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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  • Baaa!

    Doubtful that the numbers will hold for Scandal.

  • Dan S

    I don’t watch Scanal but it finally beats the overhyped Elementary. What’s even more interesting is POI preceding Elementary beating out GA but granted the finals could change that outcome. I’m resigned to the fact that P&R will likely get 1 final shortened season like 30 Rock received. I would like to think the new Do No Harm replacing Rock Center at 1.0 can improve that time period for NBC on Thur at 10.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Lol i am sorry but why would POI be better suited for Superbowl then Elementary?

    Bigger demo, more viewers(3 million more at least per episode), second in housholds after TBBT on the night, more males watch it, but most important thing – better show. Example how a drama should be written and acted.
    And reason #1 best scripted show on TV.(broadcast tv) wich is not very usual for crime show. Elementary is not even close to failing NCIS LA and H5O that speak enough.

  • Drew

    17.4 for Big Bang Theory? In this day and age of 600 cable channels, DVRs, and the internet, 17 million a week for new episodes is crazy. Big Bang seems to have reached Seinfeld/Friends status, ratings-wise.

  • jr

    I really wouldn’t be worried about the premption for ABC in Oakland for 2 reasons. First, They can’t even support that team. They always have bad attendance so why would they watch? Secondly, they suck and got blown out by Denver. So Scandal fans, take a deep breath and relax. It won’t adjust down much if it does. Probably just a tenth.

  • Sarah

    Grey’s Anatomy was just bad last night. I heard Scandal was really good, but I don’t the numbers will hold.

  • Rebecca

    Belsnickel! I’m glad I didn’t quit watching The Office after last season….really enjoying it this final season more often than not. It was Impish last night with the Dwight Christmas party. TBBT was good, too – still have to watch the other NBC comedies after I’m done with The Office.

  • ReallyTired

    Scandal numbers aer not correct. NFL ran on ABC in Denver.

  • rob60990

    “Grey’s Anatomy was just bad last night.”

    It was horrible. An episode focused on the interns? REALLY Shonda???

  • jr


    CBS in Denver. ABC in Oakland.

  • gary

    Go Scandal!!! amazin episode last night

    thats happen when ABC decide promote a bit an incredible show

  • Serene

    Yeah but Elementary is a 10 PM show, of course ratings will be lower. And POI has that lovely lead in, thats why i never even thought POI would get Superbowl post. My thought was 2 Broke girls, but they decided Elementary is their pick.

  • POI

    NOO the episode was great the best episode this season.

  • Joe

    Oh, I see. It’s ok to bash shows, but the people bashing shows are off limits because bashing shows, though negative behavior is a OK, and puts them off limits? Some kind of ethics people live by nowadays.

    I don’t care whether what you stated was the truth or not. You’re one of those who relish in other people’s failures and that is why you were called what you were. Then you try to absolve yourself from responsibility by declaring it as “truth”. What does it matter to you that people aren’t talking about BatB’s awful ratings? Oh yeah, you want me to believe that it’s just all about the “truth”. Don’t think I’m stupid or naive.

    Nielsen ratings are awful in general. Statistically horrendous and outdated. The big networks are always going to get more viewers than smaller networks and and that’s going to kill the ratings for shows that come later in the evening and compete against them.

  • a p garcia

    POI had a great episode last night.

  • TVDude

    It’s funny how I keep saying that Parks will be back, yet it is only getting a 0.1 ratings point higher than Wednesday’s Guys with Kids despite GWK facing direct competition from ABC and having a worse lead in. That large drop from The Office isn’t good. If it returns like this or worse in the spring, I think it’ll need to move to the bubble. I mean if Guys with Kids is likely to be canceled, then Parks can’t be much better than the bubble with a 1.5 rating. Is it syndication? Maybe, but has Parks been sold yet?

    It’s too bad too because Parks and The Office are the only two comedies that I actually watch when they air. Then again, I don’t expect 1600 Penn to do any better than Parks behind The Office. NBC’s scripted line up is such a mess.

  • POI

    NOO the episode was great the best of the season (i meant TVD)

  • CoolRanchDoritos

    Oh shut up about Elementary. Its not going anyway. Not getting canceled or moving to another night. So deal with it.

  • POI

    GOOO 2.5 men the episode was great and the show is improving it deserves more viewers and better ratings.

  • Ethan

    Strange that glee can’t get better ratings…has lots of new fresh faces and fresh plots that would seem to be likable

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