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[01/11/13 - 08:30 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Big Bang Theory" Paves the Way to Another CBS Victory
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for thursday, january 10, 2013)

Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

CBS (14.653 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (19.782 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.3, #1), "Two and a Half Men" (14.341 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.2, #2), "Person of Interest" (15.563 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #3) and "Elementary" (11.333 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #6).

The silver then went to ABC (7.791 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) with the return of "Last Resort" (5.787 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T11), "Grey's Anatomy" (9.219 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.1, #4) and "Scandal" (8.368 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.8, #5).

Next up was NBC (3.936 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with a new "30 Rock" (3.770 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9), a rebroadcast of "1600 Penn" (3.927 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9) plus fresh installments of "The Office" (4.534 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.2, #7), "1600 Penn" (3.852 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) and "Rock Center With Brian Williams" (3.766 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #13).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.655 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up a new "Mobbed" (3.277 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T11) alongside a repeat of "Glee" (2.034 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

And finally, coverage of "The 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards" (1.925 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) on The CW (1.925 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the telecast delivered a 0.6 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+37.50% - Rock Center With Brian Williams (vs. 12/20/12)
+27.27% - 30 Rock (vs. 12/6/12)
+20.00% - Mobbed
+5.00% - The Big Bang Theory
+4.76% - The Office (vs. 12/6/12)
+3.70% - Scandal (vs. 12/13/12)
0.00% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. 12/13/12)
0.00% - Last Resort (vs. 12/13/12)
-2.94% - Person of Interest
-4.00% - Elementary
-8.70% - Two and a Half Men
-30.43% - 1600 Penn (vs. 12/17/12)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+21.15% - The Big Bang Theory
+16.67% - Scandal (vs. Private Practice)
+10.00% - Rock Center With Brian Williams (vs. The Firm)
+3.12% - Person of Interest
+2.44% - Two and a Half Men (vs. Rob)
-11.11% - Elementary (vs. The Mentalist)
-18.42% - Grey's Anatomy
-20.00% - 1600 Penn (vs. Up All Night)
-22.22% - 30 Rock
-24.14% - The Office
-40.00% - The 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards (vs. The Vampire Diaries/The Secret Circle)
-45.45% - Last Resort (vs. Winter Wipeout)
-50.00% - Mobbed (vs. Bones)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

* 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.


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (1/12/12):

CBS (14.28 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) snagged the top spot on Thursday with a new "The Big Bang Theory" (15.93 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1), the premiere of "Rob" (13.48 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.1, #2) and fresh installments of "Person of Interest" (14.73 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #4) and "The Mentalist" (13.40 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.7, #6).

Second place then went to ABC (8.14 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) with new episodes of "Winter Wipeout" (7.13 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.2, #9), "Grey's Anatomy" (10.59 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.8, #3) and "Private Practice" (6.70 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T7).

Next up was FOX (7.04 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) with the winter finale of "Bones" (8.63 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T7) and the debut of "The Finder" (5.45 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.55 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) offered up its new lineup of "30 Rock" (4.57 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.8, #12), "Parks & Recreation" (4.10 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.9, #11), "The Office" (5.87 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.9, #5), "Up All Night" (4.28 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 2.0, #10) and "The Firm" (4.24 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #15).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (2.81 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.2, #14) and "The Secret Circle" (2.06 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #16) on The CW (2.43 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" posted a 1.6 rating while "Circle" delivered a 1.2 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+14.29% - Person of Interest (vs. 12/15/11)
+11.76% - Parks & Recreation (vs. 12/8/11)
+11.11% - Up All Night (vs. 12/7/11)
+10.64% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. 12/8/11)
0.00% - The Office (vs. 12/8/11)
0.00% - The Mentalist (vs. 12/15/11)
0.00% - The Secret Circle
-11.11% - Bones (vs. 12/8/11)
-14.29% - Private Practice
-14.29% - The Vampire Diaries
-15.56% - Grey's Anatomy
-21.43% - Winter Wipeout
-28.57% - The Firm (vs. 1/8/12)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
100.00% - The Vampire Diaries (vs. The Vampire Diaries (Repeat))
93.33% - The Office (vs. The Office (Repeat))
73.33% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. The Big Bang Theory (Repeat))
63.64% - 30 Rock (vs. Community (Repeat))
60.00% - The Secret Circle (vs. Nikita (Repeat))
58.33% - Parks & Recreation (vs. Community (Repeat))
52.38% - Person of Interest (vs. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Repeat))
42.11% - The Mentalist (vs. The Mentalist (Repeat))
41.38% - Rob (vs. Bleep My Dad Says)
41.18% - Bones (vs. Million Dollar Money Drop)
30.77% - The Finder (vs. Bones (Repeat))
20.00% - Private Practice (vs. Off the Map (Repeat))
17.65% - Up All Night (vs. The Office (Repeat))
-13.64% - Grey's Anatomy
-16.67% - The Firm (vs. 30 Rock (Repeat))
-38.89% - Winter Wipeout

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.9/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.8/3; "Nightline," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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