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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  • Mon

    2.5 Men tied 2 Broke Girls! CBS must be quite happy that 2BG can still stand on its own.

  • Rave

    I guess those X Factor vote rankings made people want to watch the results…that’s literally the only change.

  • Anon

    Missed it by .1, I did. ;)

  • POI


  • Jess

    @Taylor no doubt primtetime reruns of Friends would beat out some of NBCs current programming.


    I love that ABC has really invested in Scandel and nurtured it. Its a really good show that IMO deserves more viewers. I think its a lock season 3. Honestly ABC needs to dispose of Last Resort and get a better self starter and IMO the ratings would go up across the board. Kind of like when CBS pulled Partners the whole network kind of moved up.

    For X Factor those are pretty solid numbers. The X Factor is a hot mess over the top show but I think some of the finalists have talent. Honestly its going to be between Emblem3, Carly and Tate. I have a weird feeling Tate will be the winner and actually will be successful. Hes that country crooner that IMO would sell and Simon hates country. Honestly I am enjoying Britney Spears more, shes seems more relaxed now than she did in the beginning and Demi is now annoying me more than ever.

  • Buffy

    First Time The Office Has gone below 4 million viewers :/

  • Brian J

    I’m genuinely curious to see what NBC does on this night next season. The fact that it’s being beaten by the CW in the 8:00 PM hour is just pathetic.

    If one of its midseason shows does well, I could see putting it/them here. I could also see the network leaving, say, “Community” or “Parks” on the night, if only to give each show a final season and/or take a pass on trying to rebuild Thursdays once again.

    At the same time, it has to do something, right? It’s too important for the results to be like this. As I’ve said multiple times, Thursdays at 9:00 seems like the perfect slot for that new Michael J Fox show. Considering how high profile that is, are they really going to surround it by older shows, no matter how well reviewed? If Fox’s sitcom is on the night, I expect a complete reboot.

  • Greg

    CBS should launch a new show at 9pm next fall. It’s clear that Two and a Half Men hasn’t helped the show in any way.

    Scandal is very stable. Grey’s can fall as much as it wants and Scandal doesn’t get hit.

  • Dat

    And the gap between POI and Grey’s closes in…
    Grey’s might be adjusted up a tenth though.
    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?

  • Paul

    TVD WOW WOW WOW !!! Really good numbers and awesome episode!! Am I really the only one that finds this season of TVD their best yet? Quite impressive! Love grey’s but I’m not sure that these numbers are good for them… They have a huge budget!

  • Stormy44

    yet again, scandal is up while its lead-in is down.


    This is the third time that has happened which shows that it is not as dependent on its lead-in as some think. Its fans have come back week after week since it premiered in the spring and now it is showing signs of growth. Not major growth yet but in today’s TV world that is almost unheard of for a 2nd year show. And it is showing growth while other more hyped shows are showing declines almost every week.

    I think that it will definitely be renewed by ABC and we won’t have to wait until the end of the season to find out.

  • RJ

    Considering repeats of Friends score 0.6 and 0.7’s on Nick at Nite at 11pm-1am, no doubt it would outrate their current lineup. It will never happen, but it is interesting to think about.

  • Oliver

    I still think The Office/Parks will outrate Go On/TNN by March.

  • Samunto

    Seriously, all shows whose final seasons were announced early are doing very poorly. I think people just stop watching thinking to themselves ” why bother watching a series that is ending anyway?”

    The Office will be averaging around 1.2 come spring!

  • David

    POI was, as usual, awesome last night. This show continues to prove week after week why it’s one of the best things on tv.

  • Amy

    Wow, go VD! Coming in third at 8 pm is no small feat!

  • danny94

    Good for Scandal most steady show in recent memory. However i still feel if greys was gone it would collapse. Great for Beauty and the besast i know the vampire diaries is helping it but for such a critically panned show it isnt doing half bad (for the cw)

  • Gabe

    I’m so terribly sad for Parks and Rec.
    It’s one of the most consistently funny shows on TV. I don’t get it. :(
    Maybe it needs some serious stunt casting to boost the ratings.
    There’s nothing like it on TV.
    P.S.: The Office sucks!

  • brenda

    yay for scandal and x factor!!!

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