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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  • OMG

    I think Elementary dropped 2 tenths, after a hiatus shows that it is probably going to stabilize around that are which should be good enough for CBS.

    The 10pm slot is showing massive problems (with Revolution as of now being the exception), and more than usual declines this season. ABC is looking at high 1s at this slot now and even good old CBS is hovering at low 2s.

    I am just wondering how far broadcast ratings can drop. They have dropped for all the years for the past 30 years. If they drop a 3 tenths for each season, wouldn’t they be having 0.0 ratings in 10 years time?

  • iMember

    Wow, if The Vampire Diaries does not adjust up, Arrow will be the CW’s #1 show this week. They definitely seem like they may have a new hit on their hands, and it looks like TVD is going to have competition for its #1 Spot on the network.

    No surprise, Beaty and the Beast fell…and hard. The show is bad. Just really bad. The Secret Circle was doing better during this time of the year and it was further into the season than where BatB is now. That show won’t be around for long.

    I really wish Last Resort was doing better. And good for Person of Interest. Last night’s episode was a lot of fun.

  • silvit


    The cable competition is the same, if not stronger on cable at 10 vs Monday. Still Football, + baseball + Jersey Shore, which while down, is still a player. On Monday the only cable competition is football which, by the way, skew very male, so it hardly affects ABC shows (unlike Jersey Shores and the likes).

  • Hmm

    @ Melbye

    I know the pilot fot BATB was very poorly rewied online. And last week nothing was agaisnt it but the debate. With those two things as factors it was bound to fall this week.

  • hammard

    The Carrie Diaries seem to be getting reasonably good critical acclaim (for a teen oriented CW show) but my worry is that the market for it will be a bit confusing. The 80’s set Sex and the City theme will fit into an older demographic but it’s obviously designed for a teen market. Plus the S&TC franchise hit a bit of a low with the 2nd film so it might not have the pull it once did. We’ll see though.

  • HB

    And Arrow beats TVD. :D
    Last night may have been good for TVD but the premiere episode was bad!

  • SPM

    @ Moveon

    TSC was doing better this time last year so what Evurrrr

  • Sammy

    B&TB is “okey” if it keeps like that, the 2nd episode was so much better than the first one, i hope it will be adjusted up.

  • rob60990

    “The SF station did air the other two ABC shows (Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal)”

    Ok thanks.

    Hopefully Scandal adjusts down a juicy 2 tenths. :D

  • Walker

    I guess we got a little optimistic with Vampire Diaries…

  • iMember

    Beauty and the Beast will likely fall even more when Glee returns.

  • Honey Badger

    @ Ryne
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 8:48 AM
    That is a nice bump for Two and A Half Men, but I hope it isn’t just b/c Miley Cyrus was on.

    I think it was because Miley Cyrus was on, heavy promotion for it.
    I think ratings will drop next week, CBS Two and a Half Men 4.0 this week, 2.8 next week

  • Brian J


    Unless I am mistaken, I don’t think CBS has announced which show will go after the Superbowl yet. Given that it has several dramas which are getting quite old and several ways to support comedies throughout the season, I think it’s likely “Person of Interest” gets the spot.

  • Page

    Yes! I was hoping for BATB to not drop to the million. But that .07 needs to raise up. As long as it doesnt fall as far as 1.2 is viewers like TSC its safe for another season at least.

  • mayorofsmpleton

    It did. It lost 42% of the premiere audience in the demo.

    The show is going to be lucky to keep above RINGER levels by spring.

  • Billy

    Two and a Half Men will be back in the mid 3’s once Miley Cyrus is gone.

    CW came back to earth after their big premiere numbers.

  • JMC00

    @Honey Badger

    there are 10 episodes left. Why would they move it?

  • Paulo PT

    Should NBC move Grimm to thursday 10 pm?

  • mayorofsmpleton

    *It did “Flop” that is.

  • FabioParme

    I thought Last Resort would improve further without the competition from The X-Factor.

    My only hope is that, if estabilizes at between 1.8 and 2.0, it might get renewed by ABC, especially with Nashville and 666 Park Avenue going downhill.

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