ABC Drama Sinks to All-Time Low

Oct 26, 2012  •  Post A Comment

The picture isn’t getting any brighter for an ABC drama series, which fell in the ratings Thursday night to its lowest number yet in the key demo of viewers 18-49, based on Nielsen overnights.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that the Alphabet Network’s “Last Resort” delivered a 1.3 average in 18-49, down four-tenths of a ratings point from a week earlier and the freshman show’s lowest rating yet. “Grey’s Anatomy” had a rough night too, delivering a 2.9, off a half point from a 3.4 a week ago and the drama’s lowest number of the season. ABC’s “Scandal” was up one-tenth to a 2.0.

CBS was the top network in prime time, led by “The Big Bang Theory” with a 4.8 average rating in the 18-49 demo, even with a week ago, and “Two and a Half Men” with a 3.7, down from a 4.0 last week. CBS’s “Person of Interest” was up two-tenths to a 3.0, while “Elementary” slipped one-tenth to a 2.2.

Fox’s coverage of the World Series delivered a preliminary average on 2.9 in 18-49, with significant adjustments expected due to the nature of live sports.

NBC’s numbers are also expected to be adjusted significantly, with a “Thursday Night Football” telecast impacting numbers for Minneapolis. In preliminary results, “The Office” was the network’s top show, delivering a 2.1 in viewers 18-49.

For prime time overall, CBS came in at No. 1 with a 3.1 average rating in the 18-49 demo, followed by Fox (2.9 average), ABC (2.1) and NBC (1.6). CBS also won total viewers, averaging 12.8 million to 10.2 million for Fox, 7.1 million for ABC and 4.1 million for NBC.


  1. Last Resort is a good show, I bet if you take in account the DVR viewings, the rating would be a lot higher. Overnights should really not have as much impact as they once did. Most everyone I know no longer watch shows when they air.

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