CBS' Big Bang Theory


Update: Data table now added below, sorry for the delay…

Dating in the Dark just isn’t the same without  The Bachelorette as a lead-in  and delivered its lowest performance to date with adults 18-49 (1.6/5 rating/share) off about one-third from its prior average of 2.4/7 and trailed both Dateline NBC (1.9/6) and CSI: Miami (2.0/6) at 10pm.  As a result, ABC fell to fifth place for the night.

CBS easily won the night on the backs of its Monday night repeats of Two and a Half Men (2.8/8), The Big Bang Theory (2.6/8) and the aforementioned CSI: Miami.  There were only 3 shows with at least a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, and they were all on CBS.

FOX is really pushing a MORE, MORE,  More to Love strategy.  Last night was the third airing of last week’s episode (first on Tuesday, then on Friday and again last night).  We’ll find out if it helped when we see the numbers for tonight’s new episode tomorrow.

NBC’s Great American Road Trip continues to be not so great on the ratings front, pulling a 1.2/4 with adults 18-49 last night.

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 CBS How I Met Your Mother (R) 1.6/5 1.1/4 4.84
FOX House (R) 1.4/5 1.0/4 4.23
NBC Great American Road Trip 1.2/4 0.9/3 4.63
ABC Sugarland: Live on the Inside 1.1/4 0.8/3 4.28
CW One Tree Hill (R) 0.4/1 0.5/2 0.92
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement (R) 1.9/6 1.3/5 5.32
FOX House (R) 1.4/5 1.1/4 4.23
NBC Great American Road Trip 1.3/4 0.9/3 4.61
ABC Sugarland: Live on the Inside 1.1/3 0.7/3 4.04
CW One Tree Hill (R) 0.4/1 0.4/1 0.80
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men (R) 2.8/8 1.8/6 9.48
NBC Law & Order: CI (aired on USA Net already) 1.2/4 0.9/3 4.99
FOX More to Love (R) 1.2/3 0.9/3 2.87
ABC Dating in the Dark (R) 0.9/3 0.6/2 2.66
CW Gossip Girl (R) 0.4/1 0.4/1 0.75
9:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory (R) 2.6/8 1.7/5 8.25
NBC Law & Order: CI (aired on USA Net already) 1.4/4 1.0/3 5.83
FOX More to Love (R) 1.2/3 0.9/3 2.84
ABC Dating in the Dark (R) 1.1/3 0.9/3 2.81
CW Gossip Girl (R) 0.3/1 0.4/1 0.69
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami (R) 2.0/6 1.4/4 7.67
NBC Dateline NBC 1.7/5 1.2/4 6.24
ABC Dating in the Dark 1.6/5 1.4/5 3.70
10:30 NBC Dateline NBC 2.2/7 1.6/5 7.44
CBS CSI: Miami (R) 2.0/6 1.4/5 7.75
ABC Dating in the Dark 1.6/5 1.5/5 3.57

All numbers are Live+SD.

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