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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  • TomSFBay

    Big Bang Theory is the new Friends.

  • tom

    It’s funny how Jorge doesn’t understand ratings!

  • Ryan

    @Ram510 I still like HIMYM, but it’s not what it once was and it’s one of the weaker comedies on CBS now. It’s still better than a lot of others on TV, but compared to Big Bang, not as good.

  • cc

    Yay, for TBBT! Add me to the 6 predictors.

    More yay for TAAHM and POI!

  • POIFanatic

    POI was incredible! Ecstatic about the numbers!

  • Paulo PT

    Elementary should get a boost after Superbowl…
    However CBS should expand Comedy Night into 9pm hour next season!

  • Billy


    Different era of TV. With DVR viewing TBBT hits well over a 7.0 demo. All shows had much higher demos several years ago. It is almost unheard of for any network scripted show to hit a 6.0 in this era.

  • Jamie

    Wow! Big Bang Theory is an absolute beast.

    However, looking ahead to tomorrow I’m expecting the trend of new episodes of shows returning to series high numbers to end with a resounding thud for CBS and ABC.

    I’m predicting season lows for Undercover Boss, CSI:NY, Blue Bloods, Last Man Standing, Malibu Country and Shark Tank. Fox is going to crush with Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl. I wouldn’t be shocked if Last Man Standing and Malibu Country didn’t break 1.0 because I’m guessing 75% of their audiences are in Big 12 or SEC Country. I would have aired one more week of friday night repeats if I were CBS and ABC.

  • Shaz

    @Matthew “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!”

    NO WAY is Jim Parsons making only $250k per season. It must be $250k per episode. Actors on CW shows make more than $250k per season!

  • Billy

    I find it hilarious that people are trying to point out that TBBT had no competition last night. Well, my answer is what show hits a 6.0 with or without competition ? Any other show on TV without competition would be happy to hit a 3.5 or more a 6.0 is amazing. No other show on TV can hit this number even if the other networks all aired a test pattern against them. A 6.0 is huge with or without competition.

  • Samunto

    Will Elementary really benefit in a big way from the super bowl airing? Am doubting that. But again, most of CBS’s shows grow given time. POI is doing better this season and sth like NCIS took ages to hit the series highs it was hitting last season. A 2.5 is not that impressive in comparison to Chicago Fire’s rating on Wednesday.

    Nothing to say really about TBBT

  • David

    Very nice. POI is awesome.

  • Cerebro

    No surprises, here. Like NBC on Wednesday, CBS had no competition so the numbers were bound to be high. Once everyone’s back on new episodes, and American Idol returns, Wednesdays and Thursdays will, certainly, look a bit different.

  • Ram510


    Are you kidding? HIMYM has been really good and that Fall finale was one of the best episodes of the entire series! It’s better than any other comedy currently on CBS.

  • Vance

    Yes POI!

    Was watching Fiesta Bowl last night except during the hour when POI was on.

  • Ram510


    I personally don’t see the appeal in TBBT, I guess it’s just not for me, but it’s great to see it doing so well, but it also confuses me that it doing so well lol. But in my opinion the weaker CBS comedies are definitely 2BG and 2.5 Men. 2NG I don’t even know how that pilot was green lit. It’s horrible and the same jokes every episode and has already gotten tired. I think they are worse than M&M and I can’t stand that show, but at least it sometimes a little funny more than I can say about those other 2

  • CP


  • Austin Lauran

    I kind of wish some commenters would realize that the CBS execs don’t really care about how bad or good their sitcoms are. They only care about how much money ad revenue they generate per episode.

    Get this: TBBT is a product that the CBS execs are using to get millions of dollars from-it’s not a piece of art

  • cass rowland

    nashville on abc has been doing decently in the ratings so i hope these clip shows and repeats should make the show pick up some steam

  • Pavelsauce

    I was pretty sure TBBT would get high ratings, so I voted 5.9-6.0 and >6.0. Loved that episode!

    @Jorge Never underestimate the Gunsmoke Rule.

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