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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  • Aiden

    the ratings for big bang theory is unbelievable!! And actually x factor went down, last week it was in the 8 million region.

  • pedro

    TVD 2.80 4 season
    Supernatural 2.32 8 season

  • TVDxItachi

    Arrow is decent show with potential but these DC fanboys think its the best TV has to offer. Its has many glaring flaws. TVD is number 1 for a reason, its a damn good show, much better then arrow. I wouldnt be surprised i TVD doesnt adjust up since Twilight release.

  • aciel

    scandal holds steady because of the huge lead in try putting it on another day and different time and see what ratings it gets. people who say that scandal is not advertised enough are wrong every show that i watch on abc i see the scandal promo like mulitple times during the hour. its a weak show people just cant admit. people could hate me all they want but my opinion remains firm and clear nothing people say is going to change my opinion. if it was really a good show then it will do good no matter where you put it. i have seen shows that barly get advertised and still get 3s. it doesnt have anything to do with advertisement its the fact that people like the show.

  • Jeff R.

    @Chris (Page 13): What was wrong with Men of a Certain Age?

  • Jiji Moran

    The reason TBBT did so well is because there was NOTHING else good on TV in their timeslot.

    Same reason “Elementary” gets a 2.4 demo points.

  • Rebecca

    @Old Man
    Jumping in before we hit 300. Did you see Skyfall and how was it? I saw Breaking Dawn Pt 2 last night (on my bday) and it was awesome, I’ll see it again some time without the screaming teens.

    As for TV I enjoyed TBBT and Parks. Still have to see Office, UAN and 30R later.

  • Networkman

    Yay! So happy for Big Bang Theory. Last night’s football game was weak. So, I guess CBS benefitted. This is what we can expect once football is over. Person of Interest finally garnering over a 3.0 demo. If it was to air after Superbowl, I can see it garnering over 17 million viewers consistently.

    As far as Grey’s Anatomy is concerned, I do feel season 10 should be its last, while viewers are still somewhat interested. Don’t let it leave with a whimper. I feel Person of Interest will finally overtake it. Scandal is doing ok. It would fit great behind Revenge.

    Lastly, NBC needs to go back to the drawing board. All Thursday comedies should be cancelled. Parks & Rec will do even worse next year without The Office. I can see low 1’s. An appearance from Joe Bidden didn’t help at all. I say get rid of it.

  • Nik

    @aciel so what’s your point? You don’t like Scandal, fine. Why the hostility? I don’t think it’s a weak show, and I’m down to watch it for as long as it’s on.

  • mee

    blame it on boring stelenaaaa

  • Methix

    Lol id like to see arrow pulling 1.5`s or 1.6 and 1.3 and 1.4`s when it is into its 4th season even if it makes it that far u people need to calm down with the Arrow ?TVD crap nothing has begun yet TVD is still CW #1 show , Last night episode looked like a filler and started slow but surprisingly got good with some major plot twists so i think it will adjust up

  • Methix

    @pedro check the demos with supernatural for season 4 and compare them to TVD season 4

  • Methix


    the the thing that matters is the demo not the viewers , ratigs means DEMO and TVD beats arrow in the demo

  • karin

    waiting for finals ratings only.
    so probably GA over POI etc, every week , why are people posting about preliminary ratings is ….weird

  • Travis

    So is Glee a cost effective show? I’ve seen it here and there and it looks as though they spend a ton of money on songs and sets. That can’t be cheap. Or is it? With those ratings, I would think it would be counterproductive. The show no longer makes big bucks on iTunes. The singles don’t really chart anymore. Just wondering how much a show like Glee costs and if it’d worth it to go another season. Hmm.

  • Andoni

    Oh God, look at that pic… Has Kaley been weight lifting or something? 0_0

  • SeAN

    Grey’s is doing great considering poor lead in from Last Resort. ABC jumps from 1.3 to 3.1

    POI is a good show too but has TAHM’s 4.1 rating to start with.

    Talent at X Factor this year is the lowest ever. Anything below 3.0 is a shame for a show with a huge budget like this.

  • John

    Glad that Elementary is holding steady at around a 2.2-2.3 (last four weeks: 2.2, 2.4, 2.2., 2.3). It had another good episode last night. And while I really like Person of Interest, I think last night’s episode was comparatively weak. It wasn’t bad. It’s just that almost every other episode (including last week’s) has been excellent, and this one was just kind of bland. There was a *lot* of just standing around in a hospital ER and a park. On the bright side, Ken Leung’s character was hilarious, and it seems that he’ll be joining Zoe as a recurring character, which is a good development.

  • karin

    waiting for finals, GA over POI as ever, CBS for peeps over 50 or 60 now?

  • thesnowleopard

    Oh, my, TVD. I guess it couldn’t hold those higher ones numbers.

    B&B seems to be getting a decent audience. Too bad about that demo. But if it holds to the 0.6, it could still get a second season.

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