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Big Ratings for ‘Big Bang’ as CBS’s Gamble Pays Off

Sep 24, 2010  •  Post A Comment

CBS gambled by moving "The Big Bang Theory" to Thursday night for a premiere-week showdown with NBC’s returning “Community,” and the gamble paid off. Not only did “Big Bang” crush “Community,” but in the battle of the lead-outs, CBS’s series premiere of “$#*! My Dad Says” scored a huge win over NBC’s season debut of “30 Rock.”

Meanwhile, ABC’s "Grey’s Anatomy" scored the best ratings of the night, reports TVbytheNumbers.com.

At 8 p.m. "The Big Bang Theory" netted a 4.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic, paired with the new William Shatner show "$#*! My Dad Says," which debuted with a 3.9 in the demo. Fox’s season premiere of "Bones" collected a 2.7 in the demo and ABC’s new hour dramedy "My Generation" bowed with a 1.6 in the demo, tied with CW’s "Vampire Diaries." NBC’s season premieres of "Community" and "30 Rock" had a 2.2 rating and a 2.6, respectively, in the demo.

In total viewers, CBS’s victory over NBC in the 8 p.m. hour was even more convincing, with “Big Bang Theory” hammering “Community” in the overnights, 13.95 million viewers to 5.0 million, and “$#*!” pounding “30 Rock,” 12.5 million to 5.85 million. The results make it clear that the battle for Thursday night sitcom supremacy is on, even though CBS shifted to a police procedural, “CSI,” for the 9 p.m. hour.

At 9 p.m. "Grey’s Anatomy" returned with a strong 5.3 rating in 18-49, ahead of CBS’s season premiere of "CSI," which netted a 3.4, and Fox’s season premiere of "Fringe," which had a 2.1 in the demo. CW’s "Nikita" managed a 1.1 in the demo. NBC’s season premiere of "The Office" and the new sitcom "Outsourced" had a 4.3 rating and a 3.5, respectively, in the demo.

CBS’s returning drama "The Mentalist" and ABC’s medical drama "Private Practice" were tied at 10 p.m., both drawing 3.3 ratings in the 18-49 demographic. NBC’s "The Apprentice" trailed with a 1.4 in the demo.

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