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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  • Anon

    is looking a little weak… and bringing Rose back smacks of desperation.

  • TimsDale4ever

    OMG, thank you MDM. I sampled it and MFamily and I don’t see the appeal of either of those shows. I thought I was the only crazy one…

  • robin

    and it just keeps getting better TVD is beast

  • s0303

    really…x factor only got 0.8 better than a cw show…lol

  • Shanna

    Excellent for TVD good for POI very bad for B&TB

  • Justin121

    I must give it to The Vamp Diaries.

    Great numbers after last year’s lackluster season.

    1.5 with 3.17 million viewers! for the 0.2s and 0.3s network.

    SHow did the right thing appearantly finally I might jump back in

    Like Gossip Girl I had given up last year but this year is really back to form.

    Also, Beauty & Beast at 0.6 methinks soon it’ll be 0.3 and be cancelled ’cause that’s just unacceptable after #1 show, while EOMD’s 0.3 is OK after HoD’s 0.6.

  • killerbean

    Fox killed The X Factor.

  • Greens3

    The numbers for Beauty & The Beast are so low and I really like the show. Why do I have a feeling it’s going to be cancelled.

  • Colin

    X Factor will start back up next week, alot of people thought it started this coming week

  • r0ckmypants

    @Jiji Moran – Elementary was up last night vs. increased competition from ABC (3.8 for CMAs vs. 2.0 for Scandal). Try again.

  • Rachel

    I’m interested in what the CW will do come January. The Carrie Diaries will replace Gossip Girl but where will Cult go? Will they can B&tB or Emily Owens to free up that slot? Cult makes a better pair with TVD than Hart of Dixie but Emily Owens ratings are so abysmal I can’t see it on for much longer. Maybe they will give B&tB the Tuesday slot and Cult will follow TVD.

  • Ellie

    TVD is a decent show that constantly shows flashes of potential greatness. Unfortunately, it keeps backing away from honestly presenting its characters and worldview so as to better pander to the CW demographic. The love triangle at the center somehow manages to be both dull/insipid and incredibly disturbing at the same time, while intriguing storylines and characters are sacrificed, underdeveloped, in order to advance it.

    As it is, the biggest thing it has going for it are the constant plot twists. As total crack, it can be ridiculously entertaining in spite of itself.

  • Andy

    TVD is a BEAST after being four years on the air. The new season has really improved. I can see ratings growing after this. However, Beauty and the Beast flopped. I really wanted to like this show, but it’s just a hot mess. Boring crap. I will watch the show until it’s canceled, just like The Secret Flop was canceled last May.

    The X Factor is such an epic fail!

  • Ali

    Beauty and the beast’s fate will be determined depending on how the other mid-season shows perform. Right now the only shows getting respectable ratings on the CW are Arrow, Supernatural and of course the Vampire Diaries. Hart of Dixie and beauty and the best are on the same level at the moment. The rest are performing horribly.

  • JC

    @The Old Woman

    Neither TVD nor Nikita are role models for women (or men, lol). I watch both, and imo, TVD is the better show by far. Just because it has vampires does not make it Twilight. Nikita is okay, but the old LFN series and the French film are superior. This season of Nikita in particular has been weak. To each is own, but TVD deserves to be No. 1 on the CW.. Each episode of TVD has improved since the premiere. Now if only SPN can go up in the ratings, I will be happy.

  • POI


    yes the cw doesnt have any show at 10

  • Jiji Moran

    “TBBT” is an awesome comedy! Love the characters, the silly stories, the livelyness of it all. The viewer does not get bored with the stories, because they each include more than just one character.

  • HT

    X-Factor numbers are lousy. When is simon Cowell going to admit his ships are sinking on both sides of the Atlantic?

  • Steph

    Elementary was good last night. I hope it sticks around.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Martha who said:
    Last night’s POI was awesome as usual .. and funny too!

    Will watch it later, but on facebook page fans saying that was one of the best episode so far. If is better than baby blue will be the best.
    Happy that women start watching POI, not stupid crap like soaps.
    Person of interest must be example how a drama should be written and acted. Best scripted show on TV.

    John Reese is bigger and better than James Bond. He is Reese, Mr. Reese. Although watch Skyfall last night and was great.

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