TV Ratings Thursday: 'Big Bang Theory' Not Quite as Big, 'Grey's Anatomy', 'Person of Interest' & 'The Office' Down, 'Scandal' & '30 Rock' Up

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November 30th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.3/9 2.5/7 2.1/6 1.7/5 1.2/3 1.1/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.9/6 2.4/8 1.7/5 1.6/5 1.0/3 1.1/3
Total Viewers (million) 13.392 7.016 6.860 4.013 3.398 2.678

Last night’s Thursday Night Football game (Saints/Falcons) was simulcast on the FOX affiliate in New Orleans and the CW affiliate in Atlanta. The CW was also preempted in Baltimore for high school football. As a result, the FOX and CW numbers may be inflated  and subject to more than typical adjustments in the finals.

CBS won the night in adults 18-49 and in Total Viewers.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory earned a 5.4 adults 18-49 rating, down 5% from a season-high 5.7 on November 15. Most of your predictions were too optimistic.  Two and a Half Men garnered a 4.1 among adults 18-49 even with its most recent episode’s performance. Person of Interest scored a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating down 6% from a 3.1 on November 15. Elementary notched a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, down4%  from  a 2.3 on November 15 and tying its series low.

On FOX,  The X Factor earned a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating down 4% from last week’s 2.8.  Glee scored a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating up 47% from a 1.5 on Thanksgiving. However, football preemptions may have impacted these numbers.

On ABC, the first episode of  Last Resort to air since its cancellation was announced garnered a series-low 1.0 adults 18-49 rating down 17% from a 1.2 on November 15. Grey’s Anatomy tied its season low with a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating down 6% from November 15’s 3.2. Scandal earned a season high 2.2 adults 18-49 rating up 10% from a 2.0 on November 15.

On NBC, 30 Rock scored a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating up 8% from a 1.2 on November 15. Up All Night garnered a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating down 8% from a 1.3 for its November 15 episode. The Office notched a series low 1.9 among adults 18-49 down 10% from a 2.1 on November 15. Parks & Recreation earned a series low 1.4 adults 18-49 rating down 18% from a 1.7 on November 15. Rock Center garnered a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, down 18% from two weeks ago.

On the CW, Vampire Diaries scored a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating up 15% from a 1.3 on November 15. Beauty and the Beast garnered a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating up 33% from a 0.6 on November 15. However, these numbers may be inflated due to being preempted for NFL football in Atlanta and high school football in Baltimore.


Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, November 29, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.4/16 17.15
FOX The X Factor 2.7/8 8.23
CW Vampire Diaries 1.5/4 3.20
NBC 30 Rock 1.3/4 3.61
ABC Last Resort 1.0/3 5.20
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men 4.1/11 13.81
NBC Up All Night 1.2/3 2.97
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.0/8 8.71
CBS Person of Interest 2.9/7 14.33
FOX Glee 2.2/6 5.80
NBC The Office 1.9/5 3.89
CW Beauty and the Beast 0.8/2 2.15
9:30 NBC Parks and Recreation 1.4/4 3.04
10:00 CBS Elementary 2.2/6 10.36
ABC Scandal 2.2/6 6.67
NBC Rock Center 0.9/2 3.44


Late night ratings:

via press note

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/6 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5 with an encore.
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: > "> The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,> "> 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3 with an encore; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.
> * At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) tied "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 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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  • eridapo

    @ martha

    why does cbs treat a great series the Mentalist like dirt? Wish it’s on Thursday night right after POI like last season … instead of the so so elementary :(

    Short answer. CBS does not own it. WB does.

  • Joseph A

    CBS – Great numbers , but will we actually soon see Person of Interest either Tie or pull a larger part of the demo then Greys?
    CW – Can we say WOW ,, getting a larger Demo #’s then both NBC and ABC in the 8:00pm slot!
    NBC – unlike ABC that is a mixed bag , NBC needs to relaunch the entire night , probably will take 2 – 3 years before this night pulls a decent DEMO

  • CrimTV

    Hey guys, regarding my NBC Tuesday schedule, I meant to put SMASH not SCANDAL

  • Joseph A

    Also , don’t concern yourself with a slight dip in some of the Demo’s , there were 2 highly watched sporting events last night from the NBA and NFL ,
    So if a show lost .1 – .2 don’t lose a lot of sleep over it.

  • Mi

    I think TVD will not get adjusted and B&tB eill get adjusted down by 0.2, we’ll see..


    @ Sarah L


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  • eridapo

    @ Joseph A

    CBS – Great numbers , but will we actually soon see Person of Interest either Tie or pull a larger part of the demo then Greys?

    As our eastern European friend, Petar Ivanov, would say “POI is the Best Show” and will beat “the sorry excuse of a show call Greys. Once Football is over, POI will see its ratings rise while Greys will go back to nothing.”

    Me…. POI will overtake Greys in the Spring.

  • eridapo

    @ MI

    TVD usually gets a little under 3M viewers and a 1.4, and BatB gets 1.9M viewers and a .7 demo. If you look at the above numbers, both shows are up nearly 200K viewers and a 1/10 of a point in the demo. I would guess those additional 200K viewers are Football fans, so yes I would expect to see some adjustment.

  • aciel

    the hype started like 2 weeks ago scandal made it on the entertainment weekly made it #1 on the entertainment weekly must list which is a huge a promotion for scandal AND it had the longest promo in the ama awards. if you ask the hype has been going on for 2 weeks


    @ Eridapo

    Me 2…POI will overtake Grey’s in the spring

  • Dude

    Hell yea scandal. One of the best shows on tv right now!!

  • Katie

    I’m a fan of Grey’s but agree that POI will overtake it in the spring. Long time fans have stayed loyal but the show is stale and has repetitive storylines. The show used to be about sexy, young surgeons and mixed fun in with the workplace drama. Now its pretty much misery with some shipper moments tossed in. Either POI or a new show that is sexy and fun could overtake it.

  • eridapo

    Just saw this “Do no Harm” clip on youtube


    After watching that, I’m more convinced that this show will get pull by its third episode. I would rather watch Rock Center than what I just saw.

  • Skylar James

    Even if POI overtakes, it will never be the hit Grey’s was.

  • eridapo

    @ Skylar James

    Stop living in the past…

  • Chris


    That’s like saying BBT will never be the “hit” Friends was… different eras, tv is different today than 10 years ago.. than even 5 years ago

  • Luke

    Hopefully Scandal’s numbers stick.


    I can’t believe how times I’m getting that “Invalid Data Please Try Again.”

    At least we made it past 200 comments.

  • SarahL


    That excuse is sad. Scandal lost a fifth of its audience in the first half-hour and these were likely new viewers since it’s regular demo is 2.0. It was not even entertaining enough to hold to some of those new viewers until the last scene.

  • maxine

    “@Skylar James – even if POI overtakes, it will never be the hit Grey’s was.”

    LOL! How did you know? FYI, NCIS had lower ratings in it’s first two seasons than POI.

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