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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  • aciel

    @mmel you call me rude for calling a tv show boring wow some people take what others think about their shows way too seriously why do u care what i think. if you dont think its boring its fine

  • Matthew

    Both TBBT & TAAHM were hilarious last night glad to see they are doing great!

  • K

    Scandal can’t compete against Elementary. Elementary is a much better written show and they have winners with Lucy Liu and Johnny Lee Miller.

  • All

    Glee = The OC
    Ratings will plummet fast. Such a shame though. The new characters are way more interesting than the old ones. I blame it on Kurt’s ridiculous storyline and Rachel’s overexposure. Whatever. Suck it Murphy!! :D

  • Jeff R.

    Seriously: What is up with you guys and Glee? I mean, this time it’s not only not in the headline but it isn’t even in the Tags???

  • K


    Elementary, Boring? Lol. Grey’s is BORING


    “POI Fans & Greys fans sound like Team Edward/Jacob is pathetic”

    Do you mean like FB fans routing for the Steelers or their home team to win the SB?

  • Sel

    If HoD had TVD as a lead-in it would preform as same as SPN!
    And if Arrow and BatB had been peared together it would do better for both of the shows. Cw.. what a mess!

  • Joe

    Time to come up with a new rating system. The current one is old, outdated, and skewed for the big networks. I bet there are more Nielson boxes on people watching CBS shows than other network.

  • Petar Ivanov

    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.

    I SAID: “Emmy and oscar award level”!!! And YES, THEY ARE! ALL POI TEAM is OSCAR AND EMMY award level: actors – Michael Emerson(nominated 2 or 3 times for EMMY. WIN 1 times. LOST) Taraji Henson( nominated for Oscar award – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Emmy award – Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story) and creators Jonathan Nolan – nominated Academy Award for Best Writing(Memento)JJ Abrams(too many Emmys and other awards and nominations. can’t count so much) But my short answer is yes “Emmy and oscar award level”

  • Melissa


    Elementary, Boring? Lol. Grey’s is BORING

    What is boring depends on who is watching. I watch both of them.

  • Rick Wright

    Glee is a tired concept now, viewers are losing interest.


    @ Joe

    LOL! Best piece of nonsense so far today!

  • Petar Ivanov

    @ TAHM is on fire !

    Miley Cyrus reborn this show. Even i start watching it again. She must take some female lead role in these new sitcoms.

  • Ashley

    BBT is a beast and I want to acknowledge that Jim Parsons is the main reason for this. I try to imagine this show without him and I honestly cannot see it doing well at all. Yes, it’s an ensemble cast but without him, everyone else is no where as funny. I watched last night and Kaley and the bf actor were annoying. The two guy friends are okay and play their characters well but very predictable. The only one who excites me and is hilarious is Jim. Chuck Lorre should thank his lucky stars for him or I believe this show would be no better than Glee, start off strong and then going down in flames.

  • DaxJackson

    It baffles me how many people watch TBBT… it’s so average, I don’t get why it’s so popular. POI doing great, Elementary while it’s not great it’s doing better than Vegas. Last Resort, upon till this episode, I loved it. But it was something about yesterdays episode it just really don’t care anymore. Please cancel it ABC. (Apparently sailors are incredibly easy to abduct, every episode.)

  • Petar Ivanov

    @ 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.

    And i but TWD more. Is Game of thrones next big thing…………

  • s0303

    can’t really blame cbs for giving elementary the sb spot…it’s the only freshman show on their network that isn’t in danger of being cancelled…they are just trying to get at least one hit this season :)

  • TVDude

    I’m not saying NBC’s Thursday lineup is “good”, but 8/8:30pm kind of reflects Wednesday’s comedy block. 9/9:30pm kind of reflects the Tuesday block.

    I mean, Go On was supposed to be this big bad show that was going to prove that NBC needed to replace The Office. It got a 2.2 after NBC’s highest rated show. This means there is now a 0.2 difference between what this “savor” of a show and The Office, which NBC has kind of referred to in a negative way.

    I’m just saying, this doesn’t say much for next season when The Office won’t be here to air on Thursday night. It’s more valuable to NBC than they really know, despite its plummet this season.

  • HalCapone

    POI and Elementary skew so old. Adult diaper advertisers must love those shows:)

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