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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  • DougF


    What’s the logic in Supernatural being gone?

    A show in its 8th season with its lowest rating being 0.6. I think that was once or twice last year being on Friday up against Fringe & Grimm with weak Nikita as its lead in. While also maintaining an average of a 1.1 in Live+7 all season last year.

    Or how about the DVD/Blu-Ray sales for Season 7 being around $9 million dollars in its first month. Or the fact that Netflix is paying about $600k-700k per episode

    Heck the CW wanted Supernatural to do 1 or 2 more episodes on top of the 23 this season but the cast and crew said no because it would have meant they would have had to gone back few weeks earlier than normal.

    So whatever logic you subscribe to in why Supernatural should be gone the CW doesn’t subscribe to that logic.

    Sorry but logic also doesn’t say you get rid of a show that since the network has existed has been your 2nd or 3rd highest rated show every year.

  • aciel

    @emily because a majority of the people who watched scandal kept saying how awsome the chemistry is and besides it doesn’t matter how much you advertise a show its really the people who own nielsen boxes that bring in the ratings. thats only a sample group

  • John

    Scandal should have been in 666 slot. Nashville should have had Grey’s lead-in and Last Resort should have been in Nashville’s slot. Then ABC could have theoretically had atleast 2 solid hits. This schedule doesn’t make any sense to me.

  • Katie

    I get the fact that ya’ll don’t like the idea of Supernatural being gone but did you read my entire post? I said EVENTUALLY the CW will need to bring in new shows because of the falling ratings for most of its current shows.

  • Dina


    You’re blaming Kevin McKidd’s directing on the low rating for Grey’s? I have to disagree. I think Shonda Rhimes’s overall vision, the writing, and the choices for promos (selling sex only for viewers to tune in and stay tuned for Scandal) are the reasons the show keeps going downhill. I don’t watch Scandal because Shonda Rhimes is associated with it. That reason alone.

  • gh4chiefs

    @Just Desserts

    I want to preface this by saying this is a sincere question, I am NOT trying to start something with you. Seriously. But you say “Yay! Last Resort is gone!” and with the way you say that, it sounds like you’re happy about that. So my question is, why are you actually happy a show is on it’s way to cancellation? I totally understand that you don’t like the show, and I’ll stand up for your right to not like it. But can’t you just, you know, not watch it?

  • Nikki

    @ SPM at least their being reasonable with you.. they attacked me for making a point. That TSC was a good show, and that these other shows who got renewed in its place were worse and it was all about the money. And as for these new shows none of them are nearly as good as TSC except maybe Arrow which i think is terrible, the acting, the writing, everything is so dry and bad. But it seems to be holding steady.. it may not last though, and all the other new ones are flops. Thats been proven pretty clearly.. All i can say is i dont have anything to watch anymore lol right now its just Parenthood untill the ABCFamily shows come back. Tv sucks anymore, well not tv i guess but the networks or the people that run the networks suck. Its a lot like politics all about the money. Sad.

  • Overdamoon

    @Petar Ivanov
    I watch POI too, last night’s ep was good but some others were a miss.

    The real question is whether CBS will want to build up POI(and risk letting their other dramas slide further down) or shore up their weaker nights. Starting with Monday nights after they moved away 2.5 Men.

  • JJA

    Regarding Supernatural, eventually the actors themselves will want out. They have signed through a season 10, so that’s when it will end: two more seasons after this one.

  • javier

    Why are there so many BT&B haters? It’s a grower, it focuses on crime rather than triangle drama or things like that. The core couple don’t just jump in bed and fool around immediately. Isn’t it a HUGE improvement for the CW? Why can’t you guys recognize CW is really trying to get rid of the GG 90210 kind of soapy shallow stuff?

    As for the ratings, i admit that it is unsatisfactory even with the help of TVD. But none of the shows actually benefitted from the TVD effect. Look at Nikita,poor ratings after the 4th episode, and its survival all counts on international sales esp china and other east asian countries; TSC looks good anyway but was canceled somehow probably due to crappy story writing compared with TVD and a obvious downward trend which makes nobody wants to invest in the show anymore.

    So as for BT&B, TVD effect can be both a blessing and a curse. And i think the curse will take the lead. Because people will always say how horrible the show is compared with TVD and blah blah blah and nobody can stop those crazy TVD fans even though arrow outperforms TVD in total numbers now and is close with core ratings. And the mysterious cancellation bear has threatened nikita a thousand times even when it was paired with TVD and sent TSC to hell without any sign, so this new show might be somehow dangerous because of this. Only my boring theory to prove that BT&B’s not-that-high ratings can have sth to do with the exact fact that it pairs with TVD, the presumed ratings boost miracle.

    In my opinion, the script of BT&B is improving overtime, and i like the gradual way that the core couple build up their chemistry and relationships. The same things happens to arrow, but i have to say BT&B is more obvious on this issue.

    WE NEED TO GIVE BTB A CHANCE TO GROW, like Hart of Dixie, before the crappy blahblahblahs kill it and axe it with their own useless mouth!

  • Reader

    Hurray for Reese and Finch (and Carter and Fusco and Bear)! A well deserved win!

  • loise lane

    yaaaaaay tvd!!

  • Just Desserts


    I’m happy because a cancellation for Last Resort gives The Neighbors, Nashville, Malibu Country, and even Park Avenue a better shot at renewal.

    Weren;t it just two weeks ago when all the Last Resort fans were bashing The Neighbors when even their show was in trouble. Four weeks in and we finally see which is the better show.

  • Dan

    B&tB just doesn’t really work. The supernatural aspect is too corny and the procedural aspect barely there. It really doesn’t appeal to anyone, not to teens and not to older viewers. It also doesn’t help that the Beast doesn’t really do anything and the show takes itself way too seriously.
    I understand what they were trying to do but it doesn’t work. The first thing that i would have changed is Kristin’s job. Make her a journalist or a P.I. instead.

  • Brian J


    Depends on where it ends up. I believe its last new episode was at a 3.4. If it stays around there but would, in your situation, drop .5-.8 without “TV,” it’d be near the competition but still comfortably ahead.

  • Spencer

    Now 666/Nashville don’t seem to bad compared to Last Resort. It’s a shame…it’s a good show! But I hope they get to turn it into like a 10-13 episode miniseries to wrap up everything.

  • silvit

    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.

    Hence it’s am old people show. It has any meaning the fact that you, a 23 y old watch the show? No.

    I’m 30, so in the 18-34 range, and I used to watch The Closer. It doesn’t change the fact that it was an old people’s show. I don’t like The Walking Dead, find it boring, but it still is a very young people’s show.

  • TVDxItachi

    @ Jason Lawson, While your opinion on TVD is utter HorseS**t, the writers did a fantastic Job evolving TVD to what it is today, Yes i admit, Season 3 had some Flaws, but the show has to expand and evolve, the scale has to become more grand. Alot of past TVD fans that hated S2 don’t understand that simple concept, You can’t have vampire always facing vampires for the rest of the show. The writers took the next big step and introduce the originals. For Season 3 it became a little to elaborate, but Season 4 new vibe is hella good right. Julie Plec(writer) dubbed this season a reboot of the series and it feels so fresh and Entertaining. Season 4 is amazingly good so far.

  • Brian J


    I think going to three nights a week regularly might dilute it too much. I might be wrong, but there’s no way it doesn’t go up against “Idol” if it’s on three nights a week, unless it goes to Thursdays at 9:00 for one of those hours.

    As far as chopping off the last, most profitable half hour, who’s to say that it doesn’t simply see the 9:00-9:30 hour become the most viewed in A18-49 in this situation? The other thing to consider is that it needs more scripted hits. If it could see a solid performance from, say, “Save Me” by putting it on Mondays at 9:30, it might be a good long-term investment.

    Then again, all of these scheduling moves become a lot easier if Howie Mandel’s game show that premieres during Christmas time takes off. If it does, I fully expect to see it on Wednesdays or Thursdays at 8:00. And if it’s on Wednesdays, I expect “SVU” to move to another night.

  • John

    @Katie: If you talk about eventuality, then of course every show must end. But why would you throw the third highest rated show away? I wouldn’t throw any show on CW that’s getting more than a 0.7 looking at how the new shows are performing. CW affiliates deal will end in 2016. SPN leads have signed on till season 10 and by all rationality could be seen as the final season. You could make your argument without TVD, SPN and Arrow (if it holds up. It has had a remarkable run so far. Just a 0.2 decline, three episodes in).

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