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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  • Billy


    CBS is going to have a very tough negotiation with The Big Bang Theory cast next season for a renewal. They better not pay too much to Ashton Kutcher for TAAHM, because I am sure Jim Parsons will want even more money, and rightly so. These ratings for TBBT are insane.

  • Phil

    It was reruns all across the board!

  • jake3988


    The negotiations are not with CBS, they’re with Warner Bros. TBBT (and TAAHM for that matter) are MAMMOTHS in syndication. They already sold 9 seasons into syndication, so it’ll at least go that long. WB will most definitely not want either show to end anytime soon, the syndication money is outrageous. CBS doesn’t want them to end either, they’re the two highest rated shows on the network.

    The cast is making huge bucks (450k per episode next season for Parsons, Galecki, and Cuoco IIRC) and I imagine that number will inch up again for seasons 8 and 9, but I doubt it’ll be that tough.

  • Billy


    True, but CBS will be heavily involved in the negotiations as they are with every show that airs on CBS. CBS will have to give their approval to any deal signed between TBBT cast and Warner Bros.

  • Freddy Arrow


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

    Less than 10% of the country watches it, so I would say you’re not alone.

  • Austin Lauran

    Does anybody think Two & a Half Men push the idea that any sitcoms on CBS, ABC, & NBC can be hated by millions of people around the world & still get good ratings in today’s TV world? People always have something bad to say about it & the show also has TBBT as a lead in, but it was still getting good ratings last season.

  • Austin Lauran

    ^I meant to say pushes the idea, not push the idea

  • BH

    Wow TBBT

  • Dan

    3.3 wouldn’t be a good number for any other program, it would be a 3 season renewal type rating for NBC, ABC, or FOX’s comedies.

  • Adien

    Elemenatary, decent showing and hopefully they were new viewers. Good episode, have watched it twice this month for the first time and liked what i have seen. Glad it got the post SB slot! Hope it takes off!

  • Tony

    Great numbers for POI.

  • SarahL

    Like others, I am impressed by TBBT’s repeat demos. Just amazing.

  • Austin Lauran

    Is it a good thing or bad thing that the NBC execs have lower expectations for their dramas & sitcoms compared to the CBS & ABC execs who obviously have higher expectations for their dramas & sitcoms?

  • TheFollowing

    Great repeat for Mindy Project. Considered that it is not in its regular timeslot.

  • Paul P.


  • João Paulo (@JPaulo645)

    TBBT, TAHM and POI are beasts in reruns

  • askmelast79

    I’ll be the first to boast about POI ratings….Wooooooo! BGo POI!!! Even with a rerun! haha!!!!!

  • Grey

    Well for once I watched what the rest of America watched. Even though I’m in the 18-49 demo that rarely happens but, I watched “TBBT,” then “POI,” and then “Elementary.” (I “tuned out” from 8:30 to 9PM.)

    “TBBT” and “Elementary” I don’t usually watch but since I’m caught up on all my recorded stuff their repeats are “new” TV for me. ;D But they still haven’t won me over enough to stay with them going into Jan. Sorry.

  • Grey

    @ Jack

    Come on over and sit with me. :D
    I don’t get the “TBBT” hype either. It’s okay and funny enough but for me it’s not earth shattering (no pun intended) like every one else in America seems to think.

  • Clair

    Parks and Rec great rerun with Ron, Diane, and Tammy 2 hilarity.

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