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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

 

Scoreboard CBS FOX ABC UNI NBC CW
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

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Late night ratings:

via press note

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:
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> * 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.
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> * 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.
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> * 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).
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> * 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.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.
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Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • Seth

    The Last Resort better start wrapping up storylines to give it a proper series ending at the end of this season.

  • Joe

    Lol at glee, keep flopping…thats a series low.

  • rob60990

    “I bet American Idol will rate higher than Xfactor”

    Of course it will…

  • Bruce

    Has there ever been an 8:00 PM on a Thursday when shows from three different networks were all 1.3 or lower? The combination of ABC, NBC, and CW appears to have entered uncharted territory.

  • Stormy44

    Isn’t that an uptick for Scandal from last week’s prelims. It’s funny how it seems to go up on the weeks that Greys decline. Will be interesting to see if the same thing happens as it did last time and Scandal doesn’t decline in the final.

  • Masterbreel

    POI! Jeej!

  • ron

    WTF TBBT is a beast!

  • Nik

    I’m hoping Scandal either stays the same or adjusts up.

  • pw

    CBS ROCKS……BIG BANG JUST KEEPS GETTING BIGGER AND BETTER…STILL THINK POI DESERVES THE AFTER SUPER BOWL SHOW!!!!WHAT Y’ALL THINK…

  • Bookworm

    It sucks that Grey is down but Scandal is up!! That’s great but I’m becoming worried about Grey a little. It’s viewers number is bothering me now and its rating has been above 3.0 this season but it was at 4.3 just 6 episodes ago. Maybe the next season will be the last but it is still a powerhouse!

    Last Resort, I’m really sad for it and I will enjoy the rest of the episode orders and I hope the writers allow it to be closed at a decent point. I would hate for it to end on a point where it can be continued and leaves much open.

    POI is awesome though!

  • bill

    Why does NBC even bother?

  • jimbo

    THE OFFICE is still funny, but Andy is not funny at all.

  • jay

    wow. TBBT is awsome. was it special something? why is it so high?

  • rob60990

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

    Arrow has been beating TVD in viewers every week…

  • POIFanatic

    Woah TBBT! That’s a monster! Awesome for POI! Hope it doesn’t get adjusted down again!

    TVD should have went up! It was a double serving of the awesome Nina. God, I love this girl!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “The Last Resort better start wrapping up storylines to give it a proper series ending at the end of this season.”

    I wouldn’t count on it.

  • Declan

    Brace yourself for Petar’s oncoming schpeal (sorry dont know if that’s how you spell it) of how good POI did lay night:) But I have to admit that POI was very good last night. Good day to be CBS.

  • Hmm

    Scandal almost always declines in the finals. ABC and their stupid overruns.

  • Tony ^_^

    Series-high viewership (they don’t matter, but still) for “The Big Bang Theory”! :D

  • AcE

    @rob60990

    and hence the “Arrow > TVD” statement now that the demos are tied.

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