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

    Yes for Scandal!! Last nights episode was perfection! I cannot wait for the winter finale. This show is just freaking awesome all around.

  • Max


    Yep, I also think SCANDAL will either remain the same or even get a .1 adjustment up in the finals. This will be the first week of MANY that SCANDAL bests REVENGE.

    In fact, this is a major turning point because now ABC can rightfully put the dollars toward SCANDAL that they usually save for REVENGE and the audience can get bigger and bigger.

    Meanwhile, REVENGE will have to deal with award show issues and the like on Sunday nights and continue to dive.

  • Juan

    How big are these two market? Anyone

  • CrimTV

    I think after the ending of last weeks (November 29) Vampire Diaries episode, I think it upset many fans (especially Stelena fans) so maybe they didn’t want to watch it??? I know that is like fan excuse bingo but I don’t care lol

  • cc

    Nice on the CBS shows.

    Do you think Simon envisioned his little show would get TBBT numbers? Hahaha. Go away Simon.

  • Bee

    max gives other scandal fans a bad rep. NO ONE else does the completely random scandal vs. revenge battle but him.

    anyway, DARN YOU PRE-EMPTIONS! didn’t see that notice. oh well, still great. hope that 2.5 doesn’t go lower than 2.3.

  • Greens78

    Ouch for Beauty and the Beast. I like the show, but those ratings are awful. But it needs to be put out of it misery before it becomes an embarrassement.

  • carla

    POI is on a serious roll now. Great episode last night and dynamite ratings in both demo and total viewers.


    ABC as LR cont’s its “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” @ 8, GA ties season low @ 9, but ONO! Scandal takes hour

    At FOX XFac 2.4 not much to sing about, Glee “2.1” yearns for higher ground

    NBC has nothing to crow about as The Office “2.1” only one not mired by 1.0’s

    CW TVD fails to take hour, but good w/ 1.1, TATB off from last week

    CBS sings “I’m Your Stamroller, Baby” as it CRUSHES all other nets w/ an absoluely astonding 8-11 average

  • Shepherd

    Good for POI, why it doesn’t consistently beat Grey’s is beyond me.
    Well deserved numbers for Scandal. I’m not even sure why I decided to check it out to begin with, but every episode I’m enjoying the show more and more. I still hate the title though.

  • Nathan

    Scandal is such an amazing show

  • Melissa

    Grey’s Anatomy will adjust up, as it has the last 7 times. Great job Person of Interest and Scandal, but they may be inflated.

  • Andrea

    Yay! So happy for POI .. love Bear .. the coolest show on TV.

  • Tony ^_^

    @j: I haven’t seen many “Revenge” promos this season… But then again, I don’t watch ABC much. I only watch “Revenge” and “666 Park Avenue” and I saw a bunch of “Scandal” ads during those shows this past Sunday. Not to mention all those online ads…

  • buffy

    anyone know the series low for The Vampire Diaries??

  • Paleonut

    Wow! If the numbers hold, Arrow tied TVD rating-wise & more that topped them in total viewers! Impressive!

  • s0303

    revenge should get higher ratings than scandal…it’s a 9pm show vs. a 10pm show with similar lead in numbers…personally i don’t watch either show, but if scandal can get the same rating or even 0.1 below revenge, i would say scandal would be the winner :)

  • Max Vrany

    San Francisco-Oakland is #7. Denver is #18.

  • Oliver


    I doubt it is still the case, but The Office and Parks used to be the youngest-skewing non-animated show on the big 4.

  • shouichi

    So it’s official that Arrow is CW’s #1 show now. LoL

    and.. just wow at B&TB rating. I mean ouch..

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