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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  • jesse

    And Two And A Half Men was much better with Charlie Sheen. Ashton is handsome but not funny at all.

  • jj

    Is Fox trying to renew the Mindy Project? Putting that many repeats of it on is a sign that they’re trying to build it’s audience and renew it.

  • JulieDawn

    I for one have absolutely no idea if The Mindy Project is any good or not. I literally cannot listen to her voice for more than a few seconds. I’m not trying to be funny or invite a backlash of nasty comments, but the truth is to my ears, she sounds screechy and whiny, no matter what she’s saying (always thought the same of her on The Office too, but at least on that show she was not the central character).

    I’ve tried watching it several times, but can’t do it once she comes on screen.
    I just wonder if I’m not the only one.

  • K


    Both Eli Stone and Castle were/are on ABC:}

    No pot stirring here:}

  • MikeS


    Um, you just described every female character on tv.

  • Gegas

    Billy thank you for pointing that out, everything you stated was 100% fact. I’ve always felt this biased thing the last 5-10 years with these viewers who try to debunk the traditional multi-cams. They pretty much tried to do everything in their power to get Whitney off of the air but people ignored them and now NBC seems to be going back in that direction of producing multi-cams with Up All Night changing formats and the network likely picking up at least 2 new multi-cams for the fall to create a comedy block.

    I never bought into that ridiculous theory that multi-cams were dead a few years ago. Multi-cams are always going to be around forever as the children are growing up with these sitcoms on Nickelodeon and Disney Channel right now so by the time they hit our ages they will likely still be watching these type of sitcoms.

    Like you said before Modern Family was the only one to really buck the trend after Malcolm in the Middle. Somebody brought up a good point that MF is probably successful b/c it is a fad, it seems to be slowing up a little bit this year where as TBBT is only getting stronger as it gets older. The single-cams continue to bomb a lot more often than the multi-cams do a good example of this is Last Man Standing and Reba on a lower-hut level night putting up solid ratings and Apt. 23 and Happy Endings with good lead-ins do some sub-par numbers. On FOX all four of their comedies are single-cams and none of them topped 3 million viewers in repeats this week.

    I think these type of viewers should stop trying to fight that battle and just go back to the classic sitcoms and enjoy both formats like I do. I don’t pick and choose my comedies like that as long as their good and funny to me I’ll watch them and hopefully they’ll start doing the same as well.

  • HalCapone

    Person and Elementary skew so freakin’ ancient! Will those same viewers be alive to see next weeks repeats or the next new episodes in January?

  • askmelast79

    Wow, so the resident grays anatomy fanatic “Melissa” has been so silent. I wonder why. Where oh where are all of the POI haters now?? HMMMM???

  • Joseph A

    Nice numbers for TBBT & 2 Men,
    what surprised me even more was the fact that Person of Interest pulled a 1.9 & Elementary managed a 1.5 !
    Those are huge numbers for a drama repeat at this time of year.

  • alffan

    NBC has made of living of niche oriented sitcoms that don’t have mass appeal. CBS has been by far the best with traditional sitcoms with broad appeal like TBBT, Mike & Molly, and Two and A Half Men.

    Honestly, Last Man Standing and Malibu are much closer to the Home Improvement/Roseanne/Cosby model. Those shows stand the test of time.

    After Seinfeld, everyone wanted to do quirky. Why does Modern Family work? Well, it’s actually a “family” show. Notice the good ratings the Middle has generated – growing each year.

    Whoever gets back into the comedy business with family type stuff that is broader in appeal could eventually win. Honestly, if you flipped Guys with Kids and the Neighbors networks, GWK probably beats the Neighbors numbers and maybe even builds on the lead-in. That show is so misplaced among NBC’s niche 3.5 million people shows like 30 Rock, Community, P&R, and Up All Night.

    The main problem with networks and producers is these people do NOT lead real lives. They live in their big West L.A. and Hollywood Hills homes driving around German cars. They think their world is the “real world.” Of all of today’s showrunners – Chuck Lorre is by far the most brilliant. His shows are the most mass appeal. The man was a writer for Roseanne and then went on to Grace Under Fire before his huge success now with CBS. He gets it while the NBC guys sit in Burbank searching for the next Seinfeld.

  • alffan

    And one more thing: while I tend to think the show is funny, 30 Rock is probbaly the most narcisstic show I’ve ever seen. That show is so inside it’s ridiculous.

    BTW, The Simpsons is pushing 25 years – and guess what – a show about a family… can anyone see the writing on the wall?

  • Carol

    Great numbers for POI in repeats! Smart strategy to show powerful episodes from the terrific arc that closed season one. This way new fans can catch up and the rest of us can again enjoy the superior acting, writing, and directing.

  • chris

    @ JJ POSTED ON 12/28 “Is Fox trying to renew the Mindy Project? Putting that many repeats of it on is a sign that they’re trying to build it’s audience and renew it.”

    Each and every night as of Monday this week, the whole Tuesday night lineup repeated 4 episodes Mon-Thursday 8-10 of the same show. Raising Hope, Christmas Eve got a 0.7,0.5,0.6,0.6 these are the final #s. New Girl on Christmas received a 0.7,0.6,0.6, and 0.7 these are the final #s. Ben and Kate on Wednesday received 0.7, 0.7, 0.6, 0.6 and final numbers are not yet released. Of course last night was The Mindy Project. I don’t think FOX are trying to “renew” any of these shows just by running each series on its own night, HOWEVER, I do believe FOX is trying to build an audience for its failing Tuesday Night Comedy Block for the Winter and Spring season coming up.

  • chris

    Must give some credit to the CW.. I know that is sad to recognize shows for repeating with a 0.4 but for Beauty and the Beast, just showed an original of one episode of 0.5 and multiple 0.6 after premiering over 1.0 and hitting 0.8 as well. I mean is the “AMAZING”? NO not by all counts is this amazing but still shocked to see a show that can barely muster a 0.6 as of late get a 0.4 for a repeat. Now if it adjust down in the finals that would make a lot of sense to me.

    Arrow and Supernatural were also really strong on Wednesday Night combined they beat fox in total viewers however fox beat it barely in demos. Wenesday Nights are good for the CW, that is one night they must be proud of its shows!

  • Melissa


    Wow, so the resident grays anatomy fanatic “Melissa” has been so silent. I wonder why. Where oh where are all of the POI haters now?? HMMMM???

    Lol, typical of Person of Interest fans to gloat about rerun ratings. Just remember which nine-year-old show does better with original airings.

  • askmelast79

    “Lol, typical of Person of Interest fans to gloat about rerun ratings. Just remember which nine-year-old show does better with original airings.”

    Hahahaha! That was the BEST excuse you could come up with? ga could not beat POI with both of them running RERUNS? :)

    POI will be renewed for a third season. Yep! Go POI!!!

  • Melissa


    Hahahaha! That was the BEST excuse you could come up with? ga could not beat POI with both of them running RERUNS? POI will be renewed for a third season. Yep! Go POI!!!

    Congrats, your show won on a night of reruns! But we obviously know that original airings are so much more important, and Grey’s Anatomy wins there. No one contested that Person of Interest will be renewed for a third season. It’s nice that your show is getting a third season, but please remember that Grey’s Anatomy is in its ninth year, getting a tenth season, and is pulling better numbers than fresh Person of Interest. Person of Interest is not a hit, but merely solid, unlike Grey’s Anatomy which pulled a 4.4 in its ninth season premiere, and averaged above a 5.0 for five seasons – two of those seasons averaging 9.4’s.

  • Martha

    So happy for POI :)

  • askmelast79

    Aww, poor poor melissa, if all of what you say is true, then why do you worry so much about a show such as POI? It isn’t a threat to you, is it???? :)

  • P.O.Parade

    What a world where a 0.7 is cause for celebration.

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