TV Ratings Thursday: 'Two and a Half Men' & 'Person of Interest' Match Highs, 'Grey's Anatomy' & 'Last Resort' Rise, 'The Vampire Diaries' Dips & 'Elementary' Hits Low

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November 9th, 2012





Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.2/9 2.4/6 2.2/6 2.1/6 1.4/4 1.1/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.9/6 2.5/8 1.6/5 1.7/5 1.3/4 1.1/4
Total Viewers (million) 13.590 6.006 7.094 6.012 3.416 2.415


Note: The Thursday Night NFL Network Jaguars/Colts game was simulcast on the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis. As a result the numbers for NBC may be inflated and subject to more than typical adjustments in the final numbers.

CBS won the night in adults 18-49 and in Total Viewers.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory earned a 5.0, down from last week's 5.2 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men scored a 4.0, up four tenths from last week's 3.6 adults 18-49 rating. Person Of Interest was even with last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating.  Elementary scored a series low 2.2, down two tenths from last week's 2.4 among adults 18-49.

On FOX, The X Factor was flat with last week's 2.3  adults 18-49 rating. Glee notched a 2.4, down two tenths from its last original's 2.6 rating and tying its season low. Your predictions were about right.

On ABC, Last Resort  earned a 1.4, up a tenth from its last original's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Grey's Anatomy earned a 3.2, up two tenths from the 3.0 it earned two weeks ago. Scandal earned a x from its last original's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

NBC ratings are approximate due to NFL preemption. On NBC, a special Thursday results episode The Voice earned a 3.0, which is its lowest results show rating to date.  The Office earned a 2.5, up f from its last original's 1.9. Parks and Recreation earned an 1.8, up from its last original's 1.7.  Rock Center earned a 1.1, down two tenths from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, The Vampire Diaries earned a 1.4, down a tenth from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. Beauty And The Beast  scored a 0.7, up a tenth from last week's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, November 8, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.0 15 16.54
NBC The Voice 3.0 9 9.094
FOX The X Factor 2.3 6 6.279
ABC Last Resort 1.4 4 5.956
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.4 4 2.977
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 4.0 11 14.09
9:00PM ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.2 8 9.201
CBS Person of Interest 2.9 7 14.73
NBC The Office 2.5 7 5.308
FOX Glee 2.4 6 5.732
CW Beauty and the Beast 0.7 2 1.852
9:30 NBC Parks and Recreation 1.8 5 3.843
10:00 CBS Elementary 2.2 6 10.73
ABC Scandal 2.0 5 6.124
NBC Rock Center with Brian Williams 1.1 3 4.37


Late night ratings:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night (averages currently the exclude New York market):


* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.1/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.9/8; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5.


* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: > "> The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,> "> 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.8/4; "Nightline," 1.1/5; 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" (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).


* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households 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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  • Chris Hanna

    POI, I agree that they are nothing alike. Grey’s is a 9-year old show that has persisted strongly in the ratings despite the year-to-year contraction of live audience on network television. My point was that everything aside, Grey’s is doing better in its 9th year than Revolution is in it’s 1st.

  • Cat

    POI numbers for Season 1 (first 6 episodes) were 3.1,2.7,2.6,2.8,2.7,2.7. For Season 2 they are 2.9,3.0,2.8,2.9,2.9,2.9,. Also, POI didn’t start hitting above 3.0 until episode 11 which was on January 12th. Don’t know if Football impacts this show or not, but I think it’s interesting to see if the numbers go up around that time.

  • John A

    Wow TOREY is the craziest fan ive seen in a while.




  • Chris Hanna

    There are lots of successes in the arena of scripted network dramas these past few years… POI, OUAT etc.

    Revolution is just not one of them. Sorry Torey!

  • Jack

    em23, the Twilight contest might have been a factor. I’m not sure. All I know is that I’ve been trying to get into BATB since its debut, and it’s just not working for me. The Pilot was, I think, correctly panned by critics. It was the worst episode of the show. Since then, it’s been uneven. I actually think this week’s episode was worse than the previous week’s.

    Where it suffers is in blending the procedural aspect into the myth/romance aspect of it and its stock supporting characters who have little depth and act mostly as glorified plot devices. Also, the case featured in this week’s episode was far too obvious in its parallels to Catherine/Vincent. The show has no subtlety and rushes through developments that should build more gradually so they have more weight, and thus are ultimately more satisfying. At this rate, they’ll run out of stories to tell by the end of the season and start boring people even more with repetitive plots and contrived obstacles that reset things. It also, unfortunately, does not have good actors. Kristin Kreuk is particularly stiff and has an off putting speaking style and voice. JT and the actor playing him are annoying.

    It’s a sad state when a show like this can get the ratings it gets and can be even considered a “hit” (as the ads for it say) and on track for renewal (as some here are suggesting). I remember coming here years ago and seeing people make fun of SMALLVILLE when, in its entire TENTH season, it never got the overall viewer numbers BATB just got; SMALLVILLE’s lowest overall rating in Season 10 was, according to Wikipedia, 1.99 million viewers. This was after 10 years and on a Friday night no less with little promotion. The 18-49 demo for that episode was a .8, so higher that BATB has been getting. The lowest rated episode of SMALLVILLE ever was 9×17 (aired on Friday) and its numbers were virtually identical (1.84, .7). Then there’s the fact that a shows like SECRET CIRCLE was hovering around the same demos later in its season yet it was cancelled. I guess the bar is just lower these days.

    Unless BATB is able to make consistent progress in its quality, I’m going to stop watching. And unless it makes consistent progress, or at least doesn’t regress, ratings-wise I don’t see why it should be renewed. It’s not good enough as far as I’m concerned.

  • POIFanatic

    @Chris: I agree. Absolutely. But the production money that goes into the shows and syndication also make a big difference to their profitability. I like both shows, makes no difference to me.

    All told, Revolution is this year’s biggest NEW hit show and that counts for something.

    @Torey: Shut your trap. You are a Revolution hater.

  • Ariadne

    @RyanCanada it does not matter if it is a hallucation or not!The Cw tease her return with the extended promo and the audience does not know if it’s a hallucation or not.So they Katherine fans will une in no matter what!

  • Flame

    You could almost pity Simon Cowbell. His precious XF is now pummeled not only by TBBT, but also The Voice and – of all shows – Glee.

  • Tom

    …..i’m getting fed up of people calling BATB a flop, sure it’s ratings haven’t been great….

    B&B’s ratings are stagnant and likely to remain that way. It took the Secret Circle about seventeen episodes to descend to these ratings. This shouldn’t be a surprise because anyone who saw the previews would have predicted that B&B wouldn’t be successful. So, call it what you will, but this version of B&B simply isn’t the sort of program that would air on any network that’s still competitive.


    @Chris Hanna

    UMM, REVOLUTION beats POI sometimes!! AND, REVOLUTION’s premiere 4.1 beat OUAT’S premiere 4.0, even though REVOLUTION was a year later!!!!!

  • rob60990

    Anyways back to reality, Beauty and the Beast is likely to get a full season because CW has no choice. Emily Owens is dead. I dont see B&tB getting a 2nd season unless it holds a .7-.8 for the season and that is doubtful.

  • POIFanatic

    @Chris: “There are lots of successes in the arena of scripted network dramas these past few years… POI, OUAT etc.
    Revolution is just not one of them. Sorry Torey!”

    Since you involved POI which was getting around the same rating this time last year, care to elaborate? Revolution and POI (compared to its first season) are both on the same boat as of now.

  • Crystal

    Let’s go Last Resort!!!! And Glee is having its best season creatively since S1 IMHO.

  • vcoolwater

    It going to be between Beauty and the Beast and Hart of Dixie for season renewal. I think Hart will win, but with CW who knows.

  • Dennis

    …and Elemantary will air after the Super Bowl…realy?

  • Fred

    Neither the VOICE or X FACTOR have produced big stars.

    Idol is the one that did many times over.
    The Voice is entertaining when the blindfolds are on. But the voting process is too complicated. Simplicity is better in this genre.
    X Factor feels like a bloated talent show and Simon is more tame here than he was on Idol. That said, he is superior to any of the other judges. Amd I enjoy X Factor over the lower budget Voice.
    Idol is superior to both. But I have reservations about the future and the new judges.

  • Dan S

    At the rate Elementary is dropping it’ll soon be overtaken by Scandal at 10pm. Sad to see Last Resort tying The CW no less, I’ll enjoy it until it finishes it’s initial 13 episode order.

  • robin

    when I saw the headline TVD dips I was so scared and then I saw it dipped one whole tenth lol. not a big drop and it will probably get adjusted up too since its half hours were 1.4/1.5

  • Pepper

    dang, POI skews old
    good episode last night

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