TV Ratings Thursday:'Big Bang Theory', 'Two & A Half Men' & 'Person of Interest' Hit Season Highs,'Grey's Anatomy' & 'Vampire Diaries' Down, 'Scandal' & 'The X Factor' Up

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November 16th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.4/10 2.2/6 2.2/6 1.9/5 1.4/4 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.9/6 2.0/7 1.6/5 1.9/6 1.3/4 1.0/3
Total Viewers (million) 13.621 6.284 6.875 4.634 3.704 2.206

CBS won the night in adults 18-49 and in Total Viewers.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory earned a season-high 5.5 up 8% from last week's 5.1 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men scored a 4.1 up 2% from last week's 4.0 adults 18-49 rating. Person Of Interest garnered a 3.1 up 7% from last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating.  Elementary notched a 2.3 up 5% from last week's series-low 2.2 among adults 18-49.

On FOX, The X Factor earned a 2.4, up 4% from last week's 2.3  adults 18-49 rating. Glee notched a 2.1, down 13% from  last week’s 2.4 rating.

On ABC, Last Resort  earned a 1.3, down 7% from last week’s 1.4 adults 18-49 rating and tying its season low. Grey's Anatomy scored a 3.1, down 6% from last week’s 3.3. Most of your predictions were a bit too optimistic.  Scandal garnered a 2.1, up 11%  from last week’s 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, 30 Rock earned a 1.2, even with its last Thursday episode on October 25.  Up All Night scored a 1.3, down 7% from a 1.4  its most recent episode on October 26. The Office tied its series low with a 2.0, down 17% from last week’s 2.4, when it had The Voice as a lead-in. Parks and Recreation, featuring a guest appearance by Vice President Joe Biden, scored a 1.7, even with last week and proving that as a sit-com guest star, he’s no match for Miley Cyrus.  Rock Center garnered a 1.1, up 10% from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, The Vampire Diaries earned a 1.2, down  20% from  last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. Beauty And The Beast  scored a 0.6 down 14% from last week's 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.


Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, November 15, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.5/17 17.39
FOX The X Factor 2.4/7 7.29
ABC Last Resort 1.3/4 5.82
NBC 30 Rock 1.2/4 3.41
CW Vampire Diaries 1.2/4 2.80
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men 4.1/12 13.90
NBC Up All Night 1.3/4 3.12
9:00 CBS Person of Interest 3.1/8 14.51
ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.1/8 8.66
FOX Glee 2.1/5 5.28
NBC The Office 2.0/5 4.15
CW Beauty and the Beast 0.6/2 1.62
9:30 NBC Parks & Recreation 1.7/4 3.57
10:00 CBS Elementary 2.3/7 10.72
ABC Scandal 2.1/6 6.14
NBC Rock Center  With Brian Williams 1.1/3 3.99


Late night ratings:

via press note

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:
> * In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.8/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: > "> The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,> "> 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.
> * At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • Joe


    I’m sorry that senility has hit you at this point in your life.

  • perry

    very happy for my favorite show of all time – poi.

  • Percysowner

    And if Arrow and BatB had been peared together it would do better for both of the shows. Cw.. what a mess!

    BATB would not do better paired with Arrow. TVD is the highest rated show on the CW. It is more compatible, IMHO with BATB than Arrow would be. I don’t know if HOD would do better after TVD, they are very different shows. Putting SPN after Arrow has given the CW a strong night, something they needed. The two shows are very compatible and that night is actually working for the CW.

  • DougF

    @KS “So, Wednesday night is the best night on CW now with two top performing shows.”

    But according to some people CW should break that up and move Supernatural back to Friday so when Cult premiers it has Arrow’s lead in.

  • Dude

    Shame for Glee. That was probably my favourite episode of the season.

  • Melissa


    LOL! Best piece of nonsense so far today!

    The biggest joke is you. You can’t accept the hard fact that Grey’s Anatomy‘s series low is the same as what Person of Interest usually gets on a weekly basis, despite the former being seven seasons older, and having a horrible lead-in.

  • mmel

    I call you rude because you are, period.I don’t need to call a show garbage just because I don’t like.

  • rob60990

    @mmel, you should go read the Sunday ratings thread. ;)


    @ HalCapone

    Probably as much as the acne advertisers love the CW & New Girl


    HAHAHAHAHHA!!!! REVOLUTION is so close too beating Grays Anatomy!!!

  • Crystal

    I wonder what episode of Last Resort they are filming/producing?? I hope that the creators know it’s not getting a back 9 pick-up and are acting accordingly. Love the show and all I’m now dreaming of is some sense of closure, which is probably foolish, right??

  • Matthew

    Every time I look at TBBT numbers, I get annoyed with Jim Parsons for caving during the contract negotiations a couple years back. He should be making way more an episode than he currently does. Unbelievable!


    **********CORRECTION! REVOLUTION is so close to DOMINAATING the title of TOP DRAAMA!!!!!

  • perry

    tried .. but elementary is still not my cup of tea.

  • WoWza

    These numbers for Glee still definitely allow for renewal. 2.1 is okay for the show, so0 fnas should not worry that is not coming back.

    It isnt as incredible as it once was though numbers wise, but it will be coming back and possibly boosted once Idol starts. So, dont fret. A season 5 – and likely 6 is coming. Maybe 7, too? Not passed 7 though… this seems like a 7 years series.

  • Melissa

    It’s sad to see 30 Rock this low.


    @ Melissa

    You & Joe really should see yourselves as the joke U2 are, as you can’t get off your Retentionista logic & Gunsmoke Rule mentality.

    I’m perfectly aware of the fact that POI tied GA’s series low, but the fact remains they TIED & the new show could very well soon overtake the old one.

    Too bad you can’t the joke yourself!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I wonder what episode of Last Resort they are filming/producing?? I hope that the creators know it’s not getting a back 9 pick-up and are acting accordingly.”

    Exceptions occur, but rookie show creators/writers are not incentivized to “wrap things up”, they are incentivized to behave as if another season is coming.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Melissa – Maybe you should read the post The Old Man was referring to before calling him out, because that quote you pulled had nothing to do with Grey’s.

    You also need to hop off your retentionista high horse. Grey’s is not, and in its ninth year should not be, lead-in dependent. Its lead-in has nothing to do with how well it performs. Grey’s has been in the same timeslot since 2006, and nothing that has aired at 8:00 has ever affected it negatively in any way… including now. Person of Interest is a sophomore show that DOES need a successful lead-in to build its own audience, just like Grey’s did in its first two seasons airing after Desperate Housewives.

  • Dennis

    Person of Interest is awful…..
    Elementary is boring….
    Greys Anatomy is tired…
    Big Bang Theory jumped the shark…
    Last Resort, bad show with a great pilot…
    Scandal is laborious…
    Vampire Diaries is teen melodrama…
    so much bad tv

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