‘Big Bang Theory’ Brings In Record Number Of Viewers

After a three-week holiday break, CBS’ Thursday night line-up returned with The Big Bang Theory leading the charge – and the network’s hit sitcom started off the night by smashing ratings records.

The final ratings for Thursday night’s episode of The Big Bang Theory came in yesterday afternoon, and the numbers were big. The series hit a record viewership count with 19.25 million viewers and a 6.1 18-49 rating, Deadline reports.

The Big Bang Theory‘s previous viewer record came in at 17.63 million in November. The series also narrowly edged out its record in the 18-49 demographic – the previous record was 6.0.

The Big Bang Theory has been a fairly consistent performer for CBS in its sixth season, and it isn’t showing any signs of slowing down if Thursday night’s ratings are any indication.

All in all, Thursday was a big success for CBS. Following The Big Bang Theory was Two And A Half Men, which also saw an up in ratings with a 4.6/12 share, up by 12 percent. Viewership for the episode peaked at around 15.4 million.

Person of Interest also saw a considerable ratings boost; the show had a 17 percent gain with a 3.4/9 share and 16.1 million total viewers, The Wrap reports. Closing out the Thursday lineup, Elementary also saw a boost with a 2.5/7 and had 11.4 million total viewers, which was also a new high.

As HitFix notes in their report, other networks fell far behind CBS in ratings, which is due at least in part to the fact that several of the networks’ shows are still on break.

Did you catch The Big Bang Theory last Thursday? How have you been enjoying the sixth season?