Episode 5.15 Ratings Posted February 3, 2012

Episode 5.15 Ratings

Last night's episode of The Big Bang Theory beat American Idol in the key adults 18-49 demographic for the third week running and was the night's most-watched scripted show. The preliminary ratings point to The Big Bang Theory hitting all time highs in the ratings.

"The Friendship Contraction" was watched by 16.38 million people, up by a quarter of a million from last week. In the important 18-49 demo, The Big Bang Theory scored a 5.4/15 rating, down marginally from last week's 5.5/15. Measured across the same half-hour period, Big Bang beat American Idol's 5.0 rating in the demo. For the hour as a whole, the shows are tied with both achieving a 5.4/15 rating. The Big Bang Theory finished first in households, total viewers and key demographics in the common half hour. American Idol was top for the hour as whole.

If the total viewers figure holds up in the final ratings, this episode would be the most-watched episode of The Big Bang Theory ever. The show had been setting Thursday-highs recently but had not yet managed to top two Season 3 episodes which aired following Two and a Half Men on Mondays. Episode 3.17 The Precious Fragmentation is the current most-watched episode of the show, receiving an audience of 16.32 million people.

More about the episode

'The Friendship Contraction' - Season 5, Episode 15
Airs February 2, 2012 at 8/7c on CBS.

When Leonard grows tired of Sheldon's selfish demands, he terminates the roommate agreement and downgrades their friendship. Meanwhile, Wolowitz tries to pick his own astronaut nickname.

Comments (21)

Raj United States, 21:05 Feb 19 2012.
I would give the episode a 88/100. My fav part is when sheldon is giving the rating of the drill "Attitude, a little to much"
Wojtek Poland, 13:04 Feb 11 2012.
Interesting... Sheldon tempted them with watching DVDs during the blackout? That's not very clever :/
>50Fan United States, 11:33 Feb 10 2012.
I'm hoping my daily Sheldon quotes on FB are adding to these numbers! Friends who have never watched, are watching now!!! and we're alll almost 50 or past 50!!
sheldon Netherlands, 19:43 Feb 9 2012.
@penny: Go to chucklorre.com to read them. You can use our wifi if you really must, the password is pennygetyourownwifi. No spaces.
Joe United States, 23:08 Feb 8 2012.
When is Leonard goingg to get glass in his glasses?
a.a.tofighian Netherlands, 11:01 Feb 8 2012.
I hate Leonard !
Bob Hungary, 08:59 Feb 7 2012.
Great episode, it reminds me of the classic Big Bang Theory we love so much and it proves they can do episodes with just Penny and the guys. Though I also like the new material but sometimes it's good to see some old school stuff. But there's one thing that's bugging the hell out of me and that's Sheldon's new hairdo. From about mid-season he's had it and it's really weird, not a big change but still. I know I'm a weirdo but why did they have to change it?
Prasun Shandilya India, 08:23 Feb 7 2012.
If The Drill proposal was in agreement why it was not shown in any of last 4 seasons
C-man Canada, 12:47 Feb 6 2012.
Howard "Froot Loops" Wolowitz! priceless
jeff Canada, 00:52 Feb 6 2012.
Terrible. The editing and script was all over the place. Weird cuts to reaction shots. Sheldon wasn't clever. No penny. Who directed this episode?

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