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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  • omabin

    OMG SCANDAL! I am so happy for the show! And thinking that two months ago I was really affraid if it would even get a full season. ABC, Shonda… well done! I love the show so much so i could not be happier about this.

    Also… TBBT! I suspect kaley’s buzz from the people choice awards and their won helped a bit, but damn, it’s just crazy how high those numbers are!

  • Max Vrany

    @Michael, The Good Wife beat Downton Abbey by a few million viewers on Sunday, but Downton had 10X the Twitter traffic.

    Twitter = nothing for ratings purposes, despite what they (and now Nielsen) want you to believe.


  • Petar Ivanov

    This POI episode really deserve much more than 3.3 and 15.5 millions viewers. THAT WAS TRUE OLD SCHOOLE DRAMA! This is what drama means guys. True art. J Nolan is unstoppable. His brother can learne. Greg Plageman outstanding work. All writers – you rock.

  • mmel

    I love you, but you are not helping Scandal earn more fans by comparing it to Revenge. Let’s just enjoy the fact that people are finally seeing how great Scandal really is, like we have always known.

  • CrimTV

    Max, Yes you are right about Scandal, yes it’s ratings a great, yes it’s rating higher than Revenge but you don’t need to bash Revenge so much, just accept it. You can feel free to congratulate Scandal but just don’t keep insulting Revenge every Monday and Friday

  • Max

    Aww, where all my “Max is a troll” and “REVENGE” is the bigger hit people? It’s ok to admit you are wrong and eat some crow! No one will think less of you.

  • Stormy44

    I remember all the laughter last month when I predicted that SCANDAL would hit a 2.7 in January and would reach at least a 3.0 in Feb. Anyone still laughing?

    Guess I was a tad low with my 2.7 estimate. And based on the half hour numbers, I don’t think that it will decline for the finals. As I posted previously, numbers don’t lie and the numbers have been indicating for a while that Scandal was going to break out of the pack.

  • Oliver

    No Factor/Idol and TVD makes for TBBT season highs.

    1600 Penn fizzled, but did better than expected given its post-Voice numbers. Kinda sad that millions worth of promotion can only get you a 1.6 but that’s the nature of the beast.

  • OnceFan

    Scandal is profiting from Kerry Washington’s exposure on Django Unchained and it’s Oscar Nominations. The show deserves it, I’m confident ratings will even grow more to a certain extent.

  • Bookworm


    Revenge is no loser but I laugh in the face of those who honestly expected Scandal to never catch up to Revenge. I always thought it was a far better show and the additional exposure (same as Revenge) has really brought on newer fans. In the last 4 episodes, Scandal has gained about 2 million viewers and raised to an average of .5 in the demo.

    A 3.0 is looking more and more realistic for this show. I won’t be shocked if we hit it next episode (going to be an epic one) or before the season is done.

  • ILoveSitcoms

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

    Every new series drops a large number of viewers from its 1st episode. It’s 1600 Penn’s unspectacular 2nd episode ratings that should be of concern.

  • @ramirescl

    Scandal is a beast

  • Data

    @mmel: I don’t get the comparison, either. What is that about? Like, the two are in some kind of competition? If you don’t watch one show, that’s fine. But constantly rooting for its doom is silly and kind of pathetic.

  • Nik

    Scandal!!! I really hope it’s stays stable!

    Last night’s episode was so damn good.

  • Harley

    Last night’s POI episode was fantastic! Best TV ever!

  • Oliver


    Good point about the People’s Choice Awards.

    Wonder if it will help The New Normal next week…

  • lola

    hell yes !!!!!!!!!!!!
    Scandal is going to reach 3.0 before the end of this season

  • gary

    AMAZING for Scandal!!!! congratulations for new series high

    fantastic episode last nigt
    Scandal rocks

  • SteveS

    I have a feeling there will be two adjustments made in the final numbers, the first to POI since Two and a Half Men ran over to 9:01 last night and the second to Scandal since Grey’s went over, too. We’ll see how much of a rise either show actually got then!

  • Jaime

    Is TBBT the highest rated show across all the networks? Or is it The Voice?? Either way amazing numbers.

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