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CBS TV Ratings for Thursday, March 8, 2012

CBS TV ratingsFreshman TV series Person of Interest is one of those rare shows that’s recovered from a ratings slide.

The CBS show debuted with a 3.1 rating in the all-important 18-49 demographic and 13.33 million total viewers. The numbers started to slide immediately after the premiere and dropped to a 2.6 rating by week three. Person of Interest’s demo stayed around that level for the rest of 2011, putting it on the bubble for possible renewal or cancellation.

In 2012 however, the numbers rebounded and have often exceeded the series premiere ratings. If you watch television ratings, you know that doesn’t happen very often at all. According to the fast affiliate numbers for last night’s episode, Person of Interest hit a new series high with a 3.4 rating in the coveted demo and 15.78 million total viewers.

CBS has issued a press release touting the show’s performance, as well as the ratings for their other Thursday night shows.

To see the week-to-week ratings trends, averages, rankings, and more, check out our ratings pages for these shows: The Big Bang Theory, ¡ROB! (absent this week), Person of Interest and The Mentalist.

“PERSON OF INTEREST” HITS SERIES HIGHS IN VIEWERS, ADULTS 18-49 AND ADULTS 25-54

“The Big Bang Theory” is Thursday’s #1 Program in Adults 18-49

CBS First on Thursday in Viewers, Adults 18-49 (Tie) and Adults 25-54

PERSON OF INTEREST, the season’s #1 new drama/series, hit series highs in viewers and key demographics and THE BIG BANG THEORY was the night’s #1 program in adults 18-49, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings for Thursday, March 8.

NOTE: Due to college basketball conference tournaments, CBS ratings are tentative and subject to change.

THE BIG BANG THEORY was first in adults 25-54 (6.4/17), adults 18-49 (5.1/15), adults 18-34 (3.6/13) and second in both households (9.3/15) and viewers (15.22m). If the ratings hold, THE BIG BANG THEORY was the night’s #1 program in adults 25-54, adults 18-49 and adults 18-34.

THE BIG BANG THEORY 8:30 PM SPECIAL (R) (S) was second in households (7.8/12), viewers (12.87m), adults 25-54 (5.1/11), adults 18-49 (4.0/11) and adults 18-34 (2.7/09).

At 9:00 PM, PERSON OF INTEREST was first in households (9.7/15), viewers (15.78m), adults 25-54 (4.9/11) and adults 18-49 (3.4/09). If the ratings hold, PERSON OF INTEREST posted series-high deliveries in households, viewers, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49.

At 10:00 PM, THE MENTALIST was first in households (8.7/15), viewers (13.79m), adults 25-54 (4.0/10) and adults 18-49 (2.8/08). THE MENTALIST was up +5% in households (from 8.3/14), +8% in both adults 25-54 (from 3.7/09) and adults 18-49 (from 2.6/07) and added +430,000 viewers (from 13.36m, +3%) from the last first-run episode on Feb. 23, 2012.

For the night, CBS was first in households (9.0/14), viewers (14.54m), adults 25-54 (4.9/12) and tied for first in adults 18-49 (3.6/10, with FOX).

Updated ratings will be available this afternoon.

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Vera March 10, 2012 at 8:32 am

Please do not cancel “A Gifted Man”. It is so well written and I absolutely LOVE Patrick Wilson!!!!! Give it at least one more year, it really grows on you episode by episode!

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dave barnello March 10, 2012 at 8:03 am

March 8 th show was terrific until syracuse,ny cbs station never showed the last six or seven minutes.when it came back on it showed about 5 commercials then went directly to
the mentalist.please show the whole program on the internet so we know what happened.

A big fan

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Mom-a-lot March 9, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Love PoI!! Find it humorous, high tech with old school charm.

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Deana March 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Person of Interest is THE best show on television right now…both of the leads are excellent, and last night’s episode was especially squeee-worthy! I can’t wait for more!

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sqeuee March 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I personally found Person of interest slow and uninteresting, but then I’m not a fan of either of the leads or procedural type shows. But I can see how people would like it, its fits perfectly in the “CBS procedural” lineup, the fans of that genre go for it. Different enough from all the NCSI shows, but still very familiar and comforting.

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