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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  • Justin121


    Try FIFTH.

    Haha. Always wanted to be FIRST :D

  • Dorkside

    I wonder if CBS is starting to regret giving Elementary the post Superbowl spot now?

  • glover

    Beauty and the Beast got a 0.8 in the second half hour. I wish it gets adjustesd up. I don’t like the show but I hope it down fail.

  • eridapo

    LR 1.4 6.06/ 1.4 5.85
    Greys 3.1 9.07/ 3.4 9.33
    Scandal 2.1 6.45/ 1.8 5.80

    POI 3.0 14.94 / 2.8 14.51
    ELem 2.4 11.36/ 2.1 10.10

    XF 5.89 2.1/ 6.67 2.4
    Glee 2.5 5.85/ 2.4 5.61

    TVD 1.4 2.97/ 1.5 2.99
    BatB 0.8 1.91/ 0.7 1.79

    TV 2.8 8.57 / 3.3 9.61

  • omabin

    it was actually a good night all around for every show but elementary. i think tvd might go up and beauty down in the finals though. If not, beauty may not be as dead as i thought just yet.

  • Battlejuice

    PoI is still awesome. Really wish it had gotten the post Super Bowl spot. But I can understand why CBS chose Elementary. We’ll see if they made the right choice.

  • Remote Patrolled


    The Voice contestants do perform great on Itunes during the course of the show – and then they just die a death in the charts AFTER the series ends. I wonder why this is?

  • HB

    Great for TBBT!

  • Reality TV Addict

    If TV stays on thursday XF might even go below the 2’s. Simon will be even more pressed.


    CBS is really a force on Thursday nights. Big Bang Theory is just a phenom and making huge bucks syndication wise. Two and Half Men is doing great numbers. Damn Person of Interest is this show that was a slow burner turning into a big hit for CBS. Its such a great show and deserves an emmy nod for best show. Honestly part of me wishes CBS would have made POI and 2 Broke Girls the post Super Bowl Slot. I can see why they are using Elementary they see huge potential in the show and want to cement their Thursday night lineup.

    Damn the X Factor results show got beaten by 3 million by the Voice. Also really surprising is how Glee built from X Factor 2 demos. Honestly I really believe season 3 X Factor will have major major cuts.

  • s0303

    the office did really good…can’t remember the last time a thursday night comedy got a 2.5…

    still horrible for last resort :( glad batb went up though :)

  • John A

    Dont think BATB will adjust down based on Half Hours. It should get a full season order soon.

  • Cyrax86

    Fans of Up All Night gave a shot to Last Resort?

  • Mister Sinister

    So happy for Big Bang Theory!!! :)

    The Voice still did great considering Thursday is not its regular territory.
    The X Factor is the loser here because it got worse on a night it regularly airs.

    Happy for Elementary as well!!!

  • Billy

    All time high in viewers for The Big Bang Theory.

  • Mon

    The Big Bang Theory is a real super star! CBS should book Miley Cyrus for more episodes of TAAHM. But not as a series regular because her loud but hilarious character might get old fast. Sad for Person of Interest, can’t even crack a 3.0. The episode was good though. *spoiler* We finally knew The Machine played a matchmaker between Finch and his wife. Elementary’s ratings are meh recently.

  • Mi

    TVD will probably be adjusted up and B&tB will probably be adjusted down.. I still can’t get why the CW picked up a show as bad as B&tB..

  • darius

    Miley Cyrus is a rating gold

  • Hmm

    There goes Scandal squandering away its nice Greys lead in like always. Should be adjusted down in the finals.

  • SPM

    @ John A

    On what planet?

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