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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  • Vance

    @John A, Bored is a Buffy lover that hates TVD.

  • Dejah

    wow, for Person of Interest,every week it gets better and better.

  • Tessa


    TVD is losing its consistency

    You mean it ever had consistency? I watched 2&1/2 seasons of the show and it always seemed like they hired a new writer who had no idea about what came before. People would hook up and break up like it’s a game of musical chairs and every conflict in the story was resolved with a magic ring/rock/book/twig/stick. I never got what people saw in the show when the story never stopped spinning and landing in an entirely new place.

  • Declan

    @ POIFanatic

    I love POI too but your right In the sense that it will most likely never get nominated for an Emmy any prime soon considering they typically overlook crime shows.

  • Nik

    Stormy44, I so hope that you are right. Scandal is my favorite show on tv right now and I’d like it to continue.

    My Scandal love does not require me to denigrate any other shows.


    @ Melissa

    I still don’t know how you came to the GA/POI thing when I LOL at Joe’s comment stating “I bet there are more Nielsen boxes on people watching CBS shows than any other network.”

    Which I consider his statement & your response as “nonsense.”

    So I’m now saying Gunsmoke’s second season was more successful than GA’s, which it was.


    Elementary is a awesome show and it is doing well in its time space it is a strong end of the night show with great writing

    TVD is been crap with bad writing

  • Brent

    TVD is awesome!

  • panda22

    Arrow is a beast for The CW…..mazing to think it beats TVD by 1 million viewers! :D

  • Jon

    I’m glad to see Elementary holding its own. It’s such a good show

  • Alex

    I second that @stormy44,and @nik.Scandal is a great show,no matter what people say.It is a good show and has a loyal audience.Kerry Washington is a incredible actress and they have a talented and wonderful cast.It has interesting writing and is a very addictive show.Scandal is going to continue to shine and haters are gonna hate,but ratings prove that it is sucesssful and that people like the show period;so say as you will.It always proves to be a consistant show week after week and you got to give kudos to that.

  • Joseph

    Tonight (November 16th), we may see historically-low Friday-night prime-time numbers in the younger adult (18-23, 18-34 and even 18-49) demos.

    The reason? Four words: “Breaking Dawn Part 2″.

    That film will probably set all sorts of box-office records for a November opening weekend and that will wound prime-time numbers the next two nights.

  • Jon

    @HAlCaponne……I couldn’t disagree with you more. The reason tbbt keeps growing is because of the ongoing character development. Watch an episode from the first few seasons and then watch episodes from this season. You will find each character has developed in their own right. They have added new people along the way, and the writing is always stellar. The show works because of comedic timing. Each actor plays of each other so well. To me it’s the definition of a sitcom. Years from now when you look at what a definition of a sitcom is, a picture of tbbt should be close by.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Melissa (page 11) – I only commented on YOUR post, because I was only responding to YOU. I didn’t ignore anything in Joe’s post, because I wasn’t referring to his post; I just made my point without being emotional or crazy, something you should attempt.

    I don’t watch Grey’s or Person of Interest; I don’t care where either of them falls in the ratings. I don’t care how many seasons either run. And I also don’t see the need to compare them. They are on different networks, different trajectories, with different target audiences. They are both successful on different levels.

  • Rach

    @Panda22 –

    But technically isn’t that a bad thing? It’s beating TVD by a million viewers, but can’t beat it in the demo. And saying as the demo is what’s important, I’d say that’s actually a downside for Arrow – it has all these viewers but it can’t get it’s demo above a 1.3.

    Plus, TVD is in it’s 4th season, Arrow is brand new, Arrow beating a 4 year old show in total viewers isn’t really that impressive – it’s just doing what it should be doing. It’s just a shame for Arrow that more of those viewers aren’t within the demo – TVD would likely be on a 1.7-1.8 with that many viewers. Arrow seems to skew a lot older than TVD.

    I’m a fan of both, btw, I don’t care which one is does better. They’re both doing great, that’s all I care about.

  • HB

    TVD down
    LOL lets blame it on “Delena and Klaroline”

    Guys even with demo down, TVD will get renewed. :P And as for Arrow tying with TVD.Its in FIRST season, we will see if it gets the same ratings for FOURTH SEASON.

  • marcus

    Elementary is awesome, it’s worth checking out, so is person of interest.

  • Anon

    Since someone asked, CBS did not carry NFL in either affected market.
    In Miami, the MYNET affiliate carried the game. In Buffalo, the MeTV affiliate carried it.

    No football adjustments forthcoming for the major broadcast networks, AFAICD.

  • Tim

    Glee is dying…

    Its a shame Last Resort is getting poor ratings with a fine amount of viewers (more than Glee).

  • LisaNeedsBraces

    I wonder which “lowlight” Elementary will hit first: losing a full 1.0 from POI or tying Scandal in the demo?

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