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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  • Vcoolwater

    I am happy that scandal is doing well. Maybe we will get more show with minority leads. I wonder if Do not harm has a chance. I think nbc waited too long to introduced a new drama.

    I also wonder if cbs can sustain these rating with American idol in the mix. Also ratings tend to drop in spring.

  • Melissa


    Touché. The difference is that I made one little mistake, but his sentences are often incomprehensible.

  • Melissa


    Grey’s got a huge boost after the Super Bowl.

  • Bri

    Wow ratings for TBBT episode which I did find mildly amussing.

    Grey did good, after 9 seasons it can still bring decent demo ratings. Hopefully it will be adjusted up.

    POI did ok, that show skew verys old, as most of CBS shows.

    Glad Scandal did pretty well.

    Elementary did as usual. btw in the C3 Elementary actually gets a 2.7 not that far from POI 2.9.

  • harsh reality

    Another week, another beatdown for the Big Bang Theory

    1600 Penn wasn’t terrible and I think NBC should stick with it. But I can’t say it was anything great either.

  • buttondiet

    I feel like I’m the only person not watching TBBT,,

  • Holly


    English is not Petar’s native language. Give him some leeway.

  • Lisa

    Hope CBS moves the Mentalist back to Thursday night @10pm ET next season..
    It pairs better with POI imo.

  • Petar Ivanov


    Well sorry for bad Eng. I am NOT from US as you know. If i ask from you to talk some of EU languages you will look even more stupid, trust me. But the real difference is that we continue to talk for our shows and you continue to talk for OUR shows(without even watch it) not for yours. That talk a lot for kind of human that are you.

  • Keith


    I agree about his sentences. I always find it funny though when someone calls someone else about their grammar, that person usually ends up making their own mistakes.

  • Lisa

    I’m very happy and thankful to see POI draws fans worldwide ..
    great for good old CBS and USA :)

  • Vcoolwater


    I am also not watching TBBT. I used to like the show but it got old real fast.

  • Josh

    Scandal will fall drastically next week.

  • Edward Mooney

    Scandal was really good last night. Keep it going!

  • Josh


    I don’t watch The Big Bang Theory either. It never looked appealing to me, my brothers and parents watch it but I can’t get into it

  • peter barry

    how in the world do the tbbt get some many people watching. one of the least funny shows on tv.

  • moshane58

    Big Bang is just so funny.CBS has the winning night on Thursday’s.I caught both episodes of Penn 1600.Really like the son on there Skip.Could be a keeper.

  • sarah nz

    Just noticed Scandal – 2.8, might have to give it a chance in the off season.

    Elementry is at least consistant I suppose.

    Thursday’s just got more interesting in any case :)

    Only 2 more episodes to go for Last Resort, the writing hasn’t been consistant so ABC made the right decision in the end. May be an interesting final episode and hopefully the island dude will get killed by the chinese, but that’s all that is making me keep watching.

  • harsh reality

    Will NBC kill off the rest of Community by putting it up against BBT at 8:00?

    If so, maybe they shouldn’t have whined about being placed on the death slot after all. They should feel thankful for even getting another season

  • Freddy Arrow


    “I feel like I’m the only person not watching TBBT,,”

    Only about 7% of the US viewing population watched TBBT last night, so you’re clearly in the large majority of people that don’t watch the show.

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