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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  • Oliver


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

    Ratings normally go up after the end of daylight savings and is likely disguising a drop.

  • erwan from france

    I’m sur that X Factor will recover next week , i predict a 7.50 and a 2.8/8 and Glee will have a 6.50 and 2.6/7

  • Samunto

    It does indeed seem that only drama series do well after the singing competitions. I mean, look FOX tried comedy post Idol and that never worked. House and Bones did well in the times they aired after Idol or even Bones at 8pm though probably because of tune-in factor. I don’t see NBC moving the comedies from Tuesdays for the rest of the season but that could change next year.
    Even Samantha who did poorly after DWTS when that was big hit. So it maybe that after these reality shows, viewers are more into dramas.

  • Oliver

    “likely counter-acting the impact of added competition” would be a better way of putting it. Sorry!

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    “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? ”

    BAHAHAHA, you are kidding, right?

  • Chris Hanna

    Grey’s went up because of the Superbowl. It consistently had less than 20 million viewers but after the SB ep, it consistently had 22-25 million viewers and a larger demo (for the rest of the season). That winning-streak continued into the third season too.

  • Reality TV Addict

    @ mula you have to see it the other way. When not even 1D “and the surprise return of Diamond White” (scripted much? LOL) could help improve their ratings it’s probably bound to go lower next thursday.

  • RyanCanada

    @Ariadne i dont think Katherine is back i think due to Alena killing the vampire hunter her mind is playing tricks on her, as there is sopossed to be side effects to killing one of them, i thought his role would have lasted the whole season, and Jeremy has the tattoo mark? and Bonnie is with that Professor? ekk, love this show TVD

  • Melissa

    To be honest, I expected at least a 3.5 from Grey’s Anatomy. Hopefully it will adjust up to a 3.3 or 3.4 in the finals. I’m really hoping it can qualify as the week’s top drama, and beat Once Upon a Time this week.

  • Chris Hanna

    And LMAO @ the Revolution fan going after Greys

  • POIFanatic

    “No scripted show, either new ones or established hits, has ever seen a boost from the SB slot in the past 20 years. ”“No scripted show, either new ones or established hits, has ever seen a boost from the SB slot in the past 20 years. ”

    I think House and The X-Files (which were already a hit) gained even more loyal viewers after it aired in the post SB spot for a season or two.

  • Chuc

    Does anyona know the ratings for ION and MynetworkTV?

    It will be fantastic to know how the syndication deals are working.


  • Chris Hanna

    I think Last Resort/666 Park Avenue will be canceled & Scandal/Nashville renewed. The latter two have strong demos if nothing else.

  • POIFanatic

    ‘HotLatino4GayMarriage’ is not the face of Revolution fans, just like Max isn’t the leader of the Scandal fans.

    @HL4GM: I believe Grey’s got an above 10.0 just in the 18-49 demo ratings in the earlier seasons.

  • Reality TV Addict

    @ erwan from france, that’s way too optimistic. Anything in the region of 2.0 – 2.4 is more realistic for next week.

  • Ray

    I’m so sick of the love for the Voice..when the show actually makes a star out of someone then I will care..

  • Ashley Crawford

    Glee was absolutely awful last night,one of the worst episodes I’ve ever seen.Grease is my favorite movie ever and they are butchering it.Kitty and Sue are just dreadful,it just wasn’t a good episode at all.

  • Dóchas

    TVD- Katherine isn’t back to stay. She’s just part of Elena’s hallucinations. I much prefer her to Elena’s doom and gloom though. I also prefer Caroline to Elena and Bonnie.

  • j

    So, add Miley Cyrus +.4
    One Direction +.0.

  • Jesse

    Looks like that crappy boyband One Direction did nothing for Xfactor. Non of them can sing. But Simon is smart, he put them together for their good looks.

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