TV Ratings Thursday: 'The Big Bang Theory' Wins Night of Repeats, 'Happy New Year Charlie Brown' Up


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.1/6 1.7/5 0.9/3 0.8/2 0.7/2 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.1/4 1.5/5 0.5/2 0.6/2 0.5/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 9.557 4.111 3.581 2.612 1.769 0.994


CBS won the night in adults 18-49 and in Total Viewers.

On CBS, repeats of its typical Thursday line-up outperformed the competition by a large margin, with a repeat of The Big Bang Theory garnering a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, which which would be a good number for an original episode of most broadcast programs.

On ABC, Happy New Year, Charlie Brown earned a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating up 9% from a 1.1  on December 29, 2011.



Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, December 27, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory – R 3.3/10 11.98
ABC Happy New Year, Charlie Brown – R 1.2/4 4.65
NBC 30 Rock – R 0.7/2 2.55
FOX The Mindy Project – R 0.7/2 2.06
CW The Vampire Diaries – R 0.4/1 1.05
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men – R 2.3/7 8.74
NBC Up All Night – R 0.8/2 2.23
FOX The Mindy Project – R 0.7/2 1.74
9:00 CBS Person of Interest – R 1.9/5 10.33
ABC Grey’s Anatomy – R 0.8/2 3.20
NBC The Office – R 0.8/2 2.14
FOX The Mindy Project – R 0.6/2 1.62
CW Beauty and the Beast – R 0.4/1 0.94
9:30 NBC Parks and Recreation – R 0.7/2 1.92
FOX The Mindy Project – R 0.7/2 1.66
10:00 CBS Elementary – R 1.5/5 7.98
NBC Rock Center – R 0.9/3 3.41
ABC Scandal – R 0.7/2 2.90

Late night ratings:

NOTE: All ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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