TV Ratings: ELEMENTARY Starts Strong, BIG BANG THEORY Hits Season Premiere High, HAWAII FIVE-0 Way Down

     September 29, 2012

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The Fall 2012 TV season began in earnest this week, with most shows having their series/season premieres.  Here’s a brief glance at the highlights:

  • CBS’ Sherlock Holmes update Elementary debuted strong with a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demo for 13.41 million viewers.
  • Also at CBS, The Big Bang Theory scored its highest rated season premiere ever with a 5.0 rating and a solid 15.66 million viewers.
  • Things weren’t all rosy at The Eye, however, as Hawaii Five-0 was way down with a 1.8 rating.  That’s a significant drop from last year’s season premiere rating of 3.4 in the coveted 18-49 demo.
  • NBC’s J.J. Abrams-produced drama Revolution saw an unsurprising drop in viewers from last week’s season premiere, though the 3.4 rating with 9.21 million viewers shows a healthy hold from last week’s 4.1 rating.
  • Unfortunately, ABC’s excellent pilot for Last Resort debuted to a slightly disappointing 2.2 rating with 9.31 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the TV ratings for the week of September 23 – 29, including New GirlParks and RecreationGrimmFringeSouth ParkSons of Anarchy, Castle, and much more.


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  • Following some stellar series premiere numbers for Revolution, this Monday’s episode faced an expected drop in numbers, though the decline wasn’t near as dramatic as some had expected.  Episode two garnered a 3.4 rating in the demo with 9.21 million viewers, down from last week’s 4.1 rating and 11.7 million viewers for the premiere.


  • Tuesday’s episode of the Matthew Perry-fronted Go On scored a 2.7 rating with 6.90 million viewers, down significantly from last week’s 3.3 rating and 9.33 million viewers.  It’s not time to ring the doomsday bell just yet, but how far viewership slides next week will be crucial.  This week was the first time the show went up against the major comedy programming on Fox, and the competition was not kind.
  • This Tuesday’s episode of the Ryan Murphy comedy The New Normal slid yet again, garnering a 2.0 rating with 5.09 million viewers against last week’s 2.0 rating.
  • There’s a silver lining for this week’s Parenthood, as this week’s numbers are again low but they were flat with last week’s, garnering a 1.8 rating for 4.85 million viewers. 


  • animal-practice-imageWednesday’s episode of the new comedy series Animal Practice was down quite a bit from last week’s 4.1 rated episode, earning a paltry 1.4.
  • Also down was Wednesday’s Guys with Kids, netting a 1.6 against last week’s 2.2.
  • Wednesday’s premiere of Law & Order: SVU was down slightly from last year, earning a 2.1 rating versus 2.4.


  • Thursday’s comedy Up All Night was up a ratings point from last week with a 1.4 rating for 3.26 million viewers.
  • A swell episode of Thursday’s Parks and Recreation was down slightly from last week with a 1.6 rating for 3.27 million viewers.
  • Thursday’s The Office was even with last week’s incredibly disappointing premiere numbers with a 2.1 rating for 4.13 million viewers.


  • Friday’s premiere of Grimm topped the night in the demo, garnering a 1.6 rating for 5.3 million viewers, which is its best performance since January.  This was up a tad from the 1.5 rating its previous episode earned.



  • how-i-met-your-mother-season-8Monday’s season premiere of fan-favorite How I Met Your Mother was down rather sharply from last season’s premiere, with a 3.4 rating versus 2011’s 4.7.  That’s 8.84 million viewers against last year’s 11 million that tuned in for the season premiere, though it’s on par with the season seven finale’s 8.87 million viewers.  The show is lucrative for CBS given its strong performance in the younger demographic, but creators/showrunners Craig Thomas and Carter Bays have publicly stated that they’re writing with the intention that this is the last season.  No official decision has been made by CBS, however, so it’s possible that the show could go on.
  • Also on Monday, the season premiere of 2 Broke Girls was down significantly from last season, earning a 3.7 rating for 10.14 million viewers against last year’s 7.1.
  • The new season of Mike & Molly also premiered on Monday with a 3.1 rating, down from last year’s premiere which netted a 4.8
  • Monday’s series premiere of the David Krumholtz-fronted Partners garnered a 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demo with 6.56 million viewers, which isn’t the best of starts for a CBS comedy.
  • On the drama side of things, Monday’s season premiere of Hawaii Five-0 was down significantly with a 1.8 rating against last year’s 3.4.
  • Tuesday’s premiere of NCIS dipped slightly from last year’s 4.3 rating, scoring a 4.1 in the 18-49 demo (people under the age of 50 watch this show?), while NCIS: Los Angeles landed a 3.4 rating in the demo, also dipping slightly from last year’s 3.6 rated season premiere.


  • vegas-tv-show-imageThe new drama series Vegas premiered on Tuesday to a 2.5 rating with 14.85 million viewers, which is CBS’ lowest rated Tuesday drama premiere since 2004’s Century City.  All things considered, though, 2.5 is a respectable debut.


  • The Wednesday season premiere of Criminal Minds was down, earning a 3.1 rating for 11.73 million viewers against last year’s 4.1 premiere rating.
  • Wednesday’s season premiere of CSI earned 2.5 rating for 10.76 million viewers, down slightly from last year’s premiere of 12.74 million viewers.


  • The Thursday season premiere of The Big Bang Theory was unsurprisingly strong, garnering a 5.0 rating with 15.66 million viewers which is up slightly from last year’s 4.9 premiere.  That makes this the most-watched season premiere in the show’s history.
  • The Thursday season premiere of Two and a Half Men was down from last year’s inflated, Ashton Kutcher premiere, netting a 3.5 rating for an incomprehensible 12.54 million viewers.
  • On the drama side of things, Thursday’s season premiere of Person of Interest (aka Homeless Batman) earned a 2.9 rating with 14.28 million viewers, down only a bit from last year’s 3.1 rating.
  • lucy-liu-jonny-lee-miller-elementaryAll eyes were on the Sherlock Holmes update Elementary, which opened strong to a 3.1 rating with 13.41 million viewers.  The procedural aspect should fit right in with CBS’ audience, so I don’t expect a huge drop off next week.


  • The season premiere of CSI: NY netted a 1.3 demo rating with 8.9 million viewers, down from last year’s premiered which landed a 1.8.
  • The series premiere of Made in Jersey wasn’t exactly a great start, as the show garnered just a 1.1 rating for 7.7 million viewers.
  • As usual, the most-watched show of the night was the Tom Selleck-fronted Blue Bloods which hit a 1.5 demo rating for 11.1 million viewers, which is down from last year’s 2.0 premiere rating.



  • bones-season-8Monday’s episode of Bones earned a 2.2 rating with 7.61 million viewers, just down ever-so-slightly from last week’s 2.3 rating among adults 18-49.
  • Things are looking incredibly grim for new series The Mob Doctor, which managed to do even worse this Monday than last week’s 1.5 rating with a paltry 1.3 for 3.85 million viewers.  Chances are the show’s days are numbered.


  • Fox kicked off their Tuesday comedies with two new episodes of New Girl.  The season premiere was way, way down from last year’s 4.8 series premiere rating with a 2.8 adults 18-49 for 5.35 million viewers, though that’s to be expected given that the series premiere was a first-look audience.  The second episode was even for a 2.8 rating.
  • Following New Girl’s season premiere was the series premiere of the surprisingly excellent Ben and Kate.  Sadly, the numbers dropped sharply from its lead in for a series premiere rating of 2.0 with 4.19 million viewers.
  • Tuesday’s series premiere of The Mindy Project was also rather soft, garnering a 2.4 rating for 4.73 million viewers.


  • zooey-deschanel-new-girl-season-2Glee was down from last week’s 2.9 rating with a 2.4, scoring 5.79 million viewers.


  • The final season of Fringe got off to a so-so start with a 1.1 rating for 3.1 million viewers, down from last year’s 1.5 season premiere.



  • Sunday’s broadcast of the Primetime Emmy Awards netted a 3.9 rating in the demo for 13.26 million viewers, down from last year’s 4.2 rating.


  • Monday’s season premiere of Castle was down from last year’s season premiere, earning a 2.1 rating with 10.45 million viewers versus last year’s 3.5 rating.


  • The season premiere of Private Practice on Tuesday was down from last year’s 2.8 premiere with only a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demo.  With Kate Walsh expected to leave at season’s end, this is likely the show’s final season.


  • modern-family-season-4Wednesday’s hour-long season premiere of The Middle earned a 2.9 rating with 9.16 million viewers in the demo, down a bit from last year’s 3.1 premiere.
  • Hot on the heels of its Emmy sweep, the Wednesday season premiere of Modern Family earned a 5.5 rating with 14.44 million viewers, down from last year’s 6.1 premiere rating.
  • Surprisingly, the much-derided alien comedy The Neighbors debuted on Wednesday to a fair 3.2 rating in the 18-49 demo for 9.22 million viewers.


  • Thursday’s fantastic series premiere of Last Resort was sadly underwatched, netting only a 2.2 rating in the demo for 9.31 million viewers.  The show did, however, bring in strong numbers for males, a demographic that ABC is trying to improve upon.  Seriously, I highly suggest you check this show out.  The Martin Campbell-helmed pilot is riveting.
  • The season premiere of the long-running Grey’s Anatomy was up from last year’s 4.1 premiere with a 4.4 rating in the demo (and a character death to boot) for 11.73 million viewers.
  • Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes’ other series Scandal was up slightly in its second season premiere with a 2.1 demo rating for 6.74 million viewers against the series premiere’s 2.0 rating.

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  • On Sunday, Boardwalk Empire’s latest episode drew 2.6 million viewers for a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo, down a bit from last week’s season premiere which netted 2.9 million viewers.
  • Tuesday’s top cable program was a rather shocking episode of FX’s Sons of Anarchy, which grabbed a 2.1 rating in the 18-49 demo, down slightly from last week’s 2.3.
  • Wednesday’s topical season premiere of South Park on Comedy Central netted a 1.0 rating, coming in second for the night on cable against, well, Honey Boo Boo.


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