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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  • CrimTV


    Sort of agree, but if CBS want to secure another hit comedy, I could see them putting 2 Broke Girls behind the Super Bowl

  • iMember

    Wow, Beauty and the Beast already falling to a 0.6 in its half hours. Either the CW is going to cancel it after its 13 episodes are up (or if its really plummets, then earlier) OR come mid-season, it’ll be moved to either Tuesday to replace Emily Owens or it’ll move to Friday to give Nikita a lead-in. Either way, it’s not likely to make it to a 2nd season.

    The Vampire Diaries had one of its most fun episodes last night. Enjoyed it a lot, and it finally has a mystery this season. Something I was hoping for.

    Person of Interest was great last night and it’s awesome to see the numbers go up this week.

    I wish Last Resort was doing better though. :\

  • AniMatsuri

    No numbers for the CW yet?

  • Ali

    @ eridapo

    What 10pm drama disasters? Have you forgotten about Revolution? That show has yet to hit 2s!

  • Honey Badger

    bye bye Last Resort, Scandal, ABC will cancel
    bye bye 30 Rock, Up All Night, Rock Center with Brian Williams, NBC will cancel
    all being chased by the Cancellation Bear

    Better to Follow The Bear, Than Be Chased By Him. This season you can follow the Cancellation Bear on Twitter via @TheCancelBear. The Cancellation Bear will retweet all the Renew/Cancel Index post titles and links as well as engage in a little more back and forth banter than we do on our standard @TVbytheNumbers Twitter feed.

  • The Old Woman

    Peter Ivanov is going to pleased with those POI numbers!

    Glad to see Parks and Rec being relatively stable at those numbers.

    Last Resort :(

  • Brandy

    Grey’s deserved to be down. That sex episode was just a waste of an episode, and so boring. Two weeks from now looks good though with Meredith finally dealing with Lexie’s death. Scandal remained steady, but likely to adjust down in the finals… as always.Hopefully Once Upon a Time can beat Grey’s Anatomy this week.

  • alexjones


    I see well those are decent numbers, TVD is safe of course, and if B&TB beast can hold there it should at least get a full season, it went down signficantly after the first episode but it’s still pulling better ratings than a good portion of the CW shows.

  • Hmm

    Seems like the 2.0 range is the new normal for 10pm shows. Every network seems be in that range. Some shows just get a lot more viewers than other, even though total viewers does not mean anything.

  • edward

    Grey’s Anatomy went over 2 minutes into Scandal so it will be down!!

  • hammard

    Surprised B&TB stabalised at that level. Though I think it will suffer heavily once Glee retunrs.

    Last Resort continues its inevitable journey to cancellationville.

    Elementary looking like it might just be the soul survivor of CBS new shows.

  • LisaNeedsBraces

    Say what you want about Scandal, it is remarkably consistent. It holds on to that 2.0 and doesn’t let go.

  • Bill

    Ouch Grey’s. Will probably adjust to a 3.0 in the finals.

  • eridapo

    oh no ! the PoI fans now are gonna explode i dont wanna be part of this

    They are not as bad as the Nikita fans or Supernatural fans (Heck any CW show).

  • rob60990

    “What 10pm drama disasters? Have you forgotten about Revolution? That show has yet to hit 2s!”

    Don’t worry, it will. :D

  • Honey Badger

    @ edward good point

    Posted October 26, 2012 at 8:57 AM
    Grey’s Anatomy went over 2 minutes into Scandal so it will be down!!

  • jT

    once upon a time is finally abc top rated drama!!!!!!!!


  • alexis

    So TVD tied with Last Resort…? wow..just wow….
    Keep it up POI! :D

  • eridapo

    Since the beginning of the season, Greys has lost 1.5 points on the demo.

    4.4, 3.8, 3.3, and 2.9

  • SPM

    Floppity & the beast will be enjoying 0.5s very soon.

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