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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  • jr

    But the Patriots have been known to blow teams away early. Though Houston is very good so it should be close. I think it’ll beat last week but no record unless it goes to overtime it might.

  • Emily


  • November

    Eh, I want to start loving Glee again but they keep making the same mistakes just with different characters. Always. Every time there are two good episodes, it’s always followed by an eps that makes me want to throw stuff at the screen. Incidentally, after the terrible Thanksgiving episode and two very good episodes after that, it’s now time for another bad episode. Christmas eps were ALWAYS some of the worst stuff they made anyway.


    @ Rebecca

    Yeah! Started column #6, comment 101

    ANSWER Use GA Toast to make Christmas Ornaments
    QUESTION “What would Martha Do?”

    Just a little mischief to amuse the old man!

  • Vanessa

    Congrats POI! Last Night episode was great! I never miss Finch,Reese,Carter,Fusco,and Bear!

  • SJ

    Can’t wait for Scandal to adjust down four tenths in the finals, Castle-style.

  • Kim

    Hope POI’s number hold up on the final ratings and beat Grey’s

  • glover

    I’m so happy for SCANDAL. It’s the best drama of broadcast tv and is finally having the ratings it deserves. I hope it don’t adjust down.

    SCANDAL is amazing. I’m not a Shonda fan but I really love this show. Kerry Washington is doing an incredible job. I really love her.

    Please don’t fall hard next week. This show deserves to be a hit.


    @ Rebecca

    I had to wait for my significant other as well. We have to book each other to see when we can meet. Is that wild or what? We’re both retired, so neither one of us has to work either. Her B-Day was yesterday and she’s 64! Keep ribbing her about “When I’m 64″ and that delicious commercial “To Miller 64″ is that the perfect pub song or what?

  • Brandy

    Gary M, Arrow and VD are considered hits on CW cause CW is a young skewing,young network that will never get ratings comparable to the big 4(though Wed & Thurs night lineup have beaten NBC a few times this season and last).Also, on CW this season, 0.7 is considered good,a1.0 or better is a hit.Plus, Arrow and VD are getting better ratings than the rest of the shows on the network.

  • LoveLee

    Wow…SCANDAL….such an addictive hour of tv.

  • ZmaX

    I assume a bunch of the Delana fans where pissed off with the whole sire bond twist at the end of last week’s episode and didn’t tune in last night.

    Bad for BatB :( they should have decided to move it to another night and give that time slot to Cult, just to see what happens.

  • Bookworm


    You are so bitter. What’s your axe to grind with Scandal? Someone not cast you as James or something?

  • aciel

    i think that we all know that scandal isnt going to hold those numbers any longer the whole reason why it has those numbers i will put it simply
    “the promo simply stated “who shot fitz” and people want to know the answer thats it but i expect to get its normal ratings next week. because people already know the answer. even though i dont even watch the show i bothered to watch the episode online to see what the hype was about and wanted to know who shot fitz.

  • Nicole

    Poor CW..

  • Stormy44

    “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?”


    Yes I do! I think that SCANDAL may catch GA when it returns in January for the winter session and could very well surpass it by the end of the season. That may sound crazy but it is really not. The show has proven that it can grow without much serious promotion. The last two to three weeks, ABC has shown a few more promos for the show but that is still not serious promotion. Serious promotion is what ABC did and continues to do for REVENGE, NASHVILLE and OUAT.

    Serious promotion is what I think that ABC will now do for the return of Scandal in January. This will mean getting feature articles in the entertainment magazines and more features on the entertainment shows; banner ads on entertainment and other online sites like the Huffington Post. More commercials on cable channels and a number of commercials during the Academy Awards in February—especially if Kerry is nominated for Django Unchained as is a strong possibility. It certainly doesn’t hurt ABC that she is all over the press right now promoting Django.

    ABC did all of the above and more for Revenge, Nashville, OUAT and even 666 and Last Resort. Of those 5, only OUAT has proven to be true and continuing success. Revenge did great last season but it is seriously floundering this year. And of course the latter two failed and have been canceled.

    As much as some like to ignore the fact, SCANDAL flourished without any of that investment and ABC is finally realizing that it can be a break-out-hit and will seriously invest in promoting the show as a result. I suspect that Paul Lee has his marketing department making plans as I type.

    Fronting all of this promotion will be Tony Goldwyn and Kerry Washington. Women drive TV viewer-ship and advertising rates. And women are nuts about Fitz and Olivia in a way I haven’t seen in years—and you better believe that Paul Lee has taken notice.

  • rob60990

    Scandal overtake Grey’s Anatomy? ROFL. I’m done.

  • Rebecca

    @Old Man
    Happy Belated to your wife (I like the “When I’m 64″ song, Beatles fan here….don’t know if I know the Miller one). My hubby’s b’day is the day after Paul McCartney’s (and our dog has same b’day as John Lennon), but he and I are 42. Dog is 11. In the Parks median demo? lol (And 30R, and UAN, and other shows discussed earlier…).


    @ jr

    Bill stated he only had stats for NY & Dallas, but it’s a safe assumption that Houston & NE are nearly, if not equally as strong markets.

  • Bizarro

    I watched Beauty and I think I know why Vampire Diaries dropped because the episode did not look that interesting from the promo. It looks like just about all of CW’s shows went down this week. Beauty was good last night, please don’t go down to a 0.4!!!

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