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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  • Petar Ivanov

    @Best episode of POI ever

    Best drama episode for the season i think!

  • LisaNeedsBraces

    The other networks really need to study what ABC has done with Scandal. First it was remarkably consistent from week to week, which was a feat in itself earlier this season when almost every other network drama was dropping. Now it’s rivaling the other 10 pm dramas’ season premiere ratings in the middle of the season, and has gone from the stable yet #2 in its timselot to consistently triumphing over a much hyped CBS drama and winning in its timselot. It went from having a devoted core audience to actually attracting new viewers who, remarkably, have actually stayed with the show. Well done ABC.

  • Aizen

    Great numbers for Person of Interest, I suspect the series will reach an all-time high when it returns in three weeks. :)

  • Nick

    I can’t believe Big Bang Theory is hitting these highs. Incredible. I can’t believe CBS isn’t capitalizing on it’s success with the rest of the night – 2.5 Men loses so much of the lead-in, and POI and Elementary fall from there. It’s too bad. At least NBC was usually able to make a hit night out of a single program.

  • MDM

    Why do so many people love TBBT, I do not get it but bravo.

    1600 Penn was very underwhelming and is without a doubt on the road to cancel town. Can’t wait for Parks and Rec to come back.

  • meah

    SCANDAL!!!!!and haters said it will go back to 2.0 after the shooting of the president!!!WOW am shocked!!!its so funny people thought it was given a full season order just because of shonda,now its hitting 2.8..I don’t watch TBBT but I gotta say WOW!!!good for the show/fans..

  • David

    Wow. POI just gets better and better and better. If you’re not watching POI on Thursday you’re missing one of the best hours of television during the entire week.

  • Max

    SCANDAL will indeed reach a 3.0 very soon. I say that as confidently as I do that REVENGE will drop to 2.0 or even high 1’s with all the award shows coming up!

  • Jeff

    Revenge needs to get it together. Otherwise, I think it will lose its timeslot to Scandal. Or, maybe they need to put Scandal at 9pm on Sunday with Revenge at 10pm.

  • Ram510

    YES SCANDAL!!!!!!!!! This THE best show on television! I knew it would grow in January, it’s just too hot right now. It can be the first show in a while to get over a 3.0 at 10 (and not a premiere)and Scandal deserves it all.

  • senor chang

    not too bad for 1600 Penn, too honestly. Parks was doing about the same behind the Office in the fall: what can you really do but hope that it doesn’t fall too far from that 1.6 so it can be an asset to NBC in some capacity?

    otherwise, Thursdays isn’t looking completely dead for NBC: 30 Rock should gain at least a little steam heading into its last few eps, the 1600 Penn repeat did better than expected (and they’re repeating both eps on Friday–could be good for a show that needs all the promotion it can get), and The Office has settled right into the low 2s. the good news is that they’ve hit a floor on this night…from here, they can only go up.

    I don’t watch Scandal, but wow, it’s burning up the charts. I love it when things like this happen; it makes the ratings game way more fun. ABC has a legitimate hit on their hands, give ’em some credit. (that said, Max is giving me a migraine. enjoy the show, but give the gloating a rest. television ratings are serious business.)

    Big Bang is…well, really big. not a fan of the show, but can’t argue with those numbers. surprised that the rise didn’t help the other CBS shows, which were all down.

  • Joseph

    I wouldn’t get too excited for scandal- in it’s last episode it was first reported to get a 2.7 and was then adjusted down three tenths in the finals

  • Michael

    @Max Vrany I know they are unrelated. I was just speaking to the the social media impact. It’s just like what the ABC head said yesterday about Scandal at the TCA, it has a very passionate following. That’s all I meant.

  • Max Vrany

    @Jaime, NFL, specifically Sunday Night Football in primetime and FOX’s national late game across all dayparts. The Big Bang Theory has a good shot at becoming TV’s #1 show in the 18-49 demo this spring. It will be the #1 show this week, not counting the NFL playoff games, which are counted as specials.

  • Bookworm


    I agree, you did indeed predict it and most people said that wouldn’t happen but I’m not shocked at all because Scandal has been getting great press (who knew promotion could actually help a show!) and the writing has been so darn good, you can’t help but come back. Overall, this is a sleeper hit for ABC and clearly not a show most thought would produce high numbers but this is clearly one that is growing and gaining more fans. I’m honestly really excited for it.

  • David Howell

    The Revenge anti-fans on here can have this one. Both it and Scandal are locks for renewal right now, Elementary looks like the weak link on Thursdays. The only reason it won’t be the first show in a generation to get the SB lead-out and still be cancelled that season is because CBS is getting NBC numbers with their Friday and Sunday shows (three of which will probably be renewed for another season of failure!).

    There may never again be a scripted show on network television, comedy or drama, that gets 6+ in the demo for regular episodes. We are witnessing a little bit of ratings history here, folks. Embrace it.

    And, if you’re like me, enjoy the collateral damage done to Idol in the process.

  • Tanya

    Grey’s Anatomy still doing a gret job with the rating, still waiting to se what happens after the adjustmen

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Wow. POI just gets better and better and better. If you’re not watching POI on Thursday you’re missing one of the best hours of television during the entire week

    Not care that Emmys snubs tv’s crime shows if this episdoe don’t give PoI chance for Emmy will be SHAME. Its on LOST levels at least.

  • Data

    @David: I’ve heard that. I watched the first five or six episodes of season one and got tired of it really fast (and btw, I love Michael Emerson). Should I get back into it? Has it grown as a show? Is there more to it than that simple and boring villain-of-the-week scenario?

  • Max

    What you guys have to say now huh? New series high for Scandal. Beats Revenge once again! Where are yall haters at now? You dont wanna say nothing now huh? Go head say something?!! Take that Scandal haters!!!!!!!!

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