big bang re entry oct 18 TV ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' leads Thursday while 'Beauty and the Beast' fallsFast National ratings for Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012

CBS’ comedy block grew some Thursday, as both “The Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men” improved on last week’s ratings and the network scored an across-the-board win, although both “Person of Interest” and “Elementary” were off from their most recent original episodes.

Elsewhere, both “The Vampire Diaries” and “Beauty and the Beast” dropped from their premiere numbers while facing a full slate of competition. NBC, however, got a bit of good news in “Up All Night,” which improved on its performance from last week. “Last Resort” is currently tracking up a little, but its numbers may be a little inflated because ABC’s affiliate in San Francisco carried an NFL game.

CBS drew 13.05 million viewers and an 8.2 rating/13 share in households for the night, leading second-place ABC (7.7 million, 5.2/8) by more than 5 million viewers. FOX took third with 5.5 million viewers and a 3.5/5. NBC (3.5 million, 2.4/4) was fourth. The CW brought in 2.4 million viewers and a 1.5/2.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, CBS’ 3.1 rating led the field. ABC came in second with a 2.4. FOX and NBC tied for third at 1.4, and The CW earned a 1.0.

]]>8 p.m. CBS: “The Big Bang Theory” (15.4 million viewers, 9.5/16 households)/”Two and a Half Men” (13.6 million, 8.5/13)
ABC: “Last Resort” (7.3 million, 4.7/7)
FOX: National League Championship Series Game 4 – Giants/Cardinals (5.3 million, 3.4/5)
NBC: “30 Rock” (3.3 million, 2.3/4)/”Up All Night” (3.2 million, 2.1/3)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” (2.7 million, 1.7/3) 18-49 leader: “The Big Bang Theory” (4.7) 9 p.m. CBS: “Person of Interest” (13.8 million, 8.6/13)
ABC: “Grey’s Anatomy” (9.5 million, 6.4/10)
FOX: NLCS Game 4 (5.5 million, 3.5/5)
NBC: “The Office” (4.3 million, 2.6/4)/”Parks and Recreation” (3.4 million, 2.2/3)
The CW: “Beauty and the Beast” (2 million, 1.3/2) 18-49 leader: “Grey’s Anatomy” (3.3) 10 p.m. CBS: “Elementary” (10.8 million, 6.9/11)
ABC: “Scandal” (6.4 million, 4.5/7)
FOX: NLCS Game 4 (5.7 million, 3.6/6)
NBC: “Rock Center with Brian Williams” (3.45 million, 2.4/4) 18-49 leader: “Elementary” (2.3)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable

Posted by:Rick Porter