Thursday, September 27, 2012 ratings — Last night, we had the series premieres of Last Resort and Elementary, as well as the season debuts of The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Grey’s Anatomy, Person of Interest, and Scandal. There were also plenty of originals with The Next on The CW and NBC’s ailing line-up — Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday, Up All Night, The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Rock Center with Brian Williams. The Vampire Diaries returns October 10th.
On CBS, The Big Bang Theory returned to win the night in both the demo and viewers categories. It registered a 4.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 15.31 million total viewers. Year-to-year, it was down slightly in the demo (by 2%) but was up by 7% in viewers.
That was followed by the season premiere of Two and a Half Men in its new night and timeslot. Remember when Men was Big Bang’s lead-in on Mondays? Men drew a 3.5 demo rating and 12.37 million. That’s way down from last season’s opener but that was the mega-hyped introduction of Ashton Kutcher to the series. Compared to a year ago’s series premiere of (quickly cancelled) How to Be a Gentleman, the network was up by 30% in the demo (vs a 2.7 rating) and 38% in viewers (vs 8.98 million).