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Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory', '30 Rock' & 'Grey's Anatomy' Adjusted Up; No Adjustment for 'Scandal'

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January 11th, 2013

The Big Bang Theory, Grey's Anatomy and 30 Rock were each adjusted up a tenth among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Thursday broadcast ratings.

Time Net Show 18-49 rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 6.4 19 20.00
NBC 30 Rock 1.5 4 3.79
FOX Mobbed 1.2 3 3.23
ABC Last Resort 1.2 3 5.81
CW Critic's Choice Movie Awards 0.6 2 1.88
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8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 4.2 12 14.40
NBC 1600 Penn -R 1.5 4 3.96
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9:00PM CBS Person Of Interest 3.3 9 15.67
ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.2 8 9.34
NBC The Office 2.2 6 4.54
FOX Glee -R 0.7 2 2.02
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9:30 PM NBC 1600 Penn 1.6 4 3.86
10:00 PM ABC Scandal 2.8 8 8.37
CBS Elementary 2.4 7 11.48
NBC Rock Center With Brian Williams 1.1 3 3.77

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

 
  • Petar Ivanov

    Person of Interest ~~~~~~ 12~~~~~~~~14.541~~~~~~~~2.992~~~~~~~~4.225
    Criminal Minds ~~~~~~ 11~~~~~~~~11.832~~~~~~~~2.991~~~~~~~~3.873

    So POI past CM in demo with 0.001. crazy math my friend. Where you found so many numbers@

    IN the end of the season:
    #1 NCIS
    #2 POI
    #3 CM
    #4 NCIS LA
    #5 CSI
    #6 Elementary

  • peter

    @BILLY

    Two and a half men’s previous seasons 1st episode ratings

    # Day—Date——Viewers—-A18-49—share
    1 Mo —9/19/2011-28.740.000–10.7 —-25

  • eridapo

    I think it is easy to understand what is going on with Scandal (I myself did not see it coming). The heavy promotion and the shooting of the President arc came at an opportune time. The Greys audience who normally would just switch the channel decided to stay around and watch, and once they did they notice some similarities to Greys (the Shonda Way) and like what they saw. To me Scandal’s recent success is due to it be paired to Greys much like Private Practice was a season or two ago.

    Scandal also benefits from the lack of competition during that night. NBC has not offer any competition all season, and Elementary is still struggling to find an audience. It will be interesting once the Super Bowl airs to see if the tables are turned. If Elementary benefits from the post Super Bowl slot Scandals recent success could have been just a momentary bleep.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @ eridapo who said:
    Call it the power of syndication… TBBT benefited from syndication where each night people who have never seen the show are given the opportunity to watch the show. All it takes is 30 minutes of their time and they don’t have to make a commitment to watch the entire series to know what is going on (i.e. episodic versus serialized television)

    Is that mean that POI syndication will help the same way??? Do you have any info about dramas until now? For example is syndication help for CSI or NCIS or other crime drama?

  • Paulo PT

    Finally 20M!!!

  • MARTY

    let me get this straight. roughly 8.5 million people watch a show, this is a country of 350 million, and its a hit? that means 341 millon arent watching. less than 3% of the country saw it! even a show with 20 millon viewers is around 5% watching! those are facts!

  • peter

    @Petar Ivanov

    syndication starts after 88 episodes or am i wrong?

  • Melissa

    @MARTY

    You clearly don’t understand how television works. Obviously 350 million people are not all going to be home watching TV.

  • Melissa

    @peter

    syndication starts after 88 episodes or am i wrong?

    You’re right.

  • Liam

    The Big Bang Theory is unstoppable this year. I can see the series hitting season 10 at this rate.

  • Networkman

    I don’t understand the negativity against The Big Bang Theory. For a couple of season, I’ve read many comments about how people were tired of reality shows being so dominant and how it is hurting scripted shows. Now, there is a scipted comedy becoming a mega hit and then I have to read comments about how it doesn’t deserve it. Let’s just be happy that we are able to witness scripted program being dominant once more. And we are seeing reality shows weakening this season. This one dominant original scripted program can have a positive effect on the entire lineup and we can start to see many programs reach new heights. Isn’t that a good thing for broadcast TV?

  • MARTY

    sure i do better than Mellisa i was in radio and tv sales for years. was a disc jockey back in the day

  • eridapo

    @ Petar Ivanov

    Unfortunately Dramas do not benefit as much from syndication as comedies do. The problem for dramas (especially 1 hour) dramas is time commitment. Giving a show 30 minutes of your time is different than giving it a whole hour. People today just aren’t willing to do that. We all have short attention spans, and if something does not interest us we flip the channel. The same holds true when you consider episodic dramas (your typical CSI like shows) and serialized dramas (like BSG and Lost). If a drama is serialized the viewer has to make a commitment to catch up to the unfolding story and has to continue to watch each new week whereas with an episodic drama you don’t have to.

    POI is a combination of both which is good for us who love the show but could be problematic for anyone who hasn’t seen the show from the beginning. For example in last night episode when Reese is in Jail, a new viewer would not have known many of the characters that we saw (like Elias or Stanton).

  • Conor

    @Peter:
    ‘it is funny how TBBT season 1 struggled for low 3s in 18-49 and 10 m viewers at its 1st season and now the show is the no1 show on tv.’

    Actually that isn’t ‘funny’ it makes sense. The show was somewhat original and funny back then, as a result not many people watched it as is the case with NBC comedies. In the past few years Big Bang Theory has dumbed down its content and turned each character into a stereotypical ‘sitcom’ character; this brought the sheep flocking in.

    It’s science… sort of.

  • Melissa

    @MARTY

    sure i do better than Mellisa i was in radio and tv sales for years. was a disc jockey back in the day

    Care to intrigue me on how you being a disc jockey has any correlation with your knowledge of television?

  • GD

    There are only a handful of comedy episodes from the last several years that received this large of an audience. The first two episodes of season 9 of Two and a Half Men were larger, the post-Super Bowl episodes of The Office and Glee, and the tornado episode of Desperate Housewives, but other than that, I can’t think of any comedy episodes that were this widely watched within the last 5-6 years. Anybody?

  • Sean

    @ Networkman

    You took the words right outta my mouth.

  • Dan

    Wow exactly 20.00 million and 6.4 no comedy has gotten that in years, not including the 9th season premiere of Two and a Half Men. Good Job Big Bang, and if Scandal keeps these numbers up, it will definitely get a third season.

  • Melissa

    @Dan

    Wow exactly 20.00 million and 6.4 no comedy has gotten that in years, not including the 9th season premiere of Two and a Half Men. Good Job Big Bang, and if Scandal keeps these numbers up, it will definitely get a third season.

    2BG premiered in the low 7′s last year, but it had the advantage of a 10.7 2.5 Men lead-in.

  • Conor

    To make it clear, I do not begrudge Big Bang Theory these ratings as doing what they did is the only way to get those kinds of numbers in a world where people don’t like new things or change. I still watch the show, but I no longer enjoy it nearly as much as I did in the early seasons or as I do Community and Always Sunny.

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