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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  • Paul

    What a Thursday line-up for CBS – watch all night with wife & kids – all
    enjoyed every show – very rare these days. Elementary is doing well considering new shows ave. less than 2.0!!!

  • Michael

    So happy Scandal was up :) hopefully it doesn’t decline in the finals. Why does ABC do an overrun for Grey’s into Scandal :/

  • Mike

    If CBS was smart, they would have BBT for their SB slot. I saw on EW that 9.6 was the highest Friends got in the demo, which I suspect was the series finale that drew over 50 million.

  • POIFanatic

    Last Resort keeps disappointing week in and week out with its storylines. It had two brilliant, two horrible episodes and the rest were mediocre. It goes to the extremes. Hope it wraps somewhat coherently.

  • Melissa


    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!

    There’s no need to worry about Grey’s Anatomy – a 3.1 is still excellent for a show in its ninth season. Also, it remains the highest-rated drama on network television. The fact that its viewership number is low is not important – we all know that the demo is what matters. By the way, it got a 4.4 six episodes ago, not a 4.3.

  • dks

    WOW Beauty and the Beast is down. Not good. And they just gave it a full season?

  • One

    The condemnation of America for its failure to watch Last Resort begins NOW!

    You were warned. Your noncompliance will no longer be tolerated.


    X Factor is still there highest rated Fall show by a mile thats why its returning for season 3. I expect though another overhaul for the third season with big budget cuts. Its funny Britney Spears judging is weak but she is a much better mentor than Demi. Demi is a way better judge, she is a better fit on Idol IMO. Anyways once these shows go into repeats X Factor should climb up. Next week is Thanskgiving so ratings will be lower.

    Damn Big Bang Theory is a monster hit. It has the most crazy fans on TV. Look for this show to hit the 10 year mark or more. Two and Half Men is solid business IMO. Person of Interest IMO is the real star a slow starter that just took off. Great show BTW. Elementary is doing solid, it just needs the big Super Bowl timeslot.

    IMO ABC should end Grey’s Anatomy next season. Lets announce the 10th season as the final season and go out with a big bang with the original cast members. Anyone agree the tenth season of Grey’s should be the final but I have a feeling ABC will extend it longer to season 11 or 12? Its probably one of ABC’s most profitable dramas of all time.

  • Dóchas

    @Steven, I could not agree more. Julie Plec’s ADHD shows in every episode. Elena has turned into a bi-polar, suicidal vampire. She is so wishy washy nothing she ever says can be believed. I watch TVD DESPITE Elena. I don’t ship either couple but JP’s Damon bias is glaringly obvious and her need to appease one fanbase every other week is ruining this show. She started this and now doesn’t know how to fix it. It can’t be fixed. The best relationship that’s been on this show was Damon and Alaric. The strongest and most root worthy character is Caroline. Her love of all things Damon and the fans crying over Stelena/Delena have just made this show nearly dead to me.

  • Charlotte Always

    Glee is doing horribly.

  • Ryan

    Blame the Vampire Diaries on Twilight opening at 10PM last night!


    Like a good Case IH, CBS mows down all comp & wins night in demo & ttl viewers

    ABC like CW @ 8:00, GA hanging (by a thread) @ 9:00 & Scandal loses to CBS @ 10:00

    NBC only has one 2.0 as entire slate is imploding

    FOX not a factor here at all as X misses the spot & Glee 2.1 pathetic

    CW up w/ the big boys @ 8:00, BATB about average w/ its average

    BBT beyond BEAST status! Go CBS!

  • rob60990

    So the best POI can do is tie Grey’s Anatomy even with a lead-in more than 3X bigger. Pretty pathetic. :D

  • Petar Ivanov

    Begining of the CBS super thursdays may be????????

    So far POI #1 CBS drama for the week i think?(even NCIS was 3.0) If was CBS show 100% will be with post SB slot. But……..still time CBS to make the right move. Come on guys be smart here you have example how a drama should be written and acted. Best scripted show on TV – broadcast and cable. Emmy and oscar award level. DO THE RIGHT THING.

    ps I read every day almost every comment so i am still big fan of TV by the numbers guys. But i guess like most olders(2 years in this site, already) i am one of these 70-80% of people for wich Bill Gorman always talking about that read but don’t write so often. No time ot other reasons. Yep now i belive him.

  • hubertwentland5

    so, as of prelims, PoI ties NCIS and TBBT beats it in total viewers. that’s unlike.

  • merry

    Go POI GO :)

  • Timmy G

    Adjust up VD! Last night’s episode was so good. This season has been on fire in comparison to the convoluted season 3. Feels like it’s back on the S2 track.

  • Jason50

    I must say enjoyable night of programming last night. I still have yet to watch TVD, Last Resort, and Flashpoint, but POI and Burn Notice had very good episodes. Also growing on me the past few weeks has been Elementary. Almost writing this show off as just another crime procedural, it has some clever albeit somewhat over the top crime solving without annoying kids, family, and relationship drama that a lot of other shows have. I think Thursdays are joining my Fridays and Sundays as having too many shows to watch on TV. I guess it’s better than having hardly anything to watch.

  • Billy

    The Big Bang Theory ratings are just on another planet. Modern Family once competed with The Big Bang Theory, but now TBBT is fast becoming the biggest hit on TV with nothing even competing with it in the ratings.

  • Jonathan

    Happy for X Factor and I think it will be adjusted up! They are being cautious because they don’t want it to be adjusted down.

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