Episode 5.14 Ratings: Bigger than American Idol Posted January 27, 2012

Episode 5.14 Ratings: Bigger than American Idol

Last night's episode of The Big Bang Theory finished ahead of American Idol in the ratings for the same half-hour period. The Big Bang Theory was the night's highest-rated and most-watched scripted show.

"The Beta Test Initiation" was watched by 15.96 million people, up from 15.83m last week, and scored a 9.6/15 rating in households. The Big Bang Theory scored a 5.4/14 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic, up by one tenth of a ratings point from last week. The Big Bang Theory also scored a 6.8/17 among adults 25-54 and a 4.0/13 rating in the 18-34 demo.

When compared to American Idol in the common half-hour (8:00-8:30), The Big Bang Theory finished first in total viewers, adults 25-54, adults 18-49 and adults 18-34. Idol's ratings for that time-period were 15.46m viewers, 4.8/14 in the 18-49 demo, 5.9/15 among adults 25-54 and 3.4/11 in  the 18-34 demo. When measured across the hour as a whole, American Idol finishes first in total viewers with 16.99m audience and ties Big Bang in the 18-49 demo.

The Big Bang Theory matched its Thursday-highs in the adults 18-49 and adults 18-34 ratings and matched its second-best Thursday ratings among adults 25-54.

More about the episode

'The Beta Test Initiation' - Season 5, Episode 14
Airs January 26, 2012 at 8/7c on CBS.

Leonard and Penny develop a way to build a stronger relationship after they get back together. Meanwhile, Raj forms a strange relationship with his phone's virtual assistant.

Comments (31)

Judy Laaper Canada, 11:32 Feb 16 2012.
I think it would be very funny if Sheldon and Amy did have sex, and all their friends found out and bugged them about it.
william  United States, 17:03 Feb 15 2012.
sheldon is awesome and penny is smokin hot!!!
maude Canada, 21:47 Feb 2 2012.
Love all the shows but feel there is not need for the laugh track. It is irritating to listen to.
Shirley United States, 21:42 Feb 2 2012.
I love Sheldon. I love this show. I am 64 and having all my friends to watch. Go Sheldon
sylvia United States, 17:41 Feb 2 2012.
This show is Awesome! I love Sheldon, but all the actors are awesom too.
canaduh! Canada, 13:01 Feb 1 2012.
Amy and Bernadette are good additions to the show. However, they should bring back Leslie and make her try to ruin Howard and Bernadette's relationship. I also heard a rumour that Leonard and Amy will eventually go on a date. That should be fun too!! THIS SHOW ROCKS!!
Jelver  Jordan, 10:39 Feb 1 2012.
I love this show
ai Philippines, 01:17 Feb 1 2012.
raj and siri should really meet. lol
Lee United States, 19:34 Jan 30 2012.
Keep the shows coming
CHERYL United States, 18:12 Jan 30 2012.
I Think It Would Be Awsome TO Have Leornard Nimoy On The Program.

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