CBS's Thursday Surges With Year-to-Year Gains by 'The Big Bang Theory,' 'Two and a Half Men,' 'Person of Interes' and Freshman Drama 'Elementary'

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November 14th, 2012

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Network's Top-Rated Thursday Surges With Year-to-Year Gains by “The Big Bang Theory,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Person of Interest” and Freshman Drama “Elementary”

CBS's top-rated Thursday lineup continues to grow, paced by year-to-year gains from THE BIG BANG THEORY, the newly relocated TWO AND A HALF MEN, PERSON OF INTEREST and the hit freshman drama ELEMENTARY, according to Nielsen most current ratings through Week Seven.



Viewers A18-49 A25-54

2012 CBS THURSDAY 16.11m 4.3 5.7

2011 CBS THURSDAY 14.42m 3.8 5.1

+12% +13% +12%


THE BIG BANG THEORY, the season's most-watched comedy, is up +13% in viewers (18.99m from 16.86m), +8% in adults 18-49 (6.5 from 6.0) and +9% in adults 25-54 (8.2 from 7.5). TWO AND A HALF MEN has improved the year-ago time period (“How to be a Gentlemen”/“Rules of Engagement”) by +39% in viewers (14.61m from 10.50m), +32% in adults 18-49 (4.5 from 3.4) and +31% in adults 25-54 (5.9 from 4.5).


Sophomore drama PERSON OF INTEREST is registering year-to-year increases of +24% in viewers (17.03m from 13.74m), +15% in adults 18-49 (3.8 from 3.3) and +13% in adults 25-54 (5.2 from 4.6). The freshman drama ELEMENTARY has improved the time period by +6% in adults 18-49 (3.5 from 3.3).


CBS's Thursday programs are also among the top shows in television among DVR playback. In live plus 7-day playback among viewers, BIG BANG THEORY ranks #3, ELEMENTARY #4 and PERSON OF INTEREST #10. Among adults 18-49, THE BIG BANG THEORY is #3, ELEMENTARY #8 and PERSON OF INTEREST #15.


Source: The Nielsen Company, P2+ AA (000), A25-54 AA%, A18-49 AA%, primetime, regularly scheduled programs, 9/24/12-11/11/12, 9/19/11-11/13/11. All data are “most current.”


  • Enri

    Still don’t like Elementary.

  • martha

    So happy for POI :)

  • B plus

    YAY FOR BBT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • EllieMae

    whooooo hoooo for POI – not so much for Elementary -keep trying to like it but just not growing on me.

  • pat

    Love POI, can’t stand Elementary (prefer the Mentalist).

  • Philip2

    “Hit freshman drama Elementary”? Interesting spin. Elementary’s the weak link in CBS’s strong Thursday line-up. Despite its inflated series premiere ratings, Elementary’s average is already worse than that of TM last year among total viewers and adults 25-54, and it’ll be the same story among adults 18-49 sooner rather than later. Considering that POI has found more viewers and is a better lead-in than last year, CBS can’t be too happy with those results.

  • Barb

    Don’t like Elementary either. Move The Mentalist back where it belongs.

  • ToXiX

    Move that stinker Elementary to Monday next fall.
    It’ll be renewed, Golden Boy will flop, Made In Jersey is already cancelled and Vegas is on the bear’s plate in the coming weeks.
    Expand the Thursday comedy block because Monday is falling badly.

  • Dan S

    I agree with those panning Elementary. I still can’t believe they gave this show the coveted post super bowl slot in Feb. I feel that honor should’ve gone to POI which richly deserves the slot reserved for shows that have great potential to grow. Given that Partners flamed out it might be a while yet before CBS will be able to expand their Thur comedies to 2 hrs.

  • Ben

    Elementary rocks! Glad to see it’s doing so well.

  • Michael Hadley

    I don’t get the Elementary discontent. I love it and the Mentalist and BBC’s Sherlock. All great mystery shows. I also loved Law & Order Criminal Intent’s Sherlockism. As for Elementary: I love the Lady Watson – a very interesting take and the guy who is apparently another ex Ms Angelina is more substantial than I expected. As for POI clearly the best tv series since the original UK Prisoner series. HAPPY POIDAY AND BEST TO ALL IRRELEVANTS!

  • Annie

    POI !!!

  • vanna

    POI You Rock!

  • xtine

    cancel 2 and a half men . ashton sucks

  • xtine

    i super luv Person of interest !!!

  • Mary

    Extremely happy for POI.

  • Cathy

    Glad to Elementary is doing well – it’s one of my favorites!!!!!!!!!

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