CBS laffers, ABC’s ‘Scandal’ pop Thursday

Auds ignore Jones' plea to shun 'Two and a Half Men'

CBS captured the final Thursday of November in all key categories behind the night’s top shows — “The Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men” — while ABC’s “Scandal” had a good night and continues to quietly have a solid second season.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “The Big Bang Theory” dominated its timeslot and was the night’s top show in both adults 18-49 (5.4/16) and total viewers (17.1 million) with the shows’ second best scores of the season. And viewers didn’t seem to take the advice of Angus T. Jones to stop watching his show, “Two and a Half Men,” which matched its season high (4.1/11 in 18-49, 13.8 million viewers overall). They were followed by “Person of Interest” (2.9/7 in 18-49, 14.3 million viewers overall), which led its hour in adults 25-54 (4.2/10) and total viewers, and “Elementary” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 10.4 million viewers overall), which matched its lowest demo score to date but still was the hour’s broadcaster leader in most categories.

ABC’s “Scandal” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall) moved up to tie “Elementary” in 18-49 for the first time, with the former hitting a season high in the demo as well as women 18-34 (2.6/8). The performance of “Scandal” is even more impressive considering that its lead-in, “Grey’s Anatomy,” hit a season low (3.0/7 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall), though still narrowly led its hour in 18-49. Even if “Grey’s” edges up and “Scandal” ticks down in the nationals (as typically happens), this would represent “Scandal’s” best retention yet of the 9 o’clock vet.

Not so hot for ABC was 8 p.m. rookie drama “Last Resort” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall), which dropped 17% from its most recent episode for a series low.

At NBC, “30 Rock” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall) was up slightly over its recent outings, while “Up All Night” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall), “The Office” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) and “Parks and Recreation” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall) were all down. Also on the low side was 10 p.m. newsmag “Rock Center” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall).

Fox’s “The X Factor” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall) had its second best score in the last five weeks, and “Glee” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall) was also up a bit from its recent demo levels and drew its largest overall audience in eight weeks.

CW’s numbers are subject to change due to football preemptions, but in the prelims both “The Vampire Diaries” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) and “Beauty and the Beast” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall) were up vs. their most recent originals. “Vampire” finished ahead of both ABC and NBC in several categories.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 3.3/9; Fox, 2.5/7; ABC, 2.1/6; Univision, 1.8/5; NBC, 1.2/3; CW, 1.1/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 13.4 million; Fox, 7.0 million; ABC, 6.9 million; Univision, 4.0 million; NBC, 3.4 million; CW, 2.7 million.

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