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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  • Honey Badger

    Posted October 19, 2012 at 8:51 AM ”
    “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”

    I agree, but am hoping Scandal adjusts down a 3 tenths

  • Nick

    ABC need to move Scandal to Sundays at 10pm. It may actually work there, because in all honesty, a 2.0 would be fantastic for ABC in that timeslot.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @ Why did TAAHM jump all of a sudden?

    Miley Cyrus!

    @POI isn’t benefiting from this huge lead in, and that’s disappointing.

    Too much football and baseball last night. Will see after 2 weeks but think that is the reason.

  • Daw Johnson

    Miley = ratings

  • iMember

    @Page Total viewers don’t matter. It’s likely Beauty and the Beast will fall even more throughout the season and if it starts getting 0.5’s (or possibly even lower) then it’ll get yanked.

    Who knows, the CW might even cancel it after its 13 episodes and replace it with Cult midseason. After all, Cult’s main star is one of TVD’s favorite characters who died last season, so it could be a good pairing.

  • Honey Badger

    Posted October 19, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    “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?

    That is a excellent point and a very good question

  • alexjones

    ouch for BATB, if it can maintain those levels it should still get a full season though, due to the fact that emily owens is a flop, and 90210 and HOD are struggling. TVD diaries down quite a bit but still very safe at those levels (though it may be in danger of losing it’s crown of highest rated show on the CW). Elementary continues to fall, it better stabilize soon or it’s going to be in trouble. POI holding up pretty well considering a lot of the other CBS dramas appear to be crashing, it should be safe at those levels. last resort seems to have reached it bottom, it may serve out it’s 13 episodes before leaving the schedule.

  • CrystallBall

    I wonder how much Grey’s Anatomy hurt BatB ratings.
    0.4 rating is a huge lose for Vampire diaries, numbers are strange on the CW …

  • Just

    Scandal flop

    kill it already ABC

  • alexis

    Hope Last Resort won’t be adjusted down.

    Miley is fun to watch on TAAHM, I would love to have her guest star on the show again.

  • Brandy

    Darn at B& tB down, I expected a drop but that’s huge.Still on CW, 2 million and 0.7 is good,hopefully it dosent fall anymore.I like it a lot.Its better than Arrow,SPN,Cult(bad reviewers and the trailers in CWs fall look at 2012-2013 were bad)& Emily Owens(which was ok),Nikita too(season three promos look bad,it should’ve been cancelled.)Hope Beauty levels off right there. Second episode was better than the first.

  • Justin121


    2.5 Men, Last Resort, Up All Night.


    Grey’s Anatomy, Vamp, Person, Beauty.

  • Ben

    TVD Cast need to do more promo for the show! Hopefully numbers will be adjusted up.

    I don’t even like Arrow.

  • Ultima

    Does Honey Badger remind anyone else of that guy from last year – JustMe or JustUs or something – who kept going on and on about how bad “FOX The X Factor” was doing with massive copy-and-pasted posts?

    There can’t be two people who write show names in that ridiculous fashion, right?

  • Page

    iMember is everywhere spaming about TSC and bashing BATB. Seriously your show died cause its ratings sucked. U cant compare BATB and TSC cause TSC started out strong and flopped hard in the end. HOD started out weak and looked what happened there?

    The fact that BATB stayed above 2 mill is good.

  • Oliver

    Googling, it seems TaaHM had a guest star.

    That said, “Miley Cyrus”? What sort of stupid name is that?

  • s0303

    @paulo pt…why would nbc move grimm? friday is one of the nights they don’t have to worry about…why screw it up?

  • Petar Ivanov

    @ Looooooooool @ Floppity & the Beast
    Just as I predicted

    I predicted that too. But also predicted the same for arrow.

  • Lucky

    I agree abc should give Nashville a shot at the Thurs 10 pm spot. It will benefit from higher exposure with the better lead in. Scandal has shown it’s not going to build. Scandal will only go downhill at this point.

  • battye

    Even in season 9, pulling a 2.0… The Office is still a thorn in the side of Grey’s Anatomy and the other shows in the 9pm hour.

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