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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  • Brian J

    @Tommy M:

    I kind of wonder why NBC didn’t just sign all involved to a new talent deal and try to create an entirely different show. Then again, it’s rated so low right now that it’s as if the network is creating a new show. If the new format seems to work, at least as far as the critics say, it might get another season. There is talent involved in the show, regardless if it’s not being applied correctly.

  • HalCapone

    NBC back in familiar territory: the toilet. Scandal is a very good show and deserves to win its time slot over the Crime Broadcasting System dreck of Elementary.

  • Flame

    Hm, Cincinnati is a small market and I’m not sure how big a draw the Bengals are. Okay, they are on a winning season for a change (for now), but they are rather know for notoriously losing for a while now.

    So I don’t expect much of an adjustment on CBS, maybe even the usual uptick for TBBT.

  • ateofi

    PoI and Elementary had very good episodes yesterday, hopefuly there will be no significant downward adjustment. I don’t watch Scandal, but 2.7 ratings at 10 pm with competition from Elementary is very good. Even if it adjusted down slightly, demo ratings will still be repectable.

  • Goku

    I hope Glee will have better ratings in January after American Idol.

  • tahina

    POI..not surprised, one of the best procedurals..and last night was excellent!

  • Petar Ivanov

    Almost all 7 pages for scandal. I guess tv by the numbers find new gold mine in the end. congrat.

  • gerry

    even if scandal drops to a 2.5 and ties with last week, its still doing great. i remember alot of folks posting that after the shooting the ratings were going to drop. doesn’t seem that way to me… so good stuff for scandal.

    i don’t think its in danger, but i still wish someone would cancel glee already.

    there is no way batb is getting renewed with these numbers considering it has the network’s best show as a lead in. at least heart of dixie has a devoted audience that’s stuck with it.

  • carla

    @Gerry BATB is doing decent and has gotten a pretty big fandom as well. Reason why it won fav new show in E online. If it continues these ratings it should be renewed.

  • leonard

    Shonda is a beast. Creating another monster…

  • michelleo

    At this point, why is NBC is even bothering to re-tool Up All Night again? I just don’t see how changing from single cam to multi cam is going to help when the show has bigger problems – the writing is bad, Will Arnett is miscast IMO (and this comes from a fan of his other work), and they have no idea what to do with Maya Rudolph.

    I’m also wondering where they’re going to air the new episodes. If Parks & Rec runs straight through with few or no breaks, they’ll run out of episodes early which would free up Thursdays at 8:30 again. But going back to its old slot following Community seems like a bad idea. Since Whitney just received an order for 3 more episodes, maybe they’ll pair the two on Wednesday nights? Pairing UAN with GwK instead seems like a no-brainer, but I can’t recall how many eps GwK has left so that might not be an option.

  • a p garcia

    I may start watching Scandal again, so many people can’t be wrong.

  • Steve

    Can I just point out that Fox was MORONIC for sticking their highest drama in the most competitive time slot of the week? Glee is rapidly sinking ship against Grey’s. Horrible decision Fox. I imagine there a a decent amount of viewers (my household included) that were fans of both but chose Grey’s over Glee every week.

  • Networkman

    Scandal is really turning into a bonafide hit for ABC. Both ABC and CBS will be adjusted so Scandal will still end up winning the hour. It is starting to maintain great retention numbers from Grey’s Anatomy. I thought it should air on Sunday but ABC was patient with it and now have a great combo that should remain next season.

    Up All Night should be cancelled effective immediately. Who cares about it being revamped. The comedy now has been beaten by the CW. Also ABC’s cancelled drama Last Resort garners better numbers. Instead of wasting time on multi-cam for this comedy, simply give Community additional episodes for the season. Community has done well leading off Thursday nights for a few seasons. It has a loyal fanbase and imo is better written. Also NBC still has Save Me.

  • France

    Love POI :)

  • Stormy44

    Here is the reason I don’t think that either Greys or Scandal will go down by much if at all. If you look at the number of viewers for GREYS this week, the number is actually down compared to the initial ones from last week. With last night being a winter finale and also having football numbers included, you would actually expect the numbers for GREYS to be higher not lower than last week.

    Now the number of Scandal viewers in the preliminary numbers went up by 400K this week as opposed to last week even though the GREYS numbers were down. Now some will argue that the increase is only because of the football game in Philly. However, if that was the case, then the GREYS numbers should have been up also.

    So why did the viewers for scandal increase this week when Greys went down—especially since by the time it started, the Eagles were stinking up the joint and if anything viewers would have been turning away from the game not suddenly turning it on. I could be wrong but even with the football game, I’m actually beginning to think that this will be one of those weeks that we’ve been seeing a lot recently where scandal goes up or stays the same even though the Greys numbers decrease.

  • eridapo

    @ 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.


    As it stands now,

    NCIS 3.37
    CM 2.99
    POI 2.93
    NCIS LA 2.91

    CM is very stable. The show consistently gets a 3.0, so I would expect that to continue. If as you say POI has been affected by football, it could see a rise of its ratings. This rise, however, might only be worth 1/10 to 2/10s of a point. That little bump might be enough to unseat CM from its number two spot, but it will certainly not unseat NCIS. To do that NCIS would have to collapse into the 2.4 or 2.5s which is unlikely. The more likely scenario is that without The Voice to contend with in Jan. to Mar. NCIS will see its ratings rise.

  • Nadine

    Glee is melting….melting….

  • eridapo

    I may start watching Scandal again, so many people can’t be wrong.

    As long as Max watches and roots for it, I wont ;)

  • jules

    Again. Scandal gets a 2.7 and it’s ” wow, Scandal is a beast, laaawd!”. Yet others shows get that or higher on a consistent basis and they suck. Wow, just wow, laaaawd!

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