'Big Bang Theory' ratings top 'Community' by 364 percent

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Thursday night’s Big Bang Theory squashed Community, then slowly ground the NBC comedy under its heel while laughing manically.

Despite dropping 11 percent since its last original airing, Big Bang Theory had a hefty 18.9 million viewers and a 5.1 rating among adults 18-49. Community had 3 million viewers and a 1.1 rating. So that Big Bang rating is 364 percent higher than Community. Not helping matters: Community also faced Fox’s American Idol (11.2 million viewers, 3.1), which used to rule this night of the week, then heroically struggled against encroaching Big Bang Theory a couple years ago, and now just simply shrugs into a “hey we did great too!” second place.

Meanwhile, Fox’s first and last garden-tool-titled legal drama Rake, dropped precariously in the ratings, with 5.3 million viewers and a 1.3 rating, dropping 24 percent.

Too bad the rest of CBS’ comedy lineup wasn’t nearly so impressive as Big Bang Theory. While The Millers did well, The Crazy Ones and Two and a Half Men were both modest. At 10 p.m., Elementary had its most-watched episode since its season premiere. NBC’s Parks and Recreation improved a bit on Community, and the network’s SNL special did well. On The CW, Vampire Diaries dipped but Reign rose — hey, Adelaide Kane should yell at fans to watch the show more often! Full chart:

NET/TIME/SHOW  18-49 RATING  TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)
FOX 8-9P AM IDOL- 3.1 11,230
9-10P RAKE- 1.3 5,304
ABC 8-10P TASTE- 1.0 3,530
10-11P SHARK- R 1.0 3,751
CBS 8:00P BIG BANG- 5.1 18,875
8:30P MILLERS- 2.8 11,790
9:00P CRAZY ONES- 1.9 8,273
9:30P TWO&HLF MN- 1.9 8,545
10-11P ELEMENTARY- 2.0 10,157
NBC 8:00P COMMUNITY- 1.1 2,992
8:30P PARK & REC- 1.2 2,952
9-11P SNL:SPCTLR- RS 1.8 4,746
CW 8-9P VAMPIRE DRS- 1.0 2,355
9-10P REIGN- 0.7 1,688
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