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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  • Blake

    Big Bang is on fire this season.

  • richard

    3rd. oh well.

    hey walking dead beat big bang theory htis week! yes! looks like 2.5 men is doing pretty good, just had to adjust to new time slot. i dont watch either BBT or TAAHM but good for cbs for having a winning combo.

    i bet cbs is really regretting giving elementary the post SB time slot, i guess they could still change it, but it would probably be better to announcer that sooner rather than later.

  • lee

    Ouch beauty and the beast.

  • Hmm

    Wow, CBS had a really great night! I’m sure Scandal will adjust down like always!

  • Diego

    Good job X Factor :D

  • Meanie

    The Xfactor is doing decent. Britney did nothing or brought anything to the show with her dull personality.

    I bet American Idol will rate higher than Xfactor

  • Tom

    What network, if any, was the game on in Buffalo? I’m not sure I buy the CBS numbers.

    I don’t know how strong those iTunes revenues are, but Glee continues to slump into questionable territory. Fox may have no way to get rid of it for Season 5, but I’m not so sure on Season 6.

  • João Paulo (@JPaulo645)

    TBBT wow and POI rocks 3.1 \o

  • Oliver

    The double-header of TBBT/TaaHM is doing its job, after a slow start.

  • Mi

    I hope TVD is adjusted up.

  • richard

    glee season 5 will be the last season, it had a good run, made so much money on the music alone, not to mention it used to be one of the highest rated show on tv. oh well, had to come to an end some point. i dont even watch

  • Drake

    Ok lets here it, we know its coming.

    “TVD is down because of klaroline and Delena.”

  • 1313 SVU Lane

    Should we expect XF and Glee in the 1s next Thursday? I’m still not that confident that the NFL game will give either a big boost. Especially since there’s a competing NFL game on NBC.

  • Steven

    I’m really trying to enjoy this season of TVD, which is my guilty pleasure, but its just not there. I much preferred last season. How they can write Elena with a completely different personality has vampire just to make DE happen annoys me. I’m a man and could care less about that triangle but come on this is just bad writing so DE gets their shot. They are turning Elena into Katherine which is something I thought would never happen. Then suddenly Tyler is the moral character of the show. TVD is losing its consistency and it sort of depressing me. I think its starting to show its CWness.

  • Simon

    Don’t worry about TVD just yet. After last night’s episode, i am pretty sure it’ll be up next week. It wasn’t great (nor was it bad), but it set the path for what MAAAANY were looking for.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Did CBS have football last night because they seem too high?”

    “What network, if any, was the game on in Buffalo? I’m not sure I buy the CBS numbers.”

    Our info is that independent no major network (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CW) affiliates carried the local NFL broadcasts, so no network effects last night.

  • Tabitha

    TVD and Arrow tied but Arrow had the viewers.

  • AcE


    they tied in Demo but Arrow blows TVD to kingdom come in total viewers.

  • were123

    Wow, I never expected to see Glee THAT LOW! FOX is starting to fall on NBC territory! Their scripted shows are doing really bad, The X Factor is far from performing as expected, they need to do somthing.

  • John A

    Elementary is holding up well. Surprised its not in mid 1.s its so bad.

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