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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  • Just

    3, 2, 1 to Two and a Half Men gives Miley a regular role

  • mula

    CLEARLY, NBC was smart NOT to put the Voice up against BBT.

    The Voice really benefits from being on Monday’s and Tuesdays which much less competition than x factor

  • Score

    X Factor actually did OK last night. It was flat with last week despite The Voice and the fact it was only one hour this week.

    I think it’ll increase next week to around a 3.0 on Wednesday and a 2.6 on Thursday, which is still pretty good for FOX. It could have been a bit better but the baseball delays and moves have harmed it a bit.

  • Dóchas

    I really wished better for Last Resort because Braugher and Speedman are really good in it but they can’t make up for choppy writing.
    TBBT is just a beast. I would love to see it go head to head with Modern Family for sweeps. Just because.
    TVD – Meh. I’m so over the SteDelena mess. If Plec could ever see passed her infatuation with all things Damon and focus on the show as a whole, maybe I’d like it better.
    The only good thing on The Voice last night was Adam Levine’s jeans. Too bad he changed out of them for Maroon 5’s performance though. I did like the song.

  • Just

    Scandal 2.1 6.45/ 1.8 5.80


    massive failure

    Max cries

  • Pluck

    Elementary keeps losing steam. I think it will be a waste to air it after the Superbowl, there’s no way it’ll retain the ratings it will get on that night. People have been saying it all along but that slot could have made a difference for Person of Interest, it could have nudged it even higher. I still think PoI most likely will not be the next NCIS but it very well could be the next Criminal Minds, and that post-Superbowl slot could have cemented that. Sigh.

  • Steven

    I love Last Resort. I wish more people were watching it. Its my favorite show of the new year. Sadly I guess I should just enjoy it while I can.

    TVD is still do very well this season. Yes this show is my guilty pleasure.

  • Sarah

    Still good for TVD. :)

  • Michael

    At least, Scandal is consistent.

  • glover

    Don’t blame the american people for not watching Last Resort. The show is great, but ABC gave it the worse timeslot on the schedule. At least is doing better than Charlie’s Angels.

  • Tom

    Isn’t this the first time in at least 2 years that, 2 months into the season, the CW has 3 shows at or above a 1.0 rating?

    On the one hand they must be thrilled but on the other hand they’ve got several shows at numbers that are even awful by their standards…

  • Oliver

    Thursdays are too competitive for even The Voice to thrive. The last Tuesday Voice results show got 4.3.

    The Voice boosted The Office (from 1.9 to 2.5) but didn’t significantly boost Parks (from 1.7 to 1.8). The last episodes of Go On/TNN got 2.4/1.8 despite the much bigger Voice lead-in, which doesn’t paint a great picture of their underlying strength.

    Reports of Beauty and The Beast’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Reports of Last Resort’s demise, well, haven’t.

  • One

    Attention, America – your non-compliance is unacceptable. Ensure your presence at the next Last Resort episode, or a heavy price will be assessed on your souls.

    You’ve been warned.

  • KS

    Not a bad night for CW. I think if B&TB can maintain 0.6/0.7, it can be renewed for 2nd season. Its the average of CW.

  • POIFanatic

    POI is unstoppable! Last episode was awesome!

    Not too bad for TVD. Its still doing great. The episode title ‘The Killer’ is so ironic in hindsight. It was a good episode.

    Last Resort, pardon the pun, is dead in the water. I love this show even with all its logical and acting fallacies. More people need to watch it.

    Scandal should be reshuffled to post-Revenge spot and Nashville should go to its place.

    I predicted Elementary won’t be renewed for next season after watching the pilot. I still don’t like this show. Lets see how it ends up in the weeks after the SB.

  • John A

    @SPM of course BATB will get the back 9. Its not like CW have that many options and Emily Owens is a disaster.

  • AT

    Glad to see BATB went up a bit. I’m not sure why there are some nasty people on here hoping to see it fail. It has its own audience that loves it. Plus, each episode has been getting better and better! Anyway, how do people know about the demo within each of the half hours?

  • Robo

    CBS will really waste the after Superbowl slot airing Elementary. That show is going nowhere but down.

  • Seth

    The Last Resort is still the highest rated show on television with the word “Resort” in the title!

  • Reality TV Addict

    @ Mula,

    I think the fact that XF and TV are both singing contests so both share an audience and were both on at the same time is why TBBT is winning here. As you can see this week TV comfortably beats out XF on wednesday AND thursday making your last statement absolete.

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