TV ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' tops 'Idol' head-to-head, but FOX wins Thursday


Fast National ratings for Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012"The Big Bang Theory" scored a second straight ratings win against "American Idol" on Thursday, leading the one-time juggernaut by better than half a point among adults 18-49 and by about 500,000 viewers in the half-hour they competed head-to-head*.(*The half-hour breakdown, not reflected in the numbers below, is as follows: From 8 to 8:30 p.m., "Big Bang" drew 16 million viewers and a 5.4 in adults 18-49 to 15.5 million and 4.8 for "Idol.")Thanks to a surge in its second half, though, "Idol" still ended up as the night's most-watched show and tied "Big Bang" in the demo. The lead-in (and reruns on ABC and CBS) also helped "The Finder" score its best ratings so far. FOX averaged 12.75 million viewers and a 7.6 rating/12 share among households in primetime, beating out the 11.3 million and 7.0/11 for CBS. There was a big drop from there to third-place...


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