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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  • LisaNeedsBraces

    The real surprise of the night is The Office. Wow.

    TBBT continues to kill.

    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.

    No scripted show, either new ones or established hits, has ever seen a boost from the SB slot in the past 20 years. Anyone who thinks Elementary will be an exception is a fool, IMO. It’s doing worse than Unforgettable and, like Unforgettable, watch for it to dip below 2.0 by spring.

  • HB


    Yes but it was for the CW. TVD for was the only one getting 1.0 ( maybe SPN sometimes)
    Now they have 3 shows hitting 1.0/above 1.0
    That was my point :D

  • Percysowner

    I don’t watch BATB, but it seems to have stabilized at a respectable rating for the CW. Good for it.

  • concrete

    clearly, the Voice can’t hang with Big Bang

  • aciel

    Where is this Max or should I say the revenge its like he hates it so much that he’s obsessed with it in a way I don’t know why he hates it so much I mean come on putting revenge down isn’t going to help scandals ratings. I don’t have anything against scandal I really want it to do better but its just Max’s constant hatred over a show what just because it gets promoted a lot nobody said that u had to like it. And please I’m begging u stop putting revenge do revenge down it gets good ratings because people like the show not because it gets promoted I’ve seen shows that Farley even get promoted but still hit 3s this has nothing to do with promotion

  • X Factor Fanatic

    I’m so bummed!!! :(

    Why don’t you watch The X Factor???
    It’s great…

    My gosh I can’t believe my eyes when I saw Glee’s rating beating The X Factor lead-in. I mean, I love Glee but it CANNOT defeat The X Factor!!! SIMPLY CANNOT!!!!! :(

  • Michael

    Anyone excited for the return of HBIC Katherine on TVD? :D

  • aciel

    I mean the revenge basher

  • John A

    Max rarely shows up today and if he does he says ‘Go Scandal steady as she goes’ lol

  • Reality TV Addict

    @ Remote Controlled,

    It’s the same as last year for XF, after baseball it had lost its viewers by a couple of million. But live shows always draw lower audiences due to certain favourites being voted off. It doesn’t bode well that the 2nd season has even lower ratings than the 1st even with improved production costs. Simon is in big trouble though now that there are talks of XF UK being cancelled by ITV. Next cycle on FOX might be the very last XF ever.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “No scripted show, either new ones or established hits, has ever seen a boost from the SB slot in the past 20 years. Anyone who thinks Elementary will be an exception is a fool, IMO. It’s doing worse than Unforgettable and, like Unforgettable, watch for it to dip below 2.0 by spring.”

    I think the issue with the post-SB slot for Elementary at this point isn’t “will its ratings benefit?” it’s “Would CBS cancel a show it aired after the SB, even if its ratings tanked by the end of the season?”

    I’d think the answer to that question is “No”, but there may well be a spirited debate over it by the end of the season.

  • Brandy

    VD was awesome last night,Beauty was great too.Hope they stay where they are or adjust up.Beautys doing well enough to get a full season pickup and if the season ended today, it would get renewed, but it has to stay at these ratings the rest of the season. It’s going to move though, Cult will premiere after VD & Beauty’s retention out of VD isn’t great.

  • mark

    this is only POI’s 2nd season … it took 6 seasons for ncis to be on top.
    i used to be a big ncis fans but felt recents episodes kind of boring, same old same old, jmo.

  • John A

    I cant wait for Katerine next week.

  • Jason Lawson

    TVD doesn’t deserve to beat arrow. We all know Arrow is the best! The demo for arrow just needs to rise to make it official.

  • POIFanatic

    @Michael: Totally psyched. I hope they give some juicy storyline for Katherine. Been waiting for her since forever!

  • Ram510

    I was hoping P&R would’ve better benefit from The Voice, at least a 2.0. Oh well

  • Julia

    Wow, Miley Cyrus really helps the 2.5 men ratings

  • Reality TV Addict

    @ concrete..

    Put TBBT, MF and TV together and see what happends. TV will benefit due to TBBT and MF sharing the same audience.

  • Networkman

    ok, it sounds as if the numbers for the NBC programs will be adjusting down due to the NFL game. But simply by looking at these ratings, one can tell that Parks & Rec is a mess. I believe this episode had Joe Bidden make an appearance. But even after all this election hoopla, the show was still not able to crack a 2.0 demo. And was not able to garner over 4 million viewers. NBC should really make this the last season. People are simply not

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