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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  • Michael

    Holz Shiz! To recap, FOX is paying:
    * $15 million for a catatonic Judge (Britney)
    * $1 Million for a Judge with a voice that curdles milk (Demi),
    * $2.5 Million for nothing (L.A. Reid)
    * $25 Million for a Judge/Creator who is completely lost in the wreckage of his bad decisions (Simon)
    * $1 Million for a REALLY BAD choreographer (Friedman) and HORRIFIC show-stopping (in a BAD way) choreography
    * $1 Million for a dull-as-hell-but-passable host (Mario)
    * $2 Million for the worst host in television history (Khloe)
    * a buck-fifty for the singers who are completely overshadowed by all of the above!

    With production costs, that’s close to $75 Million per season for 7.7 Million viewers (overnight) / 10 Million Live+7. GENIUS!

  • aciel

    i know its amazing how all season scandal has been hovering a 1.9-2.2 rating but then than all of the sudden scandal went up to over 7 million viewers with a 2.5 rating. u want to why the ratings happened to go up this high because shonda out of nowhere decided to add in the storyline of “who shot fitz?” because she knew that would make the show get hype so i’m expecting next week to be good because viewers want to know why huck did and after that storyline watch the show go back to getting 6 million viewers with a 2.0 rating. lets face it this was the most hyped up week of scandal. scandal fans if u think i’m wrong check scandals previous ratings and how all of the sudden went up to a 2.5. i’m not bashing the show but its the truth scandal fans are just too blinded with excitment heck even though i’m not a fan even i watched last nights episode to see what the hype was all about

  • eridapo


    I’m late to the party, but as soon as I saw Scandal’s ratings I knew Max would be jumping for joy…

    @ Max,

    As Han Solo said to Luke. “Great kid. Now don’t get cocky”.

    I’m not surprised Scandal did so well given the promotion and the promos that showed a possible assassination attempt of the Pres… In a way, this was the Big Episode of the show, and it delivered. The question now is will it hold the audience come January? My guess ==> it won’t.

    @ Petar Ivanov..

    My friend I guess my and your prediction of POI overtaking Greys in the Spring was a little too far into the future. POI managed to do it this week, if the ratings hold due to NFL, and it did it with a solid episode…

    Great work by the POI team…

    Elementary… I don’t watch the show, but it seems to have stabilized ratings wise. I do wonder though how it would do on a more competitive night.

  • CenterGravity


    Are you calling POI a “boring procedural”? Have you even watched the show?

  • jr


    Some of those numbers are insane! Britney gets 15 mil? Why not dump her butt and get someone else that costs about 1-2 million? The ratings won’t drop anyway. Save about 12 million from Britney and still get about the same ratings. Are they really that dumb to pay her that much? And Khloe makes more than Mario? Lmao Another travesty.

  • DeanW

    @ Bill

    CBS gave a 24-episodes order to Elementary and it only get a 2.2-2.3. We are agree to say that CBS should cancel it. I mean it had a 2.3 last night and it was only its ninth episode. The show will fall below a 2.0 in 2013.

    If the Show is Renewed what CBS wants to do ? Move it to Friday ? With a 2.2 on Thursday after Person of Interest it will only get a 1.2.

    Give it the Post-NCIS slot ?
    With a new NCIS series coming it’s hard to believe but i doubt it will be successful.

    I don’t see a solution for the Elementary case. CBS should cancel it even if all their new Shows will be canceled. Plus it would mean all Dramas in danger will return :)

  • ToXiX

    I honestly don’t see how CBS could even justify renewing Elementary.
    They seriously need to cancel all new shows from this season and try again next year. This wasn’t. Your year for a successful new series CBS.

  • Oliver


    Yet, on a per hour basis, it’s cheaper than scripted shows that would get, on the whole, worse ratings.

    Fox’s real problems begin in 2-3 seasons as its ratings continue to fall and the network needs to replace 3 hours of programming at once.

  • gallacious

    Scandal is a show where actors make you ‘feel’ emotions like nothing else you have ever seen on t.v. Awesome acting by TonyG and KerryW. Last night was epic.

  • ABC hater

    LOL @ Scandal

  • Norman Charles

    “30 Rock” and “Rock Center” each had a pitiful 3 share in the 18-49 demo. Maybe if NBC combined the two shows as “30 Rock Center” it would get a 6 share.

  • thesnowleopard

    1.1, even adjusted up to 1.2, is very low for TVD. And it’s already down into the mid-high two millions in audience. If its audience weren’t so young, the demo would probably be lower.

    Is it in any danger right now? Of course not. I already said that. But I can see it hitting a Eureka-like wall and not making it past season six, even with decent ratings. That’s par for the course for shows that start out popular, but burn through their story too fast and have large casts.

  • Derrick

    people keep talking about scandals promotion, i didnt see a single add other than during Last Resort(the night of)

  • Derrick

    also, if you say something is “likely” to happen, that doesnt make it a fact, it makes it a trend or a better term, educated guess. you could be dead wrong, i fact is never wrong.

  • ambr78709

    I am glad Scandal did well. Thursdays episode was so good I am going to buy season one one DVD!

  • Brenda

    Re Scandal, actually last episode was promoted more then this ep, this ep basically continued the hype from last week. Of course people wanted to see who shot the president and the aftermath.

    This ep was not the most hyped of the season and most promoted, not even close. That honor goes to last week. Heck they almost went back to their and “watch scandal” biz but the buzz from last ep held on. Scandal is finally seeing some success because of fans like us and the cast who never gaved up.

    So a show finally gets promotion and is seeing success, what a concept, ABC. Try it more often..

  • Charlie


    Oh, don’t get me wrong. I know a 1.2 (as it was indeed adjusted up) is low for TVD. This was a bad week for the show, no doubt about it. I was more saying I disagree with ‘the show has dropped a lot from year to year’.

    Firstly, like I said, multiple eps in season 4 are actually up based on their season 3 counterparts. I wouldn’t like to say now, as I only kept up with the season 3 vs season 4 ratings for around the first 5 eps, but at that point, the season 4 average was actually higher than the season 3 average. So that’s certainly not ‘dropping a lot from year to year’.

    Secondly, this is the first 1.2 TVD has hit in season 4. It hit multiple 1.2’s last season. So again, it’s not dropping from year to year.

    And thirdly, this isn’t even a series low. That, again, came last year, in season 3.

    So all in all, TVD is really quite stable with where it was last year, and may even be slightly up compared to this time in season 3. That does not equate at all to ‘dropping a lot from year to year’. That’s all I meant. Of course, this could easily change. It’s held remarkly well to it’s season 3 numbers so far, even improving on them in some weeks. This may not hold for the entire season, and it may end up being the case that it does drop. But at this point in time, its incredibly stable when compared to last year.

  • Charlie

    Found a comparison. TVD eps 1-8:

    1.5 1.2 1.3 1.2 1.4 1.4 1.5 1.6 season 3
    1.6 1.3 1.3 1.5 1.5 1.3 1.4 1.2 season 4

    So season 4 has been up on season 3 for 4 eps. Season 3 has been up on season 4 for 3 eps, and they’ve tied one. Honestly, you couldn’t get much more stable than that!

    And look at those 1.2’s. TVD fell to a 1.2 as early as ep 2 last season. Plus, it hit eight 1.2’s, two 1.1’s and one 1.0 in season 3. Hitting one 1.2 so far in season 4 is absolutely not TVD ‘falling a lot from year to year’.

  • thesnowleopard


    The current average may be the same across the first eight episodes, but the trend went up in the first part of last season, whereas it’s going down this season. Also, almost all shows go down from year to year. TVD, which started with near five million back when audience still kinda mattered, has not bucked that trend.

    Is it in danger for the next season or so? No. Nobody with any brains would argue that. But if you compare it to, say, Smallville, it has a problem. In order for a show to survive increasing costs from year to year and, especially, the renewal of cast contracts after its sixth season, it needs to keep either high ratings, very steady ratings, or costs down in some way.

    Some shows, like Law&Order and Smallville, managed this via a combination of the three (L&O was notorious for its revolving door of cast). L&O was probably helped by a boost in new audience from syndication and Smallville benefited from the best slot on a small network.

    But the thing is that TVD’s ratings seem a bit soft longterm (versus its own previous seasons not shows from years ago. We’re not Gunsmoke Rule-in’ here) for that kind of transition. It also has a large cast, much of which has been around since season one. Also, what if, say, Nina Dobrev, wants out after season six? Can the show survive that with its huge focus on the Big Triangle? And that’s not even taking into account that the network itself might not survive the affiliates renewal barrier in 2015 (though I suspect the network wouldn’t be launching so many new scripted shows now if it didn’t have a contingency plan for that).

    Now, none of this means that TVD is in any danger this season (This site is about ratings, so I’m talking about longterm projections based on what we have for the show now). And I’d be surprised if it didn’t make it to six seasons, even six full seasons.

    But just as the network moved Smallville off Thursdays while it was still doing pretty well (and it survived for a while after that), TVD’s ratings are getting a bit soft for its slot. That’s the best slot of the week for the network, has been for a decade, and now TVD is barely getting a better demo than Arrow on Wednesdays in it. Understandable for its age? Sure. Healthy for right now? Absolutely. Healthy enough to make it past season six, especially still on Thursdays? Of that I’m skeptical.

  • Joachim Inverno

    Sorry But Scandal is amazing! it’s a smart show, I really enjoy it, I’m happy it got a better rating this week, the episode was really good!

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