TV Ratings Thursday: 'Big Bang Theory', 'Two and a Half Men' & 'Person of Interest' Hit Highs, 'Elementary' & 'Mobbed' Up

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January 4th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.7/10 1.7/4 1.1/3 0.8/2 0.8/2 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.3/7 1.6/5 0.6/2 0.7/2 0.6/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 14.895 4.200 2.915 2.523 3.250 0.996


CBS won the night in adults 18-49 and in Total Viewers.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory matched its series high with a 6.0 adults 18-49 rating up 11% from a 5.4 on December 13. Your predictions were pretty close. Two and a Half Men earned a season high 4.6 among adults 18-49 up 12% from a 4.1 on December 13. Person of Interest equaled its series high with a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating up 17% from a 2.9 on December 13. Elementary notched a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating up 9% from a 2.3 on December 13.

On FOX, Mobbed earned a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating at 8PM, even with last night, and a 1.2 among adults 18-49 at 9PM, up 9% from last night’s 1.1.



Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, January 3, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 6.0/17 18.98
FOX Mobbed 1.0/3 2.74
NBC 30 Rock - R 0.8/2 2.47
ABC Nashville - R 0.7/2 3.19
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.4/1 1.12
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men 4.6/12 15.39
NBC Up All Night - R 0.8/2 1.96
9:00 CBS Person of Interest 3.4/9 16.14
FOX Mobbed 1.2/3 3.09
NBC The Office - R 0.9/2 2.15
ABC Scandal - R 0.7/2 2.91
CW Beauty and the Beast - R 0.3/1 0.87
9:30 NBC Parks and Recreation - R 0.7/2 1.69
10:00 CBS Elementary 2.5/7 11.36
ABC Scandal - R 0.9/3 3.65
NBC Rock Center - R 0.8/2 3.43


Late night ratings:

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • Pinkle

    The Big Bang Theory is a monster!

    I knew it would break a 6.0 in the ratings!

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  • Jeff (Canada)

    Big Bang? More like Big Beast! I can see this going to AT LEAST 10 seasons.

  • Joseph

    Wow! All the numbers are so high for CBS! Go TBBT!!

  • forg


  • Mike

    I said 6.0, and about a mil off from 20 million.

  • Bee

    wow. congrats to CBS and NBC. they aired stuff this first week of the year and it paid off for them. i remember the same thing happened for ABC last season when grey’s hit a season high for its first episode in january.

  • rob60990

    WOW at TBBT. Amazing ratings.

    POI will go right back down next week.

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  • omabin

    Just wow at the big bang theory… For a show to hit a 6.0 in this day and age, it’s incredible. I am so happy that is a show as deserving as the big bang theory, it always cracks me up, and this season has been one of my favorites yet. It will go on for a decade, for sure.

    On another note, Elementary has to be a let down. Sure, it was up, and a 2.5 is respectable, but that is the same rating chicago fire got last night on nbc, from a 2.1 lead-in and going up against american horror story. I still say the show will be a poor long-term bet for cbs, alhtough yeah, it will be renewed. But they will struggle with it 2 years from now when they want to get it syndicated…

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  • Percysowner

    BBT is doing incredibly. POI is doing well also. Elementary also did well last night. I know that they were pretty much the only new game in town, but with BBT the competition isn’t that great even when not reruns. Congratulations CBS.

  • nerv

    How high can they go??
    TBBT is a ratings deity! It’s bound to be this season’s number one scripted show and has a sure spot in the top 5. Probably behind Sunday Night Football. It’s the new death star of network television!

  • Katie

    Rob60990- Person of Interest might go back down to what high 14 millions? Big deal. It averages 14 million and it probably just peaked because of the cliff hanger episode. I thought it was the finale too but maybe not.

  • RJ

    A 6.0…wow. I believe the series high is a 6.1??

  • peter barry

    i dont see why so many people watch big bang and two and half men. two of the least funny shows on tv.

  • tom

    It deserved it and more but…WOW.WOW.WOW.

  • were123

    WOW!!!! TBBT got soooo high!!!! Now it’s even bigger than TWD premiere :D

  • forg

    Yeah TBBT hit 6.1 when it was the post-2.5 Men show. This is just impressive! American Idol better watch out ;)

  • Billy

    The 18.98 million is easily a series high for The Big Bang Theory surpassing the old series high of 17.63 million & the 6.0 ties its series high attained on the Monday after the Super Bowl in 2009. Just incredible ratings.

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