'Two and a Half Men' Hits Season Highs; CBS Sweeps Thursday

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October 19th, 2012

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"The Big Bang Theory" Posts Week-to-Week Gains in Viewers and Key Demos

"Elementary" Sweeps Time Period in Viewers, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54

"Person of Interest" First in Viewers

CBS Wins Thursday in All Key Ratings Measures


TWO AND A HALF MEN delivered season-high ratings in viewers and key demographics, helping CBS to a Thursday win in viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings for Oct. 18.


TWO AND A HALF MEN, with guest star Miley Cyrus, was first in households (8.5/13), viewers (13.60m), adults 25-54 (5.2/13) and adults 18-49 (4.0/11). TWO AND A HALF MEN posted its best deliveries in these measures since moving to Thursday.


THE BIG BANG THEORY swept its time period, finishing first in households (9.5/16), viewers (15.40m), adults 25-54 (6.2/17), adults 18-49 (4.7/15) and adults 18-34 (3.1/11). THE BIG BANG THEORY was the night's #1 program in households, viewers, adults 25-54, adults 18-49 and adults 18-34. Compared to last week, THE BIG BANG THEORY was up +4% in households (from 9.1/15), +9% in adults 25-54 (from 5.7/15), +4% in adults 18-49 (from 4.5/13) and added +1.17m viewers (from 14.23m, +8%).


ELEMENTARY was first in households (6.9/11), viewers (10.84m), adults 25-54 (3.1/08) and adults 18-49 (2.3/06).


PERSON OF INTEREST was first in households (8.6/13) and viewers (13.83m), and was second in both adults 25-54 (3.9/09) and adults 18-49 (2.8/07).


For the night, CBS was first in households (8.2/13), viewers (13.06m), adults 25-54 (4.2/10) and adults 18-49 (3.1/09).


Updated Thursday ratings will be available later today.

  • Dan

    Frankly I’m surprised it took this long for Two and a Half Men to gain any traction. Its airing after Big Bang so I was expecting the series to perform a lot better than Shit my Dad Says, Rob, How to Be a Gentleman. Even with really good numbers who knows if CBS is going to keep this aging series on for Season 11. However if it gets 11 then 12 it would break the record as the longest running live action comedy.

  • Jared

    Miley Cyrus was hilarious last night. CBS and 2.5 Men need to bring her character back for more episodes.

  • ugh

    anything with miley cyrus is a no for me. absolutely not. When I heard she was on that show now I stopped setting the DVR.

  • Tony JJ

    I actually really really liked her on the show last night. She was hilarious. I hope she comes back.

  • carole

    Person of Interest…
    Best show on TV!
    Also, more viewers than 2 & 1/2 Men…

  • tv#1

    You just can’t kill 2.5 Men. At this point I think they could do an episode with all of them sitting around staring at the walls, and it would still get twelve million viewers. It is actually pretty hysterical how well it still rates. The show used to be great when Sheen was on it, but now it is barely mediocre. Its a shame that so many viewers tune into this show when a new fresh comedy series like Ben and Kate airs to barely three million viewers. It’s just sad.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @carole: I completely agree. And, in all honesty, this is the ONLY broadcast network primetime show that I watch now. When “Unforgettable” returns, probably sooner than summer with the cancellation bear already canceling new shows that may have aired only two episodes, CBS is going to need something. I seemed to be a one-man crusade in the Spring for keeping “Unforgettable” on the air. Nearly 100% of folks here, wannabe programmers, all laughed at me when I said the Poppy Montgomery show would return. It wasn’t long after the final 2012-13 schedule was finalized, before CBS, admiting a mistake, announced that “U/F” would return next summer.

    Speaking of “Two-and-a-Half Men,” I can’t see CBS/Warner Bros. handing dumba$a Ashton Kutcher $24 million a year, making him the highest paid person in television. It’s a 30-minute show. Folks who have starred for years on one-hour scripted shows work for far less money.

    CBS should back-up the Brinks truck to the set of “P.O.I.” and pay these stars what is right.

  • MJDB


    I hope it breaks the record for the longest running live action sitcom, I really love it. Wish Charlie Sheen was still on it though, but at least we still got Jon Cryer, who is one of the funniest people out there.

  • flychick86

    She was great!

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