'Big Bang Theory' gets biggest 8 p.m. audience ever

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The Big Bang Theory keeps earning it’s status as the most successful comedy on TV: Thursday night’s airing delivered the show’s biggest 8 p.m. audience ever — 20 million viewers and a 5.6 rating among adults 18-49, blowing away everything else on the dial and helping pump up the rest of CBS’ line-up. (There was one Big Bang Theory special telecast at 8:30 p.m. on the show’s premiere night back in September that was slightly higher — otherwise this would be an unqualified Big Bang record).In fact, every CBS show was up over last week, starting with Big Bang up 4 percent, The Millers up 18 percent to its biggest audience yet, Crazy Ones up 20 percent, Two and a Half Men was up 9 percent and Elementary was up 11 percent.

Helping CBS: ABC was in the dumps with The Taste and The Assets, while Fox and The CW aired repeats. So that only really left NBC, which isn’t much competition these days on Thursday nights. Still, NBC had some uplift, with Community up 8 percent, Parks up 40 percent, and both Sean Saves the World and Michael J. Fox Show up 25 percent — but you can see for yourself below the spread between the Peacock and CBS:

NET/TIME/SHOW  18-49 RATING  TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)
FOX 8-9P SLEEPY HOLLOW RS 0.7 2,389
9-10P SLEEPY HOLLOW RS 0.6 2,423
ABC 8-10P TASTE- 1.3 4,465
10-11P ASSETS- 0.6 2,933
CBS 8:00P BIG BANG- 5.6 20,079
8:30P MILLERS- 3.3 13,612
9:00P CRAZY ONES- 2.4 9,616
9:30P TWO&HLF MN- 2.4 9,477
10-11P ELEMENTARY- 2.0 9,853
NBC 8:00P COMMUNITY- 1.4 3,570
8:30P PARK & REC- 1.4 3,367
9:00P SEAN-WORLD- 1.0 3,159
9:30P MJ FOX SHW- 1.0 3,140
10-11P PARENTHOOD- 1.3 4,211
CW 8-9P VAMPIRE DRS- R 0.3 952
9-10P REIGN- R 0.3 939
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