/// CBS ‘Bangs’ Up Thursday Nights, NBC’s Slide Continues
CBS’ Thursday night comedy juggernaut The Big Bang Theory topped the 6.0 mark for the third time this season, running roughshod over its 8 p.m. competition. Per Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, The Big Bang Theory drew 19 million viewers and a 6.2 in the 18-49 demo, up 15 percent from last week’s 5.4 rating. Season-to-date, only two other programs have reached the 6.0 threshold—NBC’s Sunday Night Football and Fox’s American Idol . TBBT also rang up sixes in January, averaging a 6.1 in the demo on the third and a 6.4 the following week. American Idol notched a 6.0 with its Jan. 16 season premiere, but the two-hour Wednesday night show has since dropped to a 4.6 in the dollar demo. Such a ratings monster is Sunday Night Football that its lowest delivery was a 6.7. Its biggest number of the season arrived on Sept. 9, as Peyton Manning made his debut in Denver Broncos motley against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers. Denver’s 31-18 romp scared up 27.6 million viewers and an 11.0 in the demo. (The 18-game SNF schedule averaged 21.4 million viewers and an 8.2 rating, down slightly from 21.5 million and an 8.4 a year ago.) Also putting up big numbers on Thursday night was TBBT lead-out, Two and a Half Men .
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CBS ‘Bangs’ Up Thursday Nights, NBC’s Slide Continues