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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  • Networkman

    I’m a risktaker. And I see Guys with Kids having alot of potential. I would repeat it like crazy over the Summer. It may have a 1.3 right now but I feel it would have better retention after The Voice than Go On. NBC would be smart to simply take comedy off Thursday Night completely and go in a different direction on that night. Micheal J. Fox comedy should be able to compete against The Middle.

  • Sitcoms Rule

    @ Networkman
    I work for NBC and we are in preparations of next seasons schedule.
    8pm- The Voice
    8-9 The Voice
    9- Michael J.Fox show
    9:30- Guys with Kids(will be renewed)
    8- CEE Lo GREEN Show
    8:30- New Normal
    9- Go On
    9:30- Rock Center(new night/time)
    8- SNL 30 min special
    8:30- Parks & Rec
    9- 1600 Penn
    9:30- ? Possible Blake Shelton show- pilot underway soon!!
    On the weekends we hope to buy the rights of movies for Saturdays, and Sundays will be an hour of Howie Mandel’s show and the reboot of Mariage Ref-Seinfeld’s. On Fridays we will probably feature repeats of CEE Lo, Michael j Fox, and an hour of GO On.

  • Melissa


    LOL…right! If it isn’t a threat to you, then just let the fans posting go and ignore them. I’m betting you won’t!

    Talking to you is like trying to maintain a conversation with a kindergartener. First of all, you do realize that you instigated this argument by asking where I was in your original post. Second, you obviously are neglecting to read my comments, because you keep repeating the same garbage responses. Finally, even people in the same fanbase as you are calling you at as acting childish – see Dahne’s post above. Don’t bother responding until you’ve actually read what I wrote.

  • Melissa

    Correction: The sentence “Finally, even people in the same fanbase as you are calling you at as acting childish – see Dahne’s post above” should actually read “Finally, even people in the same fanbase as you are calling you out as acting childish – see Dahne’s post above.”

  • askmelast79

    Poor poor Melissa…and yet you are the one that keeps responding to the “childish” one. Okayyyyyyyyyy…LOL!

  • Melissa


    Poor poor Melissa…and yet you are the one that keeps responding to the “childish” one. Okayyyyyyyyyy…LOL!

    You haven’t made one decent response, and you are calling me out for responding. You do realize that you instigated the argument, and continue to respond with 5-year-old responses, right? How about you actually follow up on anything I said.

  • askmelast79

    And yet you CONTINUE to respond to my posts! Now who is the childish one???

  • askmelast79

    Oh yeah, Go POI!

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