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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  • John A

    2 and half men weak? 3.6 is not weak. 2.9 For POI is weak though.

  • MonseurAndy

    I really thought The X Factor would start today. I got surprised when I saw that it was the Results show!

    What is up with your schedule FOX

  • Martha

    Thoroughly enjoyed POI last night and Jim Caviezel looks even better with eye glasses on.

  • JC

    Re TVD: I means since it’s Season 4 premiere. S3 was rather weak.

  • Emy

    FOX is really having a crappy fall. Between FlopFactor, The mob doctor, World series ending in 4, New girl sliding, Kitchen nightmares at 0.9, what’s to cheer about? Glee?

  • Josh

    Why no other show but Supernatural could survive in the 9pm Thursday spot?

  • TheFollowing

    Fox should stop preemptions of Baseball. They should air only the World Series.

  • PHIL

    When Arrow is continue it decline and Supernatural is sure to fall as well.

  • John A

    It will be funny tmr TVD have 1.5 today Nikita 0.2 tmr LMAO.

  • Tessa

    @The Old Woman

    Well in a world that made Twilight and its half-aborted offspring 50 Shades a hit TVD is like Shakespeare. You can never guess what people flock to.

  • RyanCanada

    WTF is going on with X Factor, everyone i know is watching the show, so these horrible numbers don’t make any sense.

    Vampire Diares was ok, and wtf why is BATB losing so much of TVD? they arnt safe anymore

    Elementry was great as usual, love that show.

  • Ram510

    I’m happy X Factor is down, it’s just not a good show and Fox should try harder with their scripted shows and not just rely on singing shows

    I’m surprised Vampire Diaries is doing better now than last season!

    2.5 Men is just dying. I say cancel Partner (raise your hand if your surprised Partners still isn’t cancelled yet) put 2.5 Men back on Mondays and bring back Rules of Engagement. Cause tells be honest 2.5 Men probably only has 1 more season left in it so might as well let it go out in its regular time slot

  • Jiji Moran

    I would hardly call “CMAs” competition.

    I would definitely NEVER call “Scandal” competition (don’t make me laugh.)

    “Rock Center”… haha!

    Yup, it has NO (zero, nada, zilch) competition. Put it against a big hit show, and then we talking.

  • Chalice93

    TVD went up because the dangled Delena in-front of the fans, it will go down next week.

  • RyanCanada

    @Ram510 really? X Factor is a great show, your just a Fan of The Voice.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Hart of Dixie and beauty and the best are on the same level at the moment.”

    More unknowns than typical for the CW this season. For the last several seasons they’ve canceled 2 shows, plus had one show exit after a final season, for three slots being opened in the Fall schedule.

    Given that EOMD is toast, if they follow the similar pattern, they give 90210 a short final season and cancel one more show.

    But Nikita may not get a 4th season (or it may not be during the regular broadcast season), which would open a slot.

    And its at least conceivable one of the spring shows does well enough to survive, which would close a spot.

    Given all that, it still may be Hart of Dixie and Beauty & The Beast battling to not be that “one more show” canceled this spring.

  • Sarah

    Beauty and the Beast is the better show. I hope it stays longer. And lol at Fox. I’m glad CW is doing good. Ever since Arrow and BAB premiered, CW is getting boosts for their others shows as well.:)

  • Lex

    I wouldn’t call Arrow at hit cause it has no demos. Hell a 8 year show is almost catching up to it.

  • Jared

    When Britney Spears can’t help the ratings that’s when you know people just don’t seem as invested. But FOX pretty much ruined there whole entire fall schedule this year. FOX better pray The Following hits BIG.

  • Max Vrany

    @The Following, they can’t until 2022, at least not easily. They’re also adding 2 division series starting in 2014. Get used to it.

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