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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  • CC

    Greys will probably adjust up, as usual, in the final viewing numbers. Scandal will probably adjust down but hopefully, just by a tenth.

  • Ryan


  • Justin121

    You know what,

    it’s not unusual for THe Big Bang Thoery to adjust up 3 tenths.

    It could go all the way up to 5.5-5.7.

  • John A

    Bit dumb to call POI a flop. Its just doing solid not great.

  • Honey Badger

    Rainn Wilson killing The Office and his career

    Rainn Wilson (who plays Dwight on The Office on NBC), told everybody not to watch The Office. He got his wish.
    Laugh it up Funny Boy! That is what you get for making fun of teenage actors dealing with becoming adults and trying to find their place in this world.

    The Office notched a series low 1.9 among adults 18-49 down 10% from a 2.1 on November 15

    Rainn Wilson parodies Angus T. Jones by begging fans to not watch ‘The Office’

    The difference is Two and a Half Men has viewers.
    Rainn Wilson doesn’t have to beg fans to not watch ‘The Office’, nobody is watching now.
    So Rainn Wilson joke is an epic fail.
    No wonder no one watches The Office, NBC cannot be happy. I think this kind of stuff did cost him his spinoff show. ‘The Office’ spinoff ‘The Farm’ isn’t happening, Rainn Wilson says


    “GA Toasting on an open fire…”

  • bluejays

    Elementary not doing brilliantly at all but not dire either, not compared to the other ten pm shows. But it doesn’t have a heck of a lot of competition either!! Unlike say HFO Mondays at ten. CBS should have given POI or SBG’s that post superbowl boost!

    Hope Grey’s adjusts up.

  • JC

    Half hours?

  • Ram510

    YAAAAAAAAAAAY SCANDAL!!!!!!!!!!!! I knew it would be up this week! Maybe in January it can consistently be in the 2.2-2.3 range. ABC can be too mad at Scandal right now it’s one of their top performing 10pm shows, in fact outside of DWTS it was the best 10pm show this week.

    Thank you ABC for actually starting to give Scandal real promotion and not that “sexy, seductive” nonsense that would air for 2 seconds

    BTW what happened to P&R??? I know it hasn’t been as good this season as far as quality but wow the ratings should be better than that

  • Rebecca

    Matthew Perry made a parody of the Angus video, too, but his was funny (on funnyordie site).

    Watched TBBT, Office and Parks so far – enjoyed all but Office wasn’t that great. Found it funny, though, that both Office and Parks poked fun at jazz, within about 15 minutes of each other. About to catch up on UAN and 30R….looking forward to them.

  • Samunto

    Am really interested to see how Up all Night will do as a multi-cam. I can imagine it anchoring the Thursdays 9pm slot in April. NBC could end The Office early and slot UaN there. Those multi-cam viewers in need of more comedy could be switch to NBC at 9 for a multi-cam. (Yea, am stretching my neck out of the window abit too much here)

  • Brandy

    Yes at those VD/B& B numbers!too bad they will adjust down.,but hopefully not by much-I want VD to beat Arrow.I knew VD ratings would be higher cause it was a Delena episode.

  • wwerules!

    there is Defintely an inflated cw VP came on 11:35-12:35 and B&TB 12:35-1:35 in the ATL

  • jt

    @bluejays are you crazy? How is scandal not good competition to Elementary?

    All these rating won’t matter once Elementary starts pulling 3.0s after the superbowl

  • Jake

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

    haha another delusional poi fan I remember very clear when Bill said that like almost every show on TV POI skews more female so please take you stupid fan exude Bingo somewhere else

  • CrimTV

    Well last time The CW was pre-empted TVD did not adjust down at all. But as it was pre-empted in both Atlanta/Baltimore it will defiantly adjust down but it could adjust down 9 tenths and still be safe LOL

  • aciel

    i expected scandal to be adjusted up because abc really nutured it this week there was a lot of hype, in fact the most hype its ever gotten

  • Scott


    I’m pretty sure POI is losing a heck of a lot more viewers to football than greys…. We’ll talk again in the spring

  • meah

    The voice ran into RVN but it didn’t adjust down,so why must scandal adjust down when there is a greys overrun.I love that show,let abc stop overunning greys into its time..WHO SHOT FITZ??scandal fans any suggestions?

  • Vance

    I wouldn’t be surprised if TVD sees no adjustment. B&TB will probably adjust down at least a tenth.

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