Episode 5.18 Ratings: 'Bang' beats Idol outright Posted February 24, 2012
Last night's episode of The Big Bang Theory topped its time slot, beat American Idol outright for the first time and ranked as the night's most-watched and highest-rated program.
"The Werewolf Transformation" was watched by 16.11 million people, up by 460,000 viewers from last week, and scored a 9.7/16 rating in households. The Big Bang Theory scored a 5.2/15 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, a 6.6/7 rating among adults 25-54 and a 3.9/13 among adults 18-34. The show was up by 2% in the adults 18-49 demo from last week. The Big Bang Theory finished first in its time slot and for the night as a whole in total viewers, households, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54.
Although The Big Bang Theory has topped American Idol in the ratings for the past five weeks, this was only when compared to American Idol's performance in the same half-hour period as The Big Bang Theory. Yesterday's episode of The Big Bang Theory rated higher than Idol's entire hour-long broadcast. The Big Bang Theory also beat American Idol in the shared half-hour by the largest margins yet.
More about the episode
'The Werewolf Transformation' - Season 5, Episode 18
Airs February 23, 2012 at 8/7c on CBS.
Sheldon is thrown for a loop when his regular barber gets sick. No longer able to stick to his routine, Sheldon embraces the chaos. Meanwhile, Wolowitz struggles with his astronaut training.
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