Primetime Ratings: ‘Big Bang’ Gets Bigger

CBS’ breakout comedy increases from dazzling debut

CBS built on its strong slate of debuts from last week Monday night as The Big Bang Theory showed ratings growth with a 5.1/12 in the 9:30 p.m. half hour, up from its 4.6/10 debut Sept. 21, making it the top comedy for the night and finishing second overall to Fox’s powerhouse drama House.  

House tallied a 5.7/15 and 14.4 million viewers in the opening hour of primetime, down from the 6.1/16 and 15.8 million viewers from last week in the same time slot. Still, it easily bested the first hour of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars (3.5/9) though Dancing won in total viewers with 16.5 million. CBS was next at 3.3/9 for How I Met Your Mother (3.6/10) and Accidentally On Purpose (3.1/8). Mother was up by 0.1 of a ratings point from its debut, while Accidentally dropped by the same small margin. NBC’s Heroes was next at 2.5/6, followed by The CW’s One Tree Hill pulling in at 1.2/3.

CBS took the helm at 9 p.m. with a 4.9/12 with Two and a Half Men (4.7/11) and Big Bang Theory. Two and a Half Men built off its 4.4/10 rating last week. The second hour of Dancing With the Stars rose to 3.8/9 and was again first in viewers with 16.8 million. Fox’s season premiere of Lie To Me came in third at 2.9/7. NBC’s Trauma debut struggled with a 2.3/6, ahead of only Gossip Girl on The CW, which tallied a 1.2/3.  

CSI: Miami took first place in ratings and viewers at 10 with a 4.1/11 and 13.5 million tuning in. Last week’s debut did a 4.3/11 and 13.7 million viewers. ABC’s Castle was next at 2.3/6, even with last week’s premiere numbers. The Jay Leno Show on NBC came in at 1.8/5.  

Fox won the night with a 4.3/11, followed closely by CBS at 4.1/11.  ABC was third at 3.2/8 but first in viewers with 14.3 million. NBC came in fourth with a 2.2/6. The CW was next at 1.2/3.