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Big Bang Theory – Another ratings record!

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Big Bang Theory, 613 "The Bakersfield Expedition" - Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) ©2012 Warner Bros. Television, photo by Monty Brinton
Big Bang Theory, 613 -  Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons
Big Bang Theory, 613 “The Bakersfield Expedition” – Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) ©2012 Warner Bros. Television, photo by Monty Brinton

The Big Bang Theory set another record for the show with the highest ratings to date.

The episode involved Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Raj (Kunal Nayyar), Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) dressing up in Star Trek: The Next Generation costumes to go to a comic book convention.

The episode understandably got a fair amount of coverage before hand which obviously helped propel the ratings upwards.

CBS where so pleased they released two press releases. The first commented on the initial figures which gave it 19.78 million viewers and then the rating agency, Nielsen, updated the ratings to 20 million. You can read them below.

CBS’s main rating press release

“THE BIG BANG THEORY” HITS NEW SERIES HIGHS IN VIEWERS AND DEMOS FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE WEEK

“The Big Bang Theory” Delivers 19.78 Million Viewers, 6.3 in Adults 18-49 and 8.1 in Adults 25-54

“Two and a Half Men” First in Viewers and Demos

“Person of Interest” Sweeps Time Period, Beating “Grey’s Anatomy” in Key Demos

“Elementary” First in Viewers and Adults 25-54

CBS Posts its Second-Best Thursday of the Season in Key Ratings Measures

THE BIG BANG THEORY hit all-time series high ratings in viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 for the second consecutive week, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings for Thursday, Jan. 10.

THE BIG BANG THEORY swept its time period, finishing first in households (11.8/19), viewers (19.78m), adults 25-54 (8.1/21), adults 18-49 (6.3/19) and adults 18-34 (4.3/15). THE BIG BANG THEORY posted series highs for the second consecutive week in households, viewers, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 while posting the best adults 18-34 performance since Feb. 8, 2010. THE BIG BANG THEORY beat the first-run competition combined in viewers (vs. 14.44m, +37%), adults 25-54 (vs. 5.2/14, +56%), adults 18-49 (vs. 4.2/13, +50%) and adults 18-34 (vs. 3.4/12, +26%).

TWO AND A HALF MEN was first in households (8.8/14), viewers (14.34m), adults 25-54 (5.6/13) and adults 18-49 (4.2/12) from 8:30-9:00 PM. TWO AND A HALF MEN posted its second-best delivery this season in both viewers and adults 18-49 and matched its second-best performances this season in adults 25-54.

PERSON OF INTEREST was first in households (9.5/15), viewers (15.56m), adults 25-54 (4.6/11) and adults 18-49 (3.3/09) at 9:00 PM. PERSON OF INTEREST posted its second-best delivery this season in these measures. PERSON OF INTEREST was Thursday’s #1 drama in households, viewers, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49.

ELEMENTARY was first in households (7.2/12) and viewers (11.33m), tied for first in adults 25-54 (3.3/08, with ABC) and was second in adults 18-49 (2.4/07).

For the night, CBS was first in households (9.0/14), viewers (14.65m), adults 25-54 (4.9/12) and adults 18-49 (3.6/10) – the second-best Thursday delivery this season for CBS. Compared to the same night last year, CBS was up 3% in adults 18-49, 2% in adults 25-54 and 1% in viewers.

Updated Thursday ratings will be available later today.

CBS’s updated rating press release

LAST NIGHT’S RECORD-SETTING “THE BIG BANG THEORY” ADJUSTED UPWARD TO 20 MILLION VIEWERS, 6.4 IN A18-49 AND 8.3 IN A25-54
This Just In…

…From CBS Entertainment

Last night’s record-setting ratings for THE BIG BANG THEORY have been adjusted even higher, according to Nielsen updated ratings for Thursday, Jan. 10.

THE BIG BANG THEORY averaged 20.00 million viewers, 6.4/19 in adults 18-49 and 8.3/21 in adults 25-54.