“The Big Bang Theory” beats “American Idol” in the ratings for the first time ever.

Last night, The Big Bang Theory made history.

For the first time in five years, a show has beaten the once almighty American Idol in the ratings outright, not come close, but totally beat it in the timeslot. For weeks, Big Bang and American Idol have been neck-in-neck in the ratings on Thursday nights, with Big Bang either tying Idol in the 8p.m. time period, or coming extremely close to beating it in the 18-49 demo.

However, The Big Bang Theory just didn’t beat Idol in the 18-49 demo, but it also beat it in total viewers. American Idol drew in 15.4 million viewers and a 4.4 rating in the demo, while Big Bang drew in 16.1 million viewers and a 5.2 in the demo.

The last time a show has beaten American Idol in the ratings was Grey’s Anatomy back in 2007, when that show was in its prime on Thursday nights.

Another crushing blow to the aging reality competition show, its newest competitor, The Voice also surpassed Idol in the ratings this week. The Voice was this weeks top program in the ratings, beating American Idol’s Wednesday telecast, which pulled a 5.1 vs. The Voice‘s 6.0.

What goes up, must come down, and oh how the (once) mighty American Idol has fallen.


  1. Wow, five years Idol has been on top! I knew that Idol was one of the top shows in the U.S. but I didn’t realise it was so dominant (I’m from Australia, or the land “Down Under”).

    Our version of Idol finished a few years back but we are getting The Voice in the next few months. The Big Bang Theory is also very popular – we get about 10 episodes a week on average! And only one of those is new!

    Very interesting blog, because as an Aussie, I don’t hear a whole lot about U.S. ratings.

    1. Its very interesting to hear that people in Australia are reading the blog! Ratings are up every day about the previous night so always come back to see what the numbers are!

      Thanks for reading!!

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