'The Big Bang Theory' & 'Person of Interest' Deliver Their Largest Audiences Ever

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January 4th, 2013

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"The Big Bang Theory" Delivers its Largest Audience Ever (18.98m) and Matches All-Time Best Adults 18-49 Rating (6.0)

"Person of Interest" Surges to a Series High in Viewers and Matches its All-Time Best

Adults 18-49 Rating

"Two and a Half Men" Posts Season Highs in Viewers and Adults 18-49

"Elementary" Delivers its Largest Audience Since its Series Premiere and Matches Best Adults 18-49 Rating Since Premiere

CBS Tops Thursday Combined Competition in Viewers and Demos

THE BIG BANG THEORY delivered its largest audience ever and matched its series-high adults 18-49 rating and PERSON OF INTEREST surged to a series high in viewers while also matching its best ever adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings for Thursday, Jan. 3.


THE BIG BANG THEORY swept its time period, finishing first in households (11.2/17), viewers (18.98m), adults 25-54 (7.7/19), adults 18-49 (6.0/17) and adults 18-34 (4.0/13). THE BIG BANG THEORY posted series highs in households, viewers and adults 25-54 and matched its series high in adults 18-49.

TWO AND A HALF MEN was first in households (9.2/14), viewers (15.39m), adults 25-54 (6.0/12) and adults 18-49 (4.6/12) from 8:30-9:00 PM. TWO AND A HALF MEN posted its best deliveries in both households and adults 25-54 since Dec. 21, 2011, its best viewers total since Nov. 21, 2011 and its best adults 18-49 rating since Jan. 16, 2012 – all when the program was on Monday.


PERSON OF INTEREST was first in households (9.7/15), viewers (16.14m), adults 25-54 (4.8/11) and adults 18-49 (3.4/09) at 9:00 PM. PERSON OF INTEREST posted its best delivery ever in viewers, matched its series high in adults 18-49 and delivered its second- best adults 25-54 rating.


ELEMENTARY was first in households (7.1/12), viewers (11.36m), adults 25-54 (3.5/09) and adults 18-49 (2.5/07). ELEMENTARY posted its best viewer total since the series premiere on Sept. 27, 2012 and its best deliveries in both adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 since Oct. 4, 2012.


For the night, CBS was first in households (9.0/14), viewers (14.90m), adults 25-54 (5.1/12) and adults 18-49 (3.7/10) – all Thursday season highs. CBS beat NBC, ABC, FOX and CW combined by +54% in viewers (vs. 9.68m), +42% in adults 25-54 (vs. 3.6/08) and +19% in adults 18-49 (vs. 3.1/08).


Updated Thursday ratings will be available later today.

  • Vance

    POI rules.

  • Aizen

    God, I love POI with a passion.

  • Vanessa

    POI is a great show

  • Devon

    Elementary is my favorite new show of the last few years. Very clever, but not in a “Aren’t we so cute” NCIS way. I still need to catch up with POI. It had sort of a slow start, but everyone tells me it’s awesome.

  • William

    Way to go “Big Bang” crew. What is impressive is that they had one of the better matched BCS bowl games on ESPN to contend with. But I bet, people watched “Bang”, get the kickoff, see Oregon off to a fast start, then went to P.O.I.

  • Aizen


    POI *is* awesome. I can see why people would think it starts off as slow, but the general narrative is established, it quickly evolves after the first few episodes. It is definitely one of the most “original” shows to be conceived/created in several years, especially for broadcast television which is filled with nonsensical reality shows.

  • ih8tofly

    This was not unexpected. The NFL Thursday schedule is completed and all except FOX were in repeats. Next week should be more telling as far as the remainder of the season is concerned.

  • lll

    @Vance, Aizen and Vanessa
    Agree with all of you. Person of interest is keeping people’s interest and it shows.

    It’s supposed to be slow. The producers want to take their time telling the story so you can get to know the characters one episode at a time.

  • chris

    First NBC has an uptick, and now CBS. I honestly expected it from CBS but NBC i did not see coming, well I did see it possibly gaining a tenth or two in demo but it way exceeded expectations.. I wonder if CW aired new episodes while the other networks were repeating if they would experience season and series highs? I bet only Arrow, Supernatural, and Vampire Diaries would be the only shows with a possiblity of Beauty and the beast just b/c it is behind vd. God knows CW has a horrible reputation of rebranding old shows such as 90210 and melrose place, I hope it does not effect the premiere of Carrie Diaries, not to mention that the show has a lot of gossip girl creators behind it. Maybe CW should have premiered TCD when all networks are in repeats!

  • Robbie Bishop

    “Person of Interest” was amazing last night. As usual, good storyline, great directing and acting, etc. Everything’s top-notch.
    So nice to see it doing so well. It’s an amazing show.

    “Elementary” is also getting better. I’ve liked the show since it started, but it keeps getting better and better.

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