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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  • rob60990

    Incredible for TBBT.

    When will you guys post the broadcast finals?

  • Jahy

    @ Kaylie, I agree about Idol. They will do better than X Factor, but TBBT will hurt them and win the ratings war just like last year.

  • Petar Ivanov

    football game on ESPN hit 4.0 on demo so CBS super thursday success is even biger now.

  • 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.

  • Ally

    i really wish more people would give Beauty And The Beast another chance.. it has become Such an amazing, addicting show..
    Hopefully Bridget Regan fans will all tune in Jan 24th to see her in it and stick around even after she’s gone (4eps i think) ..

  • Oliver


    BBT is getting real close to Friends territory in its last few seasons where it was averaging between 20-25 million viewers.

    The big difference is one of demographics. Friends skewed incredibly young and was a monster in 18-49, whereas TBBT skews much older.

  • Networkman

    @JONNYSBRO, The Big Bang Theory’s episode last night was downright hilarious. In my opinion it was the best of the season and could possibly help the show win Best Comedy come Emmy time. I loved Regina King guest starring role as HR manager. I could not get into Two & A Half Men. I watched and enjoyed Person of Interest. Elementary has been boring as of late. But I would say that POI should be considered for best drama. It would be nice if Emmys could create two categories for outstanding drama this year. The first would be just for dramas on broadcast TV and the second would be for those shown on cable.
    I would love to see these five shows nominated to represent the best dramas on broadcast TV:

    1. Revenge
    2. Fringe
    3. Once Upon A Time
    4. Person of Interest
    5. The Good Wife

  • SpyTV


    “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.”

    I suppose if you “get” the jokes too quickly (let’s say because you’re just a really really smart persion), and just can’t stand the “tedious detail”, you’d dislike the show. The show isn’t brilliant, but far from dumb, and the jokes work on more then one level. I’m just saying I see the appeal. I prefer Community (an even more clever nerd show), but it is nice to enjoy a show that isn’t in ratings trouble for a change.

  • Mary


  • LisaNeedsBraces

    Congrats to Elementary. It was going up even withdrawn newsgroups episodes of the competition.

    Um, no.

    Elementary’s ratings before this week: 3.1, 2.5, 2.3, 2.2, 2.4, 2.2, 2.3, 2.2, 2.1, 2.3.

    Week 5 was the only other time it didn’t go against a new episode of Scandal and while it increased slightly (2.4), it still got beat in its timeslot by the CMAs. The last three weeks before Christmas it was beaten by Scandal.

    This week when the other CBS shows of the night hit series highs, even competing against the Fiesta Bowl, Elementary had no competition and all it could muster up was a measly 2.6. You’re loony if you think that’s a positive.

    Remember that, at the beginning of the season, Elementary not only was handily beating Scandal but it also improved on its lead-in, Person of Interest. Now it’s dropping almost an entire point from POI. This week, there was no new episode of Scandal, nothing on NBC, and POI gave it a massive 3.4 lead-in (the best of the season) and Elementary STILL didn’t get anywhere near its season high. There is literally no other advantage it could have had this week, aside from CBS personally going door to door to Neilsen homes.

    I know it’s futile to try and combat the Super Bowl Myth as the numbers have been posted here dozens of times already, but it still bears repeating: the only shows that have ever received boosts from the Super Bowl slot are reality shows. No scripted show has ever gotten a longterm ratings boost after airing post SB. People repeat the myth every year like it’s a privilege to get the slot and that there are magical viewers who will “sample” a show and then stick around, but the numbers don’t lie. People who leave their TVs on or are willing to unwind with whatever after the Game do not seek out the show they sample the next week, no matter if it’s a comedy, drama, musical (Glee), pilot, new show or established hit. The networks have thrown everything in that slot.

  • Melissa


    This week, there was no new episode of Scandal, nothing on NBC, and POI gave it a massive 3.4 lead-in (the best of the season) and Elementary STILL didn’t get anywhere near its season high.

    I agree with you about Elementary but a 3.4 is not “massive” in any way.


    CBS is a juggernaught on Thursday,it can’t be stopped,especially with my favorite show Person of Interest.Keep up the good work CBS.

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