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Network’s Top-Rated Thursday Surges With Year-to-Year Gains by “The Big Bang Theory,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Person of Interest” and Freshman Drama “Elementary”

CBS’s top-rated Thursday lineup continues to grow, paced by year-to-year gains from THE BIG BANG THEORY, the newly relocated TWO AND A HALF MEN, PERSON OF INTEREST and the hit freshman drama ELEMENTARY, according to Nielsen most current ratings through Week Seven.



Viewers A18-49 A25-54

2012 CBS THURSDAY 16.11m 4.3 5.7

2011 CBS THURSDAY 14.42m 3.8 5.1

+12% +13% +12%


THE BIG BANG THEORY, the season’s most-watched comedy, is up +13% in viewers (18.99m from 16.86m), +8% in adults 18-49 (6.5 from 6.0) and +9% in adults 25-54 (8.2 from 7.5). TWO AND A HALF MEN has improved the year-ago time period (“How to be a Gentlemen”/“Rules of Engagement”) by +39% in viewers (14.61m from 10.50m), +32% in adults 18-49 (4.5 from 3.4) and +31% in adults 25-54 (5.9 from 4.5).


Sophomore drama PERSON OF INTEREST is registering year-to-year increases of +24% in viewers (17.03m from 13.74m), +15% in adults 18-49 (3.8 from 3.3) and +13% in adults 25-54 (5.2 from 4.6). The freshman drama ELEMENTARY has improved the time period by +6% in adults 18-49 (3.5 from 3.3).


CBS’s Thursday programs are also among the top shows in television among DVR playback. In live plus 7-day playback among viewers, BIG BANG THEORY ranks #3, ELEMENTARY #4 and PERSON OF INTEREST #10. Among adults 18-49, THE BIG BANG THEORY is #3, ELEMENTARY #8 and PERSON OF INTEREST #15.


Source: The Nielsen Company, P2+ AA (000), A25-54 AA%, A18-49 AA%, primetime, regularly scheduled programs, 9/24/12-11/11/12, 9/19/11-11/13/11. All data are “most current.”


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