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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  • Bee

    HAHA what are scandal haters gonna grab at now? yet again, scandal is up while its lead-in is down. in september, it pulled a 2.1 out of a 4.4 for grey’s. now it’s pulling a 2.2 out of a 3.0.

    anyway, YAY SCANDAL! amazing episode last night. it would be awesome if it didn’t adjust down, but even it does, it’ll still be tying a season high! and i have a feeling, given how major next week’s episode looks, that it’ll either be another high or another 2.0+.

    grey’s was geat last night as well.

  • Billy

    Atlanta is a big market. I would expect some adjustment for the CW shows in the finals.

  • Damo

    Go CW network oh well if there slightly inflated it will only adjust down by 0.1 even still that’s pretty good how they come 3rd in the 8pm slot. Last resort was pretty good last night but its sinking so much but hopefully they are going to give an ok ending

  • taylor


    i’m honestly really curious to see what a repeat of Friends would get in the Thursday lineup.

  • Remote Patrolled

    Not bad for X Factor – almost equal to the live show.

    I have to say the results shows are better this year – double eliminations and the introduction of the leader-board idea have made the shows a lot more eventful. Expect The Voice and Idol to copy the idea in future seasons!

  • Justin121

    Good night for CW. Great result for BATB.

    Grey’s down. Big Bang stil BIG BIG.

  • RJ

    Parks and Rec has lost its touch the past few episodes. I’ve gotten bored.

  • charmedcraft

    Very good for TVD

  • Max Vrany

    NBC doesn’t own Friends. Warner Brothers does. NBC can’t air repeats of it.

  • Stormy44

    Good night for Shonda Rhimes! As I expected, Scandal went up in the demos! It tied both Elementary and Revenge in the demos this week. Not bad for a show with no promotion when compared to those two shows.

  • gustavo

    Last night episode of two and a half men:Was-so far-the best of the season.It was nice to see again:Candy (April Bowlby) on the show.

  • John A

    It is kinda sad that Scandal and Revenge have the same ratings this week.

  • DW

    take that TBBT – signed annoying walking dead fan. :)

  • Bee

    oh and i don’t understand what ABC is doing w. the grey’s promos. the show is still great. but apart from the first 2 episodes and the mer-cristina-centric episode, all of the promos are so.. strange. they’re weirdly edited and/or uninteresting and/or too comedic. the show needs dramatic promos to pull people in.

  • aciel

    i did expect some upward adjustment of scandal because this was the most hyped up episode of the season so im not surprised that it adjusted up, i dont watch it. probably the upward adjustment has a lot to do with fitz being shot.


    Oh my god flop! BATB GONNA GET CANNED



  • Rach

    That’s amazing for TVD. Last time CW numbers were subject to inflation on Thursday, TVD didn’t actually adjust, although BATB dropped a tenth (I think it was during CW premiere week, when TVD got a 1.6). While I’m not holding out hope it’ll be so lucky again, a 1.4 would still be great. Just hope it doesn’t fall any further than that. I don’t watch BATB, but I hope that it falls no more than a tenth either.

  • Liz

    I think CBS should consider moving Elementary to 9pm instead of 10pm. It isn’t doing it any favors and it is a wonderful procedural show. Sad to see it slip slightly, since last nights episode was another good one. However none of this includes the +7days ratings, more people might be DVR’ing it.

  • Billy

    Kind of funny that The Big Bang Theory’s not quite as big is still much bigger than anything else all week including Modern Family.

  • Dillan

    Decent for X Factor.

    Very good for TVD!

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