Episode 5.17 Ratings Posted February 17, 2012

Episode 5.17 Ratings

Last night's episode of The Big Bang Theory beat American Idol in key ratings for the fifth consecutive week and was the night's highest-rated and most-watched scripted program.

"The Rothman Disintegration" was watched by 15.65 million people, down by almost 560,000 viewers from last week's episode. In the adults 18-49 demographic, the demo networks and advertisers focus on, the show scored a 5.1/15 rating, down from last week's season high of 5.6/16.

When compared to American Idol in the common half-hour (8:00-8:30), The Big Bang Theory finished first in total viewers, households, adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and adults 18-34. The Big Bang Theory tied with American Idol as the night's top rated program with adults 18-49.

More about the episode

'The Rothman Disintegration' - Season 5, Episode 17
Airs February 16, 2012 at 8/7c on CBS.

Sheldon and his archnemesis Barry Kripke compete for a newly available office at the University. Meanwhile, Penny is uncomfortable with a gift from Amy.

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