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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

 

Scoreboard CBS FOX ABC UNI NBC CW
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
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8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 4.2 12 14.216
NBC Up All Night 1.2 3 2.935
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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
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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

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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.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.
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Definitions:

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • Max Vrany

    @Other Max, only > by a point and it was subject to preemption. Hold on.

    @Everyone else, I know this is pointless, but I’m going to try anyway.

  • Oliver

    Is it too early to call BatB dead? Still not sure why they aren’t putting Cult in its timeslot.

    30R/UAN demonstrating why they’re effectively being cancelled. Incredibly tough timeslots, though, given TBBT/TaaHM competition.

    Worrying for Parks, but I still think it’ll be renewed, if only to get 100 episodes for syndication purposes.

  • omabin

    SCANDAAAAAL! I AM SO HAPPY! EVEN IF IT ADJUSTS DOWN IT IS A SERIES HIGH!!!! YAYYYYYY

  • Vance

    The plot is moving too slowly in TVD, and the triangle is getting increasingly irritating. The show will fall below 1.0 for the first this season, and B&TB will get cancelled barring a miracle, which is basically what I stated after its second episode.

  • vcoolwater

    Wow CW is not having a good week. The ratings were down on Wed and Thurs.

  • taylor

    Scandal was the big assassination episode, right? Or shooting, or something. They promoted the hell out of it. Very good numbers.

  • CrimTV

    Let’s hope TVD rises next week :’(

  • Max

    Aww, such quiet people today who usually bash me and SCANDAL. Where is everyone? Sucks to see the less promoted show beat the show that never was, isn’t, and never will be a hit in REVENGE huh?

    LOL. Great day.

    AHS ASYLUM is dropping weekly and now SCANDAL has defeated REVENGE.

  • s0303

    wow at scandal…poi did really well also.

  • Max

    Scandal will likely drop about three-tenths in the finals.

    Just the facts, folks.

  • Phil

    X-Factor needs a new day to compete in the ratings, its getting creamed every week.

  • Dóchas

    @Ricardo, I’m not. A 1.1 is better than deserved but I am sure it will still adjust up.

  • Maximillian

    HOLY CRAP SCANDAL!!!

  • taylor

    Ah, didn’t notice the ABC pre-emption. That explains it.

  • Jacob

    Max, no one cares about your desperate, childish posts each week. I Don’t even watch those shows, but the fact that you’re so emotionally invested in ratings is quite sad.

  • CoolRanchDoritos

    TVD dropped b/c no one gives a crap about the aftermath of DE sex.

  • danny94

    Max Scandal Sucks and Revenge Rocks Just deal with it please! :)

  • Oliver

    @Phil

    Right… because putting it up against The Voice would really help its ratings. Besides, Idol does great in that timeslot.

    No, the problem is that people don’t want to watch the show.

  • lili

    i am personally a vampire diaries fan, but i am not watching it because of the stupid love triangle..stefan and elena need to get back together, so it really is no surprise that their ratings are down..a lot of other fans are in my position..but as a fan of the show, even if i do not like the love triangle i am going to start watching it again just to help their ratings.

  • DougF

    @vcoolwater

    Actually Supernatural was up.

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