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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  • Lyndle

    @Bill, what’s your analysis on Glee’s falling numbers? If I here it’s safe from you, I’ll feel much more secure. And if it’s still safe in your books, what number rating would be danger territory for the show?

  • Cas

    Why do people care if Arrow > TVD and vice versa? I enjoy both shows and Arrow is in its first season so it makes sense its ratings are higher. The are CW’s highest rated shows and we should be happy for that.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @Lyndle, still safe at these relative ratings levels.

    Away from my computer, so I can’t give you a “this is the line today” number.

  • Declan

    @ Petar

    Hey it’s clear to literally everyone on this site that you love POI but please stop with all this Emmy and Oscar stuff. While I agree that POI is good, very good in fact, there are plenty of other shows that are better. Walking Dead, Dexter, Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones just to name a few.

  • Dat

    2 for 4, CBS. I think it’ll be 3 for 4. Elementary, you got lucky.

  • TVDxItachi

    Its prety Obvious TVD was down due to Twilight release at 10pm yesterday. And no it hasn’t begun, TVD is still superior to Arrow Ratings wise, and quality wise(Much more superior quality wise.)Arrow comparison should start when arrow has 2 or 3 season under its beat, for now just leave it in the “mediocre at best” pile.

  • dantas


    Just out of curiosity, watch shows do you watch these days? :)

  • Nikki

    another crap night for the CW. One good night a week for the network wont keep it afloat.

  • Wright

    TVD down because everyone was waiting in line for Twilight premiere.

  • Why The Hate?

    Haters are gonna hate but Scandal is gonna continue to be great!

  • Babygate

    Greys will be adjusted up a tenth and Scandal will be adjusted down as always. Still, looks like low 3’s is the new normal. In the spring may go lower. Fox made a huge mistake moving Glee opposite Greys. They probably thought XFactor would do great and Glee would benefit. Instead they have split the demo for Greys and Glee. POI is benefiting. CBS is always pretty consistent. Let’s see I’d this is the year Greys loses the number 1 spot. Hope not. This is shaping out to be a fantastic season and last night with Cristina coming back was the best.

  • ZmaX

    TBBT got a series high for total viewers right?

  • John A

    X Factor incredible? Its not often that is said about a singing contest.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @ Hey it’s clear to literally everyone on this site that you love POI but please stop with all this Emmy and Oscar stuff. While I agree that POI is good, very good in fact, there are plenty of other shows that are better. Walking Dead, Dexter, Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones just to name a few.

    Yep, i watch them ALL and all of them are cable shows. Again what i said was best show on BROADCAST TV! I will try so slow down emmy stuff a litle bit. But if POI go UP again not promise anything.(guess insane van or will catch me)

  • POIFanatic

    @Declan: I agreed with you until you mentioned TWD. If you pay the minimum amount of attention, you can see the numerous inconsistencies and flaws in that show. It has great characters this season, but is still making plenty of mistakes to infuse fake drama.

  • CrimTV


    Networks don’t care what their nightly average is, well they sort of do but it doesn’t affect the renewal of shows, if the show following The Vampire Diaries could secure a 1.0+ rating then it’s Thursday night would be strong. But nonetheless, 3 shows at 1.0 and above is better than last year, when only TVD could get above a 1.0!

  • robin

    lol at everyone saying “Arrow > TVD” when arrow has never beat TVD once only tied it twice and only beats it in viewers which is meaningless when it comes to the demo.

    TVD 1.6, 1.3, 1.3, 1.5, 1.5, 1.2 (prelims)
    Arrow 1.3, 1.3, 1.1, 1.0, 1.3, 1.2

  • HalCapone

    While I am no longer a fan of Big Bang Theory, its growing popularity (with a big nod to copious syndication showings)is a little perplexing to me. I used to watch the show initially but grew weary of the nerds with awkward social skills and out of control libidos week after week. It’s not a bad show; it just has become repetitive to me. Are most of these ratings bumps due to new fans discovering the show through syndication for the first time? Two And A Half Men is another moldy show that has outlived its premise beyond its expiration date, IMHO, but I suppose the Ashton Kutcher stunt casting thing is the reason for its continued success.

    It’s an understatement saying ABC has trouble finding a show with traction at 8pm Thursdays. Last Resort is an excellent and intelligent show, in my opinion and I admire ABC’s attempt at counter programming with a high concept drama (against a wildly successful comedy) but it seems that adult dramas in the early hour like Last Resort are not a good fit. I don’t know if Shark Tank would thrive in that time slot either since I can’t imagine it pulling many viewers away from Big Bang. ABC will have to find a suitable comedy block to take some of the bang out of Big Theory, so to speak.

  • TVDxItachi

    Walking Dead appeals to the brain dead, and the smart. So they hit a jack pot with that show, season 2 was such a bust and the brain dead called it the best show on TV!lol. I was about to drop walking dead because of how poor S2 was but i stuck around and S3 is really good so far, with a few flaws. TWD still has nothing on Mad Men and Breaking Bad and The Vampire Diaries, Dexter(as of late).

  • Samunto

    TBBT really has become a monster hit. And internationally (UK and Germany)It’s been seeing record ratings too. The only big comedy hit since Friends.
    Given how much Monday has fallen, i wonder if CBS will next season go all comedy Thurs 8-10pm

    Good luck to NBC trying to find a comedy that can stand against TBBT.

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