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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  • The End


    Nielsen releases. For example Robert and Bill see more detailed information but post only the most important numbers.

  • Melissa

    @The End

    Nielsen releases. For example Robert and Bill see more detailed information but post only the most important numbers.

    Where do you get Nielsen releases from?

  • targetviewer

    “The Office” continues to amaze me with its big heart and big laughs. Unlike “30 Rock,” for just one example, this show feels fresh, the characters continue to reveal facets we haven’t seen, and they haven’t turned into caricatures of themselves. We’re going to miss it!

  • Billy

    The Big Bang Theory rose to a 5.1 in the finals.

  • CrimTV


    The half-hours are available on Mark Berman’s website

  • Melissa

    Half-hour ratings:

    8:00 p.m.

    ABC – Last Resort
    Viewers: 6.06 million (#3), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#4t)

    CBS – The Big Bang Theory
    Viewers: 16.54 million (#1), A18-49: 5.0/15 (#1)

    NBC – The Voice
    Viewers: 8.57 million (#2), A18-49: 2.8/ 8 (#2)

    Fox – The X Factor
    Viewers: 5.89 million (#4), A18-49: 2.1/ 6 (#3)

    CW – The Vampire Diaries
    Viewers: 2.97 million (#5), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#4t)


    8:30 p.m.

    ABC – Last Resort
    Viewers: 5.85 million (#4), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#5)

    CBS – Two and a Half Men
    Viewers: 14.09 million (#1), A18-49: 4.0/11 (#1)

    NBC – The Voice
    Viewers: 9.61 million (#2), A18-49: 3.3/ 9 (#2)

    Fox – The X Factor
    Viewers: 6.67 million (#3), A18-49: 2.4/ 7 (#3)

    CW – The Vampire Diaries
    Viewers: 2.99 million (#5), A18-49: 1.5/ 4 (#4)


    9:00 p.m.

    ABC – Grey’s Anatomy
    Viewers: 9.07 million (#2), A18-49: 3.1/ 8 (#1)

    CBS – Person of Interest
    Viewers: 14.94 million (#1), A18-49: 3.0/ 8 (#2)

    NBC – The Office
    Viewers: 5.31 million (#4), A18-49: 2.5/ 7 (#3t)

    Fox – Glee
    Viewers: 5.85 million (#3), A18-49: 2.5/ 6 (#3t)

    CW – Beauty and the Beast
    Viewers: 1.91 million (#5), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#5)


    9:30 p.m.

    ABC – Grey’s Anatomy
    Viewers: 9.33 million (#2), A18-49: 3.4/ 9 (#1)

    CBS – Person of Interest
    Viewers: 14.51 million (#1), A18-49: 2.8/ 7 (#2)

    NBC – Parks and Recreation
    Viewers: 3.84 million (#4), A18-49: 1.8/ 5 (#4)

    Fox – Glee
    Viewers: 5.61 million (#3), A18-49: 2.4/ 6 (#3)

    CW – Beauty and the Beast
    Viewers: 1.79 million (#5), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#5)


    10:00 p.m.

    ABC – Scandal
    Viewers: 6.45 million (#2), A18-49: 2.1/ 6 (#2)

    CBS – Elementary
    Viewers: 11.36 million (#1), A18-49: 2.4/ 6 (#1)

    NBC – Rock Center With Brian Williams
    Viewers: 4.36 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 3 (#3)


    10:30 p.m.

    ABC – Scandal
    Viewers: 5.80 million (#2), A18-49: 1.8/ 5 (#2)

    CBS – Elementary
    Viewers: 10.10 million (#1), A18-49: 2.1/ 6 (#1)

    NBC – Rock Center With Brian Williams
    Viewers: 4.37 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#3)

  • Pamela

    Is this good news for Last Resort? Sure hope so and ABC gives it a full season pick up !!

  • Melissa


    Is this good news for Last Resort? Sure hope so and ABC gives it a full season pick up !!

    Sadly, a 1.4 isn’t good news for any network show, unless it’s on The CW.

  • Traywana

    Go Glee! I cannot believe how the quality of this show stays so high!
    On of the best shows in TV history.

  • Joe Petitjean

    Last Resort went up last night which his good…Look the lat two weeks you saw the numbers down from three weeks ago first we had the World series then the Voice to deal with

  • Holly

    @Joe Petitjean,

    Up is better than down, but a 1.4 on ABC simply cannot be classified as “good”

  • Kaylie

    Fox should probably consider giving Miley her own show. She draws a decent audience.

  • Kaylie

    Glee has gotten better this season. I hope people start back watching.

  • LisaNeedsBraces

    Overall viewers is helpful in the same way DVR numbers are: to network PR departments. Watch how many shows will be pumped in press releases for their overall viewers and DVR numbers until the day they get canceled.

  • Bri

    @POI said:

    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.”

    Criminal Minds compete against Modern Family which is much stronger than anything on TV but The Big Bang Theory and this week it went against The voice too and come next January CM will go against Modern Family and American Idol. Those shows get much more stronger ratings than Grey. Of all the 9pm shows on CBS, CM is the one that does face the stronger competitions and this week it did face all the # 1 shows from every networks and still did better than POI.

  • Minny

    The only show that beats the ratings out of all these TV shows is “American Idol” Averaging 23 million viewers. That is pretty amazing after 12 years.

  • Justin Poppiti, Esq.

    I like Last Resort. Obviously, it’s up against three popular shows. Still, I think ABC should renew it.

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