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NOTE: CBS and ABC numbers may be inflated due to local pre-emptions and likely to be adjusted in the final numbers
Metered Market Thursday Ratings
Clean Sweep for CBS; Take It All Not a Keeper on NBC
ABC 5.1/ 8
Fox 4.6/ 7
NBC 2.6/ 4
CW 1.6/ 3
-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening (Thursday 12/15/11):
CW: +129, NBC: +30, ABC and CBS: +13 each, Fox: -16
The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Two and a Half Men (CBS), Person of Interest (CBS)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Elementary (CBS), Scandal (ABC)
-Losers (excluding repeats):
Up All Night (NBC), Last Resort (ABC), Take It All (NBC), Beauty and the Beast (CW), Rock Center With Brian Williams (NBC)
It was another clean Thursday overnight sweep for CBS care of red-hot The Big Bang Theory (11.1 rating/18 share - #1 for the evening), creatively tired Two and a Half Men (9.0/14), sophomore Person of Interest (9.3/15) and recent entry Elementary (7.2/12), which finished 13 percent below year-ago 10 p.m. occupant The Mentalist (8.3/14 on 12/15/11). Comparably, retention for Elementary out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of Person of Interest (9.1/14) was a respectable 79 percent.
Over at ABC, the positive news of note was retention for Scandal at 10 p.m. (#2: 5.5/ 9) out of veteran Grey’s Anatomy (#2: 6.3/10 at 9 p.m.) of an above-average 87 percent. Both dramas, of course, are from Shonda Rhimes, and the increased compatibility of the two is enough to keep Scandal on the air past this season.
Earlier in the evening on ABC was canceled drama Last Resort at a third-place 3.6/ 6 in the overnights at 8 p.m.
In episode four news, NBC game show Take It All is not a keeper with a distant fourth-place 2.5/ 4 at 9 p.m. Mirroring one day earlier (2.4/ 4 on Dec. 12, which translated into 3.40 million viewers and a 1.1/ 3 among adults 18-49, according to the Live Plus Dame Day data), Take It All resonated earlier in the week only because it aired out of The Voice. Four-day overnight track for Take It All: 4.3/ 7 – 4.7/ 8 – 2.4/ 4 – 2.5/ 4.
Take It All led into newsmagazine Rock Center with Brian Williams, which finished third at 10 p.m. with a 2.8/ 5. As a reminder, Rock Center With Brian Williams moves to Friday at 10 p.m. (out of two-hours of Dateline while drama Grimm is taking a temporary breather) in January.
Earlier in the evening on NBC were two episodes of sophomore comedy Up All Night (8 p.m. #4: 2.4/ 4; 8:30 p.m. #4, 2.3/ 4), which is heading on hiatus where it will switch from single camera to a multi-camera format.
Elsewhere, The X Factor on Fox, which concludes for the season next Thursday, finished second in the 8 p.m. hour with a 5.4/ 9. Comparably, that was 24 percent below the 7.1/12 on the year-ago evening. Relocated lead-out Glee, which always benefits significantly via DVR usage, finished third in the 9 p.m. hour with a 3.7/ 6.
The CW capped off this second Thursday in December with demo friendly The Vampire Diaries (#5: 2.1/ 3) and recent entry Beauty and the Beast, which dipped to a 1.2/ 2 from 9-10 p.m.
Source: Nielsen Media Research