CBS' Big Bang Theory


CBS won the night with adults 18-49 as  How I Met Your Mother hit season highs with adults 18-49 and The Big Bang Theory banged out its largest audience ever.  Bang had regularly been besting Two and a Half Men with adults 18-49 recently, but last night it managed to win out in overall audience as well.

ABC had the most overall viewers and we’ll have to see how it shakes out in the finals, but it looks like the 30 minute premiere of ABC’s Find My Family makes for a slightly better lead-in for Castle than Dancing With the Stars, despite its smaller audience.

And here’s a blurb from ABC PR for the Castle fans who say we never post anything nice about Castle!

10-11pm:  Achieving season-highs, ABC’s Castle bested NBC’s Jay Leno in the 10 o’clock hour by 6.0 million viewers (10.5 million vs. 4.5 million) and by 93% in Adults 18-49 (2.7/7 vs. 1.4/4).  In fact Castle earned its highest Adult 18-49 number in nearly 7 months and matched its biggest audience in more than 8 months – since 5/4/09 and 3/16/09, respectively.  Castle greatly improved the hour year to year for ABC, over an original Boston Legal on the year-ago night, by 2.3 million viewers and by 29% in Adults18-49 (8.2 million and 2.1/6 on 11/24/08).

Heroes was up slightly from last week’s lows, but Trauma sunk to its lowest-rated telecast ever with adults 18-49 despite a surprise pickup of three additional episodes.

One week’s data point does not make a trend, but if it did, FOX might conclude fans really want Cameron on the show.  House dipped from last week’s 5.1 rating with adults 18-49 to a 4.5 rating last night, down about 12 percent week over week.  FOX still won the night with adults 18-34.

In Late-Night Local People Meters Monday night:

  • Conan O’Brien (0.9/4 in 18-49 in local people meters) trailed CBS’s LATE SHOW (1.1/4) in Nielsen’s 24 local markets with People Meters.
  • At 12:35 a.m., Jimmy Fallon (0.5/3 in 18-49 in local people meters) trailed CBS’s LATE LATE SHOW (0.6/4).

Here are last Monday’s preliminary numbers for comparison.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 FOX House 4.5/12 11.88
ABC Dancing With the Stars 3.8/10 19.77
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.7/10 8.79
NBC Heroes 2.3/6 5.17
CW One Tree Hill (Repeat) 0.6/1 1.33
8:30 CBS Accidentally on Purpose 3.2/8 7.90
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men 4.7/12 13.91
ABC Dancing With the Stars 4.6/11 21.93
FOX Lie To Me 2.7/7 7.27
NBC Trauma 1.6/4 5.32
CW Gossip Girl (Repeat)
9:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.2/13 14.22
ABC Find My Family (premiere) 2.9/7 12.90
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami 3.7/10 13.18
ABC Castle 2.7/7 10.46
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.4/4 4.54

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

All numbers are Live+SD.

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