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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  • Dan S

    With no comments by Max I’ve got the distinct feeling he’s been banned from TVBTN. At any rate congrats to Scandal handily beating Elementary last night. Looks like once again POI wins in viewers but slightly trails GA at 3.0. It’ll be interesting to see how the new series 1600 Penn & Do No Harm fares for NBC on a night they continue to struggle with.

  • Max Vrany

    Philadelphia (Market #4) has 2.9 million households and last week’s Eagles game got a 21.6. That works out to ~630,000 households or a ~.558 national household rating from Philadelphia alone. Households ? viewers ? Adults 18-49, but that should give you an idea of what to expect.

    Cincinnati’s (Market #34) impact works out to be a .2 national household rating, using the above methodology. Less of an impact for CBS.

  • Mark

    @Max Vranny

    Okay? ABC was inflated last week but there was NO ADJUSTMENT to Scadal. I see that happening again this week. Can’t wait til the finals come.

  • Jackson

    SCANDAL! amazing work by abc and the producers/writers! it also helped that OPRAH had a special interview about scandal with kerry washington/shonda rhimes (so i am sure that helped with the OPRAH endorsment). it kept almost all of greys viewers. i think scandal will overtake greys in the ratings in the spring! i honestly think it will

  • omabin

    WOW AT SCANDAL!!! My hopes were that it would not fall much from last week, but up? WOOOW. Those are revolution numbers right there! Well done!! I love the show so much. Even if it is adjusted down a bit, like 0.2 in the finals, it will still be awesome! So happy!

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  • Stormy44

    So, am I still delusional about Scandal? I was right on the money in the prediction I made of a 2.7 last week. I reduce my prediction to a 2.6 yesterday because of the preemption in the Philly market but I should have stuck to my original number.

    In fact, I should have gone with my original gut instinct of around a 2.8 but I said to myself, “they will think I’m certifiable” if I made that prediction so I went with a 2.7. Everyone still thought I was certifiable but that was ok. Numbers don’t lie and I knew that I had the numbers behind me. If the show wasn’t preempted in Philly which is the 4th largest media market, it probably would have made a 2.8 or more.

    And I am more confident than ever that it will hit that 3.0 and higher that I predicted only now I think that it will happen a lot sooner than Feb and will probably hit that mark for its next new episode on Jan 10th.

  • Hugo

    Poor Glee :( It’s really got to stop falling… hopefully it’ll be adjusted up.

  • Max Vrany

    @Mark, Scandal wasn’t adjusted because ABC was only preempted for the 8:00 hour in one West Coast market. Scandal aired on time there, thus no adjustments. Scandal didn’t air on time last night in Philadelphia, the nation’s #4 TV market, thus major adjustments can be reasonably expected.

  • Petar Ivanov

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


    4 Philadelphia 2,949,310 2.58%

    35 Cincinnati 897,890 0.79%

    Cincinnati is after Nashville and FOX was 2 times preemted in Nashville without any adjusments so CBS will be close to that numbers. Not info for Philadelphia in the past.

  • Tellitlikeitis


    X factor is high in the 18-34. Check it out. Knowledge is our friend.

    The Last Resort fan base is too small (unless it takes severe budget cuts) to go to cable.

  • Tommy

    I’ll admit that I have not seen a single frame of “Scandal” as I was assuming it would be canceled and forgotten by the holidays this year. But with a 2.7 at 10pm, I think I’m going to be spending my weekend catching up on season 1 via netflix…

  • Max Vrany

    Those question marks should be don’t equal signs (!=).

  • Billy


    That is because the game was preempted in Oakland/SF last week. That is in the pacific time zone. Scandal was not preempted in that market last week. Hence, no adjustment.

    Once again, people should just relax on Scandal. Philadelphia is a very large market. Big adjustments are possible.


    TVD still Low I see Better Stories would help

  • s0303

    god awful for up all night…changing the format of this show is not going to save it…

    really good for scandal, even if it adjusts down 0.2…held grey’s anatomy numbers really good.

    tvd definitely still cw’s no. 1 show :)

  • Rachel

    What is it about the post TVD slot that means it just can’t get people watching. TVD is the number 1 show on the network, therefore provides the best lead in the network has to offer, yet nothing in the slot seems to be able to hold anything near TVD numbers. If the current numbers say the same, TVD has double the demo of BATB, and TVD quite often adjusts up. That’s not good for Beauty, even if it is up. I think people may be right when they say those who watch TVD have no interest in continuing to watch TV afterwards, and instead want to go online and discuss the ep. Waiting for the day when they finally find something that works after TVD.

  • Cher

    I think Scandal will start getting MORE viewers. I watched my first Scandal on November 29!!! All it took was one show to get me hooked. I then went back and watched the whole season to catch up. I am HOOKED. I recommended the show to one person – she watched one show and now she is HOOKED!!! That’s what’s starting to happen. People watch one show and get hooked. I think ABC should move it to Sundays after Revenge though.

  • sally

    i only watch CBS dramas,no NBC<ABCor FOX. the rest of the shows on cable.the networks stink

  • Burr

    Wow this pretty much proves that without the voice, NBC would be dead dead dead. Well that and Football. Yikes.

    I’m sure ABC & CBS (esp POI) will adjust down a bit as usual, so these numbers are kinda pointless till then, except for temporary giddiness.

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