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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  • Tony ^_^

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

    Lol… Let’s not forget that people who watch “The Voice”, “Modern Family”, “The Walking Dead”, “American Idol” and Football also have “more” Nielsen boxes than those who don’t watch those shows. ;)

  • Stormy44


    The reason that I don’t think that Scandal will go down is because GREYS got pretty much the same amount of viewers as it did last week even with the preemption of Football in the Oakland-San Francisco market. This suggests that Football didn’t have much of an impact on ABC’s major female skewing show. And if it didn’t have an impact on GREYS, then it didn’t have an impact on Scandal.

    I expect both GREYS and probably SCANDAL to rise for the finals while POI will go down because it is more of a male skewing show. Elementary may also go down as a result.

  • Daw Johnson

    Oakland doesn’t seem like it would cause THAT much of an inflation in the data–no way it falls all the way down to 2.2.

  • rob60990

    I can’t believe there isn’t much talk bout Beauty & the Beast. What awful ratings.

  • PV

    And I also don’t get why this Revenge vs Scandal thing is going on. Revenge has done much better than Scandal until this episode. But both are doing fine and will get renewed for a third season, probably. The show that doesn’t look good right now is Nashville.

  • Ram510

    YEEESSSS!!!!!!! SCANDAL!!!!!!!!!

    Excellent episode last night, best of the series. Everything was perfect the acting, writing, directing. I’m so happy right now, this just made my week. I knew that Sabdal could grow and I hope this upward trend continues, it deserves it!

  • bluejays

    Wow at Scandal! That show is suddenly doing really well compared to ABC’s other ten pm offerings.

    Damn you Greys go up!!!!

  • Rach


    Arrow got a 1.1 this week too. So unless TVD adjusts down, they tied. Plus, even if TVD did adjust down, that would mean that Arrow had beaten TVD once, TVD had beaten Arrow 6 times, and they’d tied once. How exactly does that add up to Arrow being the number 1 show on the CW? TVD wins 6, Arrow wins 1, and that somehow adds up to Arrow being number 1 overall? Arrow would need to beat TVD another 6 times in a row to overtake TVD.

    I really enjoy both shows, and I honestly don’t care which one is the ‘number 1′, but comments like yours make no logical sense. Arrow beating TVD once (which it hasn’t even done, unless TVD adjusts down) doesn’t make it number 1 on the network, when TVD has beaten Arrow 6 times already this season.

  • Jarrod

    Can people PLEASE stop the feud between Arrow and TVD? Do I love Arrow? YES! Do I know TVD? NO! However, they’re both on the same network and if the network plummets, the shows go. So please, shut up about what’s doing better and what isn’t. We want both shows to go on! So band together and be happy!
    And yes, BATB will be joining Emily Owens and Gossip Girl at the end of Spring for cancelation. The Carrie Diaries and Cult may possibly join. HOD, 90210, SPN, TVD and Arrow will all be renewed!



  • Serene

    I am sorry Petar but why would CBS do that. I mean i dont think POI is performing as CBS expected. In my opinion is doing decent but not great. And Elementary doesnt drop as much after POI. (POI usually loses a whole demo point) POI got the best spot possible. Its cushioned after their 2 top performing comedies and it barely even touches GA. I think thats why POI was never getting the Superbowl this year cuz they gave it the big lead in from Men and BBT.

  • Party2nite

    Poor 30 Rock… i love the show but man those ratings are horrid.. what happened to 30 rock fans? The show use to hvae great ratings…

  • Joseph

    Lets be honest I would like to see how scandal would compete with the walking dead and football every week! Lets not get too carried away!!

  • João Paulo (@JPaulo645)

    POI rules :D


    @ Serene

    Perfect Retentionista statement

  • Chris

    Keep in mind San Fran-Oakland is on the West Coast, so last night’s Broncos-Raiders game started at 5:00 pm out there. Checked KGO-TV’s listings and it listed coverage going to 9:00 pm so Last Resort is perhaps inflated (though considering how bad the Raiders are, wonder if a lot of people had tuned out by then), but Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal are not. (Last Resort aired at 11:00 pm on KGO-TV, pushing late night back one hour.)

  • bluejays

    Oh just read that the numbers might be inflated and Scandal may go down, takes back earlier comment of impressdness.

  • Warren


    When POI in its 2nd season, beats Grey’s in its 9th season by 0.2, it’s not that big of an achievement. Let’s see what numbers POI is pulling in 2020.

  • joel

    Scandal was good but very unrealistic. The odds of surviving a high power rifle shot like he took are zero, his whole head would have exploded. Plus Olivia Pope wouldn’t just take over the PR like she did or the VP wouldn’t have tried to take over, she would have the powers automatically.
    Still it was one of the few episodes of this show I could actually make sense of!

  • JV

    TVD is down because Delena fans were so disappointed after last week’s ending that they didn’t want to tune in this week. I hope it will adjust up.

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