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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  • askmelast79

    Go POI! Great ratings, and wonderful episode last night! :)

  • Ryan Schwartz

    CBS should leave Thursdays alone next season, possibly with the exception of moving ‘Elementary’ to another night if and only if the Super Bowl can’t enhance its ratings. ‘Two and a Half Men’ will surely be renewed at whatever costs, and at this point, I say the network strikes one final two-season deal with the cast for a total of 12 seasons. That gives them four with Kutcher for syndication, and a whopping 96 episodes post-Sheen. ‘Big Bang’ is already renewed for next season, but I can certainly see another multi-season renewal like their last one (for seasons 8-10) coming next Spring. Well done, CBS. Well done!

  • Dennis

    TBBT is beyond over-rated.
    Television for idiots b

    ABC are really pushing NASHVILLE with the amount of repeats it’s getting… but it’s still failing

  • Pluck


    PoI won’t go back down anytime soon, not significantly anyway, because Thursday night football is over. The show consistently did numbers around 3.2/3.3 for several months last season after the midseason break. This is standard.

  • Junior

    Oh my lord CBS.

  • Billy

    The series high for The Big Bang Theory was a 6.0/14 on February 8, 2010 when it aired Monday at 9:30. That was the day after CBS promoted it during the Super Bowl.

  • Chris

    Is 16.14 the largest POI audience ever?

  • nerv

    TBBT may go down a LITTLE bit when competition returns but it will remain a beast.

    I think next season, other networks maybe avoiding the 8-8:30pm Thursday timeslot assuming TBBT remains there (which is so likely to happen) just like how they used to avoid AI in its glory days.

  • omabin

    i think the big bang theory will humiliate American idol this season with the momentum it has been gathering

  • Vanessa

    Great job TBBT, POI and 2.5 men.

  • CoolRanchDoritos

    I don’t understand what is so special about TBBT.

    Lookin good Elementary!!!

  • Bri

    wow at Big Bang ratings!

    Very good ratings for Two and a half men

    POI did ok but went from a 3.5 to a 3.3 at the half hour.

    Elementary is a big disappointment it lost 1.3million viewer and to a 2.3 at the half hour.

    CBS did well, but all this against zero competitions.

  • Petar Ivanov

    BBT rulzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    POI rockssssssssssssssssssss

    BEST sitcom and best drama.

    This is series high for POI. FIRST for the season. Hope for one more at least.

    Now TBBT and POI are only scripted shows on air(for big 4 broadcast) with season to season grow. ANd they are young and fresh shows can grow at least one more season. BBT is young for sitcom, POI for drama.

  • forg

    Oh I thought TBBT hit a 6.1 then, anyway the numbers could be adjusted up so 6.1 is still possible.

    American Idol vs TBBT is interesting this season, will the new judging panel beat Sheldon and company head to head?

  • Dan

    Wow, whats with the unusually high viewership this week.

  • jimbo

    I don’t get why TBBT is so popular..is that too funny?

  • Ashley

    Yeah, I picked over 6.1. I bet it’ll be that high when adjusted. Love the show! Need more Sheldon world.

  • Maximillian

    ABC is really pushing Nashville hard – multiple repeats, clip show, etc. I hope it gets renewed, but if it fails, I can’t say ABC didnt try…

    Scandal improved upon itself in the 10pm hour from the 9pm hour, which I think is impressive. It should return to some good numbers.

    Next fall I wonder if they will move Scandal to 10pm on Sunday — surely they won’t keep 2 half hour comedies there which are completely out of place (Happy Endings / B- in 23) like they are doing in midseason. Can somebody clarify for me … are they burning off new episodes of HE and 23 on Sunday, in addition to new episodes on Tuesday? Or are they repeats on Sundays?

  • rob60990

    I don’t understand why ABC aired a rerun of the pilot of Nashville. They should have either repeated the fall finale or the clip show from the other night. I was expecting a .5 at best so it didn’t do all that horrible as I thought.

    “Can somebody clarify for me … are they burning off new episodes of HE and 23 on Sunday, in addition to new episodes on Tuesday?”

    New episodes both days.

  • Ann

    Elementary only hit 2.5 with Scandal being a repeat? Yikes. I was thinking 2.7 at least. There was nothing else on at that time!

    Wow TBBT and POI!

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