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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  • Maxine

    Go POI Go! :)
    Another fantastic episode last night! LMAO @ Reese eating Bear’s donut :)
    Didn’t think it was possible that season 2 is getting better and better than season 1!

  • OERM

    I was thinking TAAHM would finish this season, I guess not. Miley Cirus should be a recurring … Grey’s was flat, in summer POI would win the 9 pm slot. Scandal really steady, ABC should air one episode in another timeslot only to see if the show has a fan base enough to survive 5 seasons, what they need to sindicatyon.

  • Kevin Malone

    Thank you NBC for the The Voice lead-in, I think The Office will really benefit the coming weeks because thursday’s episode was one of the best ever. Kevin is probably one of my favourite characters now on any show.

  • HB

    TVD is doing better this season then the previous one.
    This year has started good for CW
    SPN,Arrow,TVD hitting above 1’s.

  • Alec

    It’s really amazing what Miley has done on 2.5 Men

  • POIFanatic

    You know X-Factor is a bust when even Glee outmatches it in ratings.

    Do I see Beauty and the Beast stabilizing! If it maintains anywhere above 0.6 the rest of the season, it might still have a chance of renewal.

  • sarah

    B&B was boring and Bad . Kristin K. is not a good actress.

  • eridapo

    Due to a local NFL pre-emption in Indianapolis Fast Nationals for NBC may be inflated.

    So… NBC’s numbers aren’t worth discussing till the finals.

  • Love Me for Me

    1.4 is pretty great for a show who have NO LEAD-IN. (about Last Resort)
    “666 Park Ave” had a 1.3 (REVENGE had 2.7)

  • Jeff R.

    Wait a minute: are you telling me ‘Glee’ doesn’t drive search engine traffic anymore? (Otherwise its new low would surely have been squeezed into the headline, right?)

    Show’s doomed.

  • Michael

    @HB, TVD has been hitting above a 1.0, since the first season.

  • r0ckmypants

    Why would CBS regret planning to air Elementary after the Super Bowl? It’s still their highest rated 10pm drama (and their best freshman performer), and getting new eyes on it after the biggest television event of the year will only help it later… so I highly doubt they’re regretting anything.

  • Remote Patrolled

    Will be interesting to see how The Voice does back to its regular slot on Monday and Tuesday.

    Obviously the show had to move this week because of the election – and these ratings are still great for an untraditional slot. But they are still down – and at a crucial stage of the show where viewers in seasons past have checked out.

    X Factor has clearly been BADLY hurt by the baseball a couple of weeks back. 2 million checked out and aren’t coming back. I wonder if the chop and change for The Voice will have an effect?

    BTW I thought X Factor was great this week! And revealing the rankings last night was a good twist

  • POI

    good for TVD but i think it will either get adjusted up or down i have a feeling. TBBT rose much in viewers and 5.0 is huge against voice and x factor together its a beast and nothing can beat it CBS Renew it for another 3 or 4 seasons from now. And Renew 2.5 men cuz its getting good this season.

  • Samunto

    There’s even no point of going after XF after a 2.3. We should all just ignore it from now. It’s getting so much bashing from every corner from Cowell, to Britney to the seizure-inducing light effects.

    NBC needs a hit on Thursdays so the ratings game can be interesting again. So far everying is boring. That 2.2 rating for Elementary is unimpressive.

  • Tony ^_^

    4 years since its premiere and “The Vampire Diaries” continues to perform well for The CW.

    “The Big Bang Theory” continues to be a big show. Last season it grew when it was up against “Idol” (in demo and viewers) and if it grows again, I wonder what kind of ratings it will get in the Spring… :o I don’t make fun of struggling shows but lol at “Elementary”… I doubt the post-Super Bowl slot will do anything for the show…

  • POIFanatic

    @Alec: Now everybody will line up with guest roles for Miley on their shows. POI is the perfect place for her imo. She can do wonders for the already high ratings.

  • JJA

    Last night’s Beauty & The Beast was quite good. Had it started-off with episodes like that, it may have been closer to a 1.0 right now.

    If it gets a full season, they’ll probably move it to Tuesday to replace Emily Owens. Cult will likely take its place on Thursday @ 9.

  • Why The Hate?

    Scandal has it’s OWN audience. Hence the 2.0 consistency. I sure as hell don’t watch Greys. You can pray on the shows downfall but it has loyal viewers :-)

  • r0ckmypants

    Edit: Forgot that CSI was at 2.3 this week, thought it was 2.2.

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