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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  • Dat

    @Ryan: I have noticed that trend in season 1. But nothing guarantees that Jan-March this year will do the same. Should we blame football season? LOL.

  • Joe

    Lol I knew it!!! Thats an all time low for viewers and the same demo of the worst ep. Glee can only go downhill from here.

    Shame about the flop factor, I liked it last season but Britney is just unberable for me. I like the fact that th.ere can be duets and groups.

    Also, liking this season of greys.

  • Dat

    @Ryan: Actually, POI is doing better than most CBS crime drama this year, POI ratings doesn’t go down while all crime drama on CBS do (except for Criminal Minds, I think).

  • Max


    I have explained this many times.

    A. I do NOT “hate” REVENGE. I don’t have that kind of emotion for television to “hate” anything.

    B. I dislike how much promotion shows like REVENGE and AMERICAN HORROR STORY get because their ratings do not warrant it. A show like SCANDAL, though lower, is steady as a rock despite not getting even half the same type of promotion and care.

    That is why.

  • a p garcia

    Good for POI and BBT. It is beginning to be clear that Miley Cyrus brings out her fans to 2.5 Men. Good that LR was up. I think that CBS better retink putting Elementary after the Super Bowl!

  • John

    @Max: You cannot ask for a better lead-in than Grey’s which gives you over a 3.0 and as high as above 4.0 sometimes demo every episode. That shows ABC cares about the show.

  • Jerri

    Why don’t they just cancel Glee?

  • TVDxItachi

    @ Jason Lawson

    Arrow is a decent show but compare to TVD its horse…
    I only gave arrow an extended chance because its a superhero show, and they can improve drastically in one episode.
    I dont watch BATB but i hope it does well, Vampire Diaries needs a parther in crime, TSC i liked the pilot a hell of lot but dropped it after episode 2. I hated how the CW put VD promos combined with TSC, TSC didnt earn that right to be in the same commericial as TVD. rubbed me the wrong way. So i hoped it got cancelled and hoped the sexy girls of TSC would join the Vampire Diaries. And what do you know, Phoebe Tonkin(Best thing about TSC) joins VD, hope Diana and other hot girl joins VD.

  • Mary

    Yay for Person of Interest rating, I am so happy, we are proud fans,
    Love POI.

  • Ashley

    I’m surprised to see how much viewership was lost from the Office (which obviously benefited from the Voice Lead in) and Parks. Usually each week the Office is .2 or .3 higher than Parks and it seems to be consistent that way. Is that b/c the Voice gave the Office a great lead in but it couldn’t retain the viewers through the episode to lead into Parks? IMO the Office had its best episode all year (maybe 2 years). How much do these shows usually adjust down in the final ratings on nights that football was aired on NBC affiliates? Does it depend I’m guessing on what cities it aired?

  • aciel

    Where is this Max or should I say the revenge its like he hates it so much that he’s obsessed with it in a way I don’t know why he hates it so much I mean come on putting revenge down isn’t going to help scandals ratings. I don’t have anything against scandal I really want it to do better but its just Max’s constant hatred over a show what just because it gets promoted a lot nobody said that u had to like it. And please I’m begging u stop putting revenge do revenge down it gets good ratings because people like the show not because it gets promoted I’ve seen shows that Farley even get promoted but still hit 3s this has nothing to do with promotion

    I mean the revenge basher

  • HalCapone

    I guess the debate is now Greys vs Revolution? I kinda yearn for the old Castle vs Hawaii Five-O arguments–at least they were both procedurals competing on the same night and hour. Comparing Greys and Revolution is more than a bit of a stretch. That being said, Revolution’s success is mostly a head scratcher to me. I love sci-fy/fantasy shows and generally applaud the networks even for putting mediocre ones on the air. Based on all the networks’ past track records in the last few years with this genre, Revolution should be tanking in the ratings and close to cancellation–even by NBC standards. The show’s concept is simple but it is a highly mediocre fantasy (and my standards are admittedly lower with this type of genre, too). My only explanation (fan excuse bingo) is The Voice demo which precedes it) and the rival network competition is much older skewing (I can’t imagine the majority of kiddies who watch The Voice would also watch Castle). The true test of Revolution will be in the weeks that follow when The Voice is on hiatus and if the fan faithful will continue to tune in. In the favor of Revolution, is the much older skewing network competition in Castle and H5O but if the young demo isn’t watching NBC Monday nights from 8-10, will they tune in at 10pm for Revolution?

    Greys is a workhorse for ABC that is fairly consistent with a very loyal, female-skewing, higher income (and highly desirable to advertisers)fan base.

  • madbengalsfan85

    As bad as Last Resort’s ratings are, at least they aren’t as low as Mob Doctor

  • Jamie

    @Max but Scandal has the best lead-in on the network? Horror Story is the second highest rated show on FX and Revenge is what, their third highest rated drama? That makes the 2 warrant the promo.


    How long until Simon Cowell returns to Idol is the big question? First lets see how this Idol lineup does. I mean Idol has been totally fine without Simon it didn’t crash and burn and found two solid winners aka Scotty/Phillip Phillips. The best thing to cut X Factor’s budget is recast the other three judges with lower cost judges. Keep Mario/Demi and revolve the show around Demi. She has been the breakout of the show and is cost effective. Simon still makes money even if he isn’t on it. He owns the show. Have Simon return back to the UK version of X Factor next season where he is needed and then return to Idol in Spring 2014. IMO Simon’s ego is way to big to admit that he wants back on Idol and Idol could use him for a jolt. Its a perfect marriage and IMO would totally be the solution here. Honestly Simon needs Idol more than Idol needs him.

  • Jessie

    I love Elemetary I just have a hard time hearing what Holmes is saying. He needs to speak louder.

  • Cat

    Comparing just the 8:00pm CBS crime series (except CSI NY)

    NCISLA: 3.4, 3.1, 3.0, 2.8, 2.8,

    Criminal Minds : 3.1, 3.0, 3.1, 3.1, 2.9, 3.0

    POI: 2.9, 3.0, 2.8, 2.9, 2.9, 2.9

    draw your own conclusions… btw…. all three shows have only aired on the same week 3 times this season due to the debates and election.

  • Chris

    Scandal’s ratings really are something of a scandal, given the lead-in it gets from Greys, and the puny opposition it faces.

  • Kate

    Max, are you feeling ok? Did you take your medication today? LOL

  • Dóchas

    I don’t know if it was ever in question or if it’s been reported here but the CW has given Beauty a full season order.

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