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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    The big question is how much is CBS going to have to pay get Big Bang Theory to continue on the air. Obviously BBT will hit 10 seasons which is a huge feat for a CBS show. These ratigns were just HUGE. I think BBT is similar to friends. I am thinking for an 8th, 9th and 10th season CBS will have to pay these actors 500,000 an episode at least a piece.

    Damn Person of Interest turned into the little show that could. Its becoming a monster. CBS really nurtured and its a fabulous show. It should be nominated for an emmy for best drama.

    Elementary those are solid numbers I mean I hope with the big Superbowl push that it sratings go up. CBS finally has a great night of TV on Thrusday and this is the night where ad rates are the highest.

  • Petar Ivanov

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

    You mean in wiki…..think yes, but not 100% sure.

  • Drew

    6.0? Whoa. They really are the new Friends, ratings-wise.

  • nerv

    I guess they should just pair up next season. That would definitely propel their Thursday 8-9pm slot.

    I see 2.5 Men as the Monday anchor. Better have it move back there next season because HIMYM’s final season could really use it in boosting its ratings

  • Vanessa

    I know they are putting the new show Zero Hour in the same time slot as TBBT Feb 14, but look at those numbers with that and Idol oits going to be crushed.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

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

    With few exceptions, all season average ratings you see in public are Live+7 Day/Most Current ratings.

  • Greg M.

    hats off to the brilliant writers and cast of POI. what a fantastic episode last night .. as always! Pi :)

  • gigi

    POI is awesome!! It’ll waver a bit but will continue its upward trajectory! Many are still just discovering it. I honestly think it’ll pass up NCIS in the near future. I love NCIS, but it’s getting tired. POI has great acting, writing, and the REAL NYC as a backdrop…LOVE it!

    Yay also for TBBT…that group is just hilarious!

  • were123

    CBS has a great Thursday night now, they probably won’t change anything about it next season, but I do see they premiere a show after TBBT and then move said show to another timeslot. Right now CBS has a solid Wensday and a great Thursday. The only night that is relatively weak is Sundays, and Friday a bit, but the rest is fine, they just need a new comedy for Mondays (one that could work) and a new drama on Tuesdays

  • sarah nz

    Yah for PoI with 3.4, wonder what the final’s will put it at. Super happy in either case :)

    TBBT exceeded my expectations – wow.

    2.5 Men not to my taste but well done – is it getting renewed for next year and year beyond ?

    Will be interesting to see what happens to Elementary with the Superbowl, didn’t seem to really go up noticably with less competition today. Think CBS are making a mistake with the post Superbowl slot but if they own Elementary then suppose they have to try to give it the best spotlight/time.

    Interesting to see what happens when everyone is back to new episodes on Thursday.

    Fox seems to be really in a hole with new programs, will it get quite a lot of great/wow/omg ratings when American Idol starts to pull it’s season average/night’s up ?

  • AJ

    TBBT already beat American Idol numerous times last year, so even with new judges, I doubt they can beat TBBT, especially since people who said they were fans of Idol expressed dissatisfaction online with the fact Nicki Minaj is now a judge and said will no longer watch as a result. Plus, TBBT is reaching new highs.

  • Flame

    I stand corrected – guess the US realised a new episode after all and so my prediction of a 5.0 was way too conservative. I gladly take the 6.0 and congratulate. Maybe it will be adjusted up later to a new series high.

    For now, the math is:

    TBBT 6.0 > 2.9 Rest, Viewers TBBT 18.98 > 9.52 Rest

  • Ram510

    Clearly CBS benefit from having no competition.

    I watch the whole line up, something I typically don’t do but decided to give it a chance.

    I don’t see what people see in TBBT. I didn’t find it to be that great, actually a little on the annoying side.

    2.5 Men was awful and I don’t understand how it keeps getting high ratings.

    POI was very predictable and not one of its better episodes but I do hope they bring the kid back in the future for a longer story arc.

    Elementary was flat out bad and very predictable and stale and its ashame it’s getting the post Super Bowl slot. Seriously this show will put everybody to sleep

    Overall it just reminded me why I currebtly don’t watch anything on CBS besides HIMYM

  • Dan S

    Congrats to TBBT & POI hitting series highs last night. Elementary is being wasted in the post SB timeslot & assuming its renewed will likely get jettisoned to Sundays next fall. I don’t see it going beyond 2 seasons & getting a 2.5 with a strong lead in & no competition has to be a disappointment.

  • joel

    6 is a serious number.

  • Flame

    @AJ, who wrote: [quote]especially since people who said they were fans of Idol expressed dissatisfaction online with the fact Nicki Minaj is now a judge and said will no longer watch as a result. [/quote]

    Me: I don’t give much about such people’s statements. Usually they end up watching the show anyway, and nobody knows if they are Nielsen families, so even if they don’t watch their “vote” won’t necessarily count.

    My prediction is that TBBT will (after the first 2 shows or so) regularly beat AI in the common half hour, and some weeks overall.

  • John

    @Ram510 “Overall it just reminded me why I currebtly don’t watch anything on CBS besides HIMYM”

    Because HIMYM is better than any other show on CBS? That show needs to be put to sleep

  • maxine

    POI … the smartest show ever! It made me think!

  • Adien

    Two and half Men was a riot last night! Think writers have learnt from last season and focused less on Ashton and more on Jon Cryer. Even Bertha is getting more lines! Now they have to integrate the mum in more frequently

    Elementary was awesome! Both stars have great chemistry, to me this is the most under rated drama on TV, Hope post SB slot can help it gain more viewers

    Overall, great night for scripted TV!!! CBs well done!

  • Jorge

    It’s funny how people are OMG BIG BANG THEORY HIT 6.0! When Grey’s Anatomy’s AVERAGE for it’s 3rd season was above a 6.0

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