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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  • vcoolwater

    It seems like Beauty And The Beast ratings have stabilized. It seems like it will be between Beauty And The Beast and Hart of Dixie for renewal.

  • Dóchas

    @Megan. A 13.5 demo? Wow. Thanks. I didn’t pay attention to ratings back then. Now I wish I had.

  • Michael

    @The Old Man,

    LOL! This is the funniest comment, so far today!

  • eridapo

    Scandal 2.1 6.45/ 1.8 5.80


    massive failure

    Max cries


  • alexjones

    i’m getting fed up of people calling BATB a flop, sure it’s ratings haven’t been great but they haven’t been terrible either, these ratings should be enough to get it a full season. whether it will get a season 2 remains to be seen but it’s way too early to call it a flop yet. good rating for TVD and POI. elementary is doing okay I guess, it might just get a season 2 if it maintains those ratings.

  • Networkman

    @Oliver, hopefully 1600 Penn will be able to do better than P&R. Also we haven’t seen how Whitney will hold up. I really feel it is time to get rid of all the comedies on NBC’s Thursday lineup. The new comedies have more potential for growth at this point.

  • dgh

    So do you think the guys at TAAHM finally realize they need one of their stars to be a trainwreck ion real life in order to get viewers?(cause it certainly isn’t the quality that gonna attract people)

    POI can’t say enough about how good this show is and who cares if it attract an older audience? Remember its the young people who make Jersey Shore a hit so their taste in tv has no bearing on quality….

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    POIFanatic, I was quoting someone else, I don’t watch Revolution and I LOVE Grey’s.

  • Chris Hanna

    Torey name 1 show that has grown from horrible first-season ratings in the 7/8 million range. Revolution is a flop

  • Pluck

    @ r0ckmypants

    I agree with Bill, I think CBS might regret giving the post-Superbowl timeslot to a show that might still get cancelled a few months later. The idea obviously is to jumpstart the ratings (and stop the ratings drop which, for that matter, hasn’t been that steep, though the show is still getting weaker). But will that work?

    With Person of Interest they could have potentially turned a solid hit to a huge hit (it doesn’t take much for that these days, even on CBS; I think this season only NCIS has been consistently higher and PoI is on par/slightly lower than Criminal Minds). Even if a show only gained a few tenths, PoI could start hitting mid-3’s whereas Elementary, which is a 10 o’clock show, will get, what, a 2.6? Like the Mentalist used to get last season?

    That said, I understand the decision because Elementary seems to be fizzling and CBS wants to give it one last boost in case it manages to stick. It could work, and at the very least it would probably secure a second season for Elementary (after all, a third season for PoI is a given at this point).

  • rob60990

    Scandal will adjust down don’t worry.

  • Mi

    All the people that claim B&tB has stabilized forget that TSC was at 0.7-0.8 from around October – February, and then dropped hard.
    B&tB will see the same fate.

  • Fred

    Last Resort should be shifted to 9:00 or 10:00PM. It is really a gripping, well acted drama and deserves a more suitable timeslot.
    Although I enjoy 666 ,it was DOA, so either Nashville or Last Resort should reside Sunday at 10:00.
    I think Nashville(best new drama) has the feel of a Sunday show and Last Resort might to OK on Wednesday at 10:00. ABC should consider the move.

  • Dóchas

    @Megan..Lol. That’s quietly awesome.


    @Chris Hanna

    How about LOST!? That show’s ratings got consistently better every season!!

  • Chris Hanna

    AMANDA the high viewership in Grey’s went along with a huge demo. I don’t have the demo numbers but they were obviously in the 8.0 range with over 20 million viewers. So ya they do go together and I have no way of pulling demo history up for that show.

  • Ray

    @RyanCanada I agree I love the X Factor and I thought with One Direction on it would have went up. On a positive note Britney looked the best she has in months last night!!

  • LisaNeedsBraces

    @Bill Gorman

    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.

    The problem with guessing either way is that there’s no recent history to base it on. The whole reason networks have been putting at least season two scripted shows post-SB for the past 15 or so years is because the post SB slot was becoming a curse for first season shows.

    Since 1970, nine scripted pilots (excluding the two Fox cartoons bundled with The Simpsons) have aired after the Super Bowl: 6 out of those 9 were cancelled within the first season, 1 was cancelled within two seasons, and only two (The Wonder Years and Homicide) went on to have significant runs (although Homicide struggled with low ratings for most of its lifetime). The only other non-pilot, first season series to ever get a Super Bowl slot was The John Larroquette Show twenty years ago. And the SB slot didn’t save it, it would have been canceled due to low ratings after the first season had the producers not agreed to retool it.

    So none of the networks hesitated before to pull the gun on underperforming first season shows that got the post SB slot. The question is, has that attitude changed over the past twenty years? It’s impossible to predict because it’s been so long ago this is basically a new experiment by CBS. My gut feeling says, why not? Even if Elementary does well in the post SB slot for that one episode but it still drops way down in the spring, why would CBS save it? No one will remember what the post SB show was come next fall, it takes up a prime spot on the schedule and it’s nowhere close to a syndication deal to make any profit. With an almost 25% loss overall this year, CBS has to do something drastic for next year to stop the bleeding.

  • eridapo

    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.

    Or is it a signal that CBS is now fully accepting of “the new normal” of lows 2s for 10PM shows.

  • Chris Hanna

    Lost did NOT get better ratings every season.
    1. Season 3 (highest)
    2. Season 1
    3. Season 2 (lower than season 1)
    4. Season 4
    5. Season 5
    6. Season 6 (lowest)
    All on wikipedia. The same happened for Desperate Housewives and Grey’s, gradual increases and decreases throughout. But none of these shows started out with the very modest ratings that Revolution has pulled

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