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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  • Greg

    Scandal will be adjusted down, as always. Still, that’s okay considering the other 10pm shows. Up All Night will too.

    Elementary still not stable. If it starts to hit below 2.0, then all it has in its advantage is a saving face renewal.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

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

    When celebrating prelim NBC results, be aware that due to Mineapolis NFL pre-emption, your final ratings mileage may vary.

  • Jared

    Scandal was amazing last night..as usual. Seems to be very consistent for ABC. ABC is smart ordering only 13 episode seasons.

  • Guardian Owl

    So after going slightly up last week Last Resort suddenly crashes 4 tenths? Does Lost Resort have THAT much of an overlap with baseball fans?

  • OERM

    Well, I think this is the beggining of the end of Grey’s Anatomy, already on the high 2’s. Season 10 should be the final.

  • Oliver

    That’s a monster drop for Grey’s. Where did that come from?

  • Concerned Citizen

    Dammit, Last Resort fell hard. And after its best episode, too…

  • vanna

    Yayyyyyyyyyyyy POI! god, I love that show.

  • Brian J

    NBC really needs to either cancel “UAN” or move it to another slot quickly. It should waste any new programming on this slot unless it sees (a) a new show blow up or (b) has a low-risk unscripted show available. It’s brutal for the network now and will only get worse when “Idol” premieres in January. “UAN” could still grow into a hit for the network, and it makes no sense to sacrifice it to more established shows.

  • Remote Patrolled

    Despite what Max says I don’t think Scandal and Revenge are in competition anymore – the latter has definitely won that battle!

    I’d say the face off for survival is between Nashville and Scandal – both hovering around 2.0 / around the same number of viewers. Key difference is that Scandal get a bigger lead in…

    ABC may renew both, neither or just one.

    I sense Nashville has the slight upper hand. Itunes sales and critical acclaim may give it the edge…

  • landon

    I wish a miracle could save Last Resort! Great drama!

  • Michael

    @Alexis, this isn’t the first time. In fact, TVD season premiere beat Last Resort.

  • Honey Badger

    @ eridapo good point, why is that happening? since ABC counts on Grey’s Anatomy high ratings, what does ABC do now?

    Posted October 26, 2012 at 8:59 AM
    Since the beginning of the season, Greys has lost 1.5 points on the demo.

    4.4, 3.8, 3.3, and 2.9

  • CrimTV


    You do realise many shows fail to get a 2.9 nowadays, and Grey’s is in it’s 9th season and still pulling these numbers

  • rob60990

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

    Well don’t jinx it. We don’t know yet. ;)

    “That’s a monster drop for Grey’s. Where did that come from?”

    This season has been atrocious. Shonda is doing her sweeps stunt in 2 weeks so ratings should go back up.

  • rob60990

    “this isn’t the first time. In fact, TVD season premiere beat Last Resort.”

    They both tied at a 1.6 that week.

  • eridapo

    @ Ali

    Revolution has the massive Voice lead-in of 5.0+. Even if it loses half the demo from the Voice, it will still get a 2.5. Normally shows following massive hits like the Voice only lose 40% of the demo so a 3.0 makes sense. Will we ever see Revolution without the Voice, I doubted.

  • Oliver

    Will we get a poll for the ratings of the Mockingbird Lane special?

  • darius

    Bill, criminal minds wasn t the show chosen for the post Superbowl timeslot in 2007?It did 26 million viewers and the next original episode did 16 million, the next 14.I have a heard time that POI is going to gain anything from the post superbowl timeslot on the long term!

  • Kenny

    It`s a shame no one is watching Parks and Reck it`s a GREAT SHOW…And it was Hysterical last night..Ron Swanson is a great character and i would love to work with these people. C`mon people WATCH PARKS AND RECK

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