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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  • aciel

    oh ok thnx that explains it

  • jesse


    I agree about Mario. He’s great at what he does. And he’s beautiful. Great smile.

  • Jay

    Xfactor yikes. Cancel that damn show!

  • Alamei

    I know that you’re trying to get these morning ratings posts out quickly to beat the rush, but you should *really* have an editor (or just another colleague) review them before publishing. I’m seeing incomprehensible sentences like this far too often lately: “Two and a Half Men garnered a 4.1 among adults 18-49 from November 15’s 4.even with its most recent episode’s performance.” It doesn’t take very long to review several paragraphs, and it really hurts perception to have glaring errors like that on a consistent basis.

  • rob60990

    “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.”

    Oh please the Wednesday at 8 timeslot is not tough. Yes put them against The Big Bang Theory. They’ll grow alright. :D

    oh and lol at Whitney being considered must see. It’s must miss to me.

  • Sarah

    Glee being below 2.4 means Bones should be the top non-animated scripted show on Fox this week, right?

  • Frank

    “@rob60990 – POI … What a huge overhyped flop.”


  • SarahL

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

    If this is correct, wow, ABC has got to be crushed. They spent all that money promoting that episode, only for the new viewers to tune out before the half house because they dislike the show. In its second season, Scandal has shown that it simply cannot build its audience. ABC has to decide if it can live with its current ratings.

  • Henry GS

    “Oh please the Wednesday at 8 timeslot is not tough. Yes put them against The Big Bang Theory. They’ll grow alright. :D

    oh and lol at Whitney being considered must see. It’s must miss to me.”

    You really hate those two comedies don’t you I see you making fun of them all the time. Obsessed dude right here. Ms. Cummings you have a stalker my friend.



  • Dan

    @Jay-The X Factor is hardly a flop and does not deserved to be canceled.

    Anyone else find it interesting that Last Resort dropped to a 1.0, but 666 Park Avenue stayed at a 1.2 even though they are both canceled?

  • michelle


    What makes you think Whitney and Guys with Kids would flourish on Thursday nights? I think it’s far more likely they’d get slaughtered in the ratings. They may not have lead-in help on Wednesdays, but they also don’t have to go up against The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, X-Factor, Grey’s Anatomy, Glee, Thursday Night Football, etc. I don’t care for either show, but I actually think Friday 8-9 might be a decent fit for them.

  • Henry GS

    “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)”

    We do have sensible people on here. Anybody who uses the flop against this show is a complete moron or has dyslexia no disrespect to people with that condition.

  • hahaha

    The X Factor isn’t a Flop. These are descent numbers. Also is a super Hit in Latinoamerica.

  • aciel

    “Scandal dropped a nice 4 tenths in its half hour. 2.4/2.0″
    where did you get that information from?

  • jules

    Males that watch Big Bang and Two and Half men switch to Greys Anatomy, not Thursday night football or POI. Why? Because their wives and girlfriends make them. If I had a dime for every guy I know who says “I would like to check out POI but she won’t let me because Grey’s is on.” Seriously, from friends on down to relatives. It’s sickening. I ask them why they don’t just watch on a different TV. Their answer? “She wants me to watch Grey’s with her.” UGH!!!!!!!!


    If FOX is adjusted down, CBS will CRUSH the competition even more handily than it already has.

  • Lucazzy

    Dammit about Last Resort. I was really hoping that some higher ratings would make ABC pick it up again. :(

  • aciel

    i’m surprised despite all of the buzz that scandal gets yet it still ends up with a 1.9-2.2 rating. interesting

  • Honey Badger

    Posted November 30, 2012 at 9:18 AM “
    @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. “

    You are right, and NBC is in BIG trouble, they only have Sunday Night Football and The Voice. I agree “Go On ‘or Goon as it is referred to, would tank without The Voice as a lead in. Since is the final season of The Office (one of NBC top 3 rated shows, which shows how bad of shape NBC is in), what does NBC do now?
    NBC Sunday night Football is ending in a few weeks, and The Voice season will be ending soon.
    What does NBC do now?

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