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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    I honestly think ABC should put Last Resort on Fridays after Shark Tank. It will go down a bit but I think its a better choice than the comedies they are doing for ABC.

  • Just Desserts

    Unless ABC finds a hit next year in Mistresses, Greys is probably going to stay until season 11.

  • KD

    Up all night has got to be the biggest come back of the season

    everyone though this show was dead now its soaring.

  • Dat

    Hardcore POI fan here. I’m very surprised by the 3.0 it got last night. Good episode, not their best. I’m very happy it beat CSI:LA this week. Grey’s fans will not be pleased with POI surpassing their ratings do early in the season, I was expecting in the spring at least. Oh well, great for POI.

  • s0303

    good-bye last resort :(

    beauty and the beast held steady :) may be hope for it yet…


    Why doesn’t NBC move Up All Night back to Wednesdays after Whitney? It did much better on Wednesday nights than it ever did on Thursday nights.

  • Babygate

    I guess Grey’s fans have spoken. Looks like people are not happy with Lexie’s and Mark’s death. Or they are hating Arizona’s storyline with the amputation. Whatever it is, this spells trouble for the network. Grey’s is their number 1 drama up to now but if the ratings keep sliding like this that spot will go to OUAT.

  • Ultima

    BBT had a 4.7 in the preliminaries last week. It went up to a 4.8 in the finals. You should compare apples to apples

    No. Using the final ratings for comparisons is correct (with the exception of live coast-to-coast programming).

    Why would you compare to an estimate when you have the actual value available? :roll:

  • eridapo

    Nashville definitely will get the push plus IMO its in a tougher timeslot than Scandel or 666. It has the smallest lead-in of all these shows plus it has critical acclaim and I Tunes and it barely dropped in week 3. I think ABC will nurture it. Last Resort is going to be cancelled. 666 I think has a better chance IMO it has smaller viewership but younger demos.

    I agree about Nashville getting the push. Scandal by far has the best lead-in, but it hasn’t demonstrated if it can perform without the aid of Grey’s. 666 Park, like Nashville, enjoys the Revenge lead-in which is on par with Suburgatory. 666 Park, unfortunately, is being aired on Sunday Night with lead-ins that are incompatible.

    Nashville will get the Nod which I believe to be a mistake. ABC needs to expand its brand image beyond that of just catering to women in their 30s and 40s. It needs to start marketing to a more male audience or forever risks being perceived as the Broadcast “Lifetime Lite” network.

  • Why The Hate?

    White people want to see Scandal cancelled so badly. Poor you :(. It’s not going anywhere, so just continue to gripe about it.

  • Phil

    Last year, TVD’s third episode had a 1.3 rating while TSC had a 1.0
    However, every single show declines year after year, but TVD seems steady. It might as well be adjusted up later. Beauty and the Beast looks pretty bad because last year TSC had a 1.0 rating on October 27. That being said, TSC deserved that cancelation, and as much I as “enjoy” BatB, the show may not survive the cancelation bear, and I don’t care. :D

  • Megan


    Thanks for the input. Just wanting to make sure that it will at least get a season 10 to end the series. And BTW I’m very new to the whole “interpretation of ratings” so sorry if that came off as sounding stupid.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Up all night has got to be the biggest come back of the season

    everyone though this show was dead now its soaring.”

    As @TheCancelBear noted:

    The bear cautions fans celebrating prelim NBC results, when you see the final ratings you may feel like you were hit by Jared Allen

  • Ultima

    I don’t see it ever going below a 2.5 even next season.

    The delusion is strong with this one!

  • vcoolwater

    It is kind of sad when 0.7 in demos is something to celebrate. It is also sad CW only two shows that can get a demo rating above a 1.0.

    I don’t see the channel continuing after 2016 if they continue this trend.

  • Phil

    Damn Last Resort! The show is so good! But ABC had to throw it in the Thursday 8pm deathslot. Actually, a testosterone filled drama wouldn’t survive in ABC’s soapy brand either way.

  • Cerebro

    Honey Badger
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 8:56 AM
    “bye bye 30 Rock, Up All Night, Rock Center with Brian Williams, NBC will cancel”

    30 Rock won’t be cancelled. It was announced back in May that this would be it’s final season.

    It’s a shame to see Last Resort keep sinking. It, quickly, became one of my favorite new series of the season. I’d still like to see how the remainder of the episodes play out. If that happens, it’ll, probably be a Saturday burn-off. I can’t see ABC keeping it on Thursdays much longer.

  • SPM

    @ Phil

    TSC would be doing better now and the CW know it.

  • Kel

    @KD – Arrow has been the most watched CW show for the past 3 weeks, it’s nothing new. It’s the demo number the counts, though, and TVD is still the CW’s #1 with that.

    Surprised BATB held steady with last week. It’s still not good, obviously, but I honestly thought it would be worse.

  • Dan S

    The writing is on the wall for Last Resort. ABC will likely let it die in its current timeslot & disappear at the end of the year. I think Shark Tank should move to Thur & bring back TGIF on Fri. Neighbors could be part of that block & get HE or Apt 23 moved back to Wed & return Suburgatory to 8:30pm.

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