TV Ratings Thursday: 'The Office', 'Person of Interest' & 'Scandal' Up; 'The Vampire Diaries' & 'The X Factor' Down + 'Grey's Anatomy' Ties Season Low

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December 7th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.4/10 2.3/6 2.2/6 1.5/4 1.3/4 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.1/7 2.3/7 1.9/6 1.5/5 1.1/3 0.9/3
Total Viewers (million) 13.913 6.587 7.262 3.904 3.479 1.906

Last night’s Thursday Night Football game (Broncos/Raiders) was simulcast on the CBS affiliate in Denver and the ABC affiliate in Oakland. As a result, the CBS and ABC numbers may be inflated  and subject to more than typical adjustments in the finals.

CBS won the night in adults 18-49 and in Total Viewers.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory earned a 5.3, down a tenth from last week's 5.5 adults 18-49 rating Two and a Half Men garnered a 4.2, up two tenths from last week's 4.0 among adults 18-49. Person of Interest scored a 3.2, up three tenths from last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. Elementary notched a 2.3, up a tenth from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX,  The X Factor earned a 2.4, down three tenths from last week's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating.  Glee scored a 2.1, down a tenth from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Last Resort earned a 1.2, up two tenths after last week's series-low 1.0 adults 18-49 rating down. Grey's Anatomy earned 3.0, down a tenth after last week's 3.1 rating and tying its season low. Scandal earned a season high 2.5 after last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, 30 Rock scored a 1.1, down two tenths after last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating and tying its season low. Up All Night was even with its previous 1.2 adults 18-49. The Office notched a 2.1, up two tenths after last week's series low 1.9 rating. Parks & Recreation earned a 1.5, up a tenth after last week's series low 1.4. Rock Center garnered a 1.0, up a tenth after last week's  0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, Vampire Diaries scored a 1.1, down from last week's 1.4 rating. Beauty and the Beast earned a 0.5 rating, down from last week's 0.6 rating


Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, December 6, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.3 16 17.413
FOX The X Factor 2.4 7 7.719
ABC Last Resort 1.2 4 5.741
NBC 30 Rock 1.1 3 3.329
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.1 3 2.400
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 4.2 12 14.216
NBC Up All Night 1.2 3 2.935
9:00PM CBS Person of Interest 3.2 9 14.983
ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.0 8 8.927
FOX Glee 2.1 6 5.456
NBC The Office 2.1 6 4.175
CW Beauty and the Beast 0.5 1 1.413
9:30 PM NBC Parks and Recreation 1.5 4 3.275
10:00 PM ABC Scandal 2.5 7 7.389
CBS Elementary 2.3 6 10.943
NBC Rock Center With Brian Williams 1.0 3 3.580


Late night ratings:

via press note

* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.1/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5 with an encore.


* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: > "> The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,> "> 0.7/4; "Late Show," 0.8/4; "Nightline," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.


* At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) tied "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 0.2/2 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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  • CoffeeLover

    4 seasons, 3 years, 74 episodes, 10 books & people still can’t spell STEFAN. WOW.


    @ panda

    In my estimations, not as much as PI. Will you settle for an honorable mention?

    Will send you a box of GA Toast Christmas ornaments as well!

  • Wright

    TVD will rise. I’m not worried. Great episode like always.

  • Rebecca

    @Old Man
    I’ll let you know what she thinks of Magoo after she watches it. Might not be soon, though. It’s on the same disc as Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town and The Little Drummer Boy….some time I need to break out A Christmas Story, Scrooged and Christmas Vacation (the only three in MY collection, lol), probably once the rest of the family are here to visit.

    Parks & Rec is so great…I wish more Nielsen people were watching.

  • SarahL

    Great half-hours for Scandal. It was able to hold onto its first half gains unlike last week. ABC has got to be very pleased to finally get some pay off for its investment.

  • Rach

    @CoffeeLover – Ahaha, I know right?! I know it’s a stupid and petty thing to get annoyed about, but it really does irritate me. As does Damien (which is an entirely different name! =P) and Alana. I’ve also seen Claus and Taylor/Tylor.

  • omabin

    With these ratings, if only ABC could solve at least partially that damn 8pm timeslot, they could be second on the night easily.

  • Grey

    “Scandal” aired at its regular time, on time (straight at 10 PM), on the west coast/in Oakland/Bay Area. The only thing different from the rest of the country was “Last Resort.” It aired at 11PM instead of its regular slot at 8PM. So unless there’s some sort of special Nielsen stipulation for partially pre-empted markets “Scandal” shouldn’t be affected that much (if at all) in the final numbers – just “Last Resort” and it’s a lame duck at this point. I’m thinking “Scandal” actually beat “Elementary” last night.

  • Joseph

    I suspect the NFL Network’s football game will wind-up being the fourth most-watched program of the night, behind only “Big Bang Theory”, “Two And A Half Men”, and “Person Of Interest”.

  • Jackson

    wow, scandal is really building and gaining more fans each week. the gap bewteen GA and SCANDALS ratings now arent as huge. anyone think there is a chance is SCANDAL continues to build it will overtake GA?

  • Jane

    Petar is posting the same rants about POI on Deadline’s ratings coverage only he goes by Jack there. I think someone has an unhealthy obsession.


    @ Rebecca

    The Little Drummer Boy is another goodie. I like all the originals, like Scrooge + the truly “classic” TV episodes from the 1950’s & early 1960’s (my childhood years). When are the rest of the family coming to visit? You must really be becoming excited & you know I’m happy for you!

    I wish more Nielsen
    people were watching 666, LR & (my personal newbie) MD, but I just think of them as good mini-series & am glad we got to see them!

    Ordered Seasons 1 & 2 of Downton Abbey and the complete 4-season set of Wiseguy which both arrived yesterday so will try to start watching soon–DA first!

  • aciel

    @sarahL because viewers wanted to know who shot fitz and its good that they held the person responsible for the shooting till the very end thats a good way to hold your viewers but then again its probably going to back to hitting low 2s next week because it was so hyped up and the promo looked really interesting its simply who shot fitz and thats part of the reason why this many viewers tuned they wanted to find out the identity of the killer. i expected it to be adjusted up this high because mainly because the promo was interesting

  • Joseph

    Speaking about football, wait until this Monday (December 10th), when ESPN may well set a cable-viewing record for their “NFL Monday Night Football” game between New England and Houston, which may be an AFC Championship Game preview.

    All the broadcast nets will be badly wounded; in fact, I could see them (except for NBC’s live edition of “The Voice”) go all-reruns and not even try to compete.

  • EllieMae

    One of those glad to see POI go past Grey’s – I record and watch both but POI is one of my FAV’s overall shows.
    BIG FAN!

  • Aquaroyale

    Time to move POI because the ratings are good. Just like they did to The Mentalist. Creeps these network programmers. The Mentalist would have higher ratings than Elementary.

  • gary m

    Why are tvd and arrow “hits” when their ratings are about the same as nbc comedies considered flops? CBS/Warner should sell CW to ABC where it would go on cable as the Disney teen network.

  • Dan

    Scandal may actually get a third season if it holds up with these numbers, and because its the new Private Practice.

    Up All Nights reboot will flop, its a dead show walking. Parks and Recreation may be the only show from Thursdays returning next season.

    All of CBS’s thursday lineup will return for next season as well as Vampire Diaries while Beauty and the Beast will be done by May

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Speaking about football, wait until this Monday (December 10th), when ESPN may well set a cable-viewing record for their “NFL Monday Night Football” game between New England and Houston”

    Unlikely it sets a record, and I’d be a bit surprised if it tops last Monday.

    You over estimate the effect of good records on the audience, and underestimate traditional ratings magnet teams. The NYGiants are second only to the Cowboys as ratings draws.


    @ Joseph

    I’m also waiting for Mon’s NE v Houston & hope the AFC Champ Game preview is thru the roof ratings wise!

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