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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  • JJF

    Those are also pretty respectable repeat numbers for POI. A growing number of the CBS dramas are struggling to pull in numbers like that for first-run episodes.

  • Austin Lauran

    What if TBBT went on a month long hiatus in the middle of its current season? Would its ratings drop really hard once it came back from hiatus?

  • Aizen

    To the people wondering why TBBT is being lauded around here so often, it is because the Christmas-to-New Year’s week is full of broadcast-network repeats, due to the usual holiday-oriented activities (where it is assumed people won’t watch regular programming as they normally do). And if people do watch television during that period, it tends to be sports-related (NFL, NBA).

    A repeat episode of a half-hour sitcom pulling in JUGGERNAUT ratings and viewership numbers during arguably the least-attentive week of the season is not something to go unnoticed. Congrats, TBBT!

  • Grey

    @ Aizen

    At least for myself, I wasn’t referring to “TBBT” just being hyped on this board at this time. I meant since it started airing and by the general pviewing audience as a whole. Like I said, it’s a funny enough show but when I think of all the great sit-coms over the years “TBBT” wouldn’t even make my top ten. No offense to any one. JMO.

  • Grey

    @ K

    How is “Eli Stone” and “Castle” even comparable? Two different premises. I can see comparing “Castle” and “Bones” for example. They’re two different shows but have pretty much the same underlying themes. Or are you just trying to stir the pot on a slow Friday beforee New years? :D

  • John A

    Cant believe people saying comedies below a 1.0 in repeats performed well.

  • Aizen


    Well, obviously the show must be doing something right, because TBBT started out with so-so viewership (8-10M for the first two seasons) and good ratings, but it gradually became more popular and eventually became the highest-rated sitcom (barely over TAAHM) after its fourth season.

    Compared to the other sitcoms being aired in the current television era, TBBT deserves the attention it gets. Sure, in the larger picture of things, TBBT might seem “inferior” to shows like Seinfeld, Raymond, Friends and so on, but in contrast to what it competes against, I’d say it’s the best (only in my opinion, though).

  • POI

    Most of the CBS repeats if not all beat most of NBC’s Schedule not counting The Voice.

  • DenverDean

    More than any other network, CBS has benefited when some its shows hit syndication (NCIS, HIMYM & TBBT) are the best examples. I’m convinced that it’s because CBS has reputation for being “old” that shows get overlooked. Then in syndication, there’s no stigma and suddenly viewer discover that CBS has some decent shows. The real benefit is that CBS shows tend to have a long lifecycle (even if they do cancel shows that would be hits on other networks). As opposed to ABC, which tends to burn hits very quickly.

  • TopherHarmon

    @1313 SVU Lane

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

    Yeah umm “Friends” ended on their own they didnt get cancelled so yeah..with the ratings it was getting they definitely could’ve lasted probably another 3 years. I doubt TBBT will leave on it’s on though.

  • shaun p.

    Am I the only one who HATES , TBBT . It’s so unfunny and ridiculous. It CANNOT be compared to FRIENDS. EVER! The characters in TBBT are so annoying, really don’t understand all the hype.

  • Billy

    Congratulations to TBBT. When you get all this criticism you know you made it to the big time. The people who don’t like a show don’t bother to crticize when it is a show no one cares about and it gets horrible ratings. It is a credit to TBBT’s success that people care to criticize it.

    The bottom line is with its 7 day DVR ratings of over 20 million people a week and its syndication ratings of over 10 million during the week and over 6 million on the weekend more than 35 million people are watching this classic sitcom every calendar week.

    No one is forcing anyone to watch a show they do not like. You are missing the classic sitcom of our time, but it is your own decision. If I were the producers of this show I would take it as a compliment that many people are so jealous of its success that they need to come to a forum and criticize it. TBBT is the Friends, Seinfeld, I Love Lucy or whatever era you want to point out the top show of its time. This show is huge.

  • Billy


    You are out of your mind if you think TBBT will do anything but retire with a huge finale when it is done. CBS will keep this top show as long as the cast and producers want to make it. This show is ratings gold. Even if it goes down a few years from now it will still be a top show. Also, CBS sitcoms don’t deteriorate that much as they get older. Look at TAAHM and HIMYM they are still top hits at 10 years and 8 years respectively. TBBT is bigger than either of the two. It will last many more years.

  • Gegas

    Friends was too awesome and still is, I like BBT but its not like must see TV for me but its a ratings monster. It’s always good to have a strong comedy like that on TV.

    What’s interesting is that Whitney is NBC’s strongest comedy repeater. Probably the most valuable comedy they have right now.

  • BigFlop

    seriously, do you really like tbbt?
    if one day it makes me laugh I will make a mark on the wall.

  • Billy

    Look at these TBS ratings for TBBT last night in addition to these CBS ratings :


    Whether you like this show or not does not matter, but anyone who thinks this isn’t the biggest sitcom hit of its time is just not being honest.

  • Gegas

    I agree Billy I always made that same argument for Two and a Half Men, the smart comedy lovers always like to bash these kind of shows but at the end of the day they’re the ones who have to realize that these shows are big ratings hitters at the end of the day and their shows are not.

  • Billy


    I agree. There is this new bias against multi camera sitcoms by a lot of younger people. They like the niche shows like The Office, Parks & Rec, etc. and think the traditional sitcoms are bad. However, the ratings say people still enjoy multi camera sitcoms. They are much more mass appeal shows. Currently, only MF seems to be able to buck the trend and do well, and only because it skews so young. It does not do nearly the mass appeal amount of viewers that TBBT does. My advice to these younger viewers is go look back at the classic sitcoms. Almost everyone one of them is multi camera with audience laughter. Those classic sitcoms have lasted for decades. These single camera sitcoms are not built to last or do big ratings.

  • Truthteller

    @glen, @John A, etc:

    The “Mindy did great!” comments are most likely coming from a publicist’s office and/or people connected with the show, desperate to gin up hype and stave off cancellation.

    TVByTheNumbers is a heavily trafficked site, as it’s usually the first to publish ratings numbers. A LOT of folks on Hollywood have it bookmarked.

    The Mindy Project has had dismal ratings, and the verdict from critics is that the show has belly-flopped into a major disappointment. Kaling herself has always put self-promotion over quality scripts, so it’s no surprise her associates (and possibly Kaling herself) are now resorting to anonymous comments of unyielding praise to keep the show afloat.

  • jesse

    Big Bang Theory is a great comedy and deserves it’s ratings. Can’t say the same about the other CBS comedies, they’re the opposite. 2 Broke Girls and How I Met Your Mother are horrendous.

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