop below 2.0?

    The Office only 2.0 for NBC & Rock Center 0.9, no voice in the ratings here

    Fox again paltry w/ MLB will be wishing this was the week that wasn’t

    B&TB down for CW, but TVD still 1.2

  • JMC00

    @Honey Badger

    30 Rock will not be cancelled it is in its final season.

  • Honey Badger

    @ Jenn I agree
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 8:45 AM
    LMAO! Scandal will drop at least to a 1.9 if not lower. Bye bye!

  • Madson Melo

    TAAHM was up because didn’t have to compete with X-Factor lol

  • Matt

    I do not know why people are against Person of Interest…

    Compared to any other night, it did awesome! Most shows would love to see a 2.8 and 13.83 million total viewers…especially on other nights of the week!

    I do not think PofI has anything to worry about.

  • melbye

    Is there a reason why CW fell so hard?

  • Jace

    I knew it! I kept thinking the CW cancelled both Ringer and TSC too soon considering they had GG and 90210 on there way out. Arrow premiered well but B&TB is down, I’ve heard Cult is horrible. Haven’t heard anything about The Carrie Diaries yet.

  • Honey Badger

    Posted October 19, 2012 at 8:47 AM
    @Honey Badger

    30 Rock will not be cancelled it is in its final season.
    Not offically, but it will be moved somewhere somewhere to burn off

  • Babygate

    Looks like Miley helped 2.5 Men. Poor nite all around except CBS comedies. Wonder if something was going on in cable.

  • Ryne

    That is a nice bump for Two and A Half Men, but I hope it isn’t just b/c Miley Cyrus was on.

  • MoveOn

    @SPM want a freakin cookie? You predict everything to be a flop. Still crying over the spoiled milk that was TSC. Get over it.

  • Ryne

    Thursday night Football on NFL Network

  • Rachel

    I figured B&tB would flop after that horrid pilot. The second episode was actually better though.

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