Episode 5.18 Ratings: 'Bang' beats Idol outright Posted February 24, 2012

Episode 5.18 Ratings: 'Bang' beats Idol outright

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
Aired 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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