TV Ratings Thursday: CMAS Hit a Low, 'Person of Interest', 'Vampire Diaries' and 'Elementary' Up

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November 2nd, 2012



Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.8/10 3.2/9 2.3/6 1.6/4 1.3/3 1.1/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.1/10 2.0/6 2.3/7 1.6/5 1.0/3 1.1/3
Total Viewers (million) 13.57 12.708 6.170 3.840 4.116 2.445


Note: The Thursday Night NFL Network Chargers/Chiefs game was simulcast on the CBS affiliate in San Diego from 8-9PM. As a result the numbers for CBS may be inflated and subject to more than typical adjustments in the final numbers.

ABC won the night in adults 18-49 and in Total Viewers.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory earned a season high 5.1 adults 18-49 rating, up 2% from last week's 5.0, though this number may be adjusted due to football pre-emptions. Two and a Half Men scored a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating, down 3% from last week's 3.7 adults 18-49 rating. Person Of Interest garnered a 3.0, up3%  from last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating.  Elementary scored a 2.4, up 9% from last week's 2.2 among adults 18-49.

On FOX, The X Factor scored a 2.3  adults 18-49 rating, down from a 2.9 for the show's most recent Thursday episode on October 11 but even with last week's special Tuesday telecast.

On ABC, The CMA Awards earned a lowest-ever 3.8 adults 18-49 rating down 21% from a 4.8 for last year's telecast on Wednesday,  November 9, 2011.

On NBC, Rock Center earned a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, up 18% from last week's 1.1.

On the CW, The Vampire Diaries earned a 1.5 up 15%  from last week's 1.3. Beauty And The Beast  scored a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, November 1, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.1/15 15.65
ABC The 46th Annual CMA Awards - Live (8-11PM) 3.8/10 13.57
FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 2.3/6 6.17
CW Vampire Diaries 1.5/4 3.17
NBC The Voice - R (8-10PM) 1.3/3 3.79
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men 3.6/10 13.11
9:00 CBS Person of Interest 3.0/8 13.50
CW Beauty and the Beast 0.6/2 1.73
10:00 CBS Elementary 2.4/6 10.50
NBC Rock Center  With Brian Williams 1.3/3 4.78


Late night ratings:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night (averages currently exclude New York, Philadelphia, Providence and Hartford):
> * In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.9/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.9/8; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.6/9; 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,> "> 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.7/4; "Nightline," 1.4/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.
> * At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) beat "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 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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    Hope numbers hold for CBS–TBBT a bonefide beast

    TVD back at 1.5 stellar, beats NBC again but BATB headed for the cellar

    CMA lowest ever but 3.8 give ABC its best 3 hrs in some time

    Even w/ the Voice(R)–NBC can’t ignite Thurs

    XFAC flat for FOX

  • Ultima

    Then the 2011 season of Idol with Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler took place and ratings not only didn’t drop but they actually went up higher.

    Do people ever actually look at numbers before saying things like this?

    2010 Wednesday Idol – 8.4 (high 11.8)
    2011 Wednesday Idol – 7.8 (high 9.7)

    2010 Thursday Idol – 7.4 (high 10.1)
    2011 Thursday Idol – 7.1 (high 9.2)

    The finale was up 12% in 2011, but that was it.

  • bluejay72

    @I luv nickelodeon

    Lol! You’re bragging about the social trending of The X Factor which does not translate at all to ratings, the only thing that matters on TV!

    As if The X FactorUSA season 1 winner (who is it again?) did any better! Lol again!

    Watch and compare the talents on both shows the way I did with Factor and see for yourself! I’ll give credit to some talents on Factor because they deserve that but majority of them are just NOT. Come on, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to tell the difference.

  • robin


    I absolutely agree with you the love triangle has got to be the worst part of the show and the ratings have nothing to do with delena thats just delusional besides most delena/stelena fans are annoying teenage girls

  • Shaz

    Networks make money from the ratings of a show. Social networking and how well a singer does after they’ve been on the show is meaningless to a network unless it helps the ratings to go up. So from the network POV, The Voice is a far far better show than X-Factor.

  • bluejay72


    Although I hated you last time, but I do realize that you’re honestly sincere and generally fair. :)

    I take back my words on you and I’m sorry about last time.

    I just can’t stand X Factor fans being so arrogant when ratingswise their beloved show failed to deliver the numbers it promised before the season. Really, the nerve!

    And they have the courage to bash The Voice doing incredibly well this season.

  • HB

    TVD’s episode was over hyped and it turned out to be the worst episode ever. They’re playing the same game. Their “heroine” is a weak and confused character.For the first three years she was like that as HUMAN and now as a VAMPIRE = BORING
    And yeah TVD triangle is the MOST boring plot on show because it doesn’t move.Its not going anywhere.Its stuck! Hell its not even a triangle and never will be.

  • I luv nickelodeon

    Trending does help the ratings dumb.! Xfactor season 1 winner was meleni amoro and she HAS talent. If you look her up on YouTube her videos have more viewers than whoever the winners were in the voice.. I do agree that Xfactor spends too much money, but it’s all for finding new artists.!

  • Ellie


    Yes, the love triangle is the worst thing in TVD, but that’s because the show whitewashes and romanticizes the three main leads to an insane degree. If the show admitted all three of them are actually horrible, horrible people who abuse and exploit those around them to further their own agenda and focused on the manipulations, mind games and power plays, it could actually be great.

    Alas, tweens think it’s all so “romantic” and the writers have no qualms about writing down to them.

  • LOL

    Terrible numbers for Flop Factor. The ratings just keep getting worse.

  • Mary

    Yay for POI, Extremely happy.

  • bluejay72

    @I luv nickelodeon

    Who’s the dummy here?
    If the social trending were so massive and affected the ratings then why is FLOP FACTOR flopping terribly?

    As for the X FactorUSA season 1 winner, thanks for the info! :)
    That’s the first time I’ve heard of her name. Lol!

    And YouTube hits is your way to measure success, then I must say that I sincerely pity you. Seems like you have a GREAT standard for success. Love it!

    Bravo! You’re a genius! I love your standard for success!~ :)

    No matter what you say, FLOP FACTOR will always be a FLOP! Sorry to hurt you with the TRUTH… :(

  • Justin121

    The Secret Flop sounds so much better than The Flopping Circle, I admit.

    Plus, it feels as though it means something, i.e., “worst kept secret”. Like nobody admits it flopped but it actually did.

    Who knows, it could be turned into a TV show about TV shows that secretly flop :D

  • matt

    two and a half men just needs to go away, terrible now

  • Nadine

    Gosh X-Factor is really a limp sock, isn’t it? Elementary beats it every way.

  • Steven

    @HB while i do hate the triangle with a passion and was slightly naive enough to believe after the finale last year it wouldn’t be as promient this season…. Last nights episode was not that bad. Besides this ridiculous idea of a “cure,” I enjoyed the episode. It was strong for all the characters involved. It wasn’t the best episode but it was far from the worst. I’m actually hoping for a S5 with Ripper Elena because the cure turned out not to work. I swer i feel like they keep foreshadowing the possibility. To each their own i suppose though.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “So the most reliable basis is the C3 ratings?”

    C3 ratings can tell you the likely relationship between different shows ad revenue. (e.g. a show with a 4.0 rating likely has about twice the ad revenue of a show with a 2.0 rating).

    However, ratings only cover the *revenue* side of the equation. Nobody really knows the costs enough in public to even begin to guess at the profits.

  • Ann M.

    I wonder if Burn Notice’s November 8th return will impact Elementary. I know the bar’s pretty low for that 10pm slot, but with all the promotion, I’m still surprised at how “eh” Elementary is doing. Maybe Elementary has found its audience now, but it still gained very few viewers from last week (just had more in the coveted demo). Wouldn’t be surprised if it ended up with a 2.0 next week.

  • TVDxItachi

    @ Nikita Fans

    You guys need to stop being butthurt and call TVD trash, Look at all the Meta Reviews for TVD, there all great and even grown men like myself, Eric Goldmen(IGN),Peter Travers(Rolling Stones)are big fans of TVD, and much more. TVD last season was great and still kept the ball rolling(surely it had it flaws) and now season 4 is taking a different approach, with more grounded storylines and less elaborate “other side” storyline. TVD is gaining more viewers because the show is getting better! TVD is Gold. Surely nikita is good but it doesn’t stand a chance against a show so addictive and wildly entertaing. Even in Season 4 TVD still has its break neck speed for storyline. If your not watching TVD, your missing one of the best shows on Television. Coming from a person that watches Breakning bad, Mad Men, Dexter and other critically acclaim shows.

    And BTW TVD is worlds better then arrow, arrow is entertaining but with many flaws, the only reason why im still coming back for arrow is because i know it can improve drastically being its a super hero show.

    And TVD numbers are up because the preview for yesterday’s episode was very missleading for Delena fans, All the kittens came out to watch live and expected some steamy Damon and Elena scenes but it did not happen,lol, i too was dissapointed it didn’t happen. But from a broad perspective, the episode was really good and advance the storyline a great deal, with a new arc. TVD id GOD.

  • bluejay72

    @@I luv nickelodeon

    To be honest with you kid, we both are fools here. I admit! :)

    I don’t even have to defend The Voice because its huge ratings speak for itself. It slaps you right in your face. :)

    And as for you, no amount of babbling can ever change the fate of The X Factor this season. It simply is a FAILURE. It failed to delivered the exaggerated numbers it promised during the pre-season.

    What’s ridiculously funny though are The X Factor fans who even have the courage to bash an obviously superior show.

    Really? Where do you get that courage because X Factor’s ratings are betraying and shaming you. You make it worse with your out-of-place pride.

    Sorry, kid. I sincerely feel bad for you…

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