'Big Bang' tops 'Idol' head-to-head


They’re celebrating wildly in the physics labs at the California Institute of Technology where Sheldon and Leonard work. What does that look like you ask? Extra juice box for everyone!

That’s because for the first time, Big Bang Theory topped American Idol to take Thursday night overall. The two shows have been going pretty much neck-and-neck all month in terms of viewers during the half hour they have in common, but Idol was always the cumulative winner.

Not last night. Big Bang ranked #1 for the night in viewers (16.11 million) and in the adult (18-49) demo (5.2). All in an episode about Sheldon letting his hair grow out and going (by his standards) bohemian. Playing the bongo drums at 3 in the morning.

Idol, on the other hand, dropped 14% this week to an all-time low, logging 15.4 million viewers and a 4.4 rating in the adult demo. That was during a night when the show finally got down to 24 singers (only 12 more and we can start the season!) and Steven Tyler got down to his skivvies.

You want those ratings to come up, you’re going to have to find a way to get J. Lo in her underwear.



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