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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  • eridapo

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

    Bill and Robert should be thanking Max for those page hits…

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “ABC numbers won’t be that inflated – Philly is a big market, but the Eagles got taken to the woodshed. “

    Always hard to guess at the adjustments, but the “woodshed taking” was late in the game. It was a 3 point Eagles lead at the half.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Bill and Robert should be thanking Max for those page hits…”

    I assume you’re joking, we’re thanking all the [your adjective here] Scandal fans!

  • Tom

    @ Carla Good one. I concur that online fan polls should always trump the Nielsens.

  • Brandy

    @Carla, its ratings are bad for so early in the season when most shows drop in Jan and spring too.Its wasting the best leadin the network has.Those fan polls dont mean anything to cw,money does and batb ad rstes will low next time theyre set due to middling ratings.Also,SC was cancelled with same 0 5_0.6, demo but in spring and Nikita got 0.7 for its first season finale behind VD and was moved to fri the next season. However, if rumors are true that batb does well online and better internationaly than SC that give it a shot at renewal but theres no proof.

  • eridapo


    Philly was the home team, so the Kickoff would be a 8:25PM EST. The game ended close to Midnight in the Philadelphia area, so the entire Primetime lineup would have been affected….

    The hours between 9:00PM and 10:30PM should have seen strong ratings since the game was still competitive up to that point.

  • KS

    Off – Topic

    What the hell is happening in USA?

    I can’t believe the visuals I am seeing on my computer right now.

    27 people, including 12 CHILDREN were shot dead. Incredibly sad incident. RIP and my prayers all those affected families.

    I hope people don’t forget this incident, just they forgot the ones before. I really hope good debates take place about this topic and hopefully give a solution to the problem.

  • Bri

    @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.”

    You say this EVERY week and and it still not true POI is NOT up from last year this year its demo is 2.9 last year? 2.9! get your fact right!

  • Luke

    Hopefully the Scandal numbers stay up.

  • Steven

    Hopefully Glee can stay 2.0+ in the spring! It should since it’s on after American Idol

  • SarahL


    I assume you’re joking, we’re thanking all the [your adjective here] Scandal fans!

    LOL! Are the Scandal fans, the new Supernatural/Fringe/Chuck fans?


    WOWSA at Scandel. Another high it probably will drop but IMO this is the best show on TV PERIOD END OF STORY. I haven’t been so riveted or compelled by a show in years. Shonda Rhimes has returned to form with this show. I absolutely hated Private Practice and she did some other medical show Off The Map horrid. This show is fabulous and it seems to be hitting it stride. Kudos to ABC for really nurturing this show. It really was a question mark if it was even going to get a second season and now it seems likes its a show coming together. Its COMPELLING TV PERIOD. Scandel just earned itself a third season renewel. Also don’t move Scandel either let it stay on Thursday nights if it aint broke DONT FIX IT.

  • Bri


    “POI 2.93 The gain from last season (2.873 – 2.93 is .057 or 1.98%); 6.54% from Midseason”

    You numbers are more precise than mine I had POI’s numbers rounded at 2.9 last year and 2.9.

    To Petar, sorry you are right POI is up, not by much but still up, from last year :)

  • Dat


    Actually POI IS up from its fall ratings last year. While last year’s fall ratings averaged 2.75 until the winter finale, this year it has consistently been around 2.9 (2.93 to be the average as of last week’s episode).

    The reason why POI had a 2.93 average for the season last year was because of its ratings in the spring. Petar’s projection might go the same this year, considering football is over for its timeslot.

  • Bri

    wish there was an edit button…

    This “You numbers are more precise than mine I had POI’s numbers rounded at 2.9 last year and 2.9.” should read like this;

    “Your numbers are more precise than mine I had POI’s numbers rounded at 2.9 last year and 2.9 this year”


    BTW on the X Factor front I am really happy to see Fifth Harmony is in the final 3. I love those girls they are so wish fullfillment and sweet and geniune plus there is no girl group out in the market. I really loved their performance. I really actually like all the final 3 of the X Factor the show is a trainwreck mess though. LA Reid quit but I expect Britney to be out as well. What was that face last night? She hasn’t added any eyeballs to the show plus she seems disconnected in the panel. A panel should work completely top to botom and she doesn’t seem to want to engage with it. Simon IMO has one more chance to make this show right or its DONE. It hasn’t translated from the UK version to here. Its missing that special quality the UK version had.

  • Bri


    Yes my numbers for POI for last year season average was rounded, so Petar is right POI is up this season :)

  • Imanol

    nicely done BATB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • mmel

    I have always said that Scandal is one of the best shows on tv, if you watch it once you get hooked.

  • ToXiX

    How many times does Bill or Robert have to tell you there will never be an edit button.

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