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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

 

Scoreboard CBS ABC FOX UNI NBC CW
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

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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.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.
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Definitions:

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • THE OLD MAN

    XFAC & Glee down for FOX

    NBC avrg 1.0 for night less than UNI & almost ties the CW

    CW 1.2 w/ VD beats NBC @ 8:00

    RESERVE COMMENT FOR CBS & ABC

  • Bookworm

    Scandal, along with Grey and possibly Last Resort are going to face adjustments. Sadly for Grey and Last Resort, I don’t think either can afford them but Scandal can dip anywhere between .1-.4 and still beat or tie Elementary for the time slot. That is no where near bad for a show that was averaging a 2.0 against a show that premiered this fall with a 3.1.

  • Stormy44

    If Scandal decreases because of the football game I don’t expect it to by more than .1 in the numbers.

  • Joecup

    Hart of dixie, 90210 and b&tb have the same 0.6 rating this week, how will the bear choose which one to chase and take down?

  • edson

    Half hours anyone?

  • CurefortheItch

    Way to go Scandal. It is gripping right now.

  • gary

    OMG Scandal!!! amazing performance
    fantastic episode last night congratulations!!!
    Scandal season 3 its coming

  • Del

    Go Scandal! It is getting better and darker each episode. I love all the twists!

  • fearless

    The CW should move BaTB to Tuesdays at 9. If it holds the 0.6 then its safe. Place Cult at Thursdays at 9pm.

    Hoping Criminal Minds is still the number 1 scripted drama… =)

  • onion

    @Max,
    How did you know these information about airing/pre-emption?

  • Tommy M.

    “If Scandal decreases because of the football game I don’t expect it to by more than .1 in the numbers.”

    I won’t pretend to know how much the ratings will be adjusted, but it is worth pointing out (again) that the Philadelphia TV market is the 4th largest in the country. The Eagles also have a huge following in Philly. I wouldn’t be surprised by a rather large adjustment for ABC.

  • CenterGravity

    Hopefully, CBS’s numbers don’t get adjusted down too much.

    Last Resort and Last Man Standing are the only things I watch on ABC, but very impressive numbers for Scandal (even with a possible downward adjustment of a tenth or two).

    NBC’s numbers certainly aren’t inflated!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Feast on the half hour ratings, and crazy fans, be sure to ignore the warnings about ABC and CBS local NFL pre-emptions!

    8:00PM H/P 32.0
    LAST RESORT ABC 1.2
    THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 5.4
    UP ALL NIGHT NBC 0.9
    THE X FACTOR RESULTS SHOW FOX 2.2
    THE VAMPIRE DIARIES CW 1.3
    8:30PM H/P 34.8
    LAST RESORT ABC 1.1
    TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 4.2
    UP ALL NIGHT NBC 1.1
    THE X FACTOR RESULTS SHOW FOX 2.5
    THE VAMPIRE DIARIES CW 1.2
    9:00PM H/P 36.6
    GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 3.0
    PERSON OF INTEREST CBS 3.1
    TAKE IT ALL NBC 1.1
    GLEE FOX 2.1
    BEAUTY AND THE BEAST CW 0.6
    9:30PM H/P 38.1
    GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 3.1
    PERSON OF INTEREST CBS 2.9
    TAKE IT ALL NBC 1.3
    GLEE FOX 1.9
    BEAUTY AND THE BEAST CW 0.6
    10:00PM H/P 37.1
    SCANDAL ABC 2.8
    ELEMENTARY CBS 2.5
    ROCK CENTER WITH BRIAN WI NBC 0.9
    10:30PM H/P 35.5
    SCANDAL ABC 2.6
    ELEMENTARY CBS 2.2
    ROCK CENTER WITH BRIAN WI NBC 0.9

  • Doug

    Good for ABC that Scandal is catching on. It and Shark Tank are their only feel good stories of the fall.

  • Lewis

    Not bad for Take It All. I expected much worse due to the very weak lead in, but they managed to have higher ratings than Up All Night.

  • Truthteller

    Scandal rocks…I normally hate shows like this, but this time it works. Good job Shonda, Kerry & Company!

  • Max Vrany

    @Bill, I think you need to put the numbers subject to adjustment in a collapsible box, so you can’t see the numbers without reading* the adjustment notice.

    Of course, for some commenters, reading isn’t comprehension.

  • November

    I’ll be surprised if Glee doesn’t permanently fall under 5 mln in the next 3 or so episodes. After yesterday, I’ll definitely not tune in ever again, I gave this show the last chance and it failed beyond any measure.
    The phenomenon of TatHM baffles me, can’t remember a single ep of it that I saw that’d even make me chuckle.
    Happy for Elementary, I was caution about it when it first started but it didn’t insult me yet.

  • eridapo

    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.

    Except that the Eagles kind a suck this year…

    If there are adjustments, it would be in the magnitude of no more than 2/10s. Scandal would still be around 2.5 which is more than what I expected, but I guess people did want to see who shot the President. Have to give the creators props for going out with a bang at mid-season.

  • Reader

    SUCH a great PoI last night — the best episode since “Bad Code,” I think. Glad it did well.

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