Two NBC Shows Sink to Historic Ratings Lows

Nov 30, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Two NBC series hit all-time lows as the network sank to a distant fifth place among the broadcast networks for prime time overall Thursday night, based on Nielsen overnight figures.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that “The Office” and “Parks & Recreation” both dipped to series lows in the key 18-49 demo. “The Office” turned in a 1.9 average rating, down 10% from its previous airing Nov. 15, and “Parks” slipped to a 1.4, down 18%.

NBC’s “Up All Night” was also down — off 8% from Nov. 15 to a 1.2 in adults 18-49 — and “Rock Center” was down 18% to a 0.9. Bucking the trend was “30 Rock,” which managed to climb 8% to a 1.3.

At the other end of the ratings spectrum, CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” was the top show of the night, with a 5.4 average in 18-49 — but that was down 5% from two weeks ago. “Two and a Half Men” held steady with a 4.1, while “Person of Interest” dipped 6% to a 2.9. “Elementary” tied its series low with a 2.2, down 4%.

CBS won the night handily with a 3.3 average for prime time overall in adults 18-49, ahead of Fox (2.5 average), ABC (2.1), Univision (1.7) and NBC (1.2). CBS distanced itself further from the pack in total viewers, averaging 13.4 million to 7.0 million for Fox, 6.9 million for ABC, 4.0 million for Univision and 3.4 million for NBC.

Fox was paced by “The X Factor,” which slipped 4% from last week to a 2.7, while “Glee” delivered a 2.2, surging 47% from its Thanksgiving broadcast.

ABC had a weak turnout for “Last Resort,” in its first broadcast since its cancellation. The show sank to a series-low 1.0 average rating in the 18-49 demo, while “Grey’s Anatomy” tied its season low with a 3.0, down 6% from two weeks ago. “Scandal” went the other direction, climbing 10% to deliver a season-high 2.2.


  1. We tune in The Office every week now, like watching a bad car accident. HORRIBLE writing…even worse “acting”…The cast has ZERO talent. NONE of them are funny, at all. Amazing that any of them even get paid, to put out such a no-talent, garbage show. More than ever, it is obvious that Steve Carrell MADE this show, 100%. And apparently, he knew when to get out!

  2. Glee “Jumped the Shark” with the SuperHero episode. The show can’t decide to let the new characters have an arc or to keep dropping the old ones in for cameos. Preventing viewers from taking any interest in any of them.

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