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.




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  • Kissan

    The Secret Circle Ratings Beauty & The Beast Ratings

    1st Ep. 1st Ep.

    3.05 million viewers 2.78 million viewers
    1.3 demo 1.2 demo

    2nd Ep. 2nd Ep.

    2.12 million viewers 2.00 million viewers
    0.9 demo 0.7 demo

    3rd Ep. 3rd Ep.

    2.12 million viewers 1.88 million viewers
    1.0 demo 0.6 demo

    4th Ep. 4th Ep.

    1.96 million viewers 1.73 millio viewers
    0.8 demo 0.6 demo

  • John A

    @SPN be careful you will get banned if you keep insulting people.

  • Tom

    Gary A. Re: “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.”

    Gary, I didn’t write that but the idea seems to be that replacing TSC while leaving a bunch of other trash (HOD, Nikita, etc.) makes little sense. None of those shows had or were going anywhere. Moreover, adding to them with predictable losers like EO and B&B merely compounded the problem. It looks like TSC was pretty well situated to begin a new story arc. The other returning shows weren’t. Judging by the post-cancellation efforts to revive it, TSC also had a tighter fan base. Add to that the fact that the CW started it’s season later, thereby cutting down the late season spread between episodes that I believe hurt TSC’s ratings.

    TSC’s producer was pretty straightforward about stating that the show’s cancellation was motivated by monetary considerations. In other words, the CW was happy to keep producing junk so long as it was cheap. In contrast, Arrow – it’s one success this season – has substantial production values and probably costs a lot more to produce. So, for the aforementioned reasons, I’d conclude that TSC was the only show from last season that had any prospect of improving its ratings and certainly would have done better than B&B which is currently languishing in its former time slot.

  • Nikki

    @ kissan TSC was a better show.. but noone on this site will ever admit it. Even with proof in front of them

  • Dude

    How is Beauty and the Beast bombing? Last i checked it was doing better than a lot of CW shows.

  • Steven

    Why is it that no matter what day of the week it is… I feel like this comment section gets bombarded with TSC fans. TBH I tried watching TSC. I couldn’t get into it. I think I watched like 6 or 7 episodes and I was like why am I still watching this BS. :D This from a fan of genre and sci – fi shows. I did here it got better but I just could get past the first few episodes to see it.

  • Dude

    That’s not exactly a fair comparison considering The CW’s ratings have been steadily going down each year across the board.

  • Steven

    @ Dude…

    All Networks ratings have been slowly declining each year… The CW is just bleeding a little faster thats all.

  • Shaz

    I think the CW’s reasoning (quite rightly) is to keep trying to get better ratings with new shows vs. keeping TSC which was consistently dropping in ratings towards the end. BATB not doing better than TSC doesn’t mean that CW should have kept TSC. It means CW should cancel BATB like it did TSC and try again with something new.

    And LOL at TSC somehow being a “higher quality” show that BATB. Both shows suffer from unconvincing acting and awful writing. I happen to find BATB far more enjoyable than TSC despite its faults, but I would never claim that it was a qualitatively better show.

  • Red Jane

    TVD rocking and Beauty and the Beast is wasting the good lead in… Time to cancel it?

    Better sooner rather than later and avoid a Secret Circle-like disappointment…

  • John A

    Nah BATB will get a full season and moved to friday. They need a show on friday at 8pm. It wont be renewed though.

  • Tony ^_^

    Maybe instead of renewing “Nikita” they should have renewed “The Secret Circle” and moved it to Friday. I’m sure it would at least be getting 0.4’s…

  • sarahmae

    The xfactor has no luck. They air the same days where there are options to watch better shows. The Voice made a smart choice moving to Monday and Tuesday when they were on tuesday and wednesday they didn’t do as well. Sorry Xfactor I try to watch but you are to over produced it’s annoying and there is no real talent on the show this season like there was last year. Obviously you are not about true talent you are about what can sell in the market this season with your talent. Last season was much better.

  • rick

    CMAs at all time low because it’s turned into an arena rock show, not country.

  • Jared

    Its ashame more people aren’t watching B&TB. Was the pilot awful? Yes. Does anybody believe Kristin Kreuk as a homicide detective? No. But each episode has surprisingly gotten much better. Its fantasy meets CSI and personally I’m really liking the show now. I will say I think it would do much better on Friday at 8. That is where series like this one thrive and could potentially find a loyal audience.

  • Vincent

    I do not like B&B was boring and Bad ! K.K. is not a good actress. Cancel B&B!

  • katy a

    Although I am pleased with The Vampire Diaries, that episode was rubbish!

  • Michael

    Why is Secret Circle still being discussed here? O.o It was cancelled! The show no longer exist, the entire cast moved on, including the executive producer Andrew Miller.

  • Bri

    Great numbers for BBT, doing much better than Modern Family!

    POI did okay but losing a 0.2 and 660 000 viewers at the half hour is nothing to be happy about.

    Elementary is doing ok for a 10pm show but with the tone of promo that went into that show, just like Vegas, POI, CBS must be dissapointed.

    Two and a Half men is still doing very well!

    I cannot say I am sad about XFactor flopping, not a very good show. Next week it will get smash when faced with The Voice on Wed.

  • Josh

    SMH, right… I’m sorry, but TVD is a teenage “drama” show and the only one who is actually talented on that show is Paul Wesley (and it’s really sad I. Somerhalder is getting much more attention, because, frankly, he’s a bad actor), but I’m not surprised it’s doing well. I would bet people who now think “TVD is the best show on CW,” have never really watched Supernatural. Seasons 1 – 5, especially 4 and 5, were one of the best TV I’ve ever seen, and this season they’re making it fresh again and it’s already shaping up to be one of my favorites. Plus, the cast are wonderful actors. So, yeah.

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