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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  • Mike

    POI is the next NCIS. It is such a great show.
    Elementary seems to be gaining viewers.

  • Oliver


    Nonsense, a lot of people dislike TBBT on its own merits.

    I don’t see how it’s possible to ‘not get’ TBBT’s jokes, given that they slowly spell them out in tedious detail. The show is as dumb as rocks.

  • Joseph

    I thought ESPN would have outpulled any broadcast network with it’s broadcast of the Fiesta Bowl, but perhaps CBS drew enough viewers to top the night when cable ratings are included.

  • Tony JJ

    I knew Big Bang would hit a 6.0! Let’s hope for an upward adjustment in the finals for a new series high!!

  • CenterGravity

    CBS: Columbia Beastmaking System

    I hope POI b slaps Grey’s next week.

  • Oliver

    It’s very likely TBBT will get an upward adjustment as TaaHM is scheduled to start at 8:31.

  • Nicholas R.

    Looking forward to TBBT adjusting up in the finals… I hope it does!

  • ToXiX

    American Idols premiere nor finale will beat Big Bang this season.
    No airing of American Idol on Thursday will do better than BBT. Maybe not even a repeat.

  • Dennis

    NBC should’ve previewed DECEPTION this week against repeats

  • CharlieSheen

    After seeing what NBC did on Wednesday and what CBS did on Thursday I think programming right after the New Year is a smart idea. Both networks got or close to season/series highs for all of their programs.

    BBT is getting real close to Friends territory in its last few seasons where it was averaging between 20-25 million viewers. I think there is a real thirst for people to see a Must See TV type comedy lineup back on TV and CBS can be the one to take advantage of that if they eventually turn this into a two-hour block. If CBS never does it then maybe NBC can do it with their multi-cam block on Wednesdays and move it to Thursdays. The problem is CBS sitcoms will perform way stronger for the next 2-4 years at least as long as BBT doesn’t lose its audience. This also tells me the huge mistake that NBC made by abandoning 20 years worth of mass viewers for smart comedies. It seems like people are gravitating towards BBT for that reason right now wanting to relive those days.

    I still haven’t seen too much Elementary lately but people are saying it got better so that might be good news when its sampled after the Super Bowl in a few weeks.

  • CharlieSheen

    “NBC should’ve previewed DECEPTION this week against repeats”

    I agree seeing how everything did this week it would’ve benefited Deception to premiere against reruns.

  • Terri

    Happy 4 POI :)

  • Melissa


    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.

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This show has only aired for one season, so we can’t say it’s “standard” for the show to rise after midseason break.


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

    No, they’re really not. I love The Big Bang Theory, but I think Friendslow was like a 9.3.


    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

    That’s not a fair comparison (Gunsmoke Rule); Grey’s Anatomy‘s average for its second season was a 9.4, and it ended up ranking like fourth for the season. If a show got a 9.4 now, it would easily be #1. Ratings have declined a lot since 2007.

    @Petar Ivanov

    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.

    One random 3.4 to go along with a 2.9 average is not in “hit” territory, and does not make it a “big star”. It’s a solid performer, with the ability to pull out a pretty good rating against no competition. In this day and age, something is a hit if it is able to crack a 4.0. There’s also no way it’s going to be the #1 drama by the end of the season, because there’s quite a few dramas well ahead of it.

  • Vladimir Putin

    hey Peter Barry, that’s your opinion, and you are entitled to it.. But a rating of 6.0 and 18.98 Million viewers says otherwise. It IS a funny show, maybe just not your type of show.

    Lets see what the adjustment is, if any. And dont forget DVR viewers push this way over 20 Million. Way to go TBBT.

    As for Two and a Half Men, Jon Cryer is THE man. Without his comefic skill, there is no show. His best actor in a comedy Academy Award is WELL deserved.

  • jay

    Good for the TBBT. Don’t get it at all. Just an awful show, bad acting, not funny, unattractive actors and on and on. Don’t know a single soul who watches it, not one. Obviously people do watch it, good for them and the show.

  • jr

    Calm down people, they were up against repeats and a very weak show on Fox.

  • jr

    Only good thing about TBBT is Sheldon Cooper. I liked the first few seasons, but they’re getting repetitive now. Might use some new guest characters/cast members. I agree about the unattractive actors, but that’s probably their big pull, the fact that they are all pretty common-looking.

  • Billy


    This Just In…

    …From CBS Entertainment

    Last night’s THE BIG BANG THEORY has been adjusted upward to a new all-time series high in viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54.

    THE BIG BANG THEORY averaged 19.25 million viewers, 6.1/18 in adults 18-49 and 7.8/19 in adults 25-54, according to Nielsen updated ratings for Thursday, Jan. 3.

  • Kaylie

    American Idol is in hot water. I love the Big Bang Theory and are happy for its ratings. Its gonna be fun to watch the TBBT and Idol smack down this season with the new judges. By the end of this season, TBBT will hit 20 million viewers. Next season 20 million viewers will be a regular and maybe even go higher.

  • Jahy

    Betty White’s Off Their Rockers is a lot more fun than Big Bang Theory, I’m so glad NBC introduced me to the show with a marathon.

    CBS is the leading network so obviously their comedies (and other shows) will do undeservingly well.

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