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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  • Juan

    I’m so increasingly happy for scandal it, has been extra increadible the past season, and ok fr grey’s, it’s still one of my fav shows and hope it can get adjusted up, unfortunately I didn’t get to watch anything cause I was working all day, also love last resort and sad that it got canceled

  • Ruan

    “Person of Interest” beat “Grey’s Anatomy”? That’s a first, isn’t it?

  • JJ

    Future POI spinoff? Sounds feasible given it’s success.

    POI’s back to more normal numbers with regular competition. It’s still a powerhouse.

    Scandal’s numbers are impressive given where it was. It’ll be enough to survive given the lack of new hits. But I am sure ABC would like better.

  • Oliver

    @harsh reality

    Community has been facing TBBT and Idol for two seasons. It is a death slot but it’s nothing new, it’s been there for its entire lifespan.

    And another season wasn’t “lucky”. It was a renew on the renew/cancel index last season based on its ratings alone, and it needed another season for syndication.

    Community will be lucky to survive this season, but luck seems to be on its side as NBC’s comedy losing streak continues. If the new showrunners are any good, you never know.

  • gerry

    what can you say about TBBT? its a machine.

    very happy for scandal, but all the fools making absurd comments should probably keep in mind that scandal’s first season wasn’t nearly as strong as this one. i’d probably have dropped it back then if it weren’t for kerry washington. but she is pitch perfect every week and i’m happy for her success, as well as the show itself.

    said fools may also want to keep in mind that revenge never had the grey’s anatomy lead in. again, scandal is great but i don’t know as the numbers would really be what they are if the shows didn’t have grey’s (read:private practice) to prop it up.

    neither revenge nor scandal will be cancelled this year. its not a competition.

  • LisaNeedsBraces


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

    GA’s ten episodes before the SB (overall viewers, counting back from pre-SB episode): 18, 21, 19, 15.7, 20.5, 19.5, 20, 19.7, 18, 16.6. Post-SB: 25, 24, 24.7, 22,5, 21, 22, 20.7, 22, 22.6, 22.5, 22.5.

    That season (season 2), GA premiered with 19 million viewers, hovered around 18 and hit over 20 million three times before its SB episode. The SB episode got 37 million viewers. GA after the SB hovered around 25 million for the rest of February, then dropped down and stayed around 21-22 million for the rest of the season. Considering that season three of Grey’s increased over season two, it’s more likely that the show’s slight increase in the second half of season two was a natural trajectory that would have happened without the SB anyway.

    But, even if you want to ascribe it only to the SB, you’re still only talking about around a 5 million boost in overalls for the rest of the month, and around a 2-3 million boost for the rest of the season. Hardly a huge dramatic increase that changed the course of the show. Similar to Criminal Minds: even if you want to argue that it saw a boost from the SB slot, you also have to admit that the “boost” disappeared by the end of February. GA and CM were also 5 and 6 years ago. The three most scripted shows to air in the post-SB slot (House, The Office and Glee) saw either no boost, not even in the week following the SB, or went down post-SB (The Office).

  • Andrew

    I like Scandal as well but a little FYI, there was a 2 minute overlap from Grey’s so expect a decrease in the finals. Still awesome though

  • lll

    If the final numbers stick (fingers crossed) it will be the first time this sesaon. It has been first a few times last season.

  • CenterGravity

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

    I no…. Rite?

  • lll


  • alffan

    If anyone wonders about TBBT, please watch. It is LOL funny. Last night was classic again (two weeks in a row). It is as sharp as any show on TV.

    I wish Max would stop with Scandal vs. Revenge. Why is it a competition? I happen to enjoy both shows and am glad they both are very competitive as ABC does.

    That kind of retention at 10pm for Scandal is amazing. Elementary also has been good. Thursday shows quality programming can win out with multiple shows.

    I’m expecting even if TBBT goes down some with Idol, it will still be the same with Live + 7.

  • alffan

    Biggest news was last night was Jimmy’s whooping of Jay and Dave.

  • Doocey

    BBT is rising every week, it seems to have grown its audience the last couple of seasons. That’s why I believe in patience with mass-appeal comedies because they get stronger sometimes after syndication exposure. Elementary definitely needs the Super Bowl to come quick.

    I’ve never seen Scandal before but I’m glad to see an ABC drama at 10pm actually doing well.

    1600 Penn already started out DOA and had some good promotion since November. This is one of the main reasons why their Wednesday comedies are at the bottom of their comedy problems.

  • Patrick G.

    Wow, “FRINGE’s” penulitmate episode is tonight and no TVBTN article or at least a ratings poll piece? You guys are slipping!

    Shocked “Scandal” is rising. No cancellation for it at these numbers :(

    “Revenge” is still better! F-off Max!

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    I actually enjoyed 1600 Penn a lot! I really wished it could have scored a bigger audience. The Big Bang Theory did exceptionally well for it’s last week without Idol as competition. I predict that American Idol will lose in viewers, not just demo this year. May be optimistic, but I enjoy scripted over reality any day of the week

  • mike

    two and half men was so funny life is like a musical

  • Emily

    Scandal!Finally the numbers are coming in..3.5Bext season:-) BTW Max,its ok to rant!haha

  • T-Dog

    Scandal is one of the biggest hits on TV now. Keeps on rising more and more people are interested in it. I could see it returning in the fall to a 3.0+. Maybe even hits a 3.0+ at the season finale.

    TBBT – Wow. Anyone saying TWD is a bigger hit is just wrong, it was arguable but not any longer. TBBT is the king of TV. TAHM will get another season which will most likely be its’ last however it is still a monster.

  • T-Dog

    Also POI – It has been a hit since day one but it has not fallen off at all. It will probably get a strong healthy 5-6 season run. Grats to J.J Abrams.

  • T-Dog

    I know this would not be the smartest move but imagine if they put TBBT after the Super Bowl.. It would be pulling 8.0+ for the remainder of the season. Could probably solidify itself as a top 5 hit in tv history. It already is arguably top 15.

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