TV Ratings Thursday: 'Big Bang Theory', 'Two and a Half Men', 'Person of Interest', 'Grey's Anatomy', 'Scandal' & 'Elementary' Up; 'The X Factor' Down

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December 14th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.4/10 2.3/6 2.2/6 1.8/5 1.0/3 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.1/7 1.9/6 2.0/7 1.6/5 0.7/2 0.9/3
Total Viewers (million) 13.349 7.356 6.460 4.150 3.359 2.176

Last night’s Thursday Night Football game (Bengals/Eagles) was simulcast on the CBS affiliate in Cincinnati and the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia. As a result, the CBS and ABC 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 5.4 up 4% from last week's 5.2 adults 18-49 rating Two and a Half Men garnered a 4.2 up from 5% last week's 4.0 among adults 18-49. Person of Interest scored a 3.0 up 3% from last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. Elementary notched a 2.3 up 5% from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. However, remember that football preemptions could have impacted these numbers.

On FOX,  The X Factor earned a 2.4 down 4% from last week's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating.  Glee scored a 2.0, down 9%  from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Last Resort earned a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating even with last week. Grey's Anatomy earned 3.1, up 3% from last week's season low 3.0 rating. Scandal earned a series high (if the number holds) 2.7 up 8%  from last week’s 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. Most of your predictions were too pessimistic. Note that ABC was preempted in Philadelphia for football, so these numbers may be adjusted.

On NBC, a 8PM episode of Up All Night scored a series low 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, down from a 1.1 in the time period last week.  A second episode of Up All Night garnered a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating down 8% from last week’s 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Take It All  notched a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating up 9% from Wednesday’s 1.1. Rock Center garnered a 0.9, down 10% from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. NBC did, indeed, average a 1.0 for the night. Most of your predictions were accurate.

On the CW, Vampire Diaries scored a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. Beauty and the Beast earned a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating, up 20% from last week's 0.5.


Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, December 13, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.4/17 16.77
FOX The X Factor 2.4/7 7.66
ABC Last Resort 1.2/3 5.50
CW Vampire Diaries 1.2/4 2.74
NBC Up All Night 0.9/3 2.85
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men 4.2/12 13.56
NBC Up All Night 1.1/3 2.65
9:00 ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.1/8 8.77
CBS Person of Interest 3.0/8 14.25
FOX Glee 2.0/5 5.26
NBC Take It All 1.2/3 3.90
CW Beauty and the Beast 0.6/2 1.61
10:00 ABC Scandal 2.7/7 7.80
CBS Elementary 2.3/6 10.63
NBC Rock Center 0.9/2 3.43


Late night ratings:

via press note

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:
> *        In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The
> Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David
> Letterman," 2.8/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy
> Kimmel Live," 1.7/5.  
> *        In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results
> were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3;
> "Nightline," 1.4/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.
> *        At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in
> metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
> Ferguson" (1.3/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late
> Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) 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 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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  • sony

    omg,some people are happy with 0.6 for BATB in the first half of the first season, it’s sad

  • glover

    WOW at Scandal! Even if it drops it’ll still be a great result since most people said the show would be down to 1.9-2.0.

    I’m very happy ’cause Scandal is the best drama of broadcast television, it’s simply amazing and everyone should watch it.

    I hope the show keeps at least a 2.5 in the finals. That would still be huge. And I wish the show returns next January even higher. Come on ABC, you have Gold in your hands, stop promoting Revenge and keeps investing on Scandal like you did last week.

  • france

    no more new POI until 1/3/13? :(

  • David

    Thursday is the best night on TV! Scandal and Elementary are the 2 best shows on network tv. Of course they have to show at the same time.

  • ZmaX

    glad that Beauty and the Beast went up, even if it is just a .6
    Last night’s episode was great and I loved that cliffhanger ending, I wasn’t expecting that! Best episode of the series so far. the show has really improved since the pilot, unfortunately the ratings have dropped since then :/

    Congrats to Scandal, I don’t watch the show but i’m happy for it. (even if it is adjusted down)

  • Greg

    X Factor is killing Glee, but American Idol will bump it up.

    Scandal is impressive. It will be interesting to see how this and Elementary rate after the Superbowl.

  • William

    What would the late Brandon Tartikoff think right now?


    So what if they are inflated ? they were last week too and its not like scandal is going to drop so much to be below a 2.2

    Max Vrany
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 8:38 AM
    Does anyone even bother to read the red text anymore? ABC & CBS NUMBERS ARE INFLATED!!!!

  • RyanCanada

    Scandal is going to be a show that keeps growwing, im just getting into this show, but wow im addicted, i just downloaded all the eps and hope to be caught up for when part two of the season premieres in january.

  • Emily

    Scandal!!!!!:-)))))))))) I can’t wait for Jan 10 to find out who hired Becky.

  • Anon

    If the late Brandon Tartikoff were alive today, he’d be scratching on the inside of his coffin.

  • chezmoi

    If Elementary had cast Lucy as Shirley Holmes and had some male as John Watson MD it might hvae been more interesting!
    The X-Factor would ptobably in my view do better against the Voice than BBT. Or switching Glee and X-Factor…or perhaps mainstream America is getting irritated by Brits (ie Simon etc and other Britons and not Britney)!

  • TimsDale4ever

    Why is NBC airing Take it All adnausem? Take it OFF!

  • TimsDale4ever

    Lord CBS’s ratings kick ass on Thursdays!

  • John A

    X Factor killing Glee? The show used to be on Tuesday at 8pm and get 4.0 and 5.0s in the demo. Its just stupid to blame X Factor for Glee dropping.

  • Sarah

    When Grey’s Anatomy keeps it’s focus away from the interns it continues to be one of the best shows on TV.

  • Marie

    Beauty and the beast is such a great show. Hope it gets renewed.

  • Ray’man

    Hahhah, must say there are many Scandal fans here! Glad to see that, love Kerri Washington btw :D

  • aciel

    Just a few episodes ago scandal was hitting low 2s I’m surprised it grew this much in a short period.of time

  • Melissa

    Grey’s Anatomy was phenomenal last night; the problem is that ABC tries to make all the promos look funny, instead of dramatic. People tune in for drama on Grey’s Anatomy, not for a laugh.

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