CBS Coasts to Ratings Win as ‘Big Bang Theory’ Soars

November 16, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Paced by a big number for “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS cruised to an easy ratings win Thursday night, based on Nielsen overnights.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that “Big Bang” was the top show of the night with a 5.5 average rating in the key 18-49 demo. It was a season high for “Bang,” and an 8% jump from last week.

“Two and a Half Men” also performed well for CBS, delivering a 4.1 average rating in 18-49, up 2% from a week earlier. “Person of Interest” came through with a 3.1, up 7%, and “Elementary” ticked up 5% to a 2.3.

CBS averaged a 3.4 for prime time in viewers 18-49, well ahead of Fox (2.2 average), ABC (2.2), Univision (1.9) and NBC (1.4). CBS was even further ahead in total viewers, averaging 13.6 million to 6.9 million for ABC, 6.3 million for Fox, 4.6 million for Univision and 3.7 million for NBC.

Fox had mixed results, with “The X Factor” rising 4% to a 2.4 in adults 18-49 while “Glee” dipped 13% to a 2.4.

ABC’s “Last Resort” tied its season low with a 1.3 in the 18-49 demo, down 7% from last week, while “Grey’s Anatomy” slipped 6% to a 3.1 and “Scandal” improved 11% to a 2.1.

NBC’s best number in viewers 18-49 was a 2.0 for “The Office,” which equaled the series’ all-time low. “Parks and Recreation” held steady with a 1.7, “30 Rock” remained at a 1.2, “Up All Night” dipped 7% to a 1.3 and “Rock Center” ticked up 10% to a 1.1.

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