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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  • Bookworm


    Scandal is not going to be posting 2.5’s for the rest of the season but if it hangs around a 2.0-2.2 for the rest of the season, I will say that is renewal chances are definitely better and ABC knows that it has the potential to post bigger numbers when promotion is applied.

    Don’t sleep on Shonda or the “Who shot Fitz” storyline as the only reason for the increase. If you don’t watch the show, you wouldn’t know or care about Fitz. The whole thing was who shot Fitz but now, it’s why was Fitz shot. I was definitely shocked by the ending of the show but I know this is not the end as Shonda gives us little pieces until the whole thing blows up. Things are revealed rather quickly and build up to something bigger until it explodes.

    The stakes are just higher now and everything is crumbling in Olivia Popes world. I honestly can’t wait to see how this all develops. This is the best writing I’ve seen on TV in a while and definitely the best Shonda has put forth since the earlier seasons of Grey.

  • jazz

    Go Scandal ;)

  • Corey

    Could somebody please explain this ratings system to me? I go to another website and look at the syndication ratings everyday but do not really understand them. My favorite talk show is a 0.6 (I know…probably failing) but what does that mean? And…what is a rating/share?

    Thank you in advance for clearing something that is so confusing to me!

  • Bookworm

    Scandal will never overtake Grey, that is something that is very hard to do but Scandals retention out of Grey keeps getting better and I think from here on out, it will stay or at least float about 70%. We had the highest with over 80% this week but I don’t think it will stick for long, but it won’t sink either so I can say that 70% is a good outlook for us.

    Either way, Scandal and Grey make a great pairing on Thursday. I’m sure ABC is happy with what the Shonda shows are doing together. If they can get 8pm together, they would be a competitor for NBC.

  • Max Vrany

    @THE OLD MAN, Bill’s not talking market size; He’s talking national following. The Cowboys, Giants and Patriots are all in huge markets, but Pittsburgh and Milwaukee (Green Bay) are in the middle toward the bottom as far as NFL markets go, but the Steelers and the Packers also get huge ratings when they play for a national or next-to-national audience. All of the teams I mentioned have significant fan bases all across the country.

  • EnAmi

    Scandal was spectacular last night. Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn absolutely killed it. Well deserved spike in the ratings! They need to continue to focus on that relationship and the White House, the OPA stuff is so weak and clearly drags the show down.

  • Emily

    STOP hating on Scandal,because it will be around for While..I loved every minute of it last night..As far as viewers tuning in for more,they will tune in next week..We found out who shot Fitz,now its time to find out the whys,but and why is Olivia employee is involved..She loves Huck,so it will be interesting to see this conflict of interest play out..

  • Rebecca

    How do the Broncos tend to do in the ratings? Saw they had a game against the Raiders last night on channel 99 (whatever THAT is on my TV) while flipping channels around…and they’re doing well this season.


    @ Rebecca

    “To Miller 64″ is a beer ad airing during AHS (except for last two weeks) & I’m thinking of trying it when my Platinum case is empty (like the combo of Platinum vodka w/ the beer).

    59 & 64 me & MS

    MEDIAN DEMOS are making sense since the median pop age is getting older

  • aciel

    maybe i care because the promos seemed interesting


    @ Max Vrany




  • Lanie Grace

    Looks like ABC has completely “thrown in the towel” for the Thursday 8pm slot. They need to rename the remaining episodes “Race to the Bottom of the Sea”


  • The End

    @8pm Death Slot
    @The Big Bang Theory 17.413 million 5.3 18-49 (8pm show)

    Lol what.

  • moshane58

    Love POI.Glee should have not graduated the students and brung in a different cast.Still love the show but alot are not happy with the new direction it is going,

  • SG

    I don’t keep the numbers for POI (even though it is definitely one of my favourite shows)but I do keep them for Criminal Minds. As of week 11 Criminal Minds has an average of 3.0 which I think makes it CBS’s #2 drama.

  • TSC’s Revenge

    LOL B&TB… Buh,bye… :D


    Arrows total numbers are excellent. I reckon it won’t be long until it takes over TVD in the demo.

  • Mr Mumble

    @Ike, @Oliver, @Michelle, thanks for the demo insight. Important not to place too much emphasis on m18-34 though. Community does only a touch worse than P&R or The Office for the lucrative demographics and it was ‘only’ given half-a-season. So, 18-49 still seems a better guide.

    I’m idly wondering if Parks and Recreation jumped the shark with the Joe Biden episode, the season was averaging 1.7 up to that point and has gotten a 1.4 and 1.5 since with worse retention from The Office.

  • RyanCanada

    EKK at vampire Diaries, xfactor was great, i wish BATB did better that show is so well done, wasnt my fav episode of GA, wish they would focus more on Jackson and April storyline, didnt really understand the whole episode focusing on the new interns,

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