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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  • BigBrotherFan

    Whoever thought hiring a Kardashian and Mario Lopez for X-FACTOR needs to be fired STAT! No wonder its numbers are so low!

  • BigBrotherFan


    X-FACTOR fans lmao they really dont have ANYTHING to defend..THE SHOW hired Mario Lopez as a host!?!!? Wasted all their money on Brittney Spears and they can go on about THE VOICE “not producing a star” but I dont even have a clue who won X-FACTOR last year and I’m prime target for that market.

  • Jon23812

    I think FOX should cancel their third season order for The X-Factor.

  • DaxJackson

    XFactor is awful this year, the acts on it are not even half as good as last year. And considering how much they paid for Britney.. she’s the worst judge. Can’t believe Fox have already renewed it.

  • Jon23812

    @Kaylie, X-Factor is worse than last year. The post production team did a terrible job, they added fake contestants, like that guy who stole the mic. That was obviously staged. Season 1 of X-Factor was brilliant, but now the show is a stereotypical reality show.

  • Jamie Spears

    @I luv nickelodeon

    Actually #thevoice is always trending at some point in the evening when it’s on and most of their performances do.. #xfactor or #xfactorusa hasn’t been trending for weeks..

  • Anon

    @ Bill Gorman

    Where is the predictive poll for Last Man Standing / Malibu Country?

    Dibs on 2.0 for both.

  • bluejay72


    You are absolutely right!~ :)
    Really! I don’t understand where XFactor fans get their ridiculous courage to bash The Voice when in the ratings, The X Factor is not even a competition. It’s numbers are a JOKE considering its bold and out-of-this-world predictions that it will hit a 6 or 7 and trample The Voice!

    They keep saying about the past winners of the The Voice, but where’s the winner of XFactorUSA season 1???

    They’ll jump back in and mention UK winners! Lol!
    X Factor has yet to make a genuinely successful winner off its AMERICAN version!

    You can’t help but wonder where they get that enormously pathetic courage.

  • Gary A

    Some observations:

    If I was a fan of a show – say in this case The X Factor – why would my love for the show vanish just because it was off or shifted around for a couple of weeks? There are numerous ways of finding out when the show was airing ( including here on TBTN ) so if you couldn’t watch it live then you could DVR it. I think making an excuse that Baseball killed The X Factor ( or something similar ) could be a square on the Fan Excuse Bingo Card. Maybe the truth is that a lot of people who were watching before found out that they didn’t miss it all that much and have chosen to watch something else or God Forbid – do something else.

    I think it’s amusing the defintion of BEAST as used by some posters on here. TBBT with a 5.1 is a BEAST. TVD with a 1.5 is a BEAST. TAAHM at 3.6 is fading. POI with a 3.0 is not a hit. Before a few posters on here berate me mightily, a 1.5 on the CW is a BEAST by their standards. I am calling into question the observation of what one can call a BEAST and what one cannot – it’s a matter of semantics or viewpoint I assume.

    I loved the defense that someone used on here as to why TSC is better than BATB – it took almost 19 episodes for TSC to pull a 0.6. In the end, the show was losing viewers – are you suggesting that somehow if the CW had renewed it, that it would be doing at least the same as the show that replaced it is doing which is considered to be doing badly considering its’ lead in? Clarification please.

    The idea that a strong lead in is going to make the following series a hit is kind of a stretch in this day and age. Back before remote controls and time switiching and all the conveiniences we take for granted now, the idea was more common and often successful. But a bad show is a bad show and no matter how strong the lead in, if the show is a stinker, it’s not going to help to follow a hit. In fact, it might even hurt the stronger show.
    A couple of examples from way back in TV history:
    Does anybody have fond memories of a series called Life With Luigi ( from the 50’s )? It followed a show called I Love Lucy for half a season.
    Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers ( that’s the actual title )? It was sandwiched between All in the Family and The Mary Tyler Moore Show for half a season – rating for those two series dropped until Paul was replaced with a show called The Jeffersons.

  • Joseph

    If critics’ reaction to this week’s “X-Factor U.S.A.” matches the low ratings, I could see Mario Lopez and Khloe Kadashian shown the door and replaced by Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews, who I think should have been hosting this season from the “get-go”.

    Although having a sports background, I think Ms. Andrews would do a very professional job hosting this kind of program.

  • Kissan

    1. Whoa at TVD!!!! Wasn’t last week a 1.2 and now all of a sudden it’s a 1.5 even though I don’t watch it. Well I try to watch it but I hate the love triangle storyline so I just hate watch it:)

    2. All of the BATB fans should be really worried. BATB almost lost a full point of TVD and that’s more worse than The Secret Circle did last year and it got cancelled. So I guess this means Arrow is the new HOD but more stronger, while EOMD and BATB are the new TSC and Ringer. By the way I’m still mad those two shows got cancelled.

    3. Ha ha at The X Floptor!!! They had 3 excuses on Wednesday cuz it was Halloween, everybody thought it was a repeat, and cuz of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, but now everybody knew it was on and it only got a 2.3 and 6 million viewers. Only 8 tenths away from a CW show.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    Perhaps NBC would have done better if it had run 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, and the Office instead of a Voice repeat.

  • Del

    All the country music focus on ABC is a turn off. With all the pilots they had about interesting things like fashion, and Gilded Lilies, they chose Nashville, and now they have country award show prempting Scandal and even country comedies! What next, country music nightly news? Some of us do NOT like country, and it is annoying!

    Elena as a vampire could have been fun, but last night on TVD she was such a whiny self righteous “too goodie goodie to be a vampire” bore. The cure plot is stupid.

  • Dave Franco

    Nikita crap? LMAO. Apparently you haven’t watch it. It’s smartly written, a lot of action and has the best character out of all the show on the CW: Birkhoff. TVD is doing well because fan girls love it no matter what. Nikita deserves better… airing on the cw makes no sense. Demo should be adults.

  • Jon23812

    @Patrick Ausgewahlt, In New York, the original airing was replaced by a Storm Coverage, so they repeated it, so people in New York could see it.

  • POIFanatic

    Impressive numbers for two of my favorite shows – POI and TVD.

    Interesting to see Elementary hold up a respectable demo rating. As much as I loathe this show, it seems like it has found its audience.

    FOX is definitely this year’s NBC.

  • Carrie

    Meh, I’ll never understand why people think Nikita is so ‘smartly’ written. It’s really quite average.

  • John

    I’m glad Elementary was up. It was maybe fourth or fifth on my list of most anticipated new shows, but with the possible exception of Arrow (which wasn’t even on my radar, being that it is a CW show), it turned out to be my favorite new show of the season. And I’m not normally a procedural guy (CSI, NCIS, Criminal Minds, and just about every other procedural bores me to death), but since Law & Order went off the air, I figure I have room in my life for one procedural, and Elementary is it.

  • apollos

    Person of Interest was so funny last night. Seeing Reese on a date and Finch trying to help him was hilarious. Add on Zoe for the spice factor, just wonderful chemistry by all involved in that scene. One of the stronger episodes which is saying something for this consistently awesome show.

  • ReallyTired

    No power at home here in Suburban NY. So nobody watched any of this crap.

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