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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  • Charlotte Always

    JONNYSBRO stop rehearsing the same old lie. X Factor never even make the weekly top 25 anymore, but Simpsons and Family Guy do.

  • Brian J

    I believe that if these numbers hold, this will be a new all time high for “TBBT.” If so, you have to wonder what it’s doing right or rather what CBS is doing right to promote. I mean, WOW!

  • Gustavo

    Oh My Glee!

  • Matt

    BBT would get over 20 mil and 6 demo if it were at 9…no doubt

  • joe

    Two and half man was so damn funny

    TBBT is a trash comedy i think MF is better but yet it cant even crack 5

  • chris

    CBS owns all

  • Jonathan

    @JonnysBro I completely agree! Demi is a stronger judge but Britney is a much better mentor. She really nurtures her contestants and still has all four! Everyone else is down to two each! Carly Rose has a great chance of winning the whole thing!

  • Oliver


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

    That’s a good point.

    Usually, thsoe sorts of excuses seem like BS, but I genuinely wouldn’t be surprised if that it the reason for the sudden fall it ratings. They must have huge audience overlap.

  • Lyndle

    No! Glee! I was hoping it would at least be stable with last week. Anyone if there’s any chance that it might adjust up?


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


  • Oliver

    @Brian J

    TBBT got 5.6 last season.

  • aciel

    where is that troll max he must be happy that scandal adjusted up. i find it ironic even though he loves scandal hes not the first one to post on the scandal threads but when it comes to revenge hes always first. so that shows that hes rooting for revenge to fail more so than scandal to succeed.

  • Melissa


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

    It’s honestly a joke that you consider a 3.1 “hanging by a thread”. If you don’t like the show, that’s fine, but you need to be realistic and realize that Grey’s Anatomy is still the highest-rated network drama, while your precious Person of Interest‘s average rating is almost as low as Grey’s Anatomy‘s series low.

  • Kel

    @ACE – Arrow and TVD have tied in the demo’s before, this isn’t the first time. And TVD often adjusts up. I guess we’ll see.

    Someone mentioned on the Wednesday thread yesterday that the final Twilight movie had it’s midnight release last night, or 10PM release, as many theatres were doing. This could very well have been a factor for TVD, as total viewers really didn’t drop by much compared to previous weeks, but the demo did, suggesting those who didn’t tune in yesterday were indeed part of the demo, the same demo which likely targets the Twilight audience. I dunno, maybe it’s fan excuse bingo, but I do think it could be a plausable reason, TVD and Twilight probably do share a lot of crossover fans.

  • DougF


    CBS doesn’t not own all. Walking Dead owns all

  • eridapo

    Per Marc Berman

    LR 1.3/1.3
    GREYS 3.1 / 3.1
    SCANDAL 2.3/ 1.9

    POI 3.2/3.0
    ELEM 2.4/2.3

    TVD 1.3/1.2
    BatB .6/.6

    XF 2.1/2.8
    Glee 2.1/2.1

    Expect a 1/0 adjustment to both POI and Scandal given the overruns of 2.5 Men (one minute) and Greys (2 minutes)

  • Petar Ivanov

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

    If POI start beating Greys ABC must KILL themselves. POI cast – all 4 leads take around 300 000 per episode: 2(caviezel&Emerson) X 100 000 and other 2(Henson&Chapman) X 50 000. Only one of Greys leads take 500 000 per episode. 2 others take 300 000 per episode. Only in the cast Greys will be 2-3 million $ more expensive than POI is.

  • Dennis

    TBBT beats NCIS in viewers!

  • Brian J


    Where did EW say that? I feel as though that number is off somewhat, considering how regularly “Friends” use to destroy the competition.

    As for for the Superbowl slot, I probably would have put “Person of Interest” or one of the Monday comedies behind it. Both could use a jump to bring them to a new high. CBS needs a new drama, as it has many aging hits, and by putting “POI” after the game, it could have helped that show and “Elementary” at the same time. Then, next season, it could move “POI” to 10:00 PM, put comedies in its place, and possibly move “Elementary” to a new night.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Wich is better 10 pm show so far for CBS: CSI or Elementary@

    I mean if CSI beat Elementary will be really bad for CBS.

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