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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  • Rex

    LMAO at SCANDAL. What a Flop. Should be renamed SCANDFLOP. It will be adjusted down 0.2 points.

  • Max

    So, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST has now received a full season order.

    We are looking at a very similar situation as THE SECRET CIRCLE and RINGER. The show will air for the whole season and then a big question mark as to whether the CW renews it.

  • POIFanatic

    @Halcapone: H50 doesn’t skew old, but Castle does. If what you said were true, then Chicago Fire should have had its rating surge close to a 3.0 since according to your theory, most of The Voice fans would have watched it for the first time. But it got a mediocre 2.2 (a 0.6 increase from its last episode). I won’t talk about The Office since its an old show.

  • RyanCanada

    @bluejay72 Melanie Amaro has NOT released an album

  • robin


    yeah just read it on spoiler tv. BatB was given a full season which it definitely doesn’t deserve. it’ll be hitting .3 and .4’s by spring

  • bluejays

    Wow CBS must really be loving that 2.2 for Elementary with the post superbowl slot they’ve thrown away on it!

    Great to see Grey’s up!

    If you look at the boost both Chicago Fire and now The office got from following the voice, it’s quite clear that a lot of Neilsen families actually do just sit and watch the same channel all night and that secondly, NBC will have The Voice on five nights a week next season, all season.

  • aciel

    @max if you don’t hate revenge then why do you make a big deal about its promotion i mean come on scandal isn’t going anywhere its as steady as rock why can’t you just be happy with that. putting revenge down every week constantly isn’t going to give scandal more your making a fool out of yourself and this has been going on for what since scandal has started maybe rather than writing irrigant comments about revenge go see a therapist you really need help because a normal doesn’t carry on constant bashing for weeks. i know you claim that you are not a hater but you sure have come across, scandal is doing fine relax as long as its renewed isn’t that what should matter? i have watched shows that rarly even get any promotion but still hit 3s. it doesn’t have anything to do with promotion its the fact that people like the show. so i’m really begging to please stop putting revenge down because your making it hard for people to look at the ratings board. i dont have anything against scandal i really want it to do better because its a good show.

  • brian

    Scandal has to be likely for renewal. Its a 2.0 on the books weekly.

  • Michael

    i guess those numbers for last resort aret horrible only because it went against the voice.. next week will decide if it gets extra eps..

  • Ultima

    Why don’t they just cancel Glee?

    Because it makes a lot of money?

  • dantas

    When I read the line “Last Resort rise” I thought it would have gone up three or four tenths… :p

  • Michael

    I’m not a Beauty and The Beast fan, but just because retentionistas aren’t content with the show’s ratings, doesn’t mean Mark Pedowitz isn’t happy with the show’s success. The show has been picked up for a full season.

  • bluejays

    @Dat. POI is not doing better than either Criminal Minds or NCIS LA, which are on other nights in the same time slot. It’s done quite well though just because so many of those shows are quite a bit down on their fall performance of last year and POI is slightly up on it’s fall perfromance. But it’s not miles ahead of their other nine and eight pm dramas at all.

  • Rex

    brian- No. SCANDAL has never aired without GREY’S ANATOMY as a leadin. It will fall to low/mid 1’s without GREY’S ANATOMY.

  • robin


    retentionistas aside its still not a success it’s still performing well below TSC last season and we all know how that ended.

  • Ultima

    i guess those numbers for last resort aret horrible only because it went against the voice.. next week will decide if it gets extra eps..

    Nonsense, networks don’t base those kinds of decisions on a single episode’s ratings.

    My guess is that they’ve already made the decision and that it won’t be getting a back nine.

  • misha

    @Ashley – I was also surprised by how much Parks and Rec dropped from The Office when that gap had been fairly consistent and even showed signs of narrowing in recent weeks. This seems to be an unpopular opinion, but I thought last night’s episode of The Office was as terrible as every other episode they’ve aired the past couple of seasons, so it wouldn’t surprise me if people tuned out throughout the half hour. I do wish more people would watch Parks because I think it’s fantastic, but I’ve given up hope of that ever happening. As for the NFL impact on its ratings, I think it’s hard to predict. Sometimes there’s no adjustment, I think there have been a few cases where shows actually went up in the finals, and I’ve also seen drops of 0.5. So I guess it depends (on what, I don’t know), but there doesn’t seem to be a pattern, so we’ll have to wait for finals.

  • eridapo

    Fake Max alert

  • POI


    Dude POI goes Against GA which is so strong, and i dont think the others compete with something stronger although NCIS competes with The Voice which is stronger but if im wrong correct me please.

  • carla

    POI does extremely well in a highly competitive time slot. The episode last night was sort of ho-hum with the strained and unzesty Zoe storyline. But overall this season has been fantastic and the upcoming episodes look to continue the show in superb form.

    POI is the class drama of the night, indeed of the entire week.

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