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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  • Oliver


    NBC put it up against TBBT and its ratings collapsed. No comedy can compete up against TBBT, which is the #1 scripted show on broadcast television.

  • rob60990

    “Everytime you post here you rebuke BatB. You’re a douche.”

    No I don’t and the personal attack is unnecessary and childish but I expect nothing more from a CW fan. :D

  • senor chang

    This is a good week for middling dramas at 10PM (see also: Parenthood, Chicago Fire, Nashville).

  • Rach

    Glee seems stuck around the low 2’s. It’s certainly lost it’s ‘powerhouse’ status, even the music sales have dropped significantly. Shame, I’m really enjoying this season.

  • Fred

    GREAT for Scandal! A 2.5 at 10:00 is fantastic. Even dramas in earlier timeslots would be happy with that.

    Not so great for X Factor. Although the show does have some real talent. Britney is a fantastic mentor to those adorable young singers. Her judgements are quick and to the point. Simon seems to have softened a bit since his Idol days. But his comments are spot on.

  • Andrea

    Wish CBS would put the Mentalist back on Thur night (right after POI). Elemenatry is not my cup of tea.

  • Serene

    Lol i am sorry but why would POI be better suited for Superbowl then Elementary?
    And as it is is a CBS production and they look after their own.

  • PV

    C’mon CW, give the post-TVD slot to Cult. BaTB is hopeless at this point. Cult may have a little chance to survive.

  • RJ

    Last time I checked going from a 5.5 to a 5.3 isn’t a tenth. ;)

  • man

    Why is beauty and the beast down? Best show ever

  • aciel

    “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”
    thats because that was the most hyped up episode of scandal and revenge despite it being a 9 pm show it has more competition than scandal. scandal i saw so many promos for i can’t even count how many promos of scandal i saw this week and last week. i dont why abc didnt hype it up from the beginning but then all of the sudden in the middle of the season abc decides to hype it up. its the “who shot fitz” that brought the ratings up. but when that drama is over it will go down. and ya i got to admit about revenge this season it hasn’t been very good i used not miss one episode but now i missed like 5 episodes this season and havent even bothered to watch them. if it doesnt go back to the main storyline than i expect it to be be hitting around a 1.9-2.2 if not lower i know a lot of people that are losing interest. i personally dont watch because i think that its boring. since revenge is no longer a good show the only good show that abc really is once upon a time.

  • Ardnaskela

    Look at TVD – very bad, awful ratings!

    & I assume BATB won’t get season 2 :(

  • Warren


    I think the Scandal vs Revenge thing has been instigated by Max; a Scandal fan with an irrational hatred of Revenge lol. They’re not in competition and they are both safe for 3rd season renewals at this point. He’s just an attention seeker with some mental problems. That’s why we all love him so much :)

  • tv_viewer

    Chris is right. Scandal wasn’t preempted by football in Oakland/San Francisco. Scandal may drop in the final ratings if Grey’s Anatomy ended at 10:01 or 10:02 pm.

    I hope that the football game didn’t preempt Person Of Interest in the Denver market. Person of Interest may finally beat Grey’s Anatomy head to head on the same night and the same time.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Joe: here’s the thing, he’s bashing *shows*, you’re name calling other people. Don’t. Thanks.

  • Potato

    Glee is following the Heroes path it seems– great, insanely popular first season, okay second that starts losing some people, horrendous third that made everyone but die hard fans give up and a fourth season that, while it’s an improvement, nobody wants to watch the show anymore.

  • rob60990

    @Joe, so you’re telling me a .5 rating is good? Because all I said was that it did awful which is true.

  • PV

    “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” But Revenge does get higher numbers. This was the first time that Scandal beat it.

  • Zach

    Good for Scandal. I don’t watch but its good to see ABC win every once in a while.

    Beauty isn’t looking so good anymore. It’s obviously very lead in dependent because when VD dropped it dropped too. I can see .4s in the winter. I would not be surprised if it is shipped off to Fridays and Cult’s premiere date is switched.

  • CenterGravity


    There’s no ‘e’ in Scandal.

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