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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  • mula

    interestings: the x factor ratings were not at all affected by the voice or Big Bang. this week’s ratings matched last week

  • Stacey

    Wow. Glee’s ratings are actually quite good considering it’s coming off a 5 week hiatus. It’s basically the same ratings it had premiere week against the Grey’s premiere. I was honestly expecting worse and definitely was not expecting it to beat X Factor. Nowhere near the ratings powerhouse it once was for a while but it seems to have settled down to solid, steady ratings that are better than a lot of Fox’s lineup.

  • Michael

    POIFanatic, this is going to be the first time Katherine addresses Elena, after she turned! :D

  • jamie

    I don’t understand why Beauty & the Beast can’t continually score at least over 2 million viewers and a 1.0 in the 18-49 demo. It did that during it’s first two weeks. Regardless, it’s still doing better than Hart of Dixie, Emily Owens, GG, 90210, and Nikita.

    The X Factor’s ratings are disappointing and I don’t understand why NBC couldn’t wait until next week to do the Voice’s live results show.

  • Chris Hanna

    BATB is a horrible show, even worse in quality than Ringer and TSC. A downward slide in the ratings is inevitable unless TVD continues to successfully prop it up.

    CW’s one new quality show (Arrow) has pulled in huge ratings for the network & has had a positive effect on SPN’s ratings. I could have watched the pilots of the three new freshman CW dramas and told the execs which two were sure to sink and the one that was sure to swim.

    Arrow is proof that the CW is able to tap into a sizable audience with the right content. Yet they continue to follow their broken “female-oriented” business model, ordering low-quality crap like Emily Owens.

    BATB is totally sunk in the key demo. Why on earth can’t CW stick to the programming value of QUALITY if nothing else?

  • Penny

    haha at people thinking that the XF would increase during the live shows. The show is a hot mess.

  • Alan

    Damn, TVD! Hope it gets adjusted up. Beauty and the Beast will keep dropping now that Glee is back.


    WOW GRAYS ANATOMY, 3.2 IS HORRIBLE .. REVOLUTION IS MUCH MORE SUCCESSFULL. Why does everyone say Grays Anatomy is a former hit!? Has that show ever even cracked a 5.0? What’s its highest rating, like a 4.8 or something? Grays Anatomy will never approache the success of REVOLUTION. SMH.

  • Ariadne

    TVD keeps doing great!

    And i predict it will get better next episode since:

    1.People start rooting for Elena again

    2.This epsiode was great(mmost of the fans agree)

    3.Katherine is back

    4.Some heavy Damon-Elena scenes will be feautured!


    FOX gains no traction with flat XFAC & season low for Glee

    The Voice has lowest results show ever 3.0 (will it be adjusted down?) The Office & P&R both up but Rock Center not heard at 10:00

    LR up (wonder if painting the submarine yellow would help) & Scandal flat as GA only show alive for ABC

    Like a good Case I-H, CBS mows down all competition (Except GA) & wins night, but Elementary goes further down (Ouch)

  • Katie

    “No scripted show, either new ones or established hits, has ever seen a boost from the SB slot in the past 20 years. ” Grey’s Anatomy did. I can’t find the data at the moment but I’m pretty certain the demo went up along with the viewers. Prior to the SB airing it was getting in the range of 16-18 viewers. After the SB it was 20-22.

  • j

    “Damn Person of Interest is this show that was a slow burner turning into a big hit for CBS.”

    Eh, it’s doing worse than last season. It can’t crack a 3 even with a 4-rated lead-in. There were episodes last season when it got a 3 from a lead-in that got below 3.
    But given the declines for CBS this season, it is one of their more successful shows. But not really a big hit.

  • SPM

    I love how the same people who called TSC a flop say B &TB is sure to get a Season 2 despite being at 0.6 already.

    Hypocrites much…

  • terri

    for some reason i just couldn’t sit/watch thru the entire Elementary hour, tried :( much prefer mentalist.

  • mula

    2.5 men should hire miley permanently, lol

    i bet all NBC shows get adjusted DOWN in the final

  • Dóchas

    @Torey I’ll let Bill or Robert do the research on the 5.0 on Grey’s because I have no idea but to say Grey’s will never reach Revolution’s success? What are you smoking?

  • Oliver


    I believe this episode had Joe Bidden make an appearance.

    Joe Biden guest stars on P&R next week.

    P&R will almost certainly end the season as NBC’s second highest rated renewable comedy (after Go On).

  • RyanCanada

    Loved X-Factor, thought it would have went up with One Direction on, Vampire Diaries and BATB were great episodes.

  • Ricardo

    TVD 1.4 2.97/ 1.5 2.99

    TVD could go up in the finals…


    @ s303

    The last time a Thurs night comedy got a 2.5

    BBT & 2.5M

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