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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  • Ram510

    So at Scandals current ratings (eventhough i know it could adjust down but for the moment) its the #1 10pm drama on broadcast for the entire week! Now that’s saying something!

    @john a

    No it was not “promoted like crazy” this week. At least nowhere near the level of who shot Fitz promos. Is it hard for you to wrap your head around the fact that people are starting to flock to this show cause its actually good television?

  • Petar Ivanov

    This was last episode for POI VS footbal. Without footbal expect new POI 2.9 to be 3.1 with at least one or two series highs in january or february!!! Wich mean 0.2 increase in demo and at least 1 million more viewers so around 16 millions. For now POI is only one CBS scripted drama UP from last season! Other CBS show UP from last season is TBBT i think.

    ps Good news – CBS are smart. They put POI immediately on the air from january 3th. So they know that these 3 months are best of POI – after footbal before NBA playoffs.Last season was 3+ in al episodes. POI for know air 10 episodes. CBS dramas are with 24 per season. I hope they will air in all 5 weeks(thursdays) in january new episodes and at least 3 from 4 thursdays in february. If contunue with uptrend and all other shows contunie to drop POI have real shot at CBS #1 drama and even network #1 drama. If CBS air 10 ep in that period(all 3+) and stay 3ep for May sweeps and 1 for April. And in the begining of the season that looks like mission impossible!

  • Max Vrany

    Closing the italic tag

  • jimbo

    NBC should abandon Thursday comedy line!!
    Please don’t move Go On to the Thursday line-up which is dead zone for NBC.
    Look at the numbers of Up All Night.

  • DougF

    I shudder to think what kind of ratings Up All Night will get when it debuts its new format.

  • Lewis

    I’m still laughing at Britney Spears face when they announced Fifth Harmony were through to the final. What a joke of a show. :D

  • Max Vrany

    Didn’t work the first time Trying again.

  • Tommy M.

    “I shudder to think what kind of ratings Up All Night will get when it debuts its new format.”

    I’m willing to bet the average view doesn’t notice the difference.

  • Winston Mize

    I guess I could fake happiness for Beauty and the beast….I watched the pilot and fell asleep and never looked back…But matching all the other middling shows is just gonna confuse the bear…

  • Tommy M.

    @ Max, I tried too with my last post and it didn’t work either…lol

  • Petar Ivanov


    My friend help a litle be with the math….if CBS air 10 episodes from POI in january, february and march and all 10ep are 3+ in demo will this mean that POI can finish #1 CBS drama in the end of the season or ncis is unbeatable. Thanks a lot.

  • SRD

    So happy to see Beauty & the Beast improve it was a really good episode.

  • Brian J

    Depending on how it adjusts, this is a really good number for “Scandal.” It’s nearing “Grey’s” demo rating now. Can the show keep it up in the new year? If so, it’ll be a big effing deal, because it will be on track to beat every 10:00 PM show except for “Revolution.”

    I’ve never seen it, so I have no real dog in this fight, but I have to hope it continues to inch upwards. It’d be nice to see something buck the trends and actually grow.

    As for NBC, next season can’t come soon enough. “Do No Harm” looks interesting, and I am curious to see how it does, but the rest of the night is just a mess. Good shows, but very poor results.

  • BxActor

    Good for scandal

  • brian

    Scandal will be topping Greys soon. Wow, just a little more and its monster hit status.

  • Brian J

    Oh yeah, Fox is doing okay, I guess, and CBS continues to shine.

    Specifically, has anyone noticed how “Two and a Half Men” has hit 4.0 a bunch of times in the last few weeks. No doubt it’s being helped by “The Big Bang Theory,” but perhaps it’s finally settling into its new home and more people are finding it.

  • SDT

    SCANDAL!!!!!!! I hope it keeps growing into the new year.

  • Brandy

    @Ally, no.SC was cancelled with similar ratings and Nikita moved to fri with better ratings.The fact it’s been at 0.6 for a while and last week got 0.5 when shows also drop in Jan and in spring is very bad, but it’s good it’s up this week.CW will premiere 4-5 new shows next season just like this one and last and so far only GG,Emily Owens are gone so that leads me to believe only one of Beauty,Cult,Carrie Diaries,Hart of Dixie will be renewed.Im not sure what you mean by lack of promotion cause other than VD,Arrow Beauty is the most promoted cw show & now Carrie Diarie Diries joins that group. I’ve heard Beauty does well online and does better in international sales than SC and the fact it was nominated for a Pca may give it a small chance of renwal but I’ve prepared myself for its cancellation and will enjoy it while it’s on cause I really it too and want it renewed but I would be suprised if it is.Its bad that it can’t hold more than half of VDs audience.

  • John A

    @Ram510 i give credit to Scandal then its doing very well. Its just weird that it grew that much in 3 weeks.

  • Burr

    Petar i understand english is not your first language, but I have no clue what your post said, and i’m quite skilled in wading through bad grammar.

    I assume it was along the lines of POI rules and the rest of CBS blows.


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