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

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December 28th, 2012


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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  • Mickey

    Oh my god. 3.3 A18-49 for a BBT repeat in the middle of the holidays. I mean, that’s amazing.

  • Oliver

    TBBT repeat ratings are ridiculous.

    Mindy did fine.

    Odd that The Office/Parks repeats did no better than 30R/UAN. Another case of older-skewing vs younger-skewing, I guess.

  • nerv

    TBBT repeat is still a beast! There’s no stopping it! That’s just a typical original Monday comedy rating on CBS!

  • Maximillian

    TBBT. Insanity!

    Glad for Mindy. I really hope that NBC, ABC, and FOX can work out new primetime solutions for their comedies so they don’t compete against each other. The fact none of them changed it up midseason is crazy to me.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    30 Rock and Up All Night repeats get almost the same as new episodes, maybe just half a point worse at most.

  • Billy

    These Big Bang Theory repeat numbers are unbelievable. To put up these numbers for a repeat during a holiday week is just wild. Most shows would be very happy to get these numbers for a new episode.

  • Oliver

    @Jeff (Canada)

    Good point. An original of UAN got 0.9 on the 13th, yet a repeat gets 0.8 on the 27th.

  • were123

    WOW, TBBT is unstoppable! Even a repeat rating outrates most originals of TV!

  • Petar


    1.9 for drama rerun is the best!!! Person Of Interest is best scripted crime drama.

  • rob60990

    So out of all of FOX’s comedies, Mindy repeated the best? LOL.

  • jack

    I guess I’m the only one that don’t get the Big Bang Theory hype.

  • lukas

    TBBT 11,98 and only 3,3?!! This is the end TBBT :(((

  • tv_viewer

    It is interesting that the highest rated NBC show last night was a repeat of Rock Center.

  • Nathan

    It was a repeat :)

  • 1313 SVU Lane

    BBT is the new Friends, CBS better hope it lasts more than 10 seasons though.

  • John A

    Im shocked POI fans arent boasting that it beat Greys in repeats.

  • TimsDale4ever

    No Jack, I can assure you, you’re not the only one. ???

  • ReallyTired

    TBBT just doesn’t warrant these kinds of ratings. It’s not that funny.

    Mindy is just a plain horror. So is the show.


    Damn wowsa big bang is a beast in repeats. IMO CBS should always use it in place of a show that’s not working. It’s in it’s sixth season and getting its highest ratings. Big bang will last more than 10 seasons but CBS is going to have to pay big bucks to everyone. How long u think big bang could go on?

  • forg


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