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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  • Pepper

    Wow, what a bad night for everybody but CBS.

  • John A

    Im a bit lost on TBBT being so popular. If it had a 3.0 id say great but 5.5 seems to good it dont deserve numbers this good.

  • Oliver


    It will be very interesting to see what NBC do with Thursday next season.

    The easy route would be to reboot the night from scratch with Michael J. Fox as the 9ppm anchor, but it’s going to be nearly impossible for a new comedy to gain traction up against the TBBT juggernaut.

    I’d actually like to see NBC move The Voice to Tuesday/Wednesday and to put comedies on Monday to face CBS’ increasingly struggling comedy night. If CBS moves TBBT back to Monday to bolster the night then NBC can retake Thursdays.

  • DougF


    No hart of dixie would not perform as well as Supernatural. It didn’t even perform as well as Supernatural when Supernatural was on Friday last year with Nikita as its lead in.

  • POIFanatic

    @dgh: “Now back to business can POI fans and Greys fans stop worrying about each others ratings you guys sound like a bunch of Twilight fans arguing over Team Edward/Jacob its pathetic if you really think about it.”

    LOL! Truer words haven’t been spoken.

  • 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

  • Mary

    “Time to come up with a new ranking system”

    Agree! IMO, the fair system would be the viewers number…

  • Mary

    Yay for my favorite show POI, Great ratings.

  • 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.

    It’s funny that you choose to only see the parts of the comments that you can counter. Joe also said It a simple truth the season low of GA is a season high for POI, and THE OLD MAN called it the best piece of nonsense. THE OLD MAN was indeed talking about what Joe said. You both need to accept the simple truth that Grey’s Anatomy is a far more successful show than Person of Interest.

  • Max

    So happy for CBS!! My stock rose sharply this morning.
    NBC’s Thursday is nothing what it used to be sadly. You know you’re doing bad, when Univision of all networks beats NBC.


    @ r0ckmypants

    Thanks, mate!

  • sky

    Love TBBT! It deserves these numbers!

  • ToXiX

    I don’t watch Greys or POI but you greys fans are inbred.
    Hope Greys is adjusted down for once

    CBS dropping a tenth each show


    Actually. Greys fans i apologize. I hope Elementary is adjusted down. Fkkk that show.

  • JD

    Good for Parks and Rec, same as last week even though the Office was way down. and holy hell Big Bang is doing awesomely.

  • ToXiX



    @ Melissa

    And you and Joe both need to accept the simple truth that Gunsmoke is a far more successful show than Grey’s Anatomy

  • Maximillian

    Since more and more people are watching TV online or catching up on seasons, it seems that networks should do anything possible to keep viewers. I personally won’t watch a show now until I have some idea that it stands a chance for renewal because I hate watching a show to get stuck on a cliffhanger, and have it cancelled.

    Networks should take notes, people don’t want to get jerked around anymore or they won’t watch their shows anymore. If they know a show isnt doing well, tell the writers to wrap up the story. Your DVD sales would be higher (if only slightly), and its inclined to help retain viewers if they knew there was always going to be an ending to a show — even if its a paltry 13 episodes.

  • The End

    @Bill Gorman
    @they are incentivized to behave as if another season is coming.

    Very true, it’s a shame in some cases that the producers don’t look at the ratings and consider wrapping up the seasons current story arc, you know to give the audience some kind of closure.

    But as you’ve said, it’s business as usual unless they hear otherwise.

  • Jonathan

    X Factor was incredible last night! Probably the best episode yet!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “. I personally won’t watch a show now until I have some idea that it stands a chance for renewal because I hate watching a show to get stuck on a cliffhanger, and have it cancelled.”

    Good thing you’re a reader of ours.

    We’ll do our best to let you know!

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