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'Big Bang Theory' tops 'American Idol' again

January 27, 2012 | 11:32 am

Big Bang Theory tops American Idol

The boys of “The Big Bang Theory” are slowly but stalwartly taking down the Death Star.

The CBS sitcom, now in its fifth season, dominated Fox’s “American Idol” for the second week in a row Thursday night. The geek comedy earned a 5.4 rating in the 18-to-49 demo, Fox’s usual barometer of success. It was a wider margin than last week and it overpowered “Idol’s” 4.8 rating in the 8 o’clock half-hour time slot, according to early figures from Nielsen.

But “Idol” did not walk slowly into the night. The veteran songfest climbed more than a point to a 6 rating between 8:30 and 9 p.m. When combined, “Idol” drew a 5.4 rating and won in total viewers with 16.9 million viewers. Numbers are likely to be adjusted when final tallies are in. To compare, last year on this Thursday “Idol” averaged a 7.7 rating.

And with CBS airing repeats in the 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. slots, Fox was able to win the night with episode of the “Bones” spinoff “The Finder,”  which has been building its audience since its premiere three weeks ago.


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