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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  • Jon929291`1

    Terrible rating for X Factor. FOX messed up its schedule and now it won’t recover this season.

    Well done CBS!! Season best for BBT!!!

  • fernando

    ABC should have just put the CMA on next Wed. night and lead it into Nashville, those 13 millions viewers could have helped rasie Nashville ratings, just start the CMA earlier and end it earlier for Nashville can start at 10/9.

    The X Factor is really a flop, and I dont like to say that about show even ones I dont watch, but last year they were making way more then this, its shameful to have two amazing singers and simon on this show and it can only reach 6 million.

  • man

    Good for TVD …seems too good

  • Remote Patrolled

    Man Fox have killed The X Factor – those are terrible numbers

    Baseball strikes again!

  • The Old Woman

    The Vampire Diaries is such an awful show. How can it be the CW’s flagship show and do so well? No wonder Nikita does awfully on this network. It is the very opposite of TVD with strong female characters and an engrossing story.

  • DenverDean

    XF still down more than 30% from last year’s episode. That can’t be all CMA.

  • Mike

    watched x factor last year but have not seen any this year the numbers are really bad!!!

  • Adam

    @The Old Woman: Are you serious? Nikita objectifies females more than TVD.

  • Petar Ivanov

    What wait……….POI beat x factor……….wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

    FOX give x factor millions of $ and for what. AT least Britney take her 15 million $!

    This week only drama better than POI on CBS was NCIS. Still way to go for CBS #1 drama but is on right track. Will watch the episode later today.

  • SG

    Some of the talent is decent but the 2012 version of X-Factor stinks. Replace the lame sound engineer so home viewers can hear the vocals, dump Khloe – she’s awful & get rid of LA Reid – he is so out of touch, doesn’t know most of the songs and is usually very rude.

  • hammard

    Arrow was on a Halloween night with mostly regularly scheduled new programming.
    VD is up against only CBS’ regular programming (and even that is being preempted).
    The two aren’t really comparable.

  • Bretta

    x-factor is a flop … no way to slice this

  • Jeff R.

    If people liked the X Factor, a break wouldn’t affect it like this. It’s bad. Very bad.

  • John A

    Nah Nikita is crap. TVD is no great show either but more enjoyable than that crap.

  • Tom

    John A. Re: B&B Moving it won’t help. A bomb is still a bomb regardless of where it lands.

  • Samuel

    Next season Simon will get rid of Britney and LA but keep Demi. Hire Rihanna and Nick Jonas, cheap solution. Problem relatively solved.

  • Julie

    Looks like maybe B&tB has found its level. Hope POI goes up big next week with a Zoe heavy episode. It’s a really great show. Elementary going up is interesting, I wonder if it’s a blip or a sign of things to come.

  • Hmm

    I want to love the X-Factor. But the over prodcution is just killing it for me. You can’t hear half of what the judges are saying or what the contests are singing. And the lasers, graphics, and fog are just distracting. I found myself fast forwarding just to get passed all of the mess.

  • Brandy

    Great ratings for VD and last nights episode was great.Beauty & Beast is a good show,wish it got better ratings.

  • Seth

    What is Fox going to do about X Factor, they already renewed it for another cycle…They better hope American Idol doesn’t tank like X Factor.

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