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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    @ jules

    “She wants me to watch Grey’s with her”

    My heart goes out to every man in the land who has to succomb!

  • Nick

    Thank you CBS.
    Last night’s POI was awesome as always – a very intelligently written show.

  • Leonard

    FOX also doesn’t bring back flops for a 3rd season months before May. Those people calling it flops use that word to make themselves better that this show is actually getting good numbers. Not Idol numbers but good numbers.

  • Fred

    A season low of 3.0 for such a long running show like Grey’s is impressive.
    Most newer shows would be celebrating such a high rating.

    Scandal is becoming a solid player at 10:00.

    X Factor is currently FOX’s highest rated show. Obviously that will change once Idol returns, but people shouldn’t be calling it a FLOP. Idol and Voice are massive hits and Factor is a modest one. I enjoy most of the Factor’s perfomances and even some of the judges. Its overproduced (Lights,smoke,choreography etc…) but fun to watch.

  • Dan S

    I think NBC in light of lasts numbers consider tweaking their Thur lineup. Move The Office to 8pm followed by Community at 8:30pm. At 9pm schedule the new 1600 Penn & leave P&R at 9:30 instead of moving it back to 8:30 as its slated to do in Jan. Dump Rock Center @ 10pm & replace it with Do No Harm that’s being held as a midseason replacement anyway.


    @ aciel

    Half-hour postings are available on the Marc Berman website

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    @ michelle

    It’s not so much at all that I think they will flourish I just think that if NBC ever wants to compete with CBS they might need to bring back Must See TV. Maybe they can start them out at 9:00pm instead of getting killed by BBT and Men. I agree though I would’ve rather had them on Fridays this season instead of Wednesdays where there’s too many other options.

  • eridapo

    Per Marc Berman

    LR 1.0 5.41/ 1.0 5.00
    Greys 3.0 8.75/ 3.0 8.67
    Scandal 2.4 7.10/ 2.0 6.23

    POI 3.0 14.55/ 2.8 14.11
    Elem 2.3 10.99/ 2.1 9.63

    TVD 1.5 3.21/ 1.5 3.21
    Batb .8 2.20/ .8 2.11

    XF 2.5 7.48/ 2.9 8.98
    Glee 2.3 6.11/ 2.1 5.48

    RockC .9 3.41/ .9 3.47

    Given the half hour info. and the Greys (2 minutes) and POI (1 minute) over runs expect Scandal and Elementary to adjust down. The same for CW and Fox shows.. CW shows (at least from viewers) are higher than their season to date avg. by about 200K.


    @ Fred

    A 3.0 for such a long running show like Grey’s.

    See ratings for NCIS

  • TVDxItachi

    TVD will adjust up………………….Hopefully


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    @ eridapo

    The CW was pre-empted for pro and high-school football in both Atlanta and Baltimore so they will be adjusting down.

  • SarahL

    Oh, my vote for The Big Bang Theory was right. This makes it two in a row for me.

  • larrywitness

    Wow you know your shows bad when you celebrate a 2.2 like scandal does lol

  • WoWza

    look at the 18 – 34 numbers. Im shocked that nobody mentions this here.

    FOX is killing. Literally. By half a ratings point, thats big.

  • LOL

    Glad that POI, TVD and Scandal did well. I think TBBT will increase in the finals.

    POI was awesome. The backstory with Finch and Grace was so amazing. Pellegrino’s different take on his guest character was great.

    Last Resort deteriorates every episode. The pilot’s critical acclaim, Shawn Ryan’s pedigree is now completely put to shame.

    TVD was good until that final moment! DAMN!

  • EnAmi

    Great for Scandal. Richly deserved. The show has hung in there for ages despite shoddy promo from ABC and now that they’ve FINALLY decided to give it some attention it’s paid dividends. Long may it continue.

  • WoWza

    FOX is happy to be so popular among teens and young viewers… thats what it aims for… it skews… young… which is odd for NEtwork TV to be successful at.
    Look at DWTS . Huge numbers by tiny numbers under 49 years old meaning, literally, only old people watch it basically.

  • Jonathan

    Awesome for X Factor!!! I was worried since Alicia’s target market don’t seem to be into shows like X Factor lol

  • WoWza

    RObert ,etc… WHY dont you discuss 18-34?? You should. it matters more, on FOX.

  • dancin

    The BigBang Theory last nites episode had to be the FUNNIEST one i’ve seen in a while I loveeeeeeeeeee this show

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