Booming ‘Bang’ rises to a series high
Hot sitcom averages 17.4 million total viewers
November 16, 2012
“The Big Bang Theory” is the hottest scripted show on TV.
For the second straight week, and third time this season, “Bang” hit a series high among total viewers, and it also notched a season best among adults 18-49.
“Bang” drew 17.4 million total viewers at 8 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, up from a previous series best of 16.7 million last week.
The show also averaged a 5.5 in 18-49s, the week’s highest-rated program so far and up from a 5.1 last week.
“Bang” led the night among total viewers and 18-49s, and it also paced CBS to an easy win on the final Thursday of the November sweeps.
With the strong “Bang” lead-in, “Two and a Half Men” (4.1) and “Person of Interest” (3.1) also reached season highs in the demo.
Another network, Univision, also posted a season high for the night with the live broadcast of the Latin Grammys. It averaged a 1.9 from 8 to 11 p.m., peaking with a 2.1 at 9 p.m.
Meanwhile, elsewhere last night, ABC’s new drama “Last Resort” slid to 1.3, tying a series low, at 8 p.m. But the network’s 10 p.m. drama “Scandal” hit a season high with a 2.1.
Fox’s “Glee” also dipped to a season-low 2.1 at 9 p.m.
And NBC’s 9 p.m. “The Office” was, not surprisingly, down 17 percent from last week when it had a special lead-in from “The Voice.” It averaged a 2.0, ranking as the network’s top show of the night.
CBS finished first in primetime with a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating and 10 share. Fox and ABC tied for second with a 2.2/6 apiece, Univision was fourth with a 1.9/5, NBC was fifth with a 1.4/4, the CW was sixth with a 0.9/3, and Telemundo was seventh with a 0.5/1.
CBS led at 8 p.m. with a 4.8 for “Bang” (5.5) and “Men” (4.0). Fox’s “The X Factor” was second with a 2.4 and Univision was third with a 1.9 for the first hour of the Latin Grammys. NBC’s “30 Rock” (1.2) and “Up All Night” (1.3) and ABC’s “Resort” tied for fourth with a 1.3. The CW was sixth with a 1.2 for “The Vampire Diaries” and Telemundo was seventh with a 0.5 for “Rosa Diamonte.”
CBS’s “Person of Interest” tied ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” for first at 9 p.m. with a 3.1 apiece, the first time “Person” has matched its ABC rival in the hour. Fox’s “Glee” and Univision’s Latin Grammys tied for third with a 2.1 apiece. NBC’s “Office” (2.0) and “Parks and Recreation” (1.7) were fifth with a 1.9, the CW’s “Beauty and the Beast” was sixth with a 0.6, and Telemundo’s “Corazon Valiente” was seventh with a 0.5.
At 10 p.m. CBS led again with a 2.3 for “Elementary,” followed by ABC’s “Scandal” in second with a 2.1. Univision’s final hour of the Latin Grammys was third with a 1.7, NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams” was fourth with a 1.1, and the first hour of a soccer match on Telemundo was fifth with a 0.5.
CBS also led the night in households with an 8.5 rating and 14 share. ABC was second with a 4.6/7, Fox third with a 3.9/6, NBC and Univision tied for fourth with a 2.4/4, the CW sixth with a 1.4/2, and Telemundo seventh with a 0.7/1.
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