'The Big Bang Theory' Leads CBS to a Thursday Night Sweep in Viewers and Key Demographics

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March 15th, 2013

Big Bang Theory Mar 14

via press release:



"Person of Interest" and "Elementary" First in Time Periods in All Key Measures


"Two and a Half Men" Places First in Adults 18-49


CBS won Thursday in viewers and key demographics, led by THE BIG BANG THEORY, the night's #1 program in all ratings measures, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings for March 14.


Please Note:  CBS programming was pre-empted/delayed in approximately 3% of the country due to ACC and SEC conference basketball tournaments.  Ratings are tentative and likely to change.


THE BIG BANG THEORY was first in households (9.7/15), viewers (15.71m), adults 25-54 (6.1/18), adults 18-49 (4.5/15) and adults 18-34 (3.1/13).  THE BIG BANG THEORY was the night's #1 program in households, viewers, adults 25-54, adults 18-49 and adults 18-34.


TWO AND A HALF MEN was first in households (7.8/13) and adults 25-54 (4.7/12), tied for first in adults 18-49 (3.3/10, with FOX) and was second in viewers (12.40m, -0.16m viewers behind FOX). 


PERSON OF INTEREST was first in households (9.0/14), viewers (14.57m), adults 25-54 (4.3/10) and adults 18-49 (2.9/08).  Compared to last week, PERSON OF INTEREST was up +2% in adults 25-54 (from 4.2/10), +4% in adults 18-49 (from 2.8/08) and was even in viewers.


ELEMENTARY was first in households (7.2/12), viewers (11.49m), adults 25-54 (3.5/09) and adults 18-49 (2.4/07).  Compared to the last first-run episode (on Feb. 21, 2013), ELEMENTARY was up +3% in households (from 7.0/12), +6% in adults 25-54 (from 3.3/08), was even in adults 18-49 and added +300,000 viewers (from 11.19m, +3%).


For the night, CBS was first in households (8.3/14), viewers (13.37m), adults 25-54 (4.4/11) and adults 18-49 (3.1/09).


Updated Thursday ratings will be available later today.

  • Robbie Bishop

    “Person of Interest” was great, as usual. As I’m always saying, the writing, acting, and directing were all superb.
    I enjoyed the storyline, and I found the events leading up to the conclusion to be quite intense. I also liked the humor in the episode; quite possibly the funniest episode of the series, while still being serious.

    “Elementary” was also good, and one of the best episodes so far.
    The directing and acting were great, and the writing was very good.
    The storyline was interesting, and it was nice to see Watson testing out her detective skills.

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