CBS's Entire Line Up Posts Week-to-Week Growth

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May 4th, 2012

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"The Big Bang Theory" is the Night's #1 Program in Adults 18-49

"Person of Interest" Wins in Viewers

"The Mentalist" Sweeps Time Period in Viewers and Key Demos

CBS Places First on Thursday in Viewers and Adults 25-54


CBS's entire Thursday lineup posted week-to-week growth in viewers and key demographics led by the season's penultimate episode of THE BIG BANG THEORY, which was the night's #1 program in adults 18-49, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings for May 3.


THE BIG BANG THEORY was first in households (8.3/14), viewers (13.63m), adults 25-54 (5.8/17), adults 18-49 (4.6/15) and adults 18-34 (3.2/12). Compared to last week, THE BIG BANG THEORY was up +6% in households (from 7.8/13), +5% in adults 25-54 (from 5.5/15), +12% in adults 18-49 (from 4.1/13), +19% in adults 18-34 (from 2.7/09) and added +980,000 viewers (from 12.65m, +8%). THE BIG BANG THEORY posted its best deliveries in these measures since March 29, 2012. THE BIG BANG THEORY was the night's top program in adults 25-54, adults 18-49 and adults 18-34.


RULES OF ENGAGEMENT was second in households (5.6/09), viewers (9.01m), adults 25-54 (3.7/10) and adults 18-49 (2.7/08). Compared to last week, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT was up +14% in households (from 4.9/08), +6% in adults 25-54 (from 3.5/09), +8% in adults 18-49 (from 2.5/07) and added +840,000 viewers (from 8.17m, +10%).


PERSON OF INTEREST was first in households (8.2/13) and viewers (12.96m) while second in adults 25-54 (3.7/09, -0.1 behind ABC) and adults 18-49 (2.5/07). Compared to last week, PERSON OF INTEREST was up +5% in households (from 7.8/12), +4% in adults 18-49 (from 2.4/06), even in adults 25-54 and added +230,000 viewers (from 12.73m, +2%).


THE MENTALIST was first in households (8.1/13), viewers (12.67m), adults 25-54 (3.5/09) and adults 18-49 (2.4/07). Compared to last week, THE MENTALIST was up +8% in households (from 7.5/13), +9% in both adults 25-54 (from 3.2/08) and adults 18-49 (from 2.2/06) and added +640,000 viewers (from 12.03m, +5%).


For the night, CBS was first in households (7.7/13), viewers (12.32m), tied for first in adults 25-54 (4.0/10, with FOX) and second in adults 18-49 (2.8/08).



  • RandyL

    While Person Of Interest’s ratings have been slipping lately, if CBS handles it right, it will one day become a big hit like NCIS or Criminal Minds. Also, Rules of Engagement will definately be renewed, maybe only 13 eps, but definate renewal. Rob is certainly in huge trouble.

  • TVDude

    Nice to see Rules get some press. I’m rooting for the show, just because it has a lot against it despite holding well for a show with no promotion. I think CBS bailed on Rob when it decided to air its finale after TBBT repeat. It seems rare for a network to do that to a brand new show they plan to keep. Sure Rules is getting the same treatment, but it is also older and has it occurring after renewals are announced.

    POI is definitely the new drama CBS needed this season. Despite slipping, it’s still the best performer out of all the rookies. I do think it’ll appear an hour later next year.

  • CC

    POI is getting better every week. I just wish they would make use of Lionel a little more as he is the best character on the show.

  • Ralph Hahn

    I thought that last night’s episode of “Point Of Interest” was one of the best so far.

    @RandyL: I never watched NCIS because, since “Moonlighting,” I never cared much for Mark Harmon.

    I DID watch “Criminal Minds for years, but the show became more bloody and gory when Mandy Patakin left the show. He was great on “Chicago Hope,” and even better on “Minds.”

    I don’t think that you need worry about CBS “mishandling” POI.

    I DO hope that “Unforgettable” is renewed. The above shows is a great example of audience improvement if cultivated and left on for more than a year.

    New CBS drama pilots as replacements? Well, we saw how “NYC:22″ did, didn’t we?

  • darius

    Y am a huge fan of Person of Interest and Ncis but y m sick and tired of this comparison between the 2 shows!Hopefully Person of Interest will continue to gain more and more viewers next year!

  • Ralph Hahn

    @darius: YAY!

    NCIS is a courtroom show, isn’t it? Then, as you said, it’s an apple and orange issue. Like I said earlier, I never watched a single episode of NCIS, JAG and 98% of what’s currently on the tube.

    POI started out as a version of “The Equalizer,” one of my favorite ’80s programs. EDward Woodward (God rest his soul) as Robert McCall was also ex-CIA (they called it “The Company”) and he retired to help people who are basically ignored by the police. But now, we’re seeing more background stuff on Reese and Finch. But, Finch STILL gets all the funny lines. ;-)

  • Robbie Bishop

    @Ralph Hahn;
    Some of “Criminal Minds'” gorier episodes were in the first two seasons, before Mandy left.
    However, you’re mostly right, and the gory episodes were more frequent after he left. Still, it’s a great show (though, this recent season’s been a big bummer).

    As for “NCIS,” it’s not a courtroom show. In fact, they’re rarely even near a courtroom. It’s mostly just about investigations. Sort of like the “CSI” trilogy.

  • Steve

    Rules of Engagement was second in households (5.6/09), viewers (9.01m), adults 25-54 (3.7/10) and adults 18-49 (2.7/08). Compared to last week, Rules of Engagement was up +14% in households (from 4.9/08), +6% in adults 25-54 (from 3.5/09), +8% in adults 18-49 (from 2.5/07) and added +840,000 viewers (from 8.17m, +10%).

    Does this mean CBS will actually keep this show on? Maybe not for the Fall Schedule but as a mid-season replacement???????? Go with what you know.

  • Sandy

    Love POI never miss it…Looking forward to another season!!!!

  • Vanna

    I love Person of Interest. I never miss an episode.

  • Kathy

    Mark Harmon was in “Reasonable Doubt” Bruce Willis was in “Moonlighting”.

  • Kathy

    And Person of Interest is the best show on CBS. I love Harold.

  • Patricia

    Love Person of Interest, hope it runs for a good long time, never miss an episode.

  • Johnitta

    I applaud the creators of Person of Interest. It’s an interesting storyline and I like all the characters. I’m pulling for more seasons.

  • Patty

    I think that person of Interest is the BEST show on TV today. I hope it returns next Season..


  • angie

    i love person of interest! can’t wait for the next episode.

  • Lionel has a friend

    I always look forward to new episodes of POI.

    Hopefully next season we will see Kevin (Lionel Fusco) Chapman included in the opening credits. His role in the series is far more interesting to follow than that of Carter.

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