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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  • SarahL


    If ABC continues to pour promo money into Scandal, its ratings could continue to trend higher. It is hard to predict. I didn’t think ABC would bother, but it is making an effort and getting results.

  • Ben Thompson

    BATB needs to leave that timeslot. It barely edged Emily Owens.

  • Dóchas

    @CrimTV that may have some validity with some viewers but I’ve stopped watching and I am not a fan of Stelena or Delena. I think this asinine triangle has clouded Julie Plec’s vision and stolen her muse. The writing is not there. The only thing about TVD I’ve liked this season is the short interactions between Caroline and Klaus. The snark is fun. Other than that, everything else is like watching paint dry. When you have Ian Somerholder on twitter begging people “TVD in 1 hour, PLEASE watch” something is wrong.

  • Ike

    BTW, Amanda, I wasn’t aware that there was an ABC affiliate in Oakland. Somebody should tell the huge ABC affiliate in San Francisco about that! ;P

  • Joe

    It seems like people who watch CBS has more Nielsen boxes and those who don’t have less.

    Nielsen the monopoly. I think it’s time for better statistics and ratings to be used instead of the garbage Nielsen puts out now.

  • Oliver

    Here’s a more up-to-date article on the median ages of comedy:

    For those advertisers who want to reach more than the 1.5 million viewers those shows average, some series on broadcast networks other than The CW would do the trick. The Fox sitcom New Girl, for instance, boasts a median age of 35. NBC’s The Office is next lowest with a median age of 37, followed by Fox’s Raising Hope and NBC’s Parks and Recreation (38 each) and Fox’s Glee (39); those are the only other broadcast network series with a median age audience under 40.

    There aren’t many that have median age audiences under 45, either. And they include: NBC’s Community (41), NBC’s 30 Rock and ABC’s Happy Endings (43 each) and five series averaging 44: Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares, ABC’s Modern Family and Don’t Trust the B—– in Apt. 23, and NBC’s The Voice and Up All Night.

  • Tony ^_^

    @JOHNNYSBRO: “X-Factor” should be a summer show… But then again. FOX doesn’t like to take risks (which makes me wonder when was the last time FOX had scripted content on Wednesday and Thursday and what the ratings were?? O.o) and the scripted shows could do a lot worse than what “X-Factor” is doing now.

  • Petar Ivanov

    POI rulzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!! One more week when POI is #1 CBS drama.

    John Reese is bigger and better than James Bond. He is Reese, Mr. Reese.

  • danny94

    If you put scandal on sundays @ 9 it would plummet it dosent have the fanbase to with stand the stiff competition that revenge has to deal with.

  • Rach

    @Buffy – I think it’s a 1.0. I seem to remember it hitting that at least once last season. Someone correct me if I’m wrong though.

    @Paleonut – Arrow’s tied TVD once before, on like the second or third episode I think, can’t quite remember. TVD does seem to have a habit of adjusting up though, so I guess we’ll see =)

    Ouch for BATB. Seriously surprised the CW aren’t moving it and trying out Cult in the 9PM slot. Seems like a strange decision when the ratings for Beauty are slipping badly.

  • Petar Ivanov

    If there is any chance CBS to get rid of Elementary and put POI after super bowl now is the time. I mean come on CBS let be professionals here. If Elementary was on Monday will be lowest rated even than Vegas. Such a crap show. In 10 pm with ONLY 2 networks competition(NO NBC only ABC) TM was with much better ratings in its 4 season. Is there any chance(in history) where networks change their minds? Or never happen before?

  • Dillan

    TVD got a 1.0 last season, but that was then adjusted up to a 1.1, so unless this rating doesn’t adjust up, it will tie its series low.

    I’m really not surprised in the drop. The whole Elena loving Damon one minute, then Stefen the next is becoming extremely irritating. The show needs to go back to its old roots where it was just Stelena and great storylines that weren’t to do with a silly love triangle.

  • Chalice

    Yeah. Arrow is pretty much the CW’s premier show now. TVD is gonna have to play second fiddle, and most likely third once the Wonder Woman show hits next fall.

  • PV

    Hart of Dixie and 90210 ARE SOOOO GETTING RENEWED! BaTB is DEAD already. Emily Owens was cancelled too. Cult has very little chances, Gossip Girl is ending. And Carrie Diaries will probably not be a hit. Sorry, people were trashing HoD and 90210 since the beggining of the season, but they look OK right now. doing better than the new shows, except for arrow (a truly hit)

  • Ali

    Scandal will adjust down at least by 0.2, mark my words!

  • John A

    TVD has been awful with the silly love triangle lately. No other story in the show at all.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Ike: KGO is San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and the whole bay area. KGO is Oakland’s ABC affiliate, too!

  • michelle

    @Ike What you said about The Office and Parks and Rec is true. I’ve never seen these numbers published regularly, but TVMoJoe from Vulture sometimes provides the data over Twitter and both The Office and Parks and Rec do well with M18-34 in particular. Not sure if it holds up every week, but there have been times they were both #1 or tied for #1 in that demo during the 9-10pm hour. Parks and Rec is down year over year (like just about everything else), but depending on how other comedies on the network are doing with M18-34, if NBC prizes this demo, maybe they’ll be willing to order one more, possibly shortened, season.


    I would keep Scandel where it is right now. Obviously ABC should grow and let it nurture. They did it with Shark Tank give it time to develop. ABC has really been patient with this one. Revenge I love it but its not as good as last season and I hope it returns to form. Its numbers should be higher for a higher profile slot. Scandel is a great show that demands to be seen. It gave me riveting goosebumps along the way.


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