TV Ratings Thursday: 'The Big Bang Theory' & 'Scandal' Rise to New Highs, 'Person of Interest' Dips + '1600 Penn' Falls in Time Period Premiere

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January 11th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.6/10 2.4/7 1.6/5 1.5/4 0.9/3 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.2/7 1.9/6 1.4/5 1.2/4 0.8/3 0.5/1
Total Viewers (million) 14.653 7.791 4.071 3.936 2.655 1.925


CBS won the night in adults 18-49 and in Total Viewers.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory notched a new series high 6.3 adults 18-49 rating, up two tenths from last week's series high 6.1 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men earned a 4.2, down three tenths from a 4.5 last week. Person of Interest earned a 3.3, down a tenth after last week's 3.4 adults 18-49 rating. Elementary notched a 2.4, down two tenths after last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Mobbed earned a 1.2, up a tenth after last week's 1.1 at 8PM

On ABC, Last Resort earned a 1.2, up two tenths from its last original's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. Grey's Anatomy notched a 3.1, up two tenths after its last 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. Scandal earned a season high 2.8, up four tenths from its last original's 2.4.

On NBC, 30 Rock earned a 1.4, up three tenths from its last original's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, four weeks ago. The Office earned a 2.2, up a tenth from the 2.1 its last new episode earned. The time period premiere of 1600 Penn earned a 1.6, down six tenths from its Voice-inflated debut's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. Rock Center With Brian Williams earned a 1.1, up a tenth from its last original's 1.0.

On the CW, The Critic's Choice Movie Awards earned a 0.6, and was the ceremony's highest rated broadcast in all key demos since 2006 (on The WB).


Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, January 10, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 6.3 19 19.78
NBC 30 Rock 1.4 4 3.77
FOX Mobbed 1.2 3 3.28
ABC Last Resort 1.2 3 5.79
CW Critic's Choice Movie Awards 0.6 2 1.93
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men 4.2 12 14.34
NBC 1600 Penn -R 1.4 4 3.93
9:00PM CBS Person of Interest 3.3 9 15.56
ABC Grey's Anatomy 3.1 8 9.22
NBC The Office 2.2 6 4.53
FOX Glee -R 0.7 2 2.03
9:30 PM NBC 1600 Penn 1.6 4 3.85
10:00 PM ABC Scandal 2.8 8 8.37
CBS Elementary 2.4 7 11.33
NBC Rock Center With Brian Williams 1.1 3 3.78


Late night ratings:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:


* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.7/7.


* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: > "> The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,> "> 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.7/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.2/6.


* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.7/6 in metered-market households and a 0.7/4 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.


* Thursday season averages heading into this week were: in metered-market households, "Tonight," 2.7 rating, 7 share; "Late Show," 2.7/7; "Nightline," 3.1/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5. In the Local People Meters, 18-49 season averages for Thursday were: "Tonight," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.1/5; "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.


* From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).


* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.>

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • peter

    also Two and a half men good ratings but terrible retention.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Peter you been talking smack about greys for a long time.

    Not today. OK i understand you i will try not even to mention Grey name.

  • Petar Ivanov

    By the way 2 days ago:

    Creator Jonathan Nolan Thinks Person Of Interest Would Make A Fascinating Game


  • Serene

    Ty :) and i might actually consider watching POI then xD

  • askmelast79

    Go POI!!!

  • Petar Ivanov

    J Nolan:

    I’m a big gamer. I know the lead time and how long it takes to develop a game and how hard it is to get it right. But if we had unlimited resources and time I’d think a Person of Interest game could be really fascinating. As games get more sophisticated they become more about the human and about interaction. I’m a big fan of the Mass Effect games and that’s all about social manipulation and observing people and alliances and relationships. I feel like there’s something in that space that can be very exciting with our show.

    So this is for me news of the year. POI game on the way.

  • Gavin

    @Max. People never “bashed” you because they thought Scandal was awful, it was your horrible comments and BS incorrect statements about Revenge having awful ratings when it was hitting 2.5 – 3.0. You are obviously quite young or have some mental health issues to be that invested in the hatred you put across for a tv show.

    Seriously, every Monday and Friday when ratings come out, you are always first to post, I can only assume you’re sat at your (sticky) laptop in your Moms basement hitting F5 on the tvbythenumbers website continuously from the moment you drag your sorry butt out of the Hessian sack you sleep in. People are allowed to like a show, and if they don’t like it, they don’t watch. But you created this odd rivalry between the two shows which only you seem to give a toss about. They’re on different nights at different times and can easily co-exist on the same network.

    Anyway, I’m slightly annoyed I’ve given you this much of my time, and I hate to admit it, but Scandal airs here in the UK on More4 and I was going to watch it after they put season 1 on catch up, but I just can’t bring myself to watch it now. I’m a big Revenge fan, but out of some principal which I can’t explain, I just can’t watch Scandal now. Sorry for sounding insulting, but I’m actually happy Scandal is doing well, I’m happy when most tv shows do well because every show (regardless of it’s ratings) has dedicated fans, employs many people, and I’ve lost many tv shows due to low ratings, so can empathise. Something I assume you can’t do.

    Anyway, I’m off to boil my brain in salted saline solution now.

  • LoveLee

    I am so overjoyed for SCANDAL!!!!!

  • Monica

    If there is a thing that Shonda can do is Second Seasons.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Ty and i might actually consider watching POI then xD

    We have a deal. I really don’t ‘hate’ or something nobody here. I really enjoy here on this website. I don’t hate people in general. Peace

  • FlorinDobri

    @Petar Ivanov
    For god’s sake Petar just stop posting every 10 minutes a comment about how great POI is. Oh, we all got it, you love this show, but it’s annoying seeing on every page 1 or 2 comments about the same thing. And if you want CBS to put an 1 hour episode of TBBT as a lead-in for POI just go on their official page and suggest them that. On the other hand, it’s just unbelievable how much Scandal’s grown over the past few episodes. Still great for Grey’s, hope it’ll adjust up and tie with POI. Awesome ratings for TBBT although I don’t like it as much as I used to.Ohh, poor NBC, they have some of the funniest comedies IMO but they all to bad, except The Office

  • Samunto

    I smell some series lows for Idol when it returns Thursdays against TBBT.
    Those numbers are humongous for a self starter at 8pm!

  • FlorinDobri

    EDIT: do*

  • Melissa

    Petar, if you can learn how to form a proper English sentence, you might be more comprehensible, and thus more respectable. Also, criticizing Grey’s for being in the low 3’s in its ninth season is a joke. POI would definitely not be that high in its ninth season. And as for “quality”, you do realize that Grey’s has one numerous Emmys and Golden Globes, right?

  • bluejays

    I can’t believe those numbers for Scandal! Great going for ABC.

    Boo at POI beating Grey’s though.

  • carla

    Fabulous ratings for POI after a tremendous episode last night. The strongest of the entire series by far, IMO. Jim Caviezel and Taraji Henson were phenomenal playing off each other in all the intense interrogation scenes.

  • Dan S

    If Elementary doesn’t reclaim the 10pm spot after its post SB exposure it’ll be moving to Sundays permanently next season. It got handily beat last night by Scandal which I have yet to watch. 1600 Penn will be history soon enough, what an embarrassment. Congrats to POI finally besting GA at 9pm & have yet to watch however.

  • Keith

    LOL @ Melissa giving Petar an English lesson and then mentions that Grey’s has “one” several Emmy’s.

  • sarah nz

    Nice – PoI still above 3 and didn’t fall too much from last week, hope it doesn’t get ajusted down on finals.

    And wow on BBT – that’s some crazy numbers.

  • LisaNeedsBraces


    Elementary will have the post Super Bowl spot, so unfortunately, Scandal only has a few more weeks to improve its ratings before it starts coming in at 2nd place from now on.

    Name a single scripted show that aired post-SB and continued to see a boost in the ratings for the rest of its season. Hint: you can’t.

    Last episode pre-SB: 4.4/11 million viewers
    First episode post-SB: 4.6/11.5 million viewers

    The Office:

    Pre-SB ep: 4.4/8.5 overall
    Post-SB ep: 4.3/8.3 overall

    House (couldn’t find demos):
    Pre-SB episode: 22.5 overall
    Post-SB episode: 23 overall

    Criminal Minds
    Pre-SB episode: 4.6/13 overall
    Post-SB episode: 5.7/16 overall

    The only one you could argue got a boost was Criminal Minds, but by Feb. 21 it was back down to 13.7 million overall, and the second half of its season (after the SB) still averaged less than than the first half of season 4 (pre-SB). Same with Grey’s Anatomy: it saw a small increase for the rest of February 2006 but by the first week of March it was back to normal.

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