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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  • Petar Ivanov


    Sure, every human being with brain will see that POI is best drama on broadcast TV. So i guess CBS are aliens, that is my best theory.

  • cc

    WTG TBBT!! And the rest of cbs Thursday line-up. Only night worth watching network tv for me.

  • Chuc

    What surprises me is the fact that FOX beat CBS in the 18-34 demo, that means that CBS target are really old. I mean 3.4 in the 18-49 demo but only 1.9 in the 18-34 demo. Doesn´t matter they are more than happy with those numbers.

  • SteveO

    Glee is WAY down this season, but its doing on par with other Fox shows

  • KS

    So, Wednesday night is the best night on CW now with two top performing shows.

  • eridapo

    Why are scandal fans rejoicing… The 2.1 will adjust down due to the Greys 2 minute over run.. By 1030 Scandal was down to 1.9 from a 2.3 at 10PM…

  • Sean

    American Idol is Fox’s only hope this season.

    POI up but I would love to see go a little higher giving that lead in.

    Last Resort still struggling but finished third in its time slot. Hopefully it can adjust up. Such a good show!

  • joe

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

    Pretty pathetic Retentionista theory (smiley face goes here)

    Its not Retentionista . It a simple truth the season low of GA is a season high for POI ;)

  • MDM

    Next season will be Glee’s last. I actually don’t hate the new characters as much as I initially did and they sprinkle in enough storylines with the original cast to keep me watching but it’s just not the same, it’s all over the place.

  • Brian J


    Thanks for the information. I was speaking in terms of total viewers. If these figures are any indication, it might break that 5.6 record some point this season, perhaps some point very soon.

  • June

    POI is the best thing CBS got since NCIS LA. Good numbers.

  • UKTVFan

    FYI, here is a comparison of the Glee S1 to S4 episodes that aired during this week of November:

    11/18/09 – 7.36 million/3.2
    11/16/10 – 11.70 million/5.0
    11/15/11 – 7.08 million/3.0
    11/15/12 – 5.28 million/2.1

  • eridapo

    What surprises me is the fact that FOX beat CBS in the 18-34 demo, that means that CBS target are really old. I mean 3.4 in the 18-49 demo but only 1.9 in the 18-34 demo. Doesn´t matter they are more than happy with those numbers.

    you are forgetting that the average for CBS is for 3 hours of programming versus Fox’s 2. I’m sure in the common area (8 to 10PM), CBS had a greater share of the 18-34 audience.

  • CBS makes me happy

    @rob6990 pathetic really ?

  • man

    Beauty and the Beast & Arrow are smash hits….great for cw

  • Michael

    KS, not necessarily. Vampire Diaries is pretty much unbeatable (CW) when it comes to the most important demographic. It slipped in the ratings last night, but it will recover.

  • Lyndle

    I’m starting to really worry for Glee’s renewal. Isn’t it a very expensive show to produce? I think should really put effort into protecting Glee and New Girl, since these are the only shows that seem to get above 2.0 and pair them up on less competitive night.

  • Chris

    Last night’s Dolphins-Bills game aired on MyNetworkTV in Miami and on MeTV, a service distributed predominately on digital subchannels that airs classic sitcoms and dramas from the 1950s through 1980s, in Buffalo (the MeTV station in Buffalo is not a digital subchannel). So don’t expect any significant adjustments for the shows last night.

  • Jim

    I know that there is an education crisis in America, but it isn’t until I see the numbers for the CBS procedurals that I realize just how dire the situation really is.

  • bluejays

    Petar – I truly believe your POI comments have now jumped the shark.

    ‘Oscar winning’. Really? Oscar. It’s a tv show not a movie.

    You’re actually making me start to hate the show. I’ve never seen such crazy levels of fan hyperbole.

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