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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  • ToXiX

    Can’t wait to see Big Bang & Two And A Half Men completely slaughter American Idol EVERY THURSDAY

  • LisaNeedsBraces

    I can’t believe that Elementary only went up to a 2.5 when it was up against two reruns that each got less than a 1.0. Even with literally no competition on a night the other networks took off and POI giving it a monster lead in, it couldn’t come even come close to its series high (3.1 for the premiere)? NBC must be feeling good today about its decision to launch Do No Harm against it.

  • LisaM

    TBBT really had no competition.


    American Idol won’t get slaughtered. I expect the premiere numbers to be close to last years just for the sheer fact of the new judges curisosity. Idol despite having the lowest rated seaosn in 11 has found an emerging star in Phillip Phillips. I love the Voice but Voice/X Factor would kill for a Phillip Phillips. His song Home is 3.2 million now and on the road to four TIMES PLATINUM. Hes primed to have the biggest IDOL song of all time. His album is already over 500,000 gold in less than two months. Idol will still be KING cause it has alot to crow about it has a solid winner in Mr Phillips that they will massively promote into the new season.

    What do you predict the Idol two night premiere?

    First night: 22 million

    Second Night: 17-18 million.

  • Freddy Arrow


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

    It’s not. Less than 10% of America regularly watches The Big Bang Theory.

  • James

    @ Freddy Arrow – that argument makes no sense

  • Ann


    CBS gave Elementary the Superbowl slot to see if it can gain and keep an audience. It’s far weaker in the target demo when compared to TBBT or 2BG (both of which were considered first). They’ve given up on Vegas already.

    Elementary is an odd choice for the post SB spot because it’s got some ongoing storylines (Irene, “M”) but still hasn’t stabilized ratings-wise. The SB episode is either going to reference a big storyline new viewers won’t get or irritate current viewers by being a flashy filler episode. CBS didn’t think this through beyond “needs better numbers.”

  • Liam

    I do now think CBS should have given TBBT the Super Bowl slot. Even though the ratings are amazing, I can see TBBT hitting over 40 million viewers in the Super Bowl slot.

  • lakersupbyten

    Congrats to Elementary. It was going up even withdrawn newsgroups episodes of the competition. 2.5 is excellent for a 10pm show. Hope it continues to rise back to the 3s.

  • marcus

    Elementary is sweet. I think this is the best 2012 premier series on a local network.

  • lakersupbyten

    Congrats to Elementary. It was going up even with new episodes from the competition. 2.5 is excellent for a 10 pm show. Hope it gets back to the 3s.

  • Bart

    I loved the giant JENGA game!!!

  • Oliver

    I guessed a series high for TBBT in yesterdays thread. Lack of competition wins.

    Every CBS show did well, but Elementary kinda fizzled despite a monster lead-in, which must worry the network. It was in a much better situation than Chicago Fire yesterday, yet only did a tenth better.

  • moshane58

    TBBT is so funny.CBS does have the best line up on Thursday.All there shows are good except Two and half Men.Not the same with without Charlie.Do think Myley Cyrus was hillarous on it.She should be a regular.Hope to see many more years of a great line up.POI is fantastic.

  • Jordan

    What if The Big Bang Theory came on after the Super Bowl?? like OMG

  • SpyTV

    I think the people here dissing Big Bang Theory are eroneously lumping it with 2 1/2 Men. Both are Chuck Lorre comedies, but while I can’t stand Men, I think Big Bang is funny and clever. It has broad jokes, but the inside stuff (Comic book references, science references, neuroscience references–especially with Amy, sci fi–especially Star Trek references etc…) are spot on. However, if you don’t get the jokes I can see how this might not be your thing. I used to watch it sporadically, but find myself watching the syndicated episodes, and I’m now recording the new ones. Evidently I’m not the only one.

  • Mary

    Oh well.
    Good thing about CBS showing Elementary after Super Bowl is I can just go to bed right after the game. Get more sleep before working on Monday.

  • John

    I think people need to relax about Elementary. It went up last night. I know that there wasn’t any competition, but the advertisers pay the same regardless of the competition. I thought the episode was actually probably the weakest of the season, but I still liked it a billion times more than a “good” episode of Scandal (and one of my family members works on that show). There is zero evidence that Elementary hasn’t stabilized around the 2.3 range (I think it’s been there every episode for the last couple months), which I think is good enough. And it’s going to do a big number after the Super Bowl. Even the worst-rated post-Super Bowl shows (well, except for Alias, which only got 17 million) get over 20 million. And then we’ll see. But just judging by the facts that A) the show’s ratings and critical reception have both been solid (especially compared to CBS’ other new shows like Vegas), B) CBS thought enough of the show to put it on after the Super Bowl, and C) CBS owns the show, I think that Elementary isn’t going anywhere for at least one more year.

  • JD


    Power to you. People do need to relax over Elementary – especially the people who might be comparing it to BBC’s Sherlock (and I know they’re out there). The show is actually very good, BUT you need to see more than just one or two episodes to figure it out. That’s what I learned from personal experience.

    Also, to those who say TBBT & 2BG should have gotten the post-Super Bowl slot? No way. The powers-that-be were smart in giving it to Elementary. The show obviously needs to be showcased in order to give it some kind of ratings boost, which is something neither TBBT nor 2BG need, as others have already mentioned. In fact, I commend CBS for doing it. It shows just how far they’re willing to go to support a show in which they have confidence. So, here’s hoping it works out.

    (BTW, I even had a few friends who said that they didn’t even know that there was a new episode of Elementary last night. For some reason, they thought it was going to be a repeat!)

  • KennyA

    lol and i thought that these episodes shortly after the new year will all be down but the Wednesday & Thursday shows are almost all up! I was so wrong

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