The Season Finale of 'The Big Bang Theory' is Thursday's #1 Program in Adults 18-49

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May 11th, 2012

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CBS Places First on Thursday in Viewers


The season finale of THE BIG BANG THEORY was Thursday's #1 program in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings for May 10.


THE BIG BANG THEORY was first in viewers (13.30m), adults 25-54 (5.5/17), adults 18-49 (4.2/15) and adults 18-34 (2.8/11).  Compared to last year's season finale (on May 19, 2011), THE BIG BANG THEORY was up +20% in adults 25-54 (from 4.6/16), +17% in adults 18-49 (from 3.6/12), even in adults 18-34 and added +2.00m viewers (from 11.30m, +18%).  THE BIG BANG THEORY was the night's #1 program in adults 25-54 and adults 18-49.


RULES OF ENGAGEMENT was second in households (5.4/09), viewers (8.85m), adults 25-54 (3.7/10) and adults 18-49 (2.7/09).


PERSON OF INTEREST was first in households (7.9/13) and viewers (12.69m) and second in adults 25-54 (3.7/09) and adults 18-49 (2.6/07).  Compared to last week, PERSON OF INTEREST was up +4% in adults 18-49 (from 2.5/07).


THE MENTALIST was first in households (7.9/13), viewers (12.42m), adults 25-54 (3.3/08) and adults 18-49 (2.4/07).


For the night, CBS was first in households (7.5/12) and viewers (12.06m) and second in adults 25-54 (3.9/10, -0.1 behind FOX) and adults 18-49 (2.8/08, -0.1 behind FOX).  In the common 8:00-10:00 PM hours, CBS beat FOX in both adults 25-54 (4.1/11 vs. 4.0/11) and adults 18-49 (3.0/09 vs. 2.9/09).

  • JC

    As someone who is a huge fan of the show, I found it to be kind of “meh” for a season finale. Wasnt a bad ep, just more suited for middle of the season and not the last ep of one.

  • Mili

    I like the season finale. Specially when Sheldon is who holds Amy’s hand. I was pretty funny. CANT WAIT FOR NEXT SEASON

  • David Howell

    The 25-54 and 18-34 numbers were interesting – I always thought TBBT skewed younger than that for some reason.

    PoI still has the potential to be a syndication beast. It’s already done enough to throw Fox into total disarray with the damage it’s done to Touch. With ABC having shown their hand for Fridays by giving Shark Tank a full 22, is there a case for CBS to try TGIF? They clearly want to stay scripted on Friday nights, using Undercover Boss only if they have to, and they’ve tested to destruction the idea of launching a new drama out of the Friday 8pm slot. So why not put two sitcoms there? Rules at 8, a new sitcom at 8:30, and you’ve opened up a comedy block without disrupting the PoI/Mentalist pair.

  • ron

    this season finale was so diferent and i loved it, sheldon holding hands, the wedding special, everything great finale for TBBT crew

  • jazz

    I think we all agree TBBT is unstopable right now thats great considering by end of s5 most shows take a severe dip its not going anywhere anytime soon!

  • Paul

    Fitting tribute for a very funny season finale! This show makes me laugh like no other, as opposed to the overly praised Modern Family. I’ve given that show numerous viewings and I maybe have gotten a chuckle or two here and there, but nothing like the laughs I get from TBBT!

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