'The Big Bang Theory' Hits New Series Highs in Viewers and Demos for the Second Consecutive Week

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January 11th, 2013

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"The Big Bang Theory" Delivers 19.78 Million Viewers, 6.3 in Adults 18-49 and 8.1 in Adults 25-54


"Two and a Half Men" First in Viewers and Demos


"Person of Interest" Sweeps Time Period, Beating "Grey's Anatomy" in Key Demos


"Elementary" First in Viewers and Adults 25-54


CBS Posts its Second-Best Thursday of the Season in Key Ratings Measures


            THE BIG BANG THEORY hit all-time series high ratings in viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 for the second consecutive week, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings for Thursday, Jan. 10.


THE BIG BANG THEORY swept its time period, finishing first in households (11.8/19), viewers (19.78m), adults 25-54 (8.1/21), adults 18-49 (6.3/19) and adults 18-34 (4.3/15).  THE BIG BANG THEORY posted series highs for the second consecutive week in households, viewers, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 while posting its best adults 18-34 performance since Feb. 8, 2010.  THE BIG BANG THEORY beat the first-run competition combined in viewers (vs. 14.44m, +37%), adults 25-54 (vs. 5.2/14, +56%), adults 18-49 (vs. 4.2/13, +50%) and adults 18-34 (vs. 3.4/12, +26%).


TWO AND A HALF MEN was first in households (8.8/14), viewers (14.34m), adults 25-54 (5.6/13) and adults 18-49 (4.2/12) from 8:30-9:00 PM.  TWO AND A HALF MEN posted its second-best delivery this season in both viewers and adults 18-49 and matched its second-best performances this season in adults 25-54.


PERSON OF INTEREST was first in households (9.5/15), viewers (15.56m), adults 25-54 (4.6/11) and adults 18-49 (3.3/09) at 9:00 PM.  PERSON OF INTEREST posted its second-best delivery this season in these measures.  PERSON OF INTEREST was Thursday's #1 drama in households, viewers, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49.


ELEMENTARY was first in households (7.2/12) and viewers (11.33m), tied for first in adults 25-54 (3.3/08, with ABC) and was second in adults 18-49 (2.4/07).


For the night, CBS was first in households (9.0/14), viewers (14.65m), adults 25-54 (4.9/12) and adults 18-49 (3.6/10) – the second-best Thursday delivery this season for CBS. Compared to the same night last year, CBS was up 3% in adults 18-49, 2% in adults 25-54 and 1% in viewers.


Updated Thursday ratings will be available later today.

  • Matt

    Big Bang will be at 22 million by the end of the season

  • CP

    BAZINGA!!! :)

  • robert

    Love Big Bang

  • Robbie Bishop

    Amazing for “The Big Bang Theory.” I don’t watch the show, but I’m happy for it.

    “Person of Interest” was, as usual, amazing. The acting was great, the directing was great, and the writing was great. Everything was top-notch.
    The only problem I had with the episode was that Fusco’s little side mission felt irrelevant. They hardly even showed him (though, the scene where Fusco’s duel-wielding pistols like some action hero was one of the best moments of the episode).
    The ending of the episode was also a nice little surprise.

    “Elementary” was better than usual. Holmes’ dedication to and obsession with capturing and murdering the so-called “M” was very intriguing.
    First time we’ve seen Sherlock get so emotional in this show. He looked so devastated when he found out the man he had captured wasn’t the one responsible for murdering his love. Great acting.

  • outlawz

    lol cbs crushing the competition .. tbbt 2.5m poi elm no competition

  • CosmoKramer

    Person of Interest and Elementary are so awesome to watch.

  • lll

    @robbie bishop
    The fusco side story with the supermodel person of interest did felt irrelevant, but the rest of the story was pure awesomeness. Hope the ratings stick in the finals.

  • Martine

    I don’t know. The Fusco story sideline worked for me. I think it was better then if they just worked on Johns problem only. I think they did it right. I am glad they divided up like that. After all the people they help ARE the real story. The ending was what I expected. But awesome non the less.

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