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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  • Max


    So, I have read through all 11 pages thus far, waiting for the right time to post. I believe this is the right time.


    I told YOU ALL. It has finally started to become what I always knew it would- a hit for ABC.

    REVENGE? LOL. Sorry ABC, but start to use money to promote the better show, which will do better for you in the long run.

    SCANDAL is starting (and will continue) to be a beast while REVENGE will continue to flounder.


  • Glue

    Shut Up. Scandal might be a good show. It Might. But REVENGE Is SPECTACULAR. The Drama is Amazing, The plots are appealing and the Acting is SUBLIME. BTW Scandal is getting high ratings because it was preempted. Wait for the finals. And if it stays the same then maybe its because of that President thing i heard of… and i’m not hating on the show.

  • Emily

    Max,I liked everything u said until the last part..LOL please don’t compare Revenge and Scandal…I don’t like Revenge at all,but bashing it wouldn’t do well for my soul…
    NOW,Scandallllllllllllllll is the best show on prime time!

  • ToXiX

    Just wondering but is Revenge Vs Scandal about as ridiculous as Grey’s Anatomy Vs Person Of Interest

  • aciel

    The real test for scandal is when the who shot the president storyline is over. The reason why its.getting high ratingbthis week is people want to know the aftermath lets just see what ratings it gets back to the conspiracy storyline. Its only adjustment cause the president was shot.

  • ZmaX


    yeah that whole Revenge vs Scandal thing stemmed from Max. that wacko a few posts up. There shouldn’t be any problem between the two shows. Both are definitely gonna be renewed for a third season.

    No need for bashing another show.

  • Mike

    Great for Scandal, I will admit I was wrong, it seems to be gaining an audience, though I still wonder if it will be able to maintain these numbers after the president being shot storyline concludes
    Seriously dude your show did great, but why bother bring ing up Revenge, sure Scandal is doing great now, but you lost a lot of credibility when bashing Revenge and praising scandal, back when Revenge was getting 2.7 and Scandal was getting 1.9 with a better lead in most weeks. Neither Scandal or Revenge are rating hits like OUAT or Greys, they are very erratic in the rating department, and Scandal is no beast, Modern Family is a beast, Scandal is doing well, would be shocked if it was not renewed in May, but the same can be said for Revenge, and it is unknown how dependent it is on Greys, as seen by Private Practice, shondas shows do great after greys but they do worse in other times slots. Scandal is very much wait and see, I’m interested to see how many people will return come January.

  • CH

    i would laugh so hard,if scandal gets adjusted down if it does hopefully back to it’s crappy ratings :D

  • Roco

    @ Max.I pretty much agreed with you until you brought up Revenge, Now I love both shows…Where is that Rob dude who predicted ratings would drop big time..

  • Oliver
  • Martha

    Reese and Finch are my heroes! Go POI.

  • CBSviewer

    2013-2014 CBS Schedule:

    8:00 – How I Met Your Mother
    8:30 – NEW COMEDY
    9:00 – 2 Broke Girls
    9:30 – Mike & Molly
    10:00 – NCIS: Los Angeles

    8:00 – NCIS
    9:00 – NEW DRAMA
    10:00 – Hawaii Five-0

    8:00 – Survivor
    9:00 – Criminal Minds
    10:00 – CSI

    8:00 – The Big Bang Theory
    8:30 – Two and a Half Men
    9:00 – NEW DRAMA
    10:00 – Person of Interest

    8:00 – NEW DRAMA / Undercover Boss
    9:00 – CSI: NY / NEW DRAMA
    10:00 – Blue Bloods

    8:00 – Repeat
    9:00 – Repeat
    10:00 – 48 Hours

    7:00 – 60 Minutes
    8:00 – The Amazing Race
    9:00 – The Good Wife
    10:00 – The Mentalist

    Canceled Shows: Elementary, Vegas, Golden Boy, Partners and Made in Jersey.

    I think the NCIS spin-offs should not air after the Original Series but on other night (Monday and Thursday) as the CSI Shows did. They were beast on their slot and CBS had premiered many hits with this Shows (like Criminal Minds,…).
    Hawaii Five-0 will rise with the influence of a new Show. CSI: NY will be Renewed to help Blue Bloods.
    CBS won’t change its Wednesday night because it’s working and the two dramas help each other.

  • Franko

    LMAO at Glee. Season 5 will probably be it’s last.

  • bluejays

    Even if Scandal adjusts down a point or two its doing really, really well! It might be the number one ten pm show this week!

    I hope Grey’s doesn’t adjust down too much. I’d like to see it a bit higher tbh.

    NBC are doing very badly on Thursdays but they win a fair few other nights and they’ve got to be happy with how this season is going overall compared to previous seasons.

  • Gary A

    @ CBSviewer:

    Like your schedule but have some questions:

    Monday – Why NCIS:LA at 10? Seems they will be more apt to use it exactly where it is and premire the supposed new spinoff at 10 on Monday ( if H50 moves ).

    Thursday – Why would they move POI?

    Like your Sunday schedule and wouldn’t be surprised ( although many on here will be ) if that’s what CBS does.

  • Nick

    Take It All was the highest rated NBC show of the night :O

  • CBSviewer

    @ Gary A

    I put NCIS: Los Angeles on Monday at 10 because it’s TV’s #2 Drama and it could help Monday night (CSI: Miami was huge on this slot).
    I think POI should move to premiere a new drama at 9 (I thought the new NCIS Spin-off). This Season Elementary is not working at 10 and POI is now powerful and would certainly get thesame ratings at 10. A new drama between Two and a Half Men (4.0 in demo) and Person of Interest (3.0 in demo) has lot of chances to be a Hit.

  • POI

    Every show will get adjusted down on CBS and ABC i think.

  • POI

    NBC’S Ratings are just laughable without the voice the network is nothing and every passing day it shows that more and more.

  • POI


    i don’t think they will cancel Elementary after giving it the post-Superbowl time-slot

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