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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  • Matthew

    I said it once and I’ll say it again: WB is getting over on TBBT. Angus T Jones from 2 1/2 is making more than the three leads from TBBT. Angus T Jones is getting 300k an episode while Jim Parsons is getting 250k this season. Blasphemy! The next time contract negotiations come around he (Jim Parsons) better take them to the cleaners.

  • nerv

    Is it too late to push a TBBT/2BG for the post-Super Bowl slot instead of Elementary? Those two shows would really go along. CBS should definitely pair them next season!

  • Dan

    Now CBS just needs to launch a new comedy after Big Bang. Friend Me would work if CBS didnt give up on that show and basically send it off to summer.

  • Burr

    Great ratings for CBS, but without any competition, should not be surprising at all.

    Too bad POI and Elementary dropped so much. I know, season highs, etc., but still big drops.

  • Paul

    Wow, wow, and wow! Maybe TBBT will even be adjusted up.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Katie who said:
    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.

    ME: POI before this episode is Rank #5 with 16.87 viewers:


    and also CBS has said that Person of Interest is, ratings-wise, the fastest-growing drama on broadcast television from the 2011-2012 season to the 2012-2013 season, using ratings up to December 2

    So the show is already hit. Not superhit like TBBT yetm but big star and strong enough to fight for #1 CBS and broadcast drama in the end of the season.

  • Chris

    @Burr – POI doesn’t lean on its lead-in, so I don’t think they are tied together. Sure, if the other shows erupt, it goes up, but the show had Rob in front of it last year, and still pulled 3.2/3.3 during the spring. I think it will stay around 3.2-3.4 for the spring

  • Dan

    @nerv – Big Bang and 2BG dont need the slot, both shows already prove that they are doing amazingly. Elementary which looks to be the only show from this season with a chance of renewal for 2013-2014, needs that boost bc its only doing OK after POI.

  • Ricky

    Wow @TBBT – new Death Star, anyone? And it was a very great episode, well-deserved.

    Also – is this the series high for PoI? Definitely in viewers, I’m sure, but the demo…I wasn’t expecting it to be that high. Hope it can retain that strength against Glee and especially Grey’s when they return. And PoI was awesome last night – even without Mr. Reese around for most of the show. My dad’s reaction to the end of the episode – BIG NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • John

    Why is POI averaging 16.87, yet it usually has 15-16 million? Is that counting DVR or something else?

  • Mon

    Elementary got only a 2.5 without competition? Isn’t it what Elementary should get with competition? Well, it should get higher after exposure from post-SB slot.

    Wow at TBBT!!! Haters are gonna hate. Love it! Bad news, you’re gonna hate for a long time so get ready!

  • João Paulo (@JPaulo645)

    Good Job POI and TBBT is a monster wow.

  • Junior

    All things considered, Rock Center repeated solidly for NBC.

  • Sandy

    Yea, for POI!!!

  • Melissa

    Very happy for CBS!

  • American

    Yes! Oh yes! TBBT RULES!!!!

  • Petar Ivanov

    @ 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.

    ME: True. And this season is even bigger.

    @ Is 16.14 the largest POI audience ever?

    YES. Series high for viwers too. With DVR may hit close to 20 million people. TBBT will hit 20 million people. This is 99% sure thing! AND this is FRIENDS teritory already.

  • SarahL

    Very impressive for CBS.

  • J.G.

    I’m more shocked that the 30 Rock repeat beat Nashville.

  • Statix

    Incredible ratings, but not really a surprise with other networks only airing repeats. Much like Chicago Fire’s amazing ratings yesterday, this is what happens when you are the only network to air originals.

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