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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  • Jon

    @ gary M….unfortunately as it stands now, total viewers mean very little when it comes to a show’s success. The advertisers focus their dollars on the demo. If a shoe’s demo is low that means they pay less for commericals, thus the networks are making less money on those shows. You would think at some point in the next 10 years this formula might change, as the majority of the population will be over 50, which means the bulk of the market place buying power will also have shifted.

  • SarahL


    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.

    I agree. ABC has giving Scandal every chance to succeed. It got tons of promotion last season and ABC gave it Grey’s as its lead in its second season. I like Scandal, but its ratings are a “scandal.”

  • Jon

    @ Bill, Do you remember if Cold Case was still in the top 20 in total viewers?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “@ Bill, Do you remember if Cold Case was still in the top 20 in total viewers?”

    My memory is not to be trusted, but it almost certainly was.

  • Jon

    I find it interesting why the demo falls so sharply after 2 and half men into Person of Interest. Of course with POI being one of my favorite shows I want it to keep rising in the demo. Does anyone know where everyone is turning their channel to in the 9pm hour?

  • Skylar James

    Just ignore Torey, he’s obviously a troll.

    Anyway, i’m glad TVD are stable, hopefully it’ll adjust up.

  • silvit


    Cable? Or do something else rather than watching tv. ;-)

  • aciel

    @sarah i agree and not to mention even though it was at a toss up last season and gcb got similar ratings abc choose to renew it to give a chance to succeed and plus its got the best lead in abc even though other new shows need it such as nashville, last resort and 666 park ave those need a lead like that to get recognized. i mean come scandal only held 2.0 out of a 3.2 lead thats 1.2 rating down i mean the show should at least be getting like 2.4 or 2.5 in order to benefit from its lead in. its stable because of the huge lead in. try putting it on mondays at 10 and see what rating it gets.

  • Nick

    :'(Last Resort :(
    I hope it gets adjuste up.

  • Melissa


    Does anyone know where everyone is turning their channel to in the 9pm hour?

    Personally, I watch my CBS comedies, then either go to bed or switch to ABC for Grey’s Anatomy.

  • Alle

    TBBT is doing good!!!

  • The End


    It might have something to do with TAAHM and POI being 2 completely different types of shows, appealing to different audiences.

    Person of Interest has that whole, guy in a suit, saving lives, kicking ass, and generally being a good Bond type hero. Two and a Half Men has the crude humor and general ‘fun’ vibe.

    Each to their own they say.


    Probably. Person of Interest does have a lot or room to grow, and it has done well in its second season. I fully expect this to be a regular fixture on CBS for years to come.

  • Raul

    x factor is the BETTER show than the voice !!!! haters gonna hate !!! when the voice establishes an artist yall come back and talk to me until this goodbye !!! x factor makes people stars , voice doesnt !!! and ps . THE VOICE IS CANCELLED IN ALMOST ALL COUNTRIES EXCEPT WHEN IT BEGAN (netherlands) AND THE X FACTOR is still GOING STRONG !!!! believe DAT . . . . .

  • Melissa

    CBS drops about a ratings point between each show:

    1. 8–8:30, The Big Bang Theory: 5.0
    2. 8:30–8, Two and a Half Men: 4.0
    3. 9–10, Person of Interest: 2.9
    4. 10-11, Elementary: 2.2

    I find it annoying when people bash Person of Interest for not holding onto its lead-in. The fact that Two and a Half Men is high-rated, does not mean Person of Interest will benefit. The two shows are completely unrelated; if CBS wanted Person of Interest to benefit from a lead-in, they should have put it after a successful drama.

  • hahaha

    THE X FACTOR is a super super hit in Latinoamerica

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Surprised to see Last Resort up. This week’s episode sucked more than usual since it went nowhere with the conspiracy itself other than getting two of the SEALs killed. All the back and forth between Speedman and Schram I fast-forwarded through.

    TVD was excellent. Elena finally goes over the edge, plus new conflict between Caroline and Hayley, the awesomely hot Phoebe Tonkin. I’m loving that, since Candace and Phoebe are two of my favorites. Vampire-werewolf girl fight!! :-)

    Person of Interest was good solely because of Paige Turco being back. God, that woman has LEGS! :-) The little back story of Finch’s meeting with his girl friend was interesting – the machine essentially introduced them, which I suspect may lay down a future story line about what the machine is actually capable of.

    Beauty and the Beast was OK, but back to its staid procedural crime drama. Despite the back nine order, I don’t see this show holding up for 22 episodes. Could be wrong, though.

  • Dude

    I thought Glee outperformed The X-Factor in its premier?

  • Melissa


    x factor is the BETTER show than the voice !!!! haters gonna hate !!! when the voice establishes an artist yall come back and talk to me until this goodbye !!! x factor makes people stars , voice doesnt !!! and ps . THE VOICE IS CANCELLED IN ALMOST ALL COUNTRIES EXCEPT WHEN IT BEGAN (netherlands) AND THE X FACTOR is still GOING STRONG !!!! believe DAT . . . . .

    First of all, the networks could care less about if their show develops a star. They care about whether or not the show gets high ratings. The Voice does, and The X Factor does not. Anyways, The Voice is much cheaper than The X Factor, so Fox’s standards for The X Factor are higher than NBC’s standards for The Voice. The X Factor fails to live up to its cost.

    Second, while I concur that The Voice has yet to produce a star, no one has become a star due to The X Factor either. If you’re talking about The X Factor in another country, that’s totally unrelated. Fox cares about the American version of The X Factor, which fails to produce high ratings. The fact that The Voice was cancelled in other countries means nothing for NBC; they only care about their American version that’s doing great.

  • Bookworm

    Scandal is steady…as always but based on the half hours I will assume it will be adjusted down 0.1. I’m not shocked since that will be the exact same rating from the last two week gap we had. I love Scandal and the episode if great but ABC is going to kill us with these gaps. Scandal is still crazy steady from the last season.

    Last Resort was great but I am mourning it’s rating. I mean come on people, what the hell is wrong with you?

  • Melissa


    Scandal is steady…as always but based on the half hours I will assume it will be adjusted down 0.1.

    Where did you obtain the half-hour data?

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