Big Bang Theory tops American Idol in key ratings Posted January 20, 2012

Big Bang Theory tops American Idol in key ratings

The Big Bang Theory finished ahead of Fox behemoth American Idol in the key 18-49 ratings demographic last night. Idol, now in its eleventh season, dominated the night's ratings, despite a year to year decline of around 25% in its ratings.

The 100th episode of The Big Bang Theory was watched by 15.83 million people, down only marginally from last week's audience of 16.13 million viewers. The Big Bang Theory finished second, behind Idol, in total viewers and households.

In the important 18-49 demographic, Big Bang beat American Idol in the same half-hour period with a 5.3/15 rating to Idol's 5.2/15. Idol's 18-49 rating rose to 5.7/15 for the 8 o'clock hour as a whole. Both Big Bang and Idol were adjusted up a tenth of a rating point in the final ratings. The Big Bang Theory matched its 18-49 rating from last week, seemingly unhurt by the return of the popular reality show. The Big Bang Theory was the night's most-watched and highest-rated scripted program. American Idol was the top show of the night overall.

More about the episode

'The Recombination Hypothesis' - Season 5, Episode 13
Airs January 19, 2012 at 8/7c on CBS.

Leonard and Penny might start things up again when Leonard offers Penny a spur of the moment invitation to dinner, on the 100th episode of The Big Bang Theory.

Comments (18)

John United States, 10:41 Jan 27 2012.
I can't imagine a 15 foot high Leonard on the big screen. The forehead alone would be blinding. Let's concentrate on BBT's declining quality. It needs to go back to fewer players and better writing, which made it the show we love.
Grandma D United States, 18:28 Jan 26 2012.
I think Amy -Sheldon's girlfriend should get a makeover. Wow Sheldon a little bit.
Anton Sweden, 16:41 Jan 26 2012.
This show is so amazingly good keep the good work up :D
Stitch United Kingdom, 14:29 Jan 26 2012.
Love the show, wouldn't pull any of the characters. A movie would be ace. Keep up the good work all involved
Denise A United States, 21:27 Jan 23 2012.
ALL the characters are brilliantly played.
sam United States, 19:28 Jan 23 2012.
This is the only show I watch. I'm not a t.v. watcher, but this show has me hooked. LOVE IT!!!!
peachly United Kingdom, 20:55 Jan 22 2012.
i think radge is a sik menmber funyy/class actor i also like sheldon because he like to think hes the smartest but realy hes a di*k lennards 10/10 for pullin penny well in son
tup United States, 19:59 Jan 22 2012.
less amy? are you crazy she is so funny1
Adi88 Romania, 03:34 Jan 22 2012.
Well done Big Bang!!!
phil United Kingdom, 05:03 Jan 21 2012.
love the show it rocks love it when they crack up over the gags

Leave a comment

Information The comment service will be retired on March 31, 2017.

  • This small check can help us identify automated spam.

Possibly Related Stories

Title Date Posted
Weekly Ratings Roundup (Week 34) May 19, 2014

For a round-up of how The Big Bang Theory has performed in various ratings over the last week, head over to our forums to read the weekly update from Rick K. Read the full story

Fifth Season Finale Ratings May 11, 2012

The fifth season finale of The Big Bang Theory ranked first in its time period and was the night's #1 program in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. Read the full story

Episode 5.23 Ratings May 4, 2012

The May 3, 2012 episode of The Big Bang Theory, the penultimate episode of the current season, finished first in the ratings for its time slot and was the night's number #1 program in the key demographics. Read the full story

Episode 5.22 Ratings April 27, 2012

The April 26, 2012 episode of The Big Bang Theory topped American Idol in key adults 18-49 demographic, despite falling to a season low in the ratings. Read the full story

Episode 5.21 Ratings April 6, 2012

The April 5, 2012 episode of The Big Bang Theory, featuring guest star Stephen Hawking, beat American Idol and was the night's top program in the key adults 18-49 demographic despite falling to season lows. Read the full story