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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  • ALF

    TAHM is on fire !

  • pam

    cbs, please don’t waste good! you should air POI after SB instead of the boring elementary.

  • jct

    Hmmm, interesting that the 2 most popular shows in TV right now – TWD and TBBT- couldn’t be more different. I actually love them both ;)

  • LOL

    Fox is doing so poorly this time around. Was it always this bad for them? Flop Factor with only a 2.4 and Glee has been dying for awhile now. Geez, Fox barely has any hit shows on their network.

  • Lyndle

    Will Glee air after American Idol as well? Hopefully this will boost the ratings.

  • Bookworm


    It’s just good to see. Scandal is always adjusted down and I think there was only one time when it wasn’t but most don’t pay attention as we always expect it. However, I’m pretty high on last nights episodes and its just great to see a tick up even if it will be adjusted down.


    GA down 6%, POI up 7%

    ABC 2.2 < CBS 3.4

  • omabin

    Wow at the big bang theory. This season has been amazing, it’s probably their best season yet IMO, so those ratings are well deserved. But damn, they really are very high! We are in an era in which 2.0 is a modest performer a la renewed and 2.5 is a hit, so for a show to hit a 5.5 at 8pm is completely nuts.

  • Mary

    Can the people striving just to have a post first grow up? Or at the very least, add some kind of intelligent comment.

    As much as I like Elementary, those numbers are awful. CBS should have just left The Mentalist where it was.

  • Ram510

    I’m happy Scandal is up this week. However it was a strange episode so I hope it didn’t turn people off and Scandal holds or grows it numbers in 2 weeks

    BTW how inconsistent has ABC schedule been this season, 1 week on 2 weeks off

  • Ateofi

    Person of interest second season has been average at best so far, but yesterday episode was terrific. Good ratings fully deserved.



    007 is now in the 50+ Demo! Welcome aboard, JB!

  • Dan S

    Thur at 10pm seems like a wasted opportunity for NBC not to take advantage of the weak competition. Why won’t they lose Rock Center now that the election is over ? This show while may be cheap to produce is taking up valuable network time where they can introduce Hannibal or Do No Harm & maybe win the hour. Hopefully next year NBC can revitalize their comedies with shows from Michael J Fox & hopefully 1600 Penn will prove to be the successor to The Office.

  • Melissa

    They should swap The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men – the former could pull 6.0’s in the 9pm hour, and it would probably give Person of Interest a little boost as well.

  • mmel

    I will say it again the last thing SCANDAL is, is boring. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but you are just rude.

  • aciel

    scandal will eventually be adjusted down to a 2.0. scandals ratings have always been inbetween a 1.9-2.2

  • dgh

    I don’t see how POI lead-in make any difference to its its ratings(good or bad)they have a comedy show leading into a drama. Then again I never understood the lead-in argument seems like grasping for straws if you ask me but isn’t the whole rating system basically grasping at straws?

    Now back to business can POI fans and Greys fans stop worrying about each others ratings you guys sound like a bunch of Twilight fans arguing over Team Edward/Jacob its pathetic if you really think about it.

  • K


    Nope, CBS has a very very strong Thurs night lineup. It is the best night on local channels bar none.

  • Edward

    Elementary is a great show, building in quality per episode with a great cast. Lucy Lui and Jon Lee Miller have the chemistry down. CBS should invest in it for the long run.

  • peter

    why abc makes press releases , they know greys anatomy will adjust up and scandal down…

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