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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  • TVDxItachi


    Thank You. These Arrow lovers are getting tiresome.

  • Ryan Schwartz

    CBS is overjoyed about Thursdays, sure, but Mondays are sure to be their worry. Partners bombed, HIMYM and 2BG have fallen to low-to-mid 3s, and without them, Mike & Molly would surely be getting Partners numbers. So do they expand Thursday comedies, or shift some combo of their Thursday comedies back to Monday?

  • Neil

    ‘He could be having the time of his life while she thinks she’s a chicken pecking for corn’…hilarious. So Sheldon has a little perv in him…and then he starts demonstrating. Best moments of the night

  • POIFanatic

    “Last Resort is an excellent and intelligent show”

    I hope you only talked about the first episode. Its all downhill from there (except for episode 4) and facepalm moments are aplenty. XO-Sophia in just episode 2, 3 and then 6 reeks of desperation and lazy character set up. With the already high suspension of disbelief, episode 6 was an unmitigated disaster.

  • bored

    LOL TVD is a nightmare quality wise and a joke.

  • Melissa


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

    Gunsmoke Rule does not apply in this context. I am not saying that Grey’s Anatomy‘s second season was more successful than Person of Interest‘s (even though it was). I am saying that this season, Grey’s Anatomy is more successful than Person of Interest, despite the former being seven seasons older.

  • carla

    Thrilled to see POI rating so high in the demo and so strong in total viewers. Last night’s was a terrific episode after several weeks of fluff: high on the tension, great extension of the core mythology, and funny bits too.

  • SarahL

    What happened with Grey’s? At least, Scandal had a minor uptick.

  • Petar Ivanov

    In week where all shows are down CBS thursday line up KILL them all. Best CBS day no doubt about it.

  • Declan

    @ POIFanatic

    Well TWD had a very good first season, pretty lackluster second one but the third season has been good. But you are right that there have been quite a few errors in throughout this season. But the overall quality in terms is better than POI. POI is pretty procedural but the serialized elements is what makes this show a mist watch for me.Oh forgot Mad Men as a Emmy candidate. That is a good show.

  • Mayorofsmpleton

    Glee will get a season 5 based on syndication and music sales alone. Season 6 is the big question. It’s still at the top of their scripted hourlongs.

  • John A

    @Bored Yet TVD is highest on CW. Are you a Flopkita fan or something?

  • POIFanatic

    @Declan: If it were up to me, I’d not give TWD any awards other than Best Actor for Rick. It has too many flaws to forgive. POI was exceptionally strong in its first season and deserves some kind of Emmy love (though that’s just a dream).

  • steve

    Hopefully if adjusted down POI mantains a 3.0

  • POI

    CW wednesdays beat its thursdays fmaybe for the first time since tvd started and i hope TBBT rises even more and get to over 20 million and 2.5 men to rise aswell because this season is just awesome. Sad that TVD is down although i want Arrow to beat it but not by TVD going Down i want Arrow to rise until it beats TVD someday, and to add to that Arrow didnt beat TVD it tied it in adults but beat it in Viewers by almost 1 million so happy for arrow and hope it grows more when it gets back 2 weeks from now with the Huntress episode i encourage everyone who liked or loved the dark knight to watch it because there will be a relationship between oliver and the huntress like with batman and catwoman.

  • Chris

    Why is 30 Rock still on?

    Yes, I know this is the last season.

    Why wasn’t last season the last season?

    Actually, why wasn’t the season BEFORE last season the last season?

    Actually, why was it ever on in the first place?

    It isn’t funny.


  • Brian J


    Ah, thanks.


    I wouldn’t worry just yet. Compared to the rest of Fox’s line up, “Glee” is doing well. It could get a boost in the spring if “Idol” is still strong.

    Unless Fox really kills it with some new shows for the remainder of the season, I’d guess we’d see at least one more season of it.

  • Chris

    Why has television had NOTHING worthwhile for Andre Braugher since Homicide ended?

  • silvit


    I know that there is an education crisis in America, but it isn’t until I see the numbers for the CBS procedurals that I realize just how dire the situation really is.



    I didn’t disappear, is that when for you it’s afternoon for me it’s night and I’ve been busy. But I’ll reply to your past post tomorrow, or tonight by your clocktime. ;-)

  • Stormy44

    After seeing the half hour breakdowns, I think this could be one of those weeks when scandal doesn’t adjust down. The fact that it went up when Greys went down is a good sign. And if it can hold on to similar 1/2 demos for the rest of the country as it had in the overnight markets, it won’t decline.

    While its nunbers are not as high as some others shows, it was the most consistent show in the spring at holding its audience week to week and I thinkk it will be again this fall and has a pretty good shot at being renewed for a 3rd season. For a show that has not been heavily promoted, is not as expensive to produce as other ABC shows and which consistently wins its time period in the all important female demos, it is actually a pretty safe bet for ABC.

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