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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  • CBSviewer

    CBS gave Elementary the After Superbowl time-slot because they think the Show will rise after that but it won’t happen.

  • Melissa


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

    The Grey’s Anatomy vs. Person of Interest war is understandable, because both are in the same timeslot, with typically very similar 18–49 ratings. The Scandal vs. Revenge war used to be stupid when Revenge was far ahead, but it’s starting to make more sense because they’re both sophomore ABC shows getting (now) similar 18–49 ratings, and they both have about the same lead-in of a low 3.

  • Melissa

    Also: Where are the Thursday finals? They’re usually posted by now.

  • michelle

    @Oliver Thank you. I got a good laugh out of that press release. Guess it’s possible to put a positive spin on anything with carefully worded statements. For example, consider the following:

    “At 8:30 p.m. ET, a second telecast of “Up All Night” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall) built on its 18-49 lead-in by 22 percent. Keep in mind that last season “Up All Night” added an average 51 percent to these next-day “live plus same day” adult 18-49 ratings when Nielsen reported “live plus seven day” results, the biggest percentage increase for any comedy on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox.”

    The key phrase in that statement is “last season”. What I’m inferring is that this year’s DVR gains for UAN haven’t been significant, therefore they need to reference a now meaningless statistic from last season in order to find anything positive to say.

    (Btw, I mistakenly posted earlier as michelleo – didn’t realize I’d accidentally typed an extra letter after my name.)

  • Mary

    Go POI, Excellent.

  • Austin Lauran

    Is it actually still possible for the NBC execs to launch a sitcom on Thursday night that can get the same ratings as TBBT or Modern Family or is it too late?

  • ivan

    WoW scandal really going up

  • Ari

    My gleek heart aches..

  • Reven8ger

    Guys, stop being ridiculous by trying to compare Revenge and Scandal. It’s completely useless. Both of these shows are great and both of them are going to get a 3rd season.
    Revenge is ABC’s number #4 show, and Scandal is the #6 show, on 18-49.
    There is nothing to worry for those two, if you want to worry for something, start worrying about The Neighbors, Castle, Nashville and those comedies who can’t even reach 1,5%

    Scandal and Revenge are not going to be canceled now, so stop comparing the 2 shows !

  • The End

    @CBS gave Elementary the After Superbowl time-slot because they think the Show will rise after that but it won’t happen.

    As you’re clearly from the future, who won the Superbowl?

  • CBSviewer

    @ The End

    No one will win the Superbowl the Mayans were right and there will be no Superbowl. Lol :)

  • The End


    Lol, even the Mayans can’t stop the Superbowl :)

  • Bookworm

    Just saw the finals for Scandal and it was adjusted down to a 2.4 which is just a tick down from it’s series high (2.5) and still up .4 from their average of 2.0.

    It also takes the hour still with Elementary at a 2.3. Either way,it is doing great numbers for ABC these past two weeks, I do believe we can keep it up in January. I totally see this show getting comfortable in the 2.2-2.4 range.

  • Martha

    Do not mess with POI …stays where it is @9pm ET Thursday!

  • Fred

    Devastated of what has happened in connecticut. How could someone shoot defenseless children :-(

  • Bri

    just saw the finals and Grey was at a 2.9 so was POI.

    Unless another drama did better than a 3.1 then Criminal Minds was this week # 1 show on broadcast tv! :D

  • CBSviewer

    @ Fred

    You’re right. This guy is a real coward !

  • Rodri

    What WAX ignores is that Scandal has had only 16 episodes so far, and Revenge 31, and they are both with the same ratings. And I’m not counting the fact that this is a series low for Revenge, but a series high for Scandal.. Revenge will always be the number one show. Go Revenge! sorry Max, maybe in another life :D

  • Rodri

    What MAX ignores is that Scandal has had only 16 episodes so far, and Revenge 31, and they are both with the same ratings. And I’m not counting the fact that this is a series low for Revenge, but a series high for Scandal.. Revenge will always be the number one show. Go Revenge! sorry Max, maybe in another life :D

  • Ruan

    Gosh, guys, is a 2.4 really so horrible for “The X Factor”? Let’s all keep in mind it’s going up against “The Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men”, no less than the most powerful block on TV.

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