November 30, 2012 9:25am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Two and a Half Men' Steady Amid Controversy
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.