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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  • Just Desserts

    haha. The Good Wife looks better and better each week. If Elementary drops below two. Then Wife is locked for renewal. :)


    @ Cory

    See ratings for NCIS, Tues @ 8:00 CBS

  • Ram510

    @ Just Desserts

    Lol! I agree Elementary gets the same 2.2 as Scandal and people still find ways to bash Scandal, yet Rlementary has te post Super Bowl spot!?! Mmmmm I wonder when people will start hating on Elementary

  • aciel

    how come max doesnt come on the scandal postings anymore? but yet still comes on the revenge postings. was he banned

  • michelle


    I don’t get it either. With the exception of a 1.6 and 1.9, I think Parks & Rec has consistently been at 1.7 all season. IMO, the three previous episodes were solid following a slow start, so I don’t think a bunch of viewers suddenly stopped watching. I’m going to play Fan Excuse Bingo and chalk it up to NFL Thursday. I know next to nothing about football, but I do know they’re nearing the end of the season and I heard people say last night’s game actually mattered.

    I’m curious to see what happens in January. I’ve seen talk here that sports doesn’t impact scripted programming, but I don’t buy that men either watch sports on TV or nothing at all. I doubt it’s had a huge impact, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Parks and The Office and other shows that do well with men drop 0.2-0.3 against sports programming. The other thing I wonder is how Parks will do at 8:30. Last season, it was actually performing well at 8:30 (by NBC standards) and dropped when it moved to 9:30. That could have been due to the daylight savings phenomenon, but I do wonder (even though Community is lower-rated), whether airing at 8:30 helps Parks’ ratings by acting as sort of a bridge between Community/Office fans who might not otherwise tune in to Parks. Just a theory.


    The CW rating WILL come down the ATL was NOT watching the CW at 8 PM we were watching Football so that Number will be coming down


    @ aciel

    No, he’s on the Weds Cable Post for AHS & he was here yesterday. You should check out the post. BANG BANG We shot him down pretty good.

  • Gleebo

    As a big fan of Parks and Rec I am disappointed in the ratings. I do think it hasn’t been quite as sharp as the past 2 seasons this year. Still one of my favorite shows currently airing though. Would not be surprised to see it end this year or only be renewed as a final 13 episode season. Maybe it’s better to end that way than to fizzle with the fans and critics like The Office(which I still enjoy) has the past few seasons. I can’t see anyone paying big money for it in syndication but I think it would repeat well on TBS or FX. Nowhere near what 2 and 1/2 Men or TBBT do but decent enough for someone to show it 3-5 nights a week.

    NBC seems to like the idea of moving away from cult favorite style comedy like 30 Rock, Community, and Parks & Rec so I am not sure how much of a pulse it may have if these ratings continue. Most shows were up on the networks after Thanksgiving week so this is not a good sign.


    @ michelle

    Men have jumped to Discovery & shows like Gold Rush, Moonshiners & several other shows. Swamp People is big with men also, Ice Road Truckers & Ax Men.

  • omabin


    I think retention is not a factor that networks look at when deciding whether or not to renew the shows, so in that sense, it does not affect the show’s chances of survival directly. However, I do believe it is something that networks do look at when deciding on their schedules and that is something that long term will determine the true strength of a show, especially if it is, indeed, moved. So while I think it does not matter directly, i think it matters when assessing the true strength, long-term survival chances of a show (see Happy Endings)

  • @ramirescl

    Oh, Last Resort will die so low.

  • SarahL


    If ABC moves Scandal it’s numbers are going to fall even faster than Private Practice and Brothers & Sisters when it was moved from it’s Desperate Housewives lead in. It lost .4 in the second half hour.

    Scandal does appear to have a consistent albeit low demo so it might withstand a move to another time slot with only minimal decline. I suppose it could become ABC’s version of The Good Wife. However, ifScandal cannot grow its audience in its current time slot, it has no change of doing so in another less popular one.


    I am not retentionista, but comparing Scandal to another “low rated in danger of cancellation” ABC drama only highlights its failure to capture a substantial audience.

  • John A

    Did you guys ban that bitter Secret Circle guy that was here everyday bashing CW Shows? I cant think of his name but you probably know who im talking about. He labled everything ‘Flop’

  • Kyle

    Why does barley anyone like Last Resort? It’s a great show in my opinion, not that it matters.

  • Pete

    Parks better drop the overt (NBC style) Democrat boot licking. Obviously that is hurting it.

  • Just Desserts


    Hopefully today, hehhe.


    If it weren’t for Last Resort, ABC would’ve had a great night. So I guess that’s my answer.

    I wonder which show would replace it: Mistresses or Red Widow. Male skewing shows seems bad for this night so Zero Hour may be a bad idea.

  • michelle


    That could very well be for longer-term viewing patterns. I was mostly just wondering why a show that’s been extremely consistent, staying at about the same level week after week since last spring would suddenly drop 0.3 vs. its last original and my immediate thought was sports since it’s the kind of thing that would be watched same day/live, whereas a scripted show can be viewed later on a DVR, VOD, Hulu, etc.

  • aciel

    really he posts for amh story too really he has no life. i think that hes probably a 50 year old unemployed man who still lives with his mom and probably spends all day locking himself up in his room staring at his computer. hes a loser im surprised that hes not even banned

  • Petar

    @ Why is most shows on CBS for the past 3 days have been up, but not on Thursday? Big Bang, POI, and Elementary down this week, right?

    Good football game. Good news is only 2 more episodes against football.(hope bad games/teams).

  • Brian J


    I agree. I mean, what else does the network have? “Go On” is good, but it needs more time to establish itself, I think.

    As for 8:00, I would recommend that the network look for unscripted fare. For now, there’s no reason to sacrifice a scripted show unless, for whatever reason, one absolutely blows up for the network.

    I’ve said this in the past, but I really think NBC should look into rebooting something “Supermarket Sweep.” (Check the link below if you don’t remember it.) I say this because everyone I’ve suggested it to seems to like the idea, and these are people with disparate tastes. There’s no way it could be all that expensive to produce–and that’s before you consider any sort of product tie-ins. It’s fun, fairly mindless, and perfectly acceptable for the family hour. I could easily see this becoming a very solid hit for the network, which would be perfect to help out Michael J. Fox show we both expect to go there.

    Also, you could easily imagine this show on another night, too, like Wednesdays and Thursdays. That would give NBC yet another means of building up a night.

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