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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.

 
  • jim

    YEAH for the TBBT. it better get outstanding comedy series in this year’s Emmy. DAMMIT IT’S TIME THE BIG BANG THEORY TO GET IT! JUST FOR ONCE DAMMIT!!!

  • Nick

    @Hugh

    Wierd 2.5 men down despite a bigger lead in

    That’s because there is more competiton than last week. NBC, ABC and the CW were all in repeats last week. All of CBS was down. BBT was an exception because they had a buzzy Star Trek-themed episode.

  • tony

    The Big Bang theory is on their way to be the number 1 show.

  • forg

    Awesome ratings for Big Bang Theory and Scandal!

    Kudos to The Office, still the top NBC sitcom

  • eridapo

    Great article on the Nielsen People Meters and how ratings are gathered

    http://www.soc.northwestern.edu/webster/pubs/Webster%20%282008%29%20People-Meter.pdf

  • Dan

    Big Bang Theory will destroy both Community and Parks in February as well as newcomer Zero Hour which has Zero Chance despite being the only drama among the big 4 networks. I wouldn’t be surprised if it beat Idol.

  • Doug

    @Melissa – of these series currently on the air, these have done a 6.0 at some point in their runs (scripted only):

    Modern Family
    Grey’s Anatomy
    2.5 Men
    CSI
    The Simpsons
    Law & Order: SVU

    Add in American Idol, Survivor, The Amazing Race, The Apprentice and DWTS if you want to include scripted.

    And The Walking Dead? I’m not sure if it touched a 6 or not this season.

  • ChannelDante

    MAN, If you did not watch POI last night, then wtf were you doing? Lol that episode was EPIC. I hope in three weeks it soars. As for TBBT….AMAZING.

  • Doug

    A few misconceptions to clear here:

    A 3.2 for GA doesn’t mean that only 3.2% of adults 18-49 (4.1 million) watched the show. It means that 4.1 million adults 18-49 on average watched. If you watched 30 minutes of the show, you count as 50% of a viewer. If you DVRed it (and these numbers are Live+SD) and skipped the commercials, you count as 70% of a viewer (42 minutes of content of 60 total). In actuality, perhaps 6 million adults may have seen some portion of the show. That’s why you sometimes see those ridiculous promos stating that 155 million people watched the Super Bowl, or whatever other show. 155 million people watched at least 1 minute of the Super Bowl, but don’t count as a “full” viewer.

    As for the quality of TBBT – it’s fine for what it is. But there are too many other great comedies on the air for it to ever win an emmy.

  • Roco

    @ Rob, where are your hating comments now, I agree with Max, Scandal has out perform Revenge but I’m not complaining I like both shows..

  • Melissa

    @Doug

    of these series currently on the air, these have done a 6.0 at some point in their runs (scripted only):

    Modern Family
    Grey’s Anatomy
    2.5 Men
    CSI
    The Simpsons
    Law & Order: SVU

    Add in American Idol, Survivor, The Amazing Race, The Apprentice and DWTS if you want to include scripted.

    And The Walking Dead? I’m not sure if it touched a 6 or not this season.

    Why is this comment directed towards me? And no, The Walking Dead’s high is a 5.7.

  • Nick

    Just wow at Big Bang Theory. Wow wow wow wow wow wow wow. Can’t say it enough. 20 million viewers and a 6.4? This can’t be real life. Just a few months ago it was pulling mid 4′s. I haven’t seen a sitcom grow this fast in a long, long time.

  • Billy

    Just to put in perspective how huge The Big Bang Theory numbers are it could have put up literally half of its viewers and 18-49 numbers on any network any night and be considered a hit. Any show on TV would love 10 million viewers and a 3.2 demo. The Big Bang Theory doubled those numbers.

  • s0303

    poi skews really old…more than a million more viewers than 2 and a half men and almost a whole point lower in the demo…

  • eridapo

    http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/media_entertainment/celebrating-25-years-of-the-nielsen-people-meter/

    Interesting Nielsen Facts….

    There are 20,000 Nielsen Households in the US representing 45,000 people.

    Per Nielsen’s own estimates there are a total of 114.20 Million Television Households in the US representing 289.42 million people (people 2 and over only). So what does that mean:

    Each Nielsen household represents 5710 US Households, and each person in that household represents 6432 people (age 2 and over). If the Nielsen sample is representative of the US population, the number of 18-49 individuals is comprised of 19,675 individuals out of the 45,000. Using this number we can calculate the actual number of people who are actually watching television (and are part of the Nielsen sample) that determines the ratings for our shows.

    Example….

    TBBT… (6.4/100)*19675 equals 1259 individuals within the Nielsen sample
    POI…. (3.3/100)*19675 equals 649 individuals within the Nielsen sample
    Greys… (3.2/100)*19675 equals 630 individuals within the Nielsen sample
    Scandal… (2.8/100)*19675 equals 551 individuals within the Nielsen sample
    Elementary… (2.4/100)*19675 equals 472 individuals within the Nielsen sample

    Yes.. Folks these are the numbers, and it is why Statisticians considered differences of a couple of tenths as being statistically insignificant.

    HAHAHA……

  • Networkman

    @Billy, I agree with you. It is exactly the reason why I celebrate The Big Bang Theory and the CBS network. I don’t understand what NBC thought would happen with 1600 Penn. Their Thursday night comedy lineup is a sinking ship. Their highest comedy of the night, The Office, is closing shop. They should simply cut their loses and go in another direction. The ratings for the other comedies are going to be complete embrassment next year without The Office as the anchor. I feel NBC should only have 6 comedies on their network next season, 2 on Tuesday and 4 on Wednesday.

    Tuesday
    9pm Ceelo Green new comedy
    9:30 Guys With Kids

    Wednesday
    8pm Micheal J. Fox
    8:30 Go On
    9pm New Mulit-Cam comedy (Sean Hayes or Kenan Thompson project)
    9:30 Whitney

  • eridapo

    A 3.2 for GA doesn’t mean that only 3.2% of adults 18-49 (4.1 million) watched the show. It means that 4.1 million adults 18-49 on average watched. If you watched 30 minutes of the show, you count as 50% of a viewer. If you DVRed it (and these numbers are Live+SD) and skipped the commercials, you count as 70% of a viewer (42 minutes of content of 60 total). In actuality, perhaps 6 million adults may have seen some portion of the show. That’s why you sometimes see those ridiculous promos stating that 155 million people watched the Super Bowl, or whatever other show. 155 million people watched at least 1 minute of the Super Bowl, but don’t count as a “full” viewer.

    You are somewhat correct. The way it works is that them LPM monitor every single minute someone watches a show, and if the person skips part of the show (fast forwards or switches channels) the show is only given credit for the portion that was watched. If, however, the viewer watches the entire show but skips all the commercials, Nielsen does not give the show any ratings credit. There is no partial credit given. You have to watch commercials too, and if you only watch half the commercials (even if you watch the entire show) Nielsen only awards the shows half the credit.

    This is why I take issue with people who say DVR ratings do not matter. Yes people fast forward through commercials, but when they do the show is penalized. In order to get ratings credit, the viewer has to watch commercials not just the show.

    Zero commercial viewing means zero ratings credit.

    Fifty percent commercial viewing means half a ratings credit (times the percent of the actual show that was watched).

    Hundred percent commercial viewing means full ratings credit (times the percent of the actual show that was watched).

    Here is the formula:

    (actual time viewing commercials/ total commercial time in the show) times (actual time viewing the show/ total show time) yields rating…

    example… Typical one hour show contains 18 minutes of commercials and only 42 minutes of the actual show. If X person watched only 10 minutes of commercials and 30 minutes of the episode, the show would get the following rating:

    (10/18)*(30/42) or .3968 ratings credit (not .7142).

  • Joseph A

    OMFG , TBBT went from 6.1 last week to 6.4 this week !

    Those numbers are friggen amazing !
    Now if we can just get sharper scripts for Two And a Half Men so more of the audience stays at 8:30pm

  • Kathy

    POI :)

  • Ian

    Don’t mean to be hater but this is going to sound like I am but why do so many people watch TBBT it’s NOT FUNNY! I have seen many episodes and to me and in my opinion it’s a truly awful sitcom. The acting is great but the jokes suck. It has some funny episodes but most are pretty boring. But anyways great for the show I’m happy for the fans and TBBT isn’t going anywhere for a long time. Also thumbs up to Scandal! Also GA was great 9 years and it’s able to get ratings in the 3′s. Also shout out to POI good job! That episode last night was fantastic!

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