Eighth season premiere ratings Posted September 23, 2014

Eighth season premiere ratings

Last night's hour-long premiere of The Big Bang Theory dominated the ratings for its time slot and the night to rank as Monday's most-watched and highest-rated program. The Big Bang Theory had over five million more viewers than the closest competing program.

At 8:00, "The Locomotive Interruption" was watched by 18.03 million people and recorded a 5.4/17 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic. The show's season premiere last year, which aired Thursday, September 26, had 18.99m viewers and a 5.5/17 rating in the demo.

At 8:30, "The Junior Professor Solution" had 18.23 million viewers and a 5.4/16 rating in the demo. The second episode of last year's hour-long premiere, "The Deception Verification", had 20.44m viewers and a 6.1/18 rating and remains the show's most-watched episode to date.

The Big Bang Theory finished first in viewers and all key demographics in both of its showings and the night overall.

More about the episode

'The Locomotion Interruption' - Season 8, Episode 1
Aired September 22, 2014 at 8/7c on CBS.

After spending the summer riding the rails, Sheldon's cross-country train journey comes to an end in Arizona, where Leonard and Amy must drive out and pick him up. Meanwhile, Bernadette secures Penny a job interview, and Howard grows concerned about Stuart's relationship with his mother.

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