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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  • rob60990

    LMAO at Scandal. ABC hyped this mess up all week. It will adjust down. :D

  • SarahL

    I really enjoyed 30 Rock last night.


    No voice was heard as NBC slate failed to crack 2.0 for an abyssmal night

    CW 1.5 VD some bragging rights for the netlet, B&TB inches up

    XFac sings softly for FOX as Glee perks back up

    LR on ABC cont’s its “Journey to the Bottom of the Sea” as SR Relic hangs tuff @ 9:00, Scandal seems not to MAX out w/ 2.0 & now ties for 10:00

    Like an F5, CBS blows away all other Nets with powerful night average

  • Chris

    Excuse this if it is a dumb question, but how do people know to assume things will get adjusted down/up… are they just guessing, or is it based on something else?

  • Dina

    Scandal should adjust down since Greys runs over a few minutes.

  • LM

    Really Elementary really…same rating as Scandal.

  • CenterGravity

    Come on Person of Interest, you can beat those soapy doctors in the Finals.

  • Oliver

    @Brian J

    I expect NBC to reboot the whole night with Michael J Fox as the anchor, keeping one or two low-rated veterans in return as spackle, similar to what ABC did when it launched its Wed comedy block.

    The big problem for NBC is the TBBT juggernaut at 8.

  • Charlotte Always

    X Factor is so fake. You can tell that they want CeCe in the final from all the screentime she got during the auditions up until now, but she’s one of the WORST candidates ever in any talent show.

    For the judges to all decide that Vino was to leave is another sign as to how fake and scripted the show really is.

  • Baaa!

    This post Thanksgiving boost is starting to fade already.Scandal is the only one that rose that wasn’t either recovering from an expected poor Thanksgiving (Glee) airring or going to be adjusted due to football. Get ready for drops all around in the coming weeks esspecially with the looming holiday scheduling beginning.

  • TimsDale4ever

    Not sure about the rest of the week, but NBC just needs to shut down on Thursday nights — lmao.

  • rob60990

    HAHA at POI dropping a more than a whole point from its lead-in and still losing to a 9 year old show. What a huge overhyped flop.

  • Samunto

    @Brian J
    Not unless CBS decides to ultimately go for a 2hr comedy block next season and placing say 2.5men at 9pm then Michael J Fox or whatever other high profile comedy NBC puts on would be in trouble (anyone remember the scheduling of Grey’s Anatomy and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip?)

    It’s almost impossible to imagine that NBC will sit and watch itself average a 1.0 for the night in midseason.

  • SarahL

    I can see Scandal getting another season if ABC’s new dramas flop. However, given all the promotion that ABC gave last night’s episode, the free PR from E Weekly and that it is likely to be adjusted down .1 due to the overrun, it really did not increase much. It is simply a show that is unable to build an audience.

  • Dat

    @CenterGravity, only If POI gets adjusted up and Grey’s gets adjusted down, both of which never happened before. So bummed!

  • Zach

    I don’t want to hear any Scandal fans complaining about lack of promotion anymore. I saw like 12 commercials this week with the ‘episode so good it tops EW’s must list’ thing. ABC promoted the crap out of this episode so if it hadn’t gone up it would have been embarrassing.

  • Scott


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

  • John A

    Greys grew 2 demo points from its lead in and still beat POI which had a good lead in. Its a bit pathetic for POI.

  • s0303

    i was all excited about batb until i saw the inflated line :( hopefully if it falls, it will just be 0.1…

    scandal did well holding grey’s numbers this week…

    that’s just sad for nbc…they do better with reality shows…

  • mula

    @jonnysbro: I agree with everything you have to say about the X Factor. Demi is HORRID. Britney’s likeable as a person but not the right fit for the show IMO

    @ Charlotte always: I agree about some aspects of the show being fake. Vino was fantastic and I”m devastated that he’s gone. I think they want Cece there b/c they think she’s entertaining and can bring in numbers but I hear that Vote for the Worst is keeping her on the show so I doubt the results are rigged. Still…VINO deserves to be there

    soooooo happy about Scandal

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