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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  • Grey

    @ Really Tired”

    Really Tired you are *really* funny. LOL!

  • Grey

    Yeah, it’s definitely not a regular night/week when NBC’s “Rock Center” is their best showing of the night. :-/ I wonder what would have happened if they had thrown a repeat of “Reveloution” into the mix this week.

  • lll

    I don’t get the Big Bang hype either, but there’s no denying those ratings. And might I add…
    GO POI!!! Those ratings are beyond awesome!!! This show kicks A$$. Whoo!

  • K

    Elementary deserves to be successful. Johnny Lee is a really good actor who deserves a hit show. He was great on his other show, Eli, which was way too short lived (and was better than overhyped Castle by the way).

  • Dennis

    Big Bang Theory is one of the worst pieces of trash on tv at the moment.
    Huge ratings won’t change that fact

  • Mon

    Wow some people here are certainly bitter and jealous. Right, Dennis?

  • Dennis


    why exactly would I be “bitter and Jealous” ??

  • glen

    I like the comedy Mindy Project but unsure why some people are happy about the ratings. She’s in fourth place, fifth if you count Univision. Is it because her show did slightly better than Ben and Kate repeats the other night? Not being critical, just curious why people are happy about the ratings for that show.

  • cc

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

    Didn’t even notice. But it won in both demo and way ahead in viewers. Yay! Thursday I just look to see how far ahead cbs beats the other networks. :-D

  • Patrice

    I watched

    The Mindy Project for the first time last night.
    It was very funny, I hope its still coming back next year
    Now I have another show besides POI for Thursdays.

  • alffan

    My first post cut kicked back… so I will try again.

    * Amazing numbers for BBT … CBS could’ve run another one at 9pm and then 2BG and they would’ve done even better

    * CBS should go with BBT and Two and a Half Men at 8 and 9 next fall and run new sitcoms at 8:30/9:30 then go into POI at 10pm and they will be much stronger – especially since the Office will be gone and NBC has nothing good to replace it with

    * If you haven’t watched most of the run of Mindy – do not comment. I didn’t like it much at all but a friend had seen some episodes ahead of time and told me to hang in. They had some creative changes that are just starting to kick in. Not every show hits it out of the park early on. I didn’t find Suburgatory, BBT, or even Mike & Molly all that great early.

  • Austin Lauran

    Doe anybody remember when 2 & a Half Men cracked a 10.7 in the demo for its season premiere last year? What were the reactions like?

  • JulieDawn

    Pleasing repeat numbers for BATB, pretty much held onto TVD audience from the looks of it, and better than last week.

    (Yes, I know it’s only a .4 and I know repeats don’t necessarily count for much, but we’ll take whatever postives we can get!)

  • JulieDawn

    *positives* aggh.

  • Mike

    MIndy has definitely found it’s footing, and the new episodes that will air in January are really great!

    Give it a chance if you haven’t seen it yet!

  • David Howell

    So this is why CBS didn’t rush to renew Rules of Engagement then.

    Just to remind everyone, NBC and Fox do not have a show that isn’t singing or sports that even comes close to TBBT reruns between Christmas and New Year. Come to think of it, that 3.3 beats everything not on CBS except Walking Dead and Modern Family, doesn’t it?

  • tahina

    Great for POI one of the best even on repeats. :D

  • Mon


  • Mon

    Because you trash talk someone else’s succes and claim it as a “fact.”

  • Networkman

    @Jonnysbro, I feel that The Big Bang Theory should last 10 seasons just like Friends. After that I feel the quality of the show would be scarificed. Also the cast would demand and deserve a higher salary. It would probably get really expensive. But I agree that as of now this show should be a place holder used when another show is not working.

    Mindy Project did quite well. It’s ratings were similar to the NBC comedies, tying both 30 Rock and Parks & Rec in the demo.

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