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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  • Petar Ivanov

    @episode was great the best episode this season.

    @POI had a great episode last night.

    Never expect less from that show. The bar is so high really see troble in seasons ahead. People will expext the same quality and storyline every week. Very hard to do it.

  • Emma

    I love both Revenge and Scandal and I don’t see why they are viewed as being in competition. I’d love to see both shows get higher ratings. I’d actually love to see them paired on Sundays but I know it won’t happen.

  • rob60990

    “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.”

    Guys With Kids is in its 1st season while Parks is in its 5th so Parks has a better chance at renewal to get more episodes for syndication.

  • Jared

    Scandals on fire. I wouldn’t count that show out just yet.

  • Mi

    The CW can still switch between Cult and B&tB, there are still 2 months till Cult premieres and that’s plenty of time..
    B&tB is already at 0.5 and will reach at least 0.4 by the end of this seaosn.

  • Jorge

    Isn’t that a series high for Scandal?

  • Brandy

    Oh no at B& tB! VD down but it might adjust up,hope so.I really like B& tB and wish it was doing better.

  • Oliver


    Parks has not been sold into syndication yet. I suspect NBCUniversal are waiting until next year: Parks will have 100 episodes and the syndication market is unusually busy this season (Modern Family, Hot in Cleveland, The Middle, Community, The Cleveland Show) compared with next season (Raising Hope, Mike & Molly, Anger Management).

  • Rebecca

    Re: 666PA….yeah, it is weird it’s taking a fall/winter break since it has been cancelled, but there are still four episodes left to air of the 13 and they’ll air on all the Sundays in January. Maybe ABC has other stuff planned for the Sundays remaining in December. I don’t know about Revenge since I don’t follow it, but OUAT isn’t back until January either….so maybe they’ve got some movies or specials coming. I’m just glad I’ve got two more Sundays of Bob’s Burgers before it’s off for a couple weeks, lol.

  • Dóchas

    Does anyone know the series high and the series low for Grey’s? I only watched sporadically and stopped all together when they killed off both Lexie and Mark.

  • Oliver

    The ratings of new shows tend to be less stable than veterans. It’s more likely that Guys With Kids will fall further than Parks as the season goes along.

    Just look towards Up All Night and Whitney last season.


    CBS 3.4 > FOX 2.3 > ABC 2.2 > UNI 1.5 > NBC 1.3 > CW 0.8


  • Winston Mize

    HoD even demo with BatB & 90120 but more Viewers AND greter than both EOMD and GG….One small victory this week for BLUEBELL!

  • Andy

    TVD dropped due to several causes: Tired love triangle, whinning vampire Elena, last week’s dreadful and boring episode, uninteresting new characters, storylines without direction. The first few episodes of the fourth season were awesome, but the quality has been going down.
    B&tB deserves those ratings. The show is really boring and has zero appeal. Looks cheap and the show as a whole is cheesy. I can see the show being canceled, just as The Secret Flop was.
    Meanwhile, Glee has dropped because of its crappy lead-in, competitive time-slot, “The Rachel and Kurt Show” and faded hype. Otherwise, the new season is really good, especially with the new characters (Ryder, Kitty, Marley and Jake) :D

  • Zth

    That’s a new season high for Two and a Half Men. And the last episodes were extremely funny, I’m sure it will continue to increase!

  • Party2nite

    @Oliver.. yes, the big bang theory is crushing 30 Rock but it seems the decline in 30 rock has been happening over the last two years.. even before when it was not up against TBBT… Seems like 30 Rock was on fire for 4 years and then it just lost it’s audience in droves..

  • aciel

    but didnt scandal at one point beat revenge last by like four tenths? and this season season it beat it by 1 tenth. they both now have the same amount of viewers im pretty it will adjust down to a 2.4 which is what revenge got last episode they both pretty much have the same rating as of now. but sadly revenge is dropping every week and scandal is improving so i dont what ratings they will get in the future only time will tell. i also expect scandal to be getting high ratings next week too because oprah is doing a show about scandal in 2 days which is a HUGE promotion for scandal

  • panda

    POI :)

  • Winston Mize

    *greater…got excited…

  • thesnowleopard

    Hmm at TVD’s ratings. Though they’re not terribly shocking. The show has dropped a lot from year to year. It’s burned very hot for the CW, but shows that do that also tend to burn out fast.

    Even so, I bet it’s in absolutely no danger of cancellation.

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