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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  • eridapo

    About the 10PM slot I know the Scandal fans are happy, but lets be honest about those numbers. Unlike other ABC shows at that time, Scandal has by far the best lead-in and it only has one (Rock Center does not count in my book) to compete against. Both Elementary and Scandal should be doing better because they really lack any real competition in either broadcast or cable at this time.

    It is about time NBC really tried to compete at 10PM this night.

    Does anyone know which slot Smash will air in?

  • SarahL

    Does anyone know Elementary’s status in Robert’s latest cancellation rankings? I cannot find it the page. I wonder about its future on CBS.

  • lll

    I heard smash will air tuesdays when parenthood gets off the air. You mentioned thursdays and that may be a better slot. It can’t be any worse than rock center.

  • eridapo

    Robert had it as “likely Renewal”…

  • CrimTV

    NBC 2013 schedule

    Tuesday (Jan-End of March):

    08:00 – Betty White’s Off their Rockers
    09:00 – Go On
    09:30 – The New Normal
    10:00 – Smash

    Tuesday (End of March-May/June):

    08:00 – The Voice
    09:00 – Hannibal
    10:00 – Scandal

    – Bob Greenblatt said that Hannibal wasn’t expected to premiere until around April.
    – Go On and The New Normal will only have a select number of episodes left for the new year, and to avoid many repeats and the networks average going down, they might as well run the remaining episodes until March.
    – Premiering Hannibal behind The Voice would give it a good boost instead of premiering it on a DOA Thursday or possibly disastrous Friday.


    @ eridapo

    Smash comes back Tues Feb 5 9-11 for 2-hr premiere, then Tues Feb 12 @ regular 10PM slot. Jennifer Hudson is being added to cast.

  • martha

    why does cbs treat a great series the Mentalist like dirt? Wish it’s on Thursday night right after POI like last season … instead of the so so elementary :(

  • lll

    The last thing I saw about Elementary was it was likely to be renewed. I doubt that has changed.

  • TVDxItachi

    @LOL, Don’t worry the Sire Bond is just a ruse to put an obstacle in Delena’s way. The LOve is real and Stelena and Caroline will have to find out the hard way!! But still pretty pissed Delena sex had talking in between scenes!!

    TVD trended on twitter 5 0r 6 times last night. #TVD,TVD,Damon,Stefan,TVD. its weird to see it only gets a 1.5 but still really good. I just wish it hit a 1.7 at least once. This season has surprised me alot, its so damn good. I can see VD gaining more viewership next year(if quality continues)since its going to have Season 4 on Netflix.



    I think next season should be the final season of Grey’s Anatomy. Call it a day after 10 years. Bill next year as the final season and bring back some fan favorites. Prepare the series finale. The originals are only signed through the end of season 10. Its widely known that Patrick, Ellen and Sandra will exit after 10 seasons.

  • David Howell

    LOL at the CW affiliate in Baltimore preempting the network’s #1 show for HIGH SCHOOL football.

    I’m actually creasing up with laughter at this. Having said that, TVD seems to get its audience from small-town “red state” markets, if I remember an analysis on this site correctly, so it’s probably doing almost as badly as any other CW show in Baltimore.

  • SarahL

    @eridapo and @lll, thanks.

    @CrimTV, you meant to type Smash, not Scandal in your NBC schedule.

  • Mike

    ABC can be pretty stupid. Putting a good show at the 8 spot? I’m sure they KNOW that’s when CBS’s top comedies are on. I know the the cast was hoping for a miracle, but, seems like that won’t be happening. So stupid of ABC, so stupid.

  • man

    Beauty and the Beast is better than Supernatural now…big hit

  • eridapo

    @ CrimTV

    Thanks… Wow I did not know this. Given the performance of Parenthood lately, it seems that this scheduling move is a mistake. Parenthood has been very stable recently and has been showing signs of some growth. If NBC follows with this schedule, they will kill any momentum Parenthood was developing.

    There is still time to tinker with the schedule and keep Parenthood Tuesday’s @ 10 and launch Smash on Thursdays instead. Since Go on and TNN will be crashing without the Voice lead in, NBC has nothing to lose by placing Smash against Scandal and Elementary.

  • Jonathan

    I think they could try to relaunch Grey’s with a mostly new cast like in CSI. Breathe some new life in it after next season if they leave.

  • r0ckmypants

    @CrimTV – And how do you propose that Scandal switches networks midseason?

  • Bee

    the reason scandal fell 0.4 in the half-hours is because the hyped moment from the promos didn’t happen until the very last second. like literally the last second. NEXT WEEK where they deal w. the aftermath shold do much better in the half-hours.

  • eridapo

    @ David Howell

    HS Football can get you big numbers in a city if it is a City Championship with traditional city rivals….

  • eridapo

    Thanks everyone on the Smash scheduling info,

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