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

    They televised a high school football game? I highly doubt that would cause a big adjustment.

  • TVDude

    @Honey Badger,

    Whether NBC wants to admit it or not, The Office’s 1.9 is still their highest non-Voice dependent comedy. Toss Go On in the same time slot and see what happens.

    Although the season’s far from over, I could see NBC giving both Parks and Community 13 episode final seasons next year. They’ve been pretty creative with scheduling so I think it could happen easily. Build a new Thursday block while they burn off on Wednesday, or something like that. NBC seems to turning into the CW by way of final season orders for veteran shows.

  • RyanCanada

    XFactor was great! preformace from Alicia keys! then watched my PVR’d TVD and Wow, Great episode but at the same time i hated it, like WTF is with the Jeremy Story line? tried to kill Elena? and what makes me more mad, Elena dumps Stephan, and the next day bangs Damon, he is hella devious taking advantage of her, love this show, but it frustraits me, and im really starting to love BATB, so well done and well acted!

  • aciel

    im confused what does scandals downward adjustments have to do with greys overrun? i mean in the final adjustments it is in its second half of the hour? anybody explain


    GA ties season low, Scandal scores season high.

    Watched Nashville On Demand last night & couldn’t get over the promos for Scandal. Shonda throws her weight at PR I suppose.

    NOW WITH ANALYSIS UP I withhold CW comments until finals.

  • jay

    Women watch tv shows more than men. That’s a reliable fact as it can get. Most men just watch tv for sports. And don’t any dude dare respond to this by saying “I’m a man and i watch tv shows”. I said most not all.

  • Proverb

    The Big Bang Theory is a true TV hit. Does extremely well in first runs and syndication.

    X Factor be too funny but those eliminations were awful to save CeCe. X Factor brought back one of they’re contestants from last year in Josh Krajcik and his song was amazing. I really haven’t heard anyone from The Voice coming back making good hit songs.

    NBC needs to bring back Must See TV move Whitney and Guys with Kids to Thursdays and let them grow over there instead of Wednesdays where they’re getting killed.

  • Other Than That Mrs. Lincoln How Was The Play?

    They should end The Office early before their obsession with gay sex turns really twisted. As if this weeks episode wasnt bad enough with gay sex talk about red vining and male tooks being inserted into each other. The nuts at NBC have ruined what was once a great show. Things started to slide when Stever Carell left, now its speeding downhill with no brakes witt the last gay plot episodes. Of course its NBC and the series is ending so I guess they figure it doesnt matter any more if people are turned off by it.

  • rob60990

    Scandal dropped a nice 4 tenths in its half hour. 2.4/2.0.

  • s0303

    i honestly could care less (or even notice) whether a show is a single cam or a multi cam…i doubt if the change is going to help uan much, if at all…i care more about the quality of the show, not how many cameras are recording it :)

  • EDL

    Bones is now the #1 scripted show for the 2nd week in a row on Fox! That’s amazing.

  • jesse

    The Big Bang Theory sucked last night. Didn’t laugh once.

  • aciel

    @rob60990 how do u know that?


    @ Proverb

    I don’t think moving Whitney & GWK to Thurs would actually “help them grow.”

  • Stormy44

    im confused what does scandals downward adjustments have to do with greys overrun? i mean in the final adjustments it is in its second half of the hour? anybody explain


    It may adjust down because when the initial ratings come out, it for the full hour 10-11. However, GREYS episodes always run 2 minutes past 10 and end at 10:02 when scandal starts. Final numbers account for this and takes the GA portion out of the Scandal numbers and Scandal often adjusts down.

  • Frank

    @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?”

    Maybe due to Thursday Night Football?


    If you take X Factor for what it is an over the top scripted hot mess trainwreck u can’t turn away from its actually good TV. Honestly Khloe Kardashian please don’t bring her back for season 3. Mario doesn’t need a co-host and doing well. She is awful, nails on a chalkboard, she asks stupid questions, she cuts people off when they are speaking and shoves the microphone up peoples face. Beatrice Miller was crying and she was like are you Okay in the most disgenious way. Get rid of her. Shes awful, stiff but also shes rude. She reminds me of Melissa Rivers LOL from her E days. I cna understand why they ditched Vino. Simon did it for strategy he was in the top 3 consistently and Diamond is more disposable. Plus Vino was never going to sell records. I mean I think he had a horrible song choice but hes not worth 5 million. I just really am pulling for Tate, Simon Cowell hates country music has always hated it from his Idol days and for him to cut a 5 million dollar check to a country crooner would be hysterical. CeCe she stays on because the twit is good TV thats it. Shes the worst trainwreck I have ever seen on a reality singing show.

  • aciel

    other than that and to be honest i think that the reviews for scandal r fake because there no way that a show get all positive reviews but yet still end up with a 1.9-2.2 despite all the hype this week it still only ended up with a 2.2. so i think that shonda rhimes must of paid a handful of people to write these kind of reviews because two of her other shows r ending to write these. i noticed all around the internet that its just a handful of people that comment about scandal. i dont know its just my opinion i might be wrong or i might be right.

  • rob60990

    “im confused what does scandals downward adjustments have to do with greys overrun? i mean in the final adjustments it is in its second half of the hour? anybody explain”

    These ratings above don’t take into account the fact that Grey’s ended at 10:02. It measured Grey’s from 9-10 and Scandal from 10-11 so Scandal has 2 minutes of Grey’s Anatomy included in its ratings. The final ratings will sort that out.

  • forward

    Either I’m going deaf or blind but flops don’t get these kind of numbers.

    8:30p – The X Factor (FOX)
    Viewers: 8.98 million (#2), A18-49: 2.9/ 8 (#2)

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