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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  • Mi

    @vcoolwater HoD will win because of it being closer to syndication, just like Nikita vs. TSC last year.

  • r0ckmypants

    @LisaNeedsBraces – You need to get over the Scandal thing. It gets a 2.0. The CMAs got in the 4.0’s in the 10pm hour. Elementary was up against stiffer competition. NOTHING TO DO WITH SCANDAL.

  • Ale

    I wish that BATB could get more viewers/demo it’s agood show regardless of the tv ‘critics’ that ripped the show apart in their pilot reviews.

    Funny thing about Arrow is that I watched the first 3 episodes and decided to stop watching. So for me BATB is the best CW show right now, not Arrow.

  • Rebecca

    @Networkman (I think you’re the one who commented about Joe Biden – if I’m wrong, please disregard)
    In a way, Biden was on Parks last night – just as a little face sticker or whatever it was on Leslie’s quilt. But yeah, his actual appearance will be on a future episode (someone else said it’s next week). That could be pretty good, since he is Leslie’s political crush. Last night’s episode wasn’t the best, but it’s still a great comedy and I wish more Nielsen households watched. If it ends this season or next, I just hope it ends well.

    I thought you didn’t watch any ABC shows, since they canceled/ended Alias? BTW we’re almost halfway through the final season on Netflix…still enjoying, hope it doesn’t end ubruptly in the finale with unanswered stuff.

  • Fred

    Far too many people blame Britney for X Factor’s problems. She is far less annoying than Demi Lovato. Simon is the only really good judge on X Factor. Love how LA REID and SIMON quarrel all the time. Don’t like it when Demi Lovato teases Simon.

  • enes

    The Secret Circle got those numbers in the last episodes and B&TB is getting those numbers since the second episode , also Ringer was hell way more better than the Grey’s copy Emily Owens!

    So next time CW think a little more when you ax a show ! That’s the reason i stoped watching this network ! Only TVD and GG are keeping me to watch the cw

  • LisaNeedsBraces

    Neither The Voice or The X Factor has launched new talent but no one cares. The Voice has given a boost to the judges’ music careers and visibility, which is far more valuable to NBC than a contestant becoming successful, since the judges are the focus of the show and the ones on every week.

  • robin


    are you sure your the same max

  • Brian

    Beauty & the Beast needs a better day and time..great show! glad it was up!

  • Dejah

    I loved “person of Interest” yesterday and am hooked on ID TV’s show “The Will”.
    Also watched the old James Caviezel movie “Angle Eyes” with Jennifer Lopez so it was Caviezel week.

  • Jamie


    That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. If they push CULT to summer they will have TWO in-season repeat hours. Not gonna happen.


    You’re seriously crazy.

  • Max


    Nope, just another person posing as me. I haven’t written a single thing in this thread- yet.

    All I will say for now is SCANDAL- steady as she goes.

  • tv#1

    Two and a Half Men is still preforming very well. At this point, I can see it coming back for an 11th season, especially if How I Met Your Mother doesn’t return.

    Also, great job Vampire Diaries. Please keep doing well.

  • Jamie

    @Max why do you hate Revenge when it’s not even affecting Scandal?

  • Brandy

    JohnCarter, I love Beauty too but there’s no way in heck both it and Hart(which I also love) get renewed cause SPN,VD Arrow (barring a major major rating slide in Jan or spring)are certain renewals, Nikita will most Likley get a fourth & final season to get to syndication numbers and 90210 will Likley get a shortened final season like GG,oth.Even if Cult,Carrie Diaries fail, Emily Owens cancelled(which will happen)& GG ending, that’s not enough slots to premiere 4-5 new shows next season which CW will do. Also, Cult will not be summer burn off, It will premiere after VD and Beauty will move to fri at 9 or Tues @9 in place of EOMD.

  • Nancy Mahews

    Well a few years ago it was a battle for Thursday nights at 10 PM between CSI and Grey’s Anatomy. They both scored consistently high and it was never guaranteed which would come out on top in that time period. Of course CSI had the original cast and I suppose Grey’s did also (I never watched Grey’s).

    As for being upset that POI isn’t the show airing after te SB, I think it’s just that POI is too complicated for new viewers, also some of the episodes are very slow moving or at least seem to be because the plots are so interwoven and good. The average person watcing the SB probably would to want to try and follow complicated plots. Now I like POI but I admit I’ve been catching it On demand because I’ve been following the last year of the Office. Last night Colts were on and Burn Notice had their Winter season 2 hour premiere, so I watched BN and kept switching back to the Colts during commercials.

    As for Glee I really don’t see the attraction. I watched their version of Rocky Horror and I was very disappointed especially when they had a girl since Frankenfurter’s part! but I suppose that is just personal opinion. So glad Arrow is doing good. I keep forgetting to watch it. Is this the same Oliver Queen that was on Smallville?

  • robin

    TVD 2.977 whyyyyy? I know total viewers doesn’t matter but I just want it to be averaging 3+ million

  • Dat

    I like the consistency POI ratings have been since the start of season 2. But not able to crack 3.0 for 3 weeks in a role (I think) makes me wonder how it can go up in the future.

  • SarahL

    Wow, Last Resort has put ABC on the CW level. Pathetic. All that can be said about Scandal is that it is low, but steady. I was surprised that ABC gave it 9 back episodes, but I don’t see it getting renewed unless a miracle happens.

  • Ryan

    @ Dat- POI will probably improve in the Jan-March time frame again. Last year at this time is was only averaging around a 2.5-2.6.. still an improvement. Just would be nice if it was up more than that.

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