TV Ratings: 'Two and a Half Men' Steady Amid Controversy
The week's trend of growth slows for many on Thursday night, though "Scandal," "Glee" and "30 Rock" are among those locking down noteworthy boosts.
CBS locked up a Thursday win with adults 18-49 (3.3 rating) and total viewers (13.4 million), despite modest dips for most of its series. The Big Bang Theory (5.4 adults rating) was down 5 percent from two weeks ago, while Two and a Half Men (4.1 adults) was steady with its recent broadcast after the show spent a week in the headlines. Person of Interest (2.9 adults) was down 6 percent, and Elementary (2.2 adults) dropped 4 percent.
Although X Factor was down a tenth of a point from last week's Thanksgiving episode to a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49, Glee surged from its previous outing. The series was up 47 percent to a 2.2 rating in the demo. Fox averaged a 2.5 rating with 18-49-ers and 7 million viewers.
Last Resort, which was canceled two weeks ago, was down 17 percent to a 1.0 rating with 18-49-ers on ABC, before Grey's Anatomy took a smaller dip of 6 percent to a 3.0 rating in the demo. Scandal, however, was up 10 percent to a season high of a 2.2 adults rating. The network averaged a 2.1 rating in the demo and 6.9 million viewers.
30 Rock (1.3 adults rating) was the only NBC series to rise Thursday night, up 8 percent to its best showing since the season premiere. Up All Night (1.2 adults) was down 8 percent, while The Office (1.9 adults) dropped 10 percent to a series low. Parks and Recreation, also at a low, was down 18 percent to a 1.4 in the demo. Rock Center With Brian Williams hit a 0.9 rating, a 18 percent drop. NBC averaged a 1.2 adults rating and 3.4 million viewers.
Neck-and-neck with NBC in the demo, CW averaged a 1.1 adults rating and 2.7 million viewers -- though final numbers could change after NFL pre-emptions are taken into consideration. The Vampire Diaries (1.5 adults rating) was up 15 percent, and Beauty and the Beast was up 33 percent to a 0.8 adults rating.
Univision had a 1.7 rating with adults 18-49.