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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  • Kaylie

    Oh no Glee!!!


    @ Rebecca

    Saw “Skyfall” on Weds & have to say it was one wild ride! The Adele theme has to be heard in the theatre & the opening credits to coincide were perfect. It’s also a real young vs old, new M vs old; just a well-made, fun movie–highly recommended.

    Have so many shows to catch yet, only saw AHS, Arrow, The Middle & Nashville so lots to go–how about Grimm ending tonight (ONO). At least I’ll have tonight & tomorrow to play catch up!


  • Statix

    Ha, did anyone else notice the plastic gun used in Person of Interest around 36:35.

  • Christian

    @methix SPN’s first 6 eps of S4 averaged a 1.37 in the demo. Vamp Diaries is averaging a 1.42.

  • Rebecca

    @Old Man
    Thanks. I forgot about tonight being the end of Grimm for a while (just saw an ad on NBC for its “fall finale” while seeing the end of Ellen). Then it comes back 1/11/13. Ellen had Vanessa Williams on today, talking about 666 PA. Hubby wants to see Skyfall so maybe one of these days we’ll go see it.

  • Dan

    ABC has just cancelled Last Resort

  • Jim

    Could it be that many of the people here are in high school? The reason I’m wondering is because of the plethora of posts that are one of the following:

    – My show got better ratings than your show, ha, ha, ha.
    – I hope that “fill in the blank” gets canceled; it sucks.
    – Your show only tied my show in the ratings and it had a much better lead-in, so there.

  • Jeannie

    Did anyone happen to notice the twist on last night’s 2 1/2 Men? The old man “Sid” who was sitting at the bar, was played by Jon Cryer! It took me a minute or so to figure it out. I thought that was brilliant. And, they never even mentioned the character in the credits. Guess they wanted to keep the viewers guessing.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Very bad for TVD. BATR is ending up where I expect it to do. Hopefully it won’t go even lower into the .4-.5 range – but it could.

  • Why The Hate?

    Yea.. Scandal is such a weak show that its gotten a full season. Mhmmm. You mad bro?

  • ateofi

    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.
    Although we both like “Person of interest”, we coudn’t be in more diagreement about this season. I think the pervious 6 episodes were average at best and the last one was terrific. And I agree with you about Ken Leung character – this guys should appear more often.

  • martine

    How is that bad for the VD? Thats what they always do…well they usually do a 1/8 of a percent better. But they always tie with Last resort. they still did. And BTB is pretty OK for a CW show. I think its going up, not down.

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