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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  • man

    Tvd still cw #1 show, beauty and beast should move to fridays

  • Jared

    Congrats ABC..that is how you grow a series. Scandal is by far one of the best dramas on ANY network.

  • were123

    Avarage rating for each network:
    CBS: 3.4
    ABC: 2.3
    FOX: 2.2
    NBC: 1.0
    CW: 0.9

    It’s interesting to see how The CW almost tied NBC

  • Oliver

    NBC narrowly avoids going below 1.0. These ratings demonstrate underlying weakness of Up All Night, and just how tough that 8pm timeslot is up against TBBT.

    Glee keeps getting weaker. If Fox wasn’t struggling so much then it would be in trouble. My guess it’s done after next season.

    Great ratings for Scandal; ABC won’t adjust down that much.

    Not great ratings for Beauty and the Beast considering it’s the best timeslot The CW has. Hart of Dixie and 90210 are likely more attractive renewal prospects.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Folks celebrating either the ABC or CBS results should wait for the final ratings. Removing the local NFL viewing may produce downward adjustments.

  • BrieK

    Great for Scandal! Too bad it is going on hiatus. I hope the fans come back in January.

  • Bookworm

    This is great news for Scandal!! It’s not too far off from taking down it’s own lead in in the demo!

    Sadly, there was a game in Philly so I expect some adjustments but either way it goes, I know it won’t be anything too crazy and would definitely keep it above Elementary! CBS has to be a little disappointing that Elementary is getting topped for the second week in a row by Scandal!!

    ABC must be really happy with how it is doing with the Grey pairing. If they put advertisement into it, Scandal has shown that is most definitely can deliver! I’m really happy for the show!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I admit to not reading the possible adjustments downwards for ABC and CBS.”

    Red & bold & at the top, but still invisible!

  • John A

    Was Scandal promoted again like crazy this week?

  • Steph

    Elementary keeps getting better.

  • BigBrotherFan

    I wouldnt know but was NBC in repeats last night..?Those numbers seem exceptionally bad, even for NBC.

    Looks like, LIKE 666 PARK AVE. Fans are sticking around to the end of the last resort. Can’t help but think either one of these shows deserve a run at cable because they do seem to have a niche base. I would favor 666 Park Ave. Just cause I think it could continue longer.

    SCANDAL! WOW! Very good. I have been watching it from the start and it’s getting really good. I would just like to say WRAP UP HAWK. He is a very one note character and is there really interest in him? I like to see maybe Quinn find out everything and get back at Hawk. That VP is something else, too! I missed the first lady. I really enjoy her character and acting. I swear she was on another ABC show I really enjoyed but I forget what one it was. This show is getting really good. The acting alone is worth tuning in KERRY WASHINGTON is amazing in this role. No need to compare to revenge its closer to GREYS numbers now.

    Again, CBS beyond stupid giving Elementry the post bowl slot. Is it too late to change their decision? has a network ever reversed that decision. I know it would show a real lack of faith if they did but a 2.3, you’ve got to be kidding me. Heck, I’d vote even H50 for that slot and I dont even watch it. 2BG clearly deserves it though. mAYBE they need higher numbers and more money to finance Johnny Lee Millers hair piece!

    It what universe is it a good decision to renew XFACTOR? Those are HORRIBLE numbers and when the cost is factored in its like adding salt to the wound. Glee PLEASE GET CANCELLED!

  • carl

    On Twitter, Scandal is still trending in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Miami and other cities.

  • Jared

    Happy to see BATB back up. Last nights midseason finale was great!. I hope the CW continues to back this series because it’s really great and the storyline has been getting better and better each week. I don’t see the CW cancelling this series especially when it can be compatible with the current CW pilots being filmed for next year.

  • SarahL


    Hey, at least unlike most of the others, I eventually saw it. :)

  • Petar Ivanov

    Last night’s Thursday Night Football game (Bengas/Eagles) was simulcast on the CBS affiliate in Cincinatti 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.


    4 Philadelphia 2,949,310 2.58%

    35 Cincinnati 897,890 0.79%

  • ClamCam

    Clearly Scandal has gained momentum, but the preemption in Philadelphia (the #4 market) will certainly have an impact in both GA and Scandal…I predict a 2.4-2.5….anyhow, will it mantained this level after the fitz storyline ends? Shonda is the specialist for shock value story arcs (airplane crash in gA!, manic trying to kill Violet while on labor in PP and the list goes on and on)..time will tell…

  • Jase L.

    If Scandal adjusts down a tenth, it will still be a series high. If it adjusts down two tenths, it will tie last week’s high. Even if it adjusts down three tenths, it’s still a great showing for a 10:00 show on ABC.

  • John A

    Scandal may adjust down alot due to premption.

  • Albert

    xfactor should just be canceled. lol

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    What numbers (the rank per Tv audience) are the markets in Cinccinati and Phil.? Anyone knows?

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