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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  • RJ

    Who was I arguing with yesterday regarding a new series high for Person of Interest? Well, I told you it wouldn’t happen. Ill accept my “you were right” anyday now. ;)

  • Jackson

    Scandal is doing remarkable. for a show to gain viewers the way it has is so amazing. it soooo close to actually beating GA in viewers and very close to matching the demo! Scandal is definatly the “IT” show of the moment. its kinda reminding me how Melrose Place started slowly and then took off and became the “IT” show!

  • Petar Ivanov

    Hm, can TVBTN learn somehow TAHM halfs please. This veteran show really look bad even with TBBT lead-in. I guess TBBT lead-out is at least 6.7-6.8 if not 7.0 so TAHM lose 3 full points. I mean i said it before but CBS clearly make big time mistake and overpaid for Kutcher with his 700 000 per episode. kaley cuoco was amazing on PCA. She must demand at least 1 million $ per episode. Period. In fact all TBBT main cast deserves 1 million per episode….they deserve any $ from this 1 million.

  • danny94

    put scandal in the highley competitive sunday night 9pm slot and those numbers would half

  • JSunkist

    Adjust up TBBT, adjust up!

  • Melissa

    Just realized Scandals well above 8 million! Also, that demos pretty low for nearly 20 million.

  • Serene

    If Scandal contiues to get this kind of ratings i dont think it will be placed after Greys next year (which will probably end next year anyway). I dont think they want another Private Practice situation. That was in this yummy spot after Greys and after it was left to fend on its own it colapsed horribly.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Who was I arguing with yesterday regarding a new series high for Person of Interest? Well, I told you it wouldn’t happen. Ill accept my “you were right” anyday now

    You are so pathetic and cynic. You said that POI will be second and Grey’s will beat it. New low for you man.

    Yes it wasn’t new series highs but was best dtama episode from years on broadcast TV. THAT BEAT IT!

  • Nik

    The people who want Scandal in a 9pm slot clearly don’t watch. The show is, at times, way too graphic (the sex scenes, the violence, the torture) to be on at 9pm. It’s fine at 10 and is thriving.

    I really see that many shows are getting on the Live Tweeting bandwagon after seeing how it’s been such a success for Scandal.

  • were123

    Considering how poorly FOX is doing, I think Idol would have to fall all the way to low 2s in order to be cancelled, and I think this year it might be around 3s, however if the decline of Idol continues through 2014, then it’s defenitely a gonner next year.
    Also, at this point I can see TBBT making it all the way through 6s to 7s and over 20 million viewers, and then it will be unstopabble. I think there would be nothing that can be put there by the others network that could match it or withstand it without being crushed (except CW’s TVD, which pulls an excellent demo for a small network)

  • Cher

    Yeah Scandal!!! That show is HOTTTT!!! All it takes it to watch it once and you will be hooked!!! I think Elementary is good too. Too bad they are on at the same time. TBBT is ALWAYS awesome!

  • cc

    TBBT ?

  • Cerebro

    The last few episodes of “Person Of Interest” have kept me riveted to the edge of my seat. The roller coaster ride looks to continue next week. Can’t wait. If any series has the potential to, eventually, unseat “NCIS” from it’s throne, “POI” is it.

    “Elementary” was above average, too. Can’t wait to see who they cast as Sherlock’s nemesis Moriarty (maybe the plan is to save the big reveal for the post-Superbowl episode?).

    What else need be said about “The Big Bang Theory”? It continues to be an unstoppable juggernaut. Overall, great night of TV for CBS.

    On the flip side…stick a fork in “6100 Penn”. It’s done.

  • Oliver

    Both TBBT and The Office are scheduled to run until 31 past the hour, so they are likely to adjust up and TaaHM/1600 Penn adjust down.

  • Serene

    POI will adjust down (just to mess with POI fans :))and Greys will go up. Just by looking at the half hours you can see that POI droped to 3,2 at half hour, and if there was any overrun by men they its practicaly a done deal.

  • cc

    That was supposed to be a heart in my post. No question for me on BBT. Love it!!

  • a p garcia

    TBBT wasn’t good last night. I tried to watch Scandal, but I never got into it.

  • TVDude

    Two NBC Notes:
    1. The Office is official NBC’s highest rated comedy again. Love it or hate it, it’s still their strongest one. That’s not a bad way to go out.
    2. 1600 Penn will probably be the new shot that gets axed. I doubt NBC will keep all of their new shows around and this one’s definitely the weakest of the bunch. Sure it also is on a worse night, but that probably won’t be taken into consideration. I actually find it to be mildly entertaining, although it looks more like a cross of a Disney Channel show with more adult themes. Like an a grown up version of the failed Cory in the House.

  • Max

    I never realized how many people impersonate me on here. The least they could do though is write with correct grammar. Yikes!

  • a p garcia

    I hope they dropped Amy Acker, I as nemesis to Harold. I really like the female nemesis last night on POI.

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