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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  • Rach

    So pleased for TVD =) Haven’t seen the ep yet, we get it on Monday in the UK, but it seems to be quite controversial. Not just on here, but I’ve seen mixed reactions on other sites too. Some fans saying it was amazing, best ep of the season so far, others saying it was awful. I’m interested to see where it falls on the spectrum for me when I see it. Either way fans should be thrilled with the ratings, it’s currently doing better than it was last season, which I think is a great acomplishment.

  • Steven

    @ Josh
    While I agree that Paul is the most talented of the cast, Nina is a lovely actress as wall. I watch that new movie she is in and thought she was fabulous. Ian has his moments. He is nowhere in the league of Paul or Nina. I’d actually like to see him try his hand at a comedy. Joseph Morgan and Candice are both strong contenders as well.

    I used to watch Supernatural. I quit watching it a while back though. Jensen is a superior actor but Jared is like my Ian he always fell flat in a few scenes to me.

  • Ashley

    Love the BBT!!! Good job!!! I can’t wait till X Factor is cancelled. The only decent to good singing competition is The Voice. I’m ready for DWTS to be cancelled too. Can’t we just go back to mostly all scripted shows. Too many reality shows ruining TV.

  • HB

    @Steven @ Josh
    They all suck except Nina. She is the only one who knows how to act! Both Paul and Ian are very limited.

  • bry

    Kristin Kreuk is boring actress,she is always the same,with same expression on face

  • Ashley

    @ bry…lol..that’s what I say about Kristen Stewart.

  • Steven


    While I agree Nina is fabulous and Ian is limited. Paul is in no way limited. Did you not watch last season. The mean got to stretch his wings and prove even more how talented he was. Paul is just a very subtle actor and maybe that doesn’t fly for you. Paul’s facial expression and eyes can convey so much without Paul actually doing much body movement. I think thats what I enjoy about him. To each their own though.

  • Michael

    why do you provide up 3% / down 2%-type info for CBS but the massive 20% drop for flopping “X Factor” doesn’t get mentioned?

  • Kavyn

    @Josh Nina is actually quite talented as an actress. Don’t get the writing and direction confused with a person’s ability to act. Nina plays Katherine extraordinarily well.

  • SPM

    @ Michael

    Andrew Miller may have moved on but he is still pissed towards the CW for canceling the show, just look at a tweet of his from a few weeks ago

    Andrew Miller?@MillerLoLife

    Favorite headline from last year: Recently cancelled The Secret Circle had largest gain (80%) in 18-49 live +7 ratings (via @TVbytheNumbers)

    Indeed Andrew.

  • Joe

    @Petar Ivanov
    Happy that women start watching POI, not stupid crap like soaps

    Just because you don`t lie em doesn’t mean they are “stupid crap”

    You said once that your Grand Ma watch Bold and Beautiful So do I and I am 20 yo and I do enjoy PoI

  • Katie

    Person of Interest was awesome like usual. It’s one of the few smart intelligent shows on. I wish more young people would try and watch it, I’m only 22 and it’s one of my favorite shows.

  • EnAmi

    ABC’s lineup was preempted for the CMAs. Elementary did better than last week because it picked up viewers who would otherwise have watched something else. Like me for instance. Instead of watching Scandal like I usually do, I turned to Elementary (and not the CMAs).

  • MattFitz

    Agree the Xfactor is a big fail this year I watched all last year good talent this year I cant tell the musicians dancers and over produced by the mentors LA Reid is just a petty nasty jerk comepletely unlikeable this series is gonna be on life support soon cant see it renewing after next season at this rate The Voice seems to have pulled together all the right elements and there are true mentors who respect All the contestants not overblown egos just friendly fun competition and great talent

  • Ariadne

    All Hail The true CW King!!!

  • Steve

    If I was the CBS affiliate in San Diego, I wouldn’t take off TBBT for the Chargers. That line of reasoning applies in Kansas City, Jacksonville and Buffalo too.

  • POI

    Guys it pains me that the quality of 2.5 men is so high this season and not enough people watch it comeon guys watch the show its amazing. im feeling now like charlie who because its so good rite now.

  • Joe

    @Bill Gorman
    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.

    Which is dull I mean If I am an advertiser I should be able to see these things On a network website for example and then buy the 30 sec spot If I’m pleased of the amount

  • George

    Where do I vent about Reuter’s lazy journalism? I did a google news search on “x factor ratings” and the top result was this one, referring to this week’s Wednesday XFactor broadcast: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/01/entertainment-us-xfactor-idUSBRE8A01F820121101
    “Kardashian boosts “X Factor” ratings, but wins few fans”
    “Khloe Kardashian’s first outing as the new co-host of “The X Factor” helped boost the show’s audience by 30 percent”
    “Kardashian brought more eyeballs to the show. Some 7.4 million viewers watched “The X Factor” on Fox television, according to early ratings data, up some 30 percent from last week’s 5.7 million and a 13 percent increase in the 18-49 age group most coveted by advertisers.”

    Reuters is comparing an original Wednesday airing (Oct. 31) with the last minute, edited, out-of-pattern Tuesday Oct. 23 broadcast that ran 9:30-10:30pm, left over from the previous week’s baseball debacle.

    It’s like they swallowed whatever spin Fox fed to them to write.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @George, many TV writers have no idea how the ratings work.

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