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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  • Kangarookeeper

    Glee and X Factor resulting in a 2.25 rating for Fox. No way Fox expected such a low rating.

  • s0303

    really great for tbbt…never saw it, but good for cbs…

    glee is really falling

    tvd will probably be adjusted up, it almost always is…i like both it and arrow…who cares if they are tied or which is higher? as long as they are both getting renewed, i’m happy :)

  • J-Boy

    LOL! We’re starting to see the collapse of B&TB ratings… enjoy those low ratings CW!! Mark my words… they will be down around 0.4, or lower, by season end.

  • Paleonut

    Wow, Arrow had over a million more viewers than TVD (and SPN is only .5mil behind!)! I’m interested to see if this margin holds… Same rating though, that means TVD’s audience is younger, right?

  • Darcy

    I hope Glee continues to do well in the C3 ratings – they are one of the few shows that actually goes up – last time I saw someone’s report here it went up .4 and the viewership usually doubles in the DVR+7. It will be interesting to see how they will do with a new episode on Thanksgiving (probably not that well).

  • Phil

    X Factor is going in the wrong direction!

  • Michael

    Vampire Diaries fans, stop with the embarrassing excuses lol. It dropped, so what? It’s the still CW’s most successful show and it will rise again in 2 weeks!

  • Liz

    Elementry is doing good, very pleased with the demo increase. The SB slot will help it greatly, as opposed to helping an already successful show like POI or BBT. It was the best episode ladt night too!

  • BigBrotherFan

    so…Elementry lose almost an entire point in the 18-49 demo and nearly 4million viewers from POI and this warrants a post SB slot? C’MON!

    BYE BYE GLEE! There is a god!

    I am a SCANDAL FAN and by no means is the show a hit, at all but good for gaining some traction back.


  • Albert

    xfactor yikes!

  • SJ


    I saw on EW that 9.6 was the highest Friends got in the demo

    Well that’s just not true. The show was in the 16s-18s for most of its run, with the post-Superbowl episode (which was the highest rated one, by the way) got a 29.5 in the demo according to Wikipedia.

    I agree that Elementary is a bad, bad choice to get the post-Superbowl slot. It should have gone to either 2 Broke Girls, Person of Interest or Big Bang. In any other year, Elementary would be considered a bubble show on CBS. Or a “likely to be canceled” show. I mean, these are the ratings Unforgettable was pulling last year and that got cancelled (and revived, but that’s beside the point).

    Still a good result for Grey’s. I hope Scandal moves mid-season. I’d hate to see it skate its way on to season three on a technicality – the technicality being that it’s doing better than Nashville, 666 and LR, when in reality it would be pulling Private Practice numbers if it had its time slot.

    I’m still not sure that a fifth season of Glee is a lock. It hit a series low in the first third of the season with a much-hyped episode, following a compatible, though modestly-rated, lead-in. Speaking of, The X Factor is totally worth watching just for the unintentional hilarity of it all. Expect the show to go through another retooling next season. I actually feel embarrassed for Simon. This can’t be the show he envisioned when he brought it stateside…

    NBC’s “We give up!” Thursday line-up sure is doing is job, isn’t it? I hope Parks gets saved from under that wreckage for one more season. Poor 30 Rock, it deserved to go out on a much higher note. Speaking of 30 Rock – was last night’s episode finally the end of the Hazel saga? Please, let it be so!

    Great for Big Bang and Two and a Half Men. Too bad the Monday line-up is still struggling. Maybe getting rid of Partners will fix that…


    “POI can only tie GA even with a lead-in more than 3X bigger”

    Pretty pathetic Retentionista theory (smiley face goes here)

  • ReallyTired

    Elementary wins a new dog of a timeslot. Super Bowl should boost.

    ABC has to let ‘Last Resort’ go.

  • Bookworm


    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.

    True–I don’t know many show in their 9th season that were still that high in this day and age. Grey is clearly a powerhouse on ABC and in Primetime as a whole. It really is the show to beat in its hour though POI is slowly taking that place, Grey has close to a decade to show for!. Sorry, it was a 4.4. I forgot it was adjusted up in the finals but still good news all around. I’m happy for the Scandal and Grey pair! I wish Last Resort would have done better, I think ABC would have a pretty decent night with those three!

  • American

    Go TBBT!

  • aciel

    the show scandal is garbage its soooooooo boring

  • Timmy G

    @ Paleonut, yeah Arrow goes older, I remember reading that it got I think a 1.5 in the 25-54 demo.

  • Melissa

    You all read the comment wrong on Entertainment Weekly. It said that the series low was 9.6, not the series high.

  • SJ

    @Brian J

    While I believe this is a series high for BBT in total viewers, its series high in the demo was a 6.2 back in season three, when it was still following Two and a Half Men on Mondays.

  • DougF


    Arrow’s A25-54 was 1.5 but its A18-34 was 0.9 making its A18-49 1.2.

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