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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  • nilan

    when nicole and paula was on x factor, it made 3.1 to 4.4 and britney and demi only makes 2.3 to 3.6 doesnt look like its helping

  • RyanCanada

    PS Vampire Diaries has become so effing frustraiting, like seriously im so annoyed with the Damon/Elena storyline, Kevin Williamson is pissing off alot of fans

  • Glue

    BaTB.. SAD.

  • ToXiX

    Happy for Scandal. I don’t watch the show but I hear good things and Am also a fan of Kerry Washington.

    30 ROCK should have never even been renewed for this season. An awful show with awful numbers

    Hope Person Of Interest actually beats Grey’s in the finals so the annoying Grey’s fans can put their fingers where their ass holes are

    Glad Two And A Half Men was up.

    TBBT & 2.5 Men were both great last night and deserve to win Thursdays for the rest of the season. And They will.

  • omabin

    On another note (I am still way too happy for scandal), would the cw wisen up and give cult the post tvd timeslot while it can still serve as lead-in for something? Idiots…

  • aciel

    its strange how scandal gets nearly all positive reviews i havent read 1 bad review about that show. i might be one of the only few people that thinks that scandal is boring

  • chris

    Scandal will be adjusted down more than the normal downward adjustment. I predict it will get a 2.2 and high 6 mil viewers. Football has a lot of fans especially when the comeback veteran Peyton Manning is playing a lot of people will watch.. I don’t expect a lot of downward adjustments for cbs lineup maybe POI down to a 3.0 but would be surprised if comedies dipped a little.

    Also, people who bash scandal versus Revenge get a LIFE. Seriously they are not competing shows and both pull demos that are at times considered “decent”. Scandal has a hard time retaining viewers and makes Private Practice missed at the Thursday 10 PM slot. Revenge is not pulling great #’s by all means but hovering in the 2.2-3.0 range ( outside of the low 3 demo for its premiere) is not at all bad. So why compare two shows that are on different nights. Both will probably live to see a 3rd season with Nashville, Private Practive(leaving),666 Park Ave all bombing. Even Castle has hit below the 2’s this season and not mention 20/20 pulled a 1.7 on Fridat at 10 following a shark tank repeat which also pulled a 1.6 not to far off the rest of the weeks shows at 10 P.M.

  • LucyFan

    NO! I LOVE BatB!!!

    But at this point I don’t care if any of my favorites are canceled (Even MAD MEN). I’m not 12 so I don’t live my life through the TV…


  • Mike

    POI AWESOME !!!!

  • Tyler D

    SERIES high for Scandal.

  • michelle

    @Mr Mumble I also wondered about the possible Joe Biden effect, but I looked up last year’s ratings and there was a similar slide in December. After being in the low 2s all fall, last year’s holiday episode of Parks only got a 1.7, so this year’s 1.5 vs. 1.7 most of the fall seems like a similar pattern. I’m interested to see how it does in its new time slot. I’ve seen speculation it’ll drop without having The Office as its lead-in, but last season, it actually performed better in the ratings when airing at 8:30 before The Office.

  • Chris O’Brien

    Hurrah for Scandal! Although it did get a lot of publicity this week, I hope it keeps this trend! Prediction: POI will be adjusted down @ the finals and Grey’s will adjust up, like always so they will tie!

  • Match

    OK so Grey’s Anatomy will go up to a 3.1 and Person of Interest down to a 3.1. People have in mind the juicy soaps will always be ahead of boring procedural shows.

    Scandal will go down so there’s no place for excitement. I tried to watch it i really did, but just like The Good Wife it’s super boring no offense to TGW fans.

    And poor little Glee once a monster and know just a shadow of what it was.

  • John

    I love how all the Scandal fans seems to think that the show is on a permanent ratings upswing. Maybe it is, but it had a 2.0 just *two* episodes ago (and a 1.9 in the episode before that), and there’s a very obvious reason why its ratings have spiked in the last couple weeks–a plot event that is not replicable. To paraphrase the great Stannis Baratheon: Shonda has played her little trick. She can only play it once. This event is getting the show a lot of hype (hell, even *I* watched Scandal last night because someone I know who works on the show made me promise to–I kept waiting for it to be over so I could watch my DVRd Elementary because I was bored). I’m guessing next week’s numbers will be good too. But when it settles down (i.e. when the show comes back after the holidays), I bet it’s closer to a 2.0 than a 2.5. I actually think the bigger news was Person of Interest taking down Grey’s Anatomy (pending the final results).

  • Matthew

    Good for scandal, and @Max The numbers are inflated so I would wait for final numbers

  • grant

    scandal still didn’t beat revenge to whoever said it did. Revenge has a 2.5/6 and and 7.73 million viewed total in final.

  • grant

    Not to mention this is scandal on a good day….it wont last.

  • Chris O’Brien

    @ Match:
    How much have you watched of Scandal? Maybe it was that one episode, you should really consider giving it another go. Recently, it has had a great storyline!

  • Roco

    Go Scandal!!!

  • DeanW

    Big bang is down two tenths, not just one !

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