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[11/09/12 - 08:41 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Big Bang Theory" Holds Off "X Factor," "Voice"
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for thursday, november 8, 2012)

Here are the highlights of the 11 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to local market NFL preemptions, Fast Nationals for NBC are approximate.]

CBS (13.59 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (16.54 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.0, #1), "Two and a Half Men" (14.09 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.0, #2), "Person of Interest" (14.73 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #5) and "Elementary" (10.73 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #9).

FOX (6.01 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) then claimed the silver with a new "The X Factor" (6.28 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.3, #8) followed by the return of "Glee" (5.73 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.4, #7).

Next up was ABC (7.09 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3) with originals of "Last Resort" (5.96 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T12), "Grey's Anatomy" (9.20 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.2, #3) and "Scandal" (6.12 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.0, #10).

Meanwhile, a special one-hour "The Voice" (9.09 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 3.0, #4) couldn't lift NBC (6.01 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4) out of the number four spot. Following said telecast were new episodes of "The Office" (5.31 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.5, #6), "Parks & Recreation" (3.84 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.8, #11) and "Rock Center With Brian Williams" (4.37 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #14).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (2.98 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T12) and "Beauty and the Beast" (1.85 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15) on The CW (2.42 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" delivered a 2.2 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Beast" a 1.0 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+19.05% - The Office (vs. 10/25/12)
+16.67% - Beauty and the Beast
+11.11% - Two and a Half Men
+10.34% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. 10/25/12)
+7.69% - Last Resort (vs. 10/25/12)
+4.55% - The X Factor
0.00% - Scandal (vs. 10/25/12)
-1.96% - The Big Bang Theory
-3.33% - Person of Interest
-5.26% - Parks & Recreation (vs. 10/25/12)
-6.67% - The Vampire Diaries
-7.69% - Glee (vs. 10/4/12)
-8.33% - Elementary
-15.38% - Rock Center With Brian Williams

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+81.82% - The Voice (vs. Community/Parks & Recreation)
+45.00% - Person of Interest (vs. Person of Interest (Repeat))
+27.27% - Last Resort (vs. Charlie's Angels)
+15.79% - Elementary (vs. The Mentalist (Repeat))
+11.11% - Two and a Half Men (vs. Rules of Engagement)
0.00% - The Vampire Diaries
-3.85% - The Big Bang Theory
-8.33% - Rock Center With Brian Williams (vs. Prime Suspect)
-11.11% - Glee (vs. Bones)
-12.50% - Beauty and the Beast (vs. The Secret Circle)
-14.29% - Parks & Recreation (vs. Whitney)
-16.67% - The Office
-20.00% - Grey's Anatomy
-30.30% - The X Factor
-31.03% - Scandal (vs. Private Practice)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.1/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.9/8; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.8/4; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.

* At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped "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 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (11/10/11):

FOX (9.51 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) edged out the competition on Thursday thanks to new episodes of "The X Factor" (10.20 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.3, #4) and "Bones" (8.83 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.7, #7).

CBS (10.94 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) then claimed the silver with fresh installments of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.66 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1) and "Rules of Engagement" (11.78 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #3) followed by repeats of "Person of Interest" (9.10 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #9) and "The Mentalist" (10.01 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #10).

Next up was ABC (7.99 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3) with the departing "Charlie's Angels" (5.13 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #15) alongside new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (11.17 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.0, #2) and "Private Practice" (7.67 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.9, #6).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.48 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) still struggled with its lineup of "Community" (3.47 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.5, #12), "Parks & Recreation" (3.59 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.8, #11), "The Office" (5.88 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 3.0, #5), "Whitney" (4.30 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 2.1, #8) and "Prime Suspect" (4.81 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #14).

And finally, the fall finales of "The Vampire Diaries" (3.33 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.4, #13) and "The Secret Circle" (2.16 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #16) on The CW (2.74 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" posted a 2.1 rating while "Circle" delivered a 1.2 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+14.29% - Grey's Anatomy
+11.54% - Private Practice
+1.96% - The Big Bang Theory
0.00% - Whitney
0.00% - Prime Suspect
-2.70% - Rules of Engagement
-3.23% - The Office
-6.67% - The Vampire Diaries
-8.33% - Charlie's Angels
-8.33% - The X Factor
-10.00% - Parks & Recreation
-11.11% - The Secret Circle
-11.76% - Community
-18.18% - Bones

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+42.11% - Bones (vs. Fringe)
+32.00% - The X Factor (vs. Bones)
+28.57% - Rules of Engagement (vs. Bleep My Dad Says)
+23.81% - The Big Bang Theory
+10.00% - Charlie's Angels (vs. Grey's Anatomy (Repeat))
0.00% - Grey's Anatomy
0.00% - Private Practice
-11.11% - The Secret Circle (vs. Nikita)
-12.50% - The Vampire Diaries
-21.05% - The Office
-25.00% - Whitney (vs. Outsourced)
-25.00% - Prime Suspect (vs. The Apprentice)
-28.57% - Community
-30.77% - Parks & Recreation (vs. 30 Rock)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

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," 2.9/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: �The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,� 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.8/4; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/5 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" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "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 with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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