TV Ratings Thursday: 'Person of Interest' & 'Scandal' Up; 'Grey's Anatomy' & 'Last Resort' Hit Lows

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October 26th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.1/9 2.9/8 2.1/6 1.6/ 4 1.6/5 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/6 2.5/8 1.6/5 1.4/5 1.5/5 1.0/3
Total Viewers (million) 12.763 10.227 7.066 4.138 4.008 2.306


Note: The Thursday Night NFL Network Buccaneers/Vikings game was simulcast on the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis. As a result the numbers for NBC are likely inflated and subject to more than typical adjustments in the final numbers.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory was even with last week's 4.8 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men scored a 3.7, down three tenths from last week's 4.0 adults 18-49 rating. Person Of Interest garnered a 3.0, up two tenths from last week's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating.  Elementary scored a 2.2, down a tenth from last week's 2.3 among adults 18-49.

On ABC, Last Resort earned a 1.3, its lowest ratings to date, down four tenths from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. Grey's Anatomy notched a 2.9, a new season low & down half a ratings point from last week's 3.4 adults 18-49 rating. Scandal scored a 2.0, up a tenth from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, game 2 of the World Series earned a preliminary 2.9 adults 18-49 rating, but this is likely to be adjusted in the finals.

NBC was likely inflated due to the NFL Pre-emption, so no analysis yet. 

On the CW, The Vampire Diaries earned a 1.2, down a tenth from last week's 1.3. Beauty And The Beast was flat with last week's 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, October 25, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.8 15 15.420
FOX World Series 2.9  8 10.227
ABC Last Resort 1.3 4 6.400
NBC 30 Rock 1.3 4 3.613
CW The Vampire Diaries  1.2  4  2.737
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 3.7 11  12.898
NBC Up All Night 1.6 5  3.931
9:00PM CBS Person of Interest 3.0 8  13.967
ABC Grey's Anatomy 2.9 8  8.485
NBC The Office 2.1 6  4.679
CW Beauty and the Beast  0.7  2  1.875
9:30 NBC Parks and Recreation 1.9 5  4.679
10:00 CBS Elementary 2.2 6  10.161
ABC Scandal 2.0 6  6.313
NBC Rock Center with Brian Williams 1.3 4  4.270


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," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 3.2/8; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/6.


* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: > "> The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,> "> 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.0/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.


* At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.6/6). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) trailed "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).


* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 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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  • SPM

    @ John A

    Did I even mention that I thought it would get renewed? um nio, you seem to love putting words in peoples mouths don’t you.

  • Petar Ivanov

    POI rulzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    This is surprise of the year. POI UP against football&baseball is HUGE surprise for me. I guess steal a litle bit from Greys female audience.

    So POI take post super bowl slot after 3,2,1……………NOW.


  • JJA

    Kristen Kreuk’s acting is not at all bad. She’s very likeable in her role, and carries the show nicely. As for the beast/Vincent, he doesn’t really do much acting (all he does is sulk).

    The problem with Beauty & The Beast is the writing and the plot. The same cast could have pulled-off a much better show, if they had been given better material to work with.

  • John A

    @SPM well if CW really missed TSC wouldnt they get it back? Since clearly that they arent trying to get it back they dont miss it.

  • Overdamoon

    Would prefer Elementary in post-Superbowl slot over POI.

    Buddytv has a poll running on their site

  • Jess


    Just give it a rest already. Why don’t you go chat with your TSC blog sites and ya’ll can cry over how much you miss the show? No sense on coming on this site day after day to piss and moan about a show that was cancelled. Also you do sound ignorant coming on here just to belittle other shows on the CW. You need to learn to enjoy shows while they last and after that its time to move on and find some new ones.

  • The End

    @John A

    I wouldn’t waste my time arguing with fan-boys of CW shows. Just a suggestion there, many don’t accept arguments grounded in reality.

  • SPM

    @ Jess

    Shut up

  • Petar Ivanov

    Why CBS would give to POI the post superbowl slot? It has already a nice lead, it doesn’t need a boost

    POI is only CBS show that can be lead-in at wednesdays or tuesdays next season. Even NCIS is down a lot. And with all these old and expensive CBS dramas POI is only one fresh but also cheap wich is even more important for network. And one of the few more male shows. Wich mean more money from ads. For example POI all actors are cheaper than only one from Greys main leads. And i read here that original contracts are for 4-5 years for the shows in US. So at least in next 3 years POI will be crazy profitable for CBS. No one show can be better anchor for them.

  • SPM

    @ John A

    You are beyond help.

  • GK

    “Because Castle in an old people’s show.”
    Wooooaaaaah! Hold your horses there! I’m a 23-year-old guy and I’ve been a fan since I was 19. Its better than most other procedurals and imo should skew more people in the 25-49 age group, but somehow its not doing that.

  • bluejays

    Seems like Last Resort is gone.

    The ten pm slot continues to be very low except for Rev and Walking Dead. Elementary keeps sliding and so far it seems like the only CBS ten pm show that can do well is CSI. The numbers for Vegas and Elementary with pretty weak competition make HFO’s numbers almost look good for CBS at ten.

    POI did well to go up when Men and Elementary were both down but the fan boys will go crazy now lol. Bit concerned to see such a big drop for Grey’s so early in the season.

  • bru

    Kristen Kreuk’s acting is bad and boring.not convincing as an actress

  • John A

    @SPM That all you got? Your more annoying than that Max troll mocking AHS and Revenge

  • Anya

    @JJA: I agree. I’m no huge fan of Kristen Kreuk, but I don’t thik she’s the worst problem with the show.

    I think the whole premise just doesn’t work well. The title suggests romance and tragedy, and plots don’t deliver either. The show also doesn’t seem to be interested in being a tight, well-paced police procedural. The supernatural elements are just silly enough to be off-putting to adults, but not so over the top that they capture Once Upon a Time’s whimsical appeal. I think it’s best bet was to try to make it a poor man’s Castle, but the dialogue isn’t sharp or witty enough to get away with that.

  • David

    Woot for POI!

  • SPM

    @ John A

    Its all you deserve.

  • MeMe

    Scandal did a little better but I am surprise that it is not doing very well. The show is very good. You watch the episodes from beginning to now to know what it is about. It has the drama and last night’s episode was very good. It keeps it interesting. The show has some very strong women who are lead characters.

  • Psac

    CW should have renewed The Secret Circle.

  • Andy


    OH MY GOD! Get over it! The show wasn’t that good. John A and every single TSC hater is right. The show deserved that cancelation and The CW doesn’t regret a single tear about it. NOBODY DOES! Not even those Ringer crazy fans. They moved on.

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