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.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.
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  • Pavelsauce

    Oops, I meant that I voted 5.9 and >6.0 in yesterday’s poll.

  • peter

    The big beast theeory …it almost approaches friends ratings. And imqgine big bang theory averaged 8 million viewers first season.

  • alim

    if you really think about it elementary is the weakest show on cbs hence why it was given the super bowl slot so it can benefit from the viewers, no point of putting shows like bbt 2bg or poi as they are more establised in temrs of demos as opposed to elementary. also i love poi started watching it 3days ago online and loving each moment

  • DaxJackson

    I don’t get it lol It’s not that good… how can it be so popular?

  • alim

    also no way will tbbt reach friends levels, it used to average like 11.0 in a18-49 people are getting over their heads

  • Dennis

    It’s hilarious seeing people say ELEMENTARY doesn’t deserve the post superbowl slot…

    of course it does!!!

    It’s CBS’ number 1 new show and the whole point of the slot is to give it a chance of widening it’s audience, and ELEMENTARY need that, TBBT does not.

    Season 2 is a lock anyway

  • DaxJackson

    @alim I think ‘Vegas’ is a weaker show.

  • Ted Craig

    This actually makes NBC’s performance on Wednesday look like less of a huge success. Neither of its 8-9 sitcoms could crack a 2 against reruns.

  • alim

    oh yeah totally forgot about it lool

  • Matt

    Do any of you realize what BBT would do at 9pm??

    I have no doubt in my mind that it could get 20 million + and 6.5 demo constantly

  • Mike

    I love Big Bang theory but the Neilson sample isn’t accurate 25,000 monitored households, is too small of a sample. 100,000 would be a better sample size. Networks should acknowledge this but take it as a grain of salt. These ratings do not accurately show what America watches

  • carla

    POI was strong last night: despite no Reese, the ninja Carter scenes paid off big time. And it was up against the Fiesta Bowl,so bringing in the big ratings definitely is something to crow about.

  • Fed

    Why can’t Chuck Lorre and his dull, simple-minded shows just go away. How can people be amazed by such crap.

  • a p garcia

    This is why I think CBS made a mistake and BBT should be shown after the Super Bowl with 2.5 Men 2nd and POI 3rd.

  • silvit


    Because they are just like the stuff they watch. ;-) Do you know about the dumbing down theory of the society, right?

  • Tellitlikeitis

    The TBBT haters are asinine and don’t understand how the industry works apparently. Oh yeah, they should stop making comedies that the masses love to watch and make more “comedies” like NBC? You know, the ones that few watch.

  • Baaa!

    CBS scheduling paying off for them. TBBT got me as a regular watcher since going into syndication. Only show I watch regularly on CBS. It managed to hold my interest better than any CBS show has in years. CBS shows just never seem to hook me like shows on the other networks/cable do.

  • matt

    So why is CBS doing Elementary post super bowl? Could get an all-time viewership total for a post SB show with TBBT or POI

  • Liam

    I can see the Big Bang Theory hitting the 20 million mark by May. I really hope they do, this show really deserves those ratings. Compare the ratings from season 1, averaging in the mid 2.0s and 7-8 million viewers add on six years to that with a 6.0 and 19 million viewers, that’s really impressive. I can see the show defiantly running for at least another three seasons, if not four.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @POI was strong last night: despite no Reese, the ninja Carter scenes paid off big time. And it was up against the Fiesta Bowl,so bringing in the big ratings definitely is something to crow about.

    Yep. Series high in viewers and demo without Mr. Reese is like Mission Impossible without Ethan Hunt or James Bond without Bond. That show how huge this series is and how solid fan base have. Other tv shows without their lead star will collapse.

    In the end John Reese is bigger and better than James Bond and Ethan Hunt. He is Reese, Mr. Reese.

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