The Big Bang Theory‘s very funny (and very green dress-y) 100th episode scored a 5.2 demo rating, squeaking past the first half hour of Idol’s Season 11 premiere, Part 2 (which netted a 5.1). Of course, Idol (as well as Leonard & Co.) could tick up some once the final numbers trickle in.
UPDATE: Adjusted data resulted in upticks for both Idol and Big Bang, but the geeks still came out on top; Idol‘s first half-hour climbed to a 5.2, while BBT inched up to a 5.3.
Idol surged to a 6.1 rating from 8:30 to 9 (versus CBS’ Rob, which was down 12 percent to a 3.6), and trounced all comers in total audience with 17.7 million viewers (versus, say, Big Bang‘s 15.7 mil). Year-over-year, Idol was down more than 20 percent in both measures.
Week-to-week and in its first Idol face-off of the season, Big Bang Theory was down a tenth in the demo and just 2 percent in total viewers. The 8 o’clock show to be clobbered most by Idol was ABC’s Wipeout (5.8 mil/1.8, down almost 20 percent), while plucky Parks and Recreation (4.3 mil/2.0) actually inched up 5 percent.
8 pm | Wipeout placed third behind Idol and the CBS comedies. 30 Rock (4.1 mil/1.6) dropped some 10 percent from its premiere, while Parks and Rec (as noted above) grew a bit. Vampire Diaries (2.72 mil/1.1) dipped 5 and 8 percent.
9 pm | Person of Interest (14.3 mil/3.3) dominated in total viewers and inched up a tenth in the demo to hit a series high. Grey’s Anatomy (9.3 mil/3.4) eked out the demo win, but was down double digits on both counts. Fox’s The Finder (6.8 mil/2.2) enjoyed a 29-percent demo boost from its Idol lead-in, yet still placed fourth in the category.
The Office was flat at 6 mil/2.9, while Up All Night (4.03 mil/1.9) slipped 5 percent. Secret Circle (1.66 mil/0.7) dropped 12 percent.
10 pm | The Mentalist dominated with 14 million total viewers and a 2.9 demo rating, up a few percentage points week-to-week. Private Practice (6.1 mil/2.1) was down 9 percent in the demo. NBC’s The Firm sagged another 19 and 10 percent, delivering just 3.4 mil and a 0.9.
What were you tuned into this Thursday?