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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  • Just Desserts


    Yeah, I know. It’s actually getting funny! :)

  • silvit


    So if you don’t like Shonda Rimes’s work – not that I blame you, let’s remember she’s the one that wrote one of the lead character to have sex with a ghost presented as if it was real for many episodes- why are you still watching GA? It won’t get better.

  • Brian J

    @Ryan Schwartz:

    I made that suggestion about “Shark Tank” last week. Let’s see what happens tonight. If it can get around a 2.0, it might be the best move. It’s probably relatively cheap to produce, and a 2.0 is nothing to sneeze at, particularly given the trouble ABC has had in the spot. Of course, given that more people are watching on Thursdays, it might even increase.

  • DaxJackson

    In terms of the post superbowl slot, I’m hoping it will be given to H50 Revolution is currently killing that show and Castle.
    But February is a long way off, by then I’m betting Revolution won’t be much of problem around that time. I can’t see POI really needed the boost, it’s doing brilliantly already.
    I think CBS may give it to a struggling show, like Vegas. Hell looking at past post superbowl slots from CBS they do much better with reality shows than scripted shows.

  • Ultima

    OK cant stand people who root for shows to be axed (its like wishing someones parents out of work)

    What a ridiculous comparison.

    It’s more like rooting against a sports team (instead of just rooting for your own).

  • Julianna

    they should give Last Resort a proper ending since they know they’re going to cancel it.

  • Ultima

    Should I worry about Grey’s not getting a 10th and final season?

    Grey’s is fine. The massive finale/premeire bump makes it look a lot worse than it really is.


    Post Superbowl slot will go to 2 Broke Girls. Why? It’s the Monday anchor and by next season HIMYM will be gone…so it needs to be built up. They could even make it a 2-parter since the next showing will be the day after the Superbowl.

    As for POI, it’s a mediocre player…not strong, yet not weak

    Scandal is a loser plain and simple…so many posts on this site seems fanatical. Calm down, the show may be a loser in my book but it will get another season as its numbers are not inferior to any other ABC 10pm show.

  • John

    @Dax: Definitely not. I like that show, but Vegas is getting the axe. CBS would already be kicking themselves for ordering a full season. H50 is not regaining those lost viewers. It’ll never reach its last season average. The only likely shows after the Superbowl would be 2BG or POI.

    Also, Revolution didn’t even touch Castle’s fanbase. Its just lost a point or two from last season. Its going as steady as always.

  • Overdamoon

    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.

    ‘xcuse me but where would 666 go? LOL

    Scandal has a better lead-in than 666 and faces weaker competition than The Mentalist, which used to be strong until CBS killed with the move. Trust me, Sunday ain’t a good TV night

  • Nick

    Ouch, Last Resort :-(
    Nice for POI, though.

  • Craig

    Ultima not really, wishing a show canceled is wishing a lot of people out of work, IE someones parents.

  • Ultima

    @Brian J
    I think going to three nights a week regularly might dilute it too much.

    I agree with that. My suggestion was to do it for only a few weeks during sweeps (like Idol used to do with their 3-week semifinals).

    I might be wrong, but there’s no way it doesn’t go up against “Idol” if it’s on three nights a week

    Right, but, if there’s a time to go against Idol it’s with your auditions up against their post-audition/pre-live shows.

    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?

    That doesn’t make any sense. Obviously the 9:00pm half hour will then be tops, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not losing the massive amount of profits from the 9:30pm half hour.

    The other thing to consider is that it needs more scripted hits.

    Sure, but giving up your most profitable 30 minutes of airmtime is not the way to get there. The failure rate of new shows is very high.

    The expected value of putting a sitcom in that slot is likely significantly lower than going with the fourth half hour of The Voice. To look at it another way, the profits from the 9:30pm half hour probably offset a couple low rated comedies that they can suffer all the way to syndication.

    Then again, all of these scheduling moves become a lot easier if Howie Mandel’s game show that premieres during Christmas time takes off.

    I doubt that they’ll put a holiday themed game show on outside of December.

  • Just Desserts


    I don’t get why people like you go to this site.

  • rion

    Hmmm lots of talk about post-SB slot lol. Can we make a poll?
    CBS have so many options. I personally think TBBT is the best choice for CBS ala-Friends way.

  • Tim

    It looks like Last Resort will be cancelled *cries* but they will probably air all of its originally ordered episodes.

  • MeMe

    How is Scandal loser? I understand your opinion but have you watched it. It is not being fanatical. It is just that people who watch the show are surprised the ratings are so low. The show is interesting. The promotion of the show needs to be better.

  • Ultima

    I think CBS may give it to a struggling show

    Why would a network put a struggling show on after the Super Bowl?

    The reality is that the long term ratings bump is usually insignificant unless the show is already trending up strongly (Grey’s Anatomy, Friends, Survivor).

    It’s one of the highest rated hours of the season, the networks want to put something there that will pull massive ratings; that limits it to hot shows, established hits or hyped premieres.

  • Ultima

    Ultima not really, wishing a show canceled is wishing a lot of people out of work, IE someones parents.

    If a sports team is crappy, people get fired. Subsequently, rooting against them is rooting for someone to get fired!

    Also, if shows don’t get canceled, then all of the people in Hollywood not employed won’t be able to get their shows on the air. Think about them for a change!

    Also, all of these people know what the business is. If they wanted job security, they have made some drastically poor life decisions. That’s not my problem.

  • The End

    Person of Interest would be the best show to put there for CBS as it skews quite heavily male, which ironically is the kind of demographic that watches NFL. So it kinda works.

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