ratings jan 3 2013 big bang theory TV ratings: CBS back from reruns earns huge win ThursdayFast National ratings for Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013

Some primetime shows are already back from reruns and the ratings definitely reflect the new programming, handing CBS a huge win. “The Big Bang Theory” posted its highest ratings ever with nearly 19 million viewers and a 6.0 rating in the 18-49 demo, which matches an all-time high. “Two and a Half Men” posted a season high, while “Person of Interest” had a series high and “Elementary” had its largest audience since the premiere.

Granted, all other networks were more or less in reruns, save two episodes of “Mobbed” on FOX, but still — big night for CBS.

The Eye averaged 14.9 million viewers and a 9.0 rating/14 share in households for the win, which beats all other networks combined. ABC was second with 3.25 million, 2.3/4, followed by FOX at 2.9 million, 1.8/3, NBC at 2.5 million 1.7/3 and the CW at 996,000 and 0.7/1

In the adults 18-49 demographic, CBS also won handily with a 3.7. FOX was the only network above 1.0 with a 1.1. ABC and NBC were tied for third at 0.8 and the CW trailed at 0.4.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: “Big Bang Theory” (18.98 million, 7.4/12)/”Two and a Half Men” (15.4 million, 9.2/14)
ABC: “Nashville” rerun (3.2 million, 2.2/3)
FOX: “Mobbed” (2.7 million, 1.7/3)
NBC: “30 Rock” rerun (2.5 million, 1.7/3)/”Up All Night” rerun (1.96 million, 1.3/2)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” rerun (1.1 million, 0.8/1)

18-49 leader: “The Big Bang Theory” (6.0)

9 p.m.

CBS: “Person of Interest” (16.1 million, 9.7/15)
FOX: “Mobbed” (3.1 million, 1.8/3)
ABC: “Scandal” rerun (2.9 million, 2.1/3)
NBC: “The Office” rerun (2.2 million, 1.4/2)/”Parks and Recreation” rerun (1.7 million, 1.2/2)
The CW: “Beauty and the Beast” rerun (868,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: “Person of Interest” (3.4)

10 p.m.

CBS: “Elementary” (11.4 million, 7.1/12)
ABC: “Scandal” rerun (3.7 million, 2.6/4)
NBC: “Rock Center with Brian Williams” rerun (3.4 million, 2.4/4)

18-49 leader: “Elementary” (2.5)

information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are
preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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