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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  • TomSFBay

    Big Bang is the new Friends

  • lola

    i dont want SCANDAL at 9pm, We need it to stay at 10pm so we can get steamy OLITZ sex scenes

  • Adien

    Person of Interest was awesome last night. Give it some time, more and more people will start picking up the show and watching it. Think NCIS, these days it is hard to get things off and going quickly with so many alternatives! TBBT is the same thing

    Elementary was good last night as well. SB exposure will help

    Two and a half men was sad last night. POOOOOR episode!! Berta had one line and Jake didn;t even appear

  • Max Vrany

    Kimmel and Nightline up big in the approximate numbers. No word from ABC yet on whether they had Nielsen put a rush on the more accurate numbers.

  • Adorno

    To me this Max character seems like a cheesy villain from a badly written show about demented losers. Jeebus, what a tool. I’m hoping Scandal gets canceled just so he shuts up.

  • ChannelDante

    Screw the haters, whether you like it or not, Hats off to TBBT. That is amazing. Now if only 2.5 Men could retain just a little bit more of the demo, POI might have a chance to hit the 4’s. Yes? Maybe?

  • Serene

    And CBS never learns xD. After gaining momentum POI will be off till 31st january. I guess it will be repeat from last year when basketball will once again cause the ratings to drop. And AI will influenced the whole nite at CBS also. I personally i would have kept the show on and not air against basketball as much but guess they know better.

    And in finals i expect POI to fall and Greys to be adjusted up just based how the trend of half hour was and the usuall overrun.

  • Petar Ivanov

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

    3 week POI break, but after that 4 episodes in a row – 31(episode after BEST DRAMA EPISODE THIS SEASON), 7(super bowl week), 14(Grammys week), 21(Jonathan Nolan debut as director and Sarah Shahi series debut).

    If CBS advertise it heavy and properly(use Nolan name) this will make POI true drama BEAST. Again quality is already there on LOST levels.(and all critics name LOST top 10 drama of all time) Hope CBS really do their job this show deserves only the best. Because is BEST.

  • ChannelDante

    Screw the haters, whether you like it or not, Hats off to TBBT. That is amazing. Now if only 2.5 Men could retain just a little bit more of the demo, POI might have a chance to hit the 4?s. Yes? Maybe? It definitely deserves it, last nights episode was unbelievable. WATCH POI, you won’t be disappointed.

  • Cyrax86

    Glad that 1600 Penn is flopping, the pilot was horrible. Bring on Save Me and then the revamped Up All Night to that slot.

  • tv_viewer

    I’m hoping that the final numbers equal the preliminary numbers at 9 pm. I want a clear cut victory for Person of Interest.

  • Yeah

    I don’t get why so many watch the Big Bang Theory. It’s not funny. Wayyyy too much laugh track. It’s so overdone. The jokes are dry.

  • Julie

    Now abc just needs to get something for that 8 o’clock slot-but great for Big Bang theory-I have been a fan for years and it is deserved-love multi camera comedies-chuck Lorre has had so many great comedies on the air for years since the 90’s!

  • Tanya

    Grey’s will be tied with POI once adjustments come in, best episode of Greys yesterday and next week episode will be even better

  • Jackson

    Last Resort was amazing last night! I expect a renewal notice for season 2 any second now!

  • tom

    @ Yeah: clearly you are in the minority.

  • Ricky

    @were123: Agreed re: TBBT. What do you think are the chances that it crushes Idol enough that it finally gets cancelled this year?

    I just hope PoI adjusts up in the finals. But of course, knowing my luck it’s gonna adjust down while Grey’s adjusts up.

    And how the hell is Scandal starting to beat Elementary? Dear God, so much wrong with that picture. Hopefully next season ABC decides to stop trying to throw new shows on their bad Thursdays at 8 timeslot and has Grey’s lead the night, followed by Scandal at 9 and a new drama at 10 (or perhaps Castle, or Zero Hour if it survives – fingers crossed!) But then they’d really fall hard against CBS, so that probably ain’t gonna happen anytime soon.

    Then again, Scandal might finally get relegated back to second place for at least a short while after the Super Bowl. Or third. Who knows, maybe Do No Harm will prove a powerhouse. I sure hope it does, it looks like a great new show.

  • senor chang

    If you want Max to shut up, the cancellation of Scandal is the LAST thing you should be wishing for.

  • Melissa

    Very interesting night! In the finals, I’m predicting 6.4 for BBT (with 20m!), 3.2 for Grey’s, 2.7 for Scandal, and 3.2 for POI

  • Bookworm

    Scandal works well with Grey and on Thursdays at 10pm. I honestly don’t want to see it on another night. Revenge should stay on Sundays but I think it would work better at 10pm rather than 9pm. In the end, I don’t want to see the two paired together–I like the dynamics of Grey and Scandal together. They are created by the same person but give you two different things.

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