December 14, 2012 9:25am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: CBS Tops Thursday With Rising 'Big Bang,' 'Scandal' Continues to Grow
CBS scored another win on Thursday night, pulling far ahead of the rest of the broadcast networks in adults 18-49 (3.4 rating) and total viewers (13.3 million). The Cincinnati affiliate did carry last night's NFL game, so final numbers are subject to change. The Big Bang Theory (5.4 adults) was up four percent to pull the strongest numbers of any broadcast during the night. Two and a Half Men (4.2 adults) was also up by five percent. Person of Interest (3.0 adults) was up just a tenth of a point before Elementary (2.3 adults) posted gains of 10 percent.
Football also preempted ABC in Philadelphia, but early returns give it a second place finish in adults 18-49 (2.3 rating) and total viewers (7.4 million). Last Resort (1.2 adults) started the night even before Grey's Anatomy (3.1 adults) grew at 9 p.m. Scandal, rising to series highs for yet another week, was up eight percent to a dominant 2.7 adults rating at 10 p.m.
The X Factor was off just a tenth of a point from last week's Thursday show for a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49. Glee was down nine percent to a 2.0 adults rating. The network averaged a 2.2 in the demo and 6.5 million viewers.
NBC had a special broadcast of Up All Night (0.9 adults) at 8 p.m. before its regularly scheduled outing (1.1 adults) -- the latter down eight percent from the previous week. Howie Mandel's Take It All (1.2 adults) did rise from Wednesday's telecast, though just by a tenth of a point. Rock Center With Brian Williams (0.9 adults) was down a tenth of a point, giving NBC a 1.0 adults rating for the night and 3.4 million viewers.
The Vampire Diaries (1.2 adults) and Beauty and the Beast (0.6 adults) were both even on the CW, giving it a 0.9 adults rating for the night and 2.2 million viewers.
Univision pulled a 1.8 with adults 18-49.