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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  • maxine

    “@Just Desserts
    Are you kidding me? The ratings for Rob wasn;t bad. It just wasn;t good enough.”

    Hehe .. last season millions of fans took a long potty break during “Rob” and came back to get ready to watch POI.

  • maxine

    I should add “and The Mentalist” to the end of my previous post.

  • Christina

    I know tvd aired around 11:30 last night in atlanta

    Just wondering if anyone knows if those numbers get counted in the finals?

  • Ashley

    If I remember correctly from last season (and maybe I don’t ) when parks moved to the post office slot it didn’t really help ratings at all. I’m not sure how much it’ll matter moving to 830. It seems that parks isn’t lead in dependent and while it clearly isn’t a ratings hit its always been pretty steady. Which is why the big drop his week is uncharacteristic and very surprising!

  • Chris

    Looking back over the past month, see if there is a correlation between 2.5 men and POI

    Oct 18th – 2.5M 4.0, POI 2.8
    Oct 25th – 2.5M 3.7, POI 3.0
    Nov 1st – 2.5M 3.6, POI 3.0
    Nov 8th – 2.5M 4.0, POI 2.9
    Nov 15th – 2.5M 4.1, POI 3.1
    Nov 29th – 2.5M 4.1, POI 2.9

  • CBSviewer

    It’s to think that CBS will renew Elementary (only because they don’t want to cancel all their new dramas) and cancel one of three good Show. My bet is on The Good Wife for cancelation with Hawaii Five-0 replacing it on Sunday. Elementary will got a full second season but will move to Tuesday at 10 (only The Good Wife survived after the NCIS duo).

  • CBSviewer

    Im sad to think that CBS will renew Elementary (only because they don’t want to cancel all their new dramas) and cancel one of three good Show. My bet is on The Good Wife for cancelation with Hawaii Five-0 replacing it on Sunday. Elementary will got a full second season but will move to Tuesday at 10 (only The Good Wife survived after the NCIS duo).

  • CBSviewer

    Sorry for the double post :)

  • Just Desserts


    CBS is going to keep The Good Wife over The Mentalist, CSI:NY and Elementary.

    It wins far more awards in one season than all those three would ever do in their entire run.

    Elementary would be gone by May. :) :) :) Go Scandal!!!!

  • Jenny

    What does Tina Fey have on the NBC execs? Blackmail photos? How is 30 Rock still on???


    @ aciel

    Watch it! I’m a 59-year-old retiree, but I haven’t lived with mom for almost 40 years now.

    Max at this point won’t be banned from this site as he generates a good deal of traffic surrounding his “discussions.” IMHO

    But since you suspect he’s in my demo, I’ll keep a close eye on his antics!


    @ michelle

    I agree the drop could have been sports related, but there are other avenues we men pursue. I tend not to look at a one week plus or minus, but the overall average.

    DVR usage will reflect in 3 or 7 day ratings, and how it is viewed is just another technological source that is bound to increase, but is still significant today.

  • Melissa


    Oh shut up… POI skews male and men watch Thursday night football. Greys is a dumb show – POI is actually intelligently written

    That’s why Grey’s Anatomy has won dozens of awards, including prestigious Primetime Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. What has Person of Interest won? A People’s Choice Award. Lol, Person of Interest has delusional fans.


    See ratings for NCIS

    I saw them! And do you know what I saw? I saw that Grey’s Anatomy‘s seasonal average is higher than NCIS‘s.

    I love how everyone’s saying oh, Person of Interest is such a hit! I respect the Gunsmoke Rule, so I’m not going to base this comment on how successful Grey’s Anatomy was in its second season. Person of Interest‘s never cracked a 4.0. Grey’s Anatomy notched a 4.4 this season; yes, its ninth season. Person of Interest is solid, but it’s no “hit”.


    POI & GA are both stand alone shows & are running neck & neck towards the winter finish line.

    POI is currently the 4th highest rated hour long CBS has & would at least maintain that status.

    POI fans are just quoting numbers & are not delusional at all.

    You’re gloating at the fact that Person of Interest is #4 on CBS? Lol, pathetic. You have bashed nine-year-old Grey’s Anatomy for its 3.1, yet two-year-old Person of Interest is called a “hit” on the rare occasion when it notches that number. Grey’s Anatomy is the #1 drama on network TV with an average of 3.5; Person of Interest is #7 with an average of 2.9. Person of Interest fans quote random upspikes the series has taken, yet they ignore Grey’s Anatomy‘s stable low 3’s and occasional rises to the 4’s. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Grey’s Anatomy‘s low numbers are Person of Interest‘s high numbers.

  • Jeff

    Even tho the ratings were still good, I was kind of disappointed in BBT last nite. The story seemed weak and repetitive. Even the best shows will have weak episodes during a season, but I its not a trend…

  • Jp

    Im not a big fan, but great episode of glee! Too bad nobody watched it. They need to move it back to Tuesdays or they aren’t going to be able to afford the show with these ratings……

    I am a huge fan of parks and rec, Why are the ratings sooo bad this season? This season has been great, some of the best episodes in the series.

  • Katie

    rob60990- Calling Person of Interest a flop just makes me laugh. If a show that consistently has 14-15 million viewer a week is considered a flop than what are the majority of other shows? It has more viewers than Two and Half Men, just a lower age group rating. Younger people watch Two and Half Men, older people watch Person of Interest because a lot of young people don’t like watching intelligent shows for some reason. I’m only 22 but it’s one of my favorite shows.

  • POIFanatic

    @Eridapo: “About the 10PM slot I know the Scandal fans are happy, but lets be honest about those numbers. Unlike other ABC shows at that time, Scandal has by far the best lead-in and it only has one (Rock Center does not count in my book) to compete against. Both Elementary and Scandal should be doing better because they really lack any real competition in either broadcast or cable at this time.

    It is about time NBC really tried to compete at 10PM this night.”

    I’m a Scandal fan, but I know its not doing that good in ratings.

    NBC has been taking smart decisions mostly this season and has decided to air ‘Do No Harm’, a Jekyll & Hyde story about a doctor with a nasty alter ego which will take over Thursdays at 10pm starting January 31, against Scandal and Elementary.

  • POIFanatic

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

    I absolutely LOVED Last Resort’s premiere. Recommended it to all my friends. But after that premiere, its been a free-fall into atrocity every episode. Its not a quality show. The characters are cartoonish and the plot is ridiculous. Random beach sex ftw. Hell, now I’m hate-watching this show.

  • TeeVeeViewer

    “Rock Center” is still on the air? Color me shocked.

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