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11.09.2012

"THE BIG BANG THEORY" MATCHES ITS LARGEST AUDIENCE EVER

"Big Bang Theory" is Thursday's #1 Show in Viewers and Adults 18-49

"Two and a Half Men" Hits Season High in Viewers and Matches Season-High

Adults 18-49 Rating

"Person of Interest" Also Posts Largest Audience of the Season, Winning Time Period in Viewers

"Elementary" Sweeps Time Period in Viewers and Key Demos

CBS Thursday Soars Over Same Night a Year Ago with Gains of +24% in Viewers, +14% in Adults 18-49 and +21% in Adults 25-54

            THE BIG BANG THEORY matched its largest audience ever and equaled its season high adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings for Thursday, Nov. 8.  

            TWO AND A HALF MEN delivered its largest audience of the season while matching its season-high adults 18-49 rating and PERSON OF INTEREST notched its largest audience of the season.

THE BIG BANG THEORY swept its time period, finishing first in households (10.4/16), viewers (16.54m), adults 25-54 (6.8/17), adults 18-49 (5.0/15) and adults 18-34 (3.5/15).  If the ratings hold, THE BIG BANG THEORY was the night's #1 program in households, viewers, adults 25-54, adults 18-49 and adults 18-34.   THE BIG BANG THEORY posted series-high household ratings, matched series-high viewer delivery, posted its best delivery in adults 25-54 since Feb. 9, 2012, and matched its season-high adult 18-49 performance. 

TWO AND A HALF MEN was first in households (8.8/13), viewers (14.09m), adults 25-54 (5.6/13) and adults 18-49 (4.0/11).  TWO AND A HALF MEN posted its best viewers delivery since Dec. 12, 2011, its best adults 25-54 rating since Feb. 20, 2012 and matched its season-high adults 18-49 rating. 

PERSON OF INTEREST was first in households (9.3/14), viewers (14.73m) and adults 25-54 (4.3/10), and was second in adults 18-49 (2.9/07).  PERSON OF INTEREST posted its best deliveries in households and viewers since March 8, 2012, matched its season-best adults 25-54 performance and matched its second-best adult 18-49 performance this season.

ELEMENTARY was first at 10:00 PM in households (7.0/12), viewers (10.73m), adults 25-54 (3.2/08) and adults 18-49 (2.2/06).  Compared to the last first-run, non-breakout episode (on Oct. 25), ELEMENTARY was up +3% in households (from 6.8/11), +7% in adults 25-54 (from 3.0/07), even in adults 18-49 and added +420,000 viewers (from 10.31m, +4%).   

For the night, CBS was first in households (8.6/14), viewers (13.59m), adults 25-54 (4.6/10) and adults 18-49 (3.2/09).  Compared to the same night last year, CBS was up +24% in viewers, +14% in adults 18-49 and +21% in adults 25-54.

            Updated Thursday ratings will be available later today.

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Press Contacts:             Ed Harrison            818-655-1584       ed.harrison@cbs.com

                                     David Pepose         212-975-1929      david.pepose@cbs.com

Press:

Ed Harrison
818-655-1584
ed.harrison@cbs.com

David Pepose
212-975-1929
david.pepose@cbs.com