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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  • Rebecca

    TBBT was funny. Loved the girls’ comic book banter. Also enjoyed 30R and 1600Penn. Office was alright. I miss it when P&R isn’t on, though.

  • Bookworm

    Scandal has turned into a beast. Seriously, I believe that is ABC’s best 10pm numbers in a while. I am seriously waiting for all of those who claimed that Scandal could never reach a 3.0; they hit a 2.8 already, I will not be shocked if they reach a 3.0 before the season is over with. The promotion and re-runs have really swung in their favor and I hope ABC is taking notice.

    The renewal chances are looking better and better as the episodes go on.

    There should be no excuses, Scandal was preempted NO WHERE. So those numbers are legit (minus the finals) but this is great news. Max has all the reason to gloat now and I strongly suggest no one try to stop him. #number don’t lie.

  • Petar Ivanov

    ps this comment was from POI facebook page seconds ago.

  • Ashley

    TBBT is going to be better than Friends. I want to see that number keep going up and up.

  • Michael

    OMG. Scandal, you are an AMAZING BEAST! Before anyone says it, I know that Monday begins the week, and not Sunday, so technically Scandal did NOT beat Revenge (not that I care anyway) yet again. However, if there was any doubt that Scandal is becoming a 10pm hit for ABC, the last 3 episodes should prove it, even if this adjust downwards slightly.

    FYI, Seven out of 10 trending topics on Twitter were Scandal related.

  • SarahL

    Damn, The Big Bang Theory. Shockingly good numbers for Scandal.

  • Max

    I told you people over and over… Once ABC got their promotion right and folks realized what an amazing show it is, SCANDAL would become a hit. LOL @ all the money spent on the loser REVENGE.


  • João Paulo (@JPaulo645)

    TBBT rules. POI beat Grey’s :)

  • Chuck_T

    does the half of 2.5 Men even appear on the show anymore? I wouldn’t be surprised if the show returns next season with his character gone completely.

  • CenterGravity

    Great for CBS! Go POI! I hope it can stay above Grey’s after adjustments. The Office did pretty good, and even 1600 Penn had decent numbers. I’d like to see Last Resort sorted above Mobbed in the table.

  • Mon

    OMG TBBT!!! So happy for the show for another series high. The episode was as hilarious as last week’s. it’s a perrfect episode to be seen by new viewers. I think CBS should consider launching a new comedy after TBBT next fall. It seems 2.5 Men doesn’t need TBBT and should be put back to Mondays maybe 8:30pm before 2 Broke Girls. American Idol premiere is lucky TBBT is a repeat next week.

  • Bookworm

    This is a series high for Scandal, not just the season. Also, the viewers are a series high I believe. They are damn near Grey in rating and viewers. If ABC can get their 8pm slot together, they will be doing great on Thursday nights!!

  • Statix

    The repeat of the first episode of 1600 Penn had more viewers than the orignal second episode. Doomed.

  • Agnes

    I wonder if CBS should be worried that they cannot win any 10pm slots on a regular basis anymore, excluding CSI. Old people go to sleep earlier now?

  • ric

    The Big Bang Theory!!!!!!! 6.3!!!!!!! bhjdbgusglknslivhidfhvi

  • Neil

    I’m really hoping that TBBT goes up to 20 million viewers in finals.

  • ILoveSitcoms

    Big Bang Theory’s quality continues to drop with another filler episode based the loosest of plots yet it remains a ratings’ juggernaut.

  • Kim

    Best episode of POI ever and worst episode of TBBT ever. I gotta get Scandal on DVD.

  • Brenda

    OMG SCANDAL, HOLY!!!!!!!!! Waiting for the adjusted numbers? still new to this but wow the little show that could is finally get its just desserts. You have no idea how many people I knew who talked about catching up over the holidays. I hope the new episodes keep the momentum going.

  • Ateofi

    TBBT is a beast and Scandal is becoming number one 10 pm show. It’s a rare situation when show gains ratings through the season instead of losing them.

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