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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  • A

    LOL what is the stupidity of scandal fans vs. revenge…both shows are getting renewed and they have nothing to do with each other. Get a life? lol

  • Melissa

    @LisaNeedsBraces I’m talking about the demos; Grey’s is actually known as a show to have gotten a Super Bowl boost. It got 8s and 9s before the Super Bowl, then 10s and 11s after.

    Also, whoever said a 3.3 is a “powerhouse” rating, just lol.

  • A


    i dont either. I watched like the first season and its one of those shows that i dont care if it exists or not.

    I dont get the appeal though….20 million viewers…too much for a average sitcom.

  • Billy


    This Just In…

    …From CBS Entertainment

    Last night’s record-setting ratings for THE BIG BANG THEORY have been adjusted even higher, according to Nielsen updated ratings for Thursday, Jan. 10.

    THE BIG BANG THEORY averaged 20.00 million viewers, 6.4/19 in adults 18-49 and 8.3/21 in adults 25-54.

  • Kaylie

    TBBT is doing amazing. Its got American Idol competition next week.

  • Rowdy Rowdy

    Future Prediction: I can imagine Whitney getting to BBT levels in a few years. The more NBC stays patient with it the more of a chance it has of finally breaking out.

  • Chris

    U want a cancellation for scandal,but u want Max to shut up?? I don’t think so! Max rant all u want Mr..LOL I love Scandal!!!!lol

  • The End


    A ‘3.3’ or anything over a 3 would get you a half dozen seasons, if not more on most major networks, infact Bones gets a lot less and has been renewed recently for a Ninth season.

    It would help if you knew what you were talking about. With these numbers I would be sat here in a few years time talking about the chances for a 5th Season of Person of Interest.

    Eh anyway, my first comment here in a while. Been busy.

  • Billy


    It is actually the opposite American Idol has to compete with TBBT. With the way Idol and other reality shows are going Idol will be no competition for TTBT.

    However, TBBT is in repeats for the next two weeks. Idol will have a free ride for that time before TBBT beast swallows it up.

  • Emily

    @Nacy,I don’t find TBBT funny either…

  • LisaNeedsBraces


    Do you have the demo ratings for season 2 of Grey’s by episode?

  • Networkman

    Wow at Scandal. This is now a bonafide hit. A 2.8 demo in the 10pm hour is ridiculous and exactly what ABC needs. It does not hurt that Kerry Washingtion is apart of a Oscar nominated blockbuster hit, Django Unchained. It is much needed exposure for her and the show. She is a great actress.

    Two & A Half Men needs to be moved. It does not look good seeing it slip .3 in demo while The Big Bang Theory increases to a series high. CBS needs to use that spot to boost new comedies such as 2 Broke Girls that now has the potential to garner at least a 5.0 demo. With Thursday night football gone, we may see Person of Interest consistently win its timeslot over Grey’s Anatomy.

  • Acey

    BBT is no longer very funny, which is fine… but I’m not sure why the ratings are going through the roof.

  • SP

    TBBT is becoming very very overrated. Their ratings will crash once Idol returns 100%. I quite like NBC’s comedy block , 1600Penn was genuinely funny.

  • Billy


    No disrespect, but you are totally wrong if you think Idol will even lay a glove on TBBT. TBBT beat the pants off Idol last year, and this year Idol will be weaker and TBBT is much stronger. You can be a detractor, but respect what TBBT is and that is the biggest hit on TV, bar none. In fact, I expect MF to beat Idol this season. TBBT will destroy it.

  • Billy

    BTW, I love the way TBBT detractors last week all came here to say that TBBT only got record breaking ratings because it had no competition. This week we are hearing from them how TBBT is overrated, and Idol will knock it down. What a joke. You better respect TBBT or the new death star will kill your favorite show any season now.

  • Melissa

    @The End

    A ’3.3? or anything over a 3 would get you a half dozen seasons, if not more on most major networks, infact Bones gets a lot less and has been renewed recently for a Ninth season.

    It would help if you knew what you were talking about. With these numbers I would be sat here in a few years time talking about the chances for a 5th Season of Person of Interest.

    Eh anyway, my first comment here in a while. Been busy.

    Thanks for your ignorant opinions, but they weren’t solicited. How about you realize the simple fact that POI only cracked a 3.0 4/12 times this season. Don’t act like it always pulls these numbers.

  • Melissa

    Also, your comparison to Bones is irrelevant. Bones airs on FOX, and is averaging a 2.1. That is above FOX’s scripted average of 2.0. CBS’s scripted average is a 2.7.

  • Networkman

    @Bookworm, I feel Revenge may work better @10pm as well on Sunday. If it is able to maintain 2.3 or 2.4 in that timeslot, it will be around for awhile. ABC has S.H.I.E.L.D and I feel that should either get the 8pm Sunday timelsot or air after Once Upon A Time @9pm.

    People are just discovering Scandal. I now feel it does not need to be moved to another night. Keep it behind Grey’s Anantomy at least for one more season. I do feel the 10th season of Grey’s should be its last. So ABC will need an establish drama on Thursday to take over when Grey’s is done. Castle should be place on Thursday @8pm.

  • Melissa

    TVbtN, why whenever Scandal hits a series high, you always write “season high”, thus not giving it the credit it deserves?

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