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[10/05/12 - 09:47 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Person of Interest," Comedies Rise in CBS Victory
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for thursday, october 4, 2012)

Here are the highlights of the 16 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 CBS and The CW are approximate.]

CBS (13.29 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with week two of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.38 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1), "Two and a Half Men" (12.67 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.7, #T2), "Person of Interest" (14.62 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #T4) and "Elementary" (11.22 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T6).

FOX (7.67 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "The X Factor" (9.14 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 3.1, #T4) and "Glee" (6.21 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T6).

Next up was ABC (8.42 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3) with its second week of "Last Resort" (7.87 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #11), "Grey's Anatomy" (10.56 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.7, #T2) and "Scandal" (6.82 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.48 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) offered up the return of "30 Rock" (3.40 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #13) alongside new episodes of "Up All Night" (3.09 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.4, #12), "The Office" (4.11 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T8), "Parks & Recreation" (3.53 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.9, #10) and "Rock Center With Brian Williams" (3.39 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #14).

And finally, a new "The Next" (0.80 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) led into the season finale of "The Next" (1.00 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) on The CW (0.90 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "The Next" delivered a 0.2 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+6.90% - Person of Interest
+5.71% - Two and a Half Men
+4.00% - Glee
+2.08% - The Big Bang Theory
0.00% - The Next
-3.13% - The X Factor
-4.55% - Scandal
-8.33% - Rock Center With Brian Williams
-9.52% - Parks & Recreation
-12.50% - The Office
-13.95% - Grey's Anatomy
-16.13% - Elementary
-18.18% - Last Resort
-22.22% - Up All Night

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+50.00% - Last Resort (vs. Charlie's Angels)
+48.00% - Two and a Half Men (vs. How to Be a Gentleman)
+24.00% - Person of Interest
+23.33% - Grey's Anatomy
+11.36% - The Big Bang Theory
-3.70% - Elementary (vs. The Mentalist)
-4.55% - Scandal (vs. Private Practice)
-11.43% - The X Factor
-13.33% - 30 Rock (vs. Community)
-17.39% - Parks & Recreation (vs. Whitney)
-26.32% - Up All Night (vs. Parks & Recreation)
-26.67% - Rock Center With Brian Williams (vs. Prime Suspect)
-32.26% - The Office
-36.59% - Glee (vs. The X Factor)
-62.50% - The Next - 9:00 (vs. The Secret Circle)
-75.00% - The Next - 8:00 (vs. The Vampire Diaries)

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," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.8/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

· At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) tied 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" (0.4/2).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 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 (10/6/11):

FOX (11.21 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1) was once again the demo king on Thursday with a new "The X Factor" (10.59 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.5, #3) and second hour of "The X Factor" (11.82 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.1, #2).

CBS (11.69 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) then was the most-watched network with fresh installments of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.63 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1), "How to Be a Gentleman" (7.82 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T7), "Person of Interest" (11.46 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T7) and "The Mentalist" (12.89 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #6).

Next up was ABC (6.88 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) with its lineup of "Charlie's Angels" (5.93 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T14), "Grey's Anatomy" (8.50 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 3.0, #5) and "Private Practice" (6.21 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.2, #10).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.66 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4) was out of the hunt with new episodes of "Community" (3.37 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T12), "Parks & Recreation" (4.13 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.9, #11), "The Office" (5.71 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 3.1, #4), "Whitney" (4.88 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 2.3, #9) and "Prime Suspect" (4.93 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (2.55 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T14) and "The Secret Circle" (1.96 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #16) closed out the evening on The CW (2.26 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" posted a 1.9 rating while "Circle" delivered a 1.3 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+8.00% - The Mentalist
0.00% - Prime Suspect
-2.38% - The X Factor - 9:00
-2.78% - The X Factor - 8:00
-7.41% - How to Be a Gentleman
-7.41% - Person of Interest
-7.69% - The Vampire Diaries
-8.00% - Whitney
-8.33% - The Big Bang Theory
-8.82% - The Office
-9.52% - Parks & Recreation
-11.11% - The Secret Circle
-14.29% - Grey's Anatomy
-16.67% - Community
-20.00% - Charlie's Angels
-21.43% - Private Practice

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+105.00% - The X Factor - 9:00 (vs. Fringe)
+34.62% - The X Factor - 8:00 (vs. Bones)
+15.38% - Prime Suspect (vs. The Apprentice)
+10.00% - The Big Bang Theory
+9.09% - Charlie's Angels (vs. Grey's Anatomy (Repeat))
-7.41% - Person of Interest (vs. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
-8.00% - Whitney (vs. Outsourced)
-8.82% - The Office
-9.52% - Parks & Recreation (vs. 30 Rock)
-10.00% - The Mentalist
-10.71% - How to Be a Gentleman (vs. Bleep My Dad Says)
-11.76% - Community
-24.14% - Private Practice
-25.00% - The Vampire Diaries
-27.27% - The Secret Circle (vs. Nikita)
-33.33% - Grey's Anatomy

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," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.9/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5). 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 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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