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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  • Ryan Schwartz

    I don’t watch the series, but I have been tracking the ratings. These are great numbers for ‘Scandal’. Furthermore, great numbers for a 10pm show these days. Shows that time and patience can pull off. Hopefully, it grows into a stable hit for ABC, the hit they need to help them out on Thursdays following Grey’s eventual exit. Maybe next year, they fix Thursdays and prepare for the future by sliding Grey’s and Scandal up an hour each, fixing 8pm and launching a new series at 10? If Scandal’s ratings stay where they are, that would be a no brainer move in my book.

  • Ram510

    SCANDAL!!!!!! I didn’t even think it would be up this week but I’m soooooooo happy it is!!!!

  • ally

    So are Beauty and the Beast’s ratings good enough 4 the CW to give it a 2nd season?? The lack of promotion plus the bad time slot should be taken into consideration.. ita a damn good show & it would Suck if it didn’t get renewed…

  • Casey

    BBT crushing it.

  • Bee

    scandal and grey’s were pre-empted. so they might adjust down as many as 0.4 points. so i’ll celebrate with the final numbers. but even then, HOOORAYYYYYYY!!!!!!! it held up! amazing episodes for both last night. can’t wait for january 10th.

  • roco

    Scandal is a beast, go hate on that….Where is Max? he can gloat now.

  • Billy

    Philadelphia is the 4th biggest market in the country. I would temper your enthusiasm for Scandal. I could see some major downgrades in the finals.

  • Melissa

    Grey’s Anatomy‘s 3.1 is down a full ratings point from last year’s 4.1 midseason finale.

  • were123

    The CW needs to cancel 2 shows this season, Emily Owens was one, and now Beauty & The Beast seems to be the one that follows. It has the best lead in CW can offer (Arrow aside) and it performs bad, while HoD and 90210 managed to get the same rating this week with no lead in, so I guess CW would rather pick veterans that do the same rating over a freshman that can’t really benefit from its lead in

  • Nik

    @Ryan Schwartz

    No way should Scandal air at 9–then the sex scenes will get further edited down! Those scenes are EVERYTHING, can only be shown in 10pm time slot.

  • Jase L.

    Last night’s episode of Scandal was fantastic. Glad to see more people are starting to watch the show.

    I forget who predicted last week that Scandal could hit 3.0+ when it returns in January. I remember a few people scoffing, but anything seems possible now.

  • roco

    Billy it doesnt matter if it adjust down, this is major improvement.

  • leonard

    Scandal it’s a monster! OMFG!

    Shonda should be very happy. Another monster, for God’s sake!!! How could this be even possible?

  • roco

    @jase, I certainly agree..

  • Tony ^_^

    Max? Max?!? Where are you? :o Your favorite show of all time is UP!

    He’s probably hibernating and won’t come back until “Revenge” returns in January… O.o Lol…

  • SarahL

    I admit to not reading the possible adjustments downwards for ABC and CBS. I guess, we’ll have to see the final numbers for Grey’s and Scandal.

  • taylor


    A 2.7 is hardly a “monster.”

    I’m cautiously optimistic about these numbers. I expect a downward adjustment in the finals, but I hope it can stay at ~2.5.

  • DW

    scandal is a beast. take that walking dead. :)

  • juliedawn

    Yes! BATB back up!

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    Go Grey’s, hopefully it won’t adjust down!

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