CBS opened the new year with a strong line-up of original episodes. Its most popular show is undoubtedly The Big Bang Theory, which broke previous viewing records, hitting 19 million viewers last Thursday, a 9 percent climb from its last episode 3 weeks ago. “Person of Interest” and “Two and Half Men” also hit new highs, garnering 16 and 11 million viewers, respectively, “Elementary”, while fourth on the list, still managed to top its previous record of viewers by 9 percent, attracting no less than 11 million viewers.
On average, CBS scored 14.9 million viewers for the entire night, and a 3.7 adults rating. As far as ratings go, the latest numbers show that The Big Bang Theory, airing at 8 PM, is most popular with the 18-49 demographic, where it reached an impressive 6.0 rating. The Big Bang Theory originally focused on the lives of four socially awkward nerds and their female neighbor, first airing in September 2007 and winning several awards for best comedy since then. In 2009, The Big Bang theory was already CBS’s highest ranking show with the 18-49 demographic, attracting 12 million viewers.
Criticism of the show involves what has been described by some as a negative portrayal of nerds, but this has not stopped some journalists to compare the CBS hit to Friends, a popular NBC sitcom that aired for ten seasons, between 1994 and 2004. Friends also brought in large numbers of viewers, especially during its final seasons.
Fox pulled a 1.2 adults rating on Thursday with the series Mobbed, up 0.2 points from Wednesday’s episode. Fox averaged 2.5 million viewers and a 1.1 adults rating. The CW Television Network pulled a 0.4 adults rating and almost a million viewers with reruns of the teen fantasy drama The Vampire Diaries and the Beauty and the Beast.
ABC scored a 0.8 adults rating and 3.3 million viewers with Scandal and Nashville reruns, while NBC averaged 2.5 million viewers and a 0.8 adults rating.
Category: Television Programming