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TV ratings: Live '30 Rock' improves but 'Idol' and 'Big Bang Theory' lead Thursday

Fast National ratings for Thursday, April 26, 2012"The Big Bang Theory" and "American Idol" occupied the top ratings spots Thursday night as usual, but while "Idol" was pretty much even with its numbers last week, the first new "BBT" in three weeks was down a little. Elsewhere, a live episode of "30 Rock" helped the show score its best ratings in several weeks, while "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" were both steady in adults 18-49 for ABC. "The Vampire Diaries" was more or less on par with recent original episodes, but "The Secret Circle" lost nearly half its lead-in audience.CBS led the night in viewers, drawing 11.6 million people and a 7.2 rating/12 share in households. FOX (10.5 million, 6.4/10) came in second, while ABC (7.7 million, 5.2/8) finished third. There was a pretty big drop to fourth-place NBC, which averaged 3.1 million viewers and a 2.0/3. The CW trailed with 1.7 million viewers and a... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/04/tv-ratings-live-30-rock-improves-but-idol-and-big-bang-theory-lead-thursday.html

'Big Bang Theory' sneak peek: The happy couple walks down the aisle

We know we're getting ahead of the game a little bit, but when these pictures came out we could hardly wait. Plus, who wouldn't want to see Howard (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) dressed in their wedding best.In some sneak preview photos of "The Big Bang Theory," we see the happy couple as they walk down the aisle. It turns out they didn't want to wait until Howard gets shot up into space to wed, so they rush to tie the knot.It's a virtual lock that more than one thing will go wrong as the wedding day nears. But on the bright side, it looks like Howard survived his meeting with Bernadette's father."The Countdown Reflection," the season finale, airs May 10 at 8 p.m. ET.... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/04/big-bang-theory-sneak-peek-the-happy-couple-walks-down-the-aisle.html

The Big Bang Theory “The Stag Convergence” Season 5 Episode 22

Tonight’s episode of  The Big Bang Theory  "The Stag Convergence" Season 5 Episode 22 airs Thursday April 26 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Episode Synopsis:  Bernadette reconsiders marrying Howard after  learning about his sexual history, onTHE BIG BANG  THEORY, Thursday, April 26 (8:00 – 8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Wil Wheaton returns as a party guest. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/04/26/the-big-bang-theory-the-stag-convergence-season-5-episode-22/  

'Big Bang Theory': NASA's Mike Massimino to return for season finale

Here's some news that's out of this world. Real astronaut Mike Massimino is coming back to "The Big Bang Theory" for the show's season finale, this according to TV Guide.As fans of the show know, Massimino appeared earlier in the season when Howard (Simon Helberg) was attempting to give himself an astronaut nickname. While he was hoping for something really cool like "Rocketman," Howard ended up earning the moniker "Froot Loops." The publication adds that Massimino is back as the trip to the Space Station nears.So this begs the question, will Howard's space travel plans conflict with his wedding to Bernadette (Melissa Rauch)? And given the choice of one or the other, what will he pick? If we're guessing, they'll attempt to do both. The scenario we envision is a cliffhanger where, due to scheduling problems, Howard and Bernadette have to get married via earth-to-space video conference. When it comes to the part where Howard... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/04/big-bang-theory-nasas-mike-massimino-to-return-for-season-finale.html

THE BIG BANG THEORY: Bill Prady Teases the Season Finale and Ponders the Next Big Guest Star

Want to know what’s going down during THE BIG BANG THEORY’s season finale? Well, to figure it out, you may need some sort of flowchart. I spoke with THE BIG BANG THEORY executive producer Bill Prady at the opening of Warner Bros. Television Group’s Television: Out of the Box exhibit on display at the Los [...] //www.givememyremote.com/remote/2012/04/13/the-big-bang-theory-bill-prady-teases-the-season-finale-and-ponders-the-next-big-guest-star/

'The Big Bang Theory': 'Grace Under Fire' Neighbor to Play Bernadette's Dad

  CBS'  The Big Bang Theory  is staging a  Grace Under Fire mini-reunion. Casey Sander , who played Grace's ( Brett Butler ) neighbor Wade on ABC's '90s sitcom, is reuniting with  Grace Under Fire  creator  Chuck Lorre  on CBS'  Big Bang Theory , booking a gig in the final two episodes of the season, the network said Thursday. Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/hUaDQJG-Eh8/big-bang-theory-grace-under-311604

Big Bang Theory Spoilers: Will Howard and Bernadette Actually Get Married on Season 5?

We won't lie. It's been a while, but we're still having trouble adjusting to the idea that Howard Wolowitz might actually get married to the amazing Bernadette on The Big Bang Theory. And he gets to be an astronaut? How the heck did his life get so awesome all of a sudden? But will Wolowitz actually achieve both these big life goals anytime soon? Some recent spoilers give us a few clues about Howard's future on Season 5. Read spoilers at your own risk! For more on Wetpaint Entertainment's... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/FMr4_40Gnwc/big-bang-theory-spoilers-will-howard-and-bernadette-actually-get-married-on-season-5

TV ratings: 'American Idol,' 'Big Bang Theory,' 'Awake' down, 'Scandal' premieres well

Fast National ratings for Thursday, April 5, 2012FOX's "American Idol" results show was down this week -- 13.79 million viewers compared to last week's 15.27 million viewers -- as was CBS' "The Big Bang Theory," which still came out on top in the 18-49 demographic. But the comedy, along with other CBS shining stars like "Person of Interest" and "The Mentalist," won the night for the network with most viewers.A new episode of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" gave the network a bump, and its premiere of "Scandal" drew some viewers away from CBS and NBC's "Awake," which dropped once again this week, dipping down to 2.5 million viewers. ABC's "Missing," FOX's "Touch" and NBC's "Community" were also down.CBS averaged 12.28 million viewers for the night and a 7.5 rating/13 share in households. FOX was second with 10.6 million (6.5/11). ABC (7.56 million, 5.1/9) came in third ahead of NBC (2.69 million, 1.8/3) and The CW (964,000,... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/04/tv-ratings-american-idol-big-bang-theory-awake-down-scandal-premieres-well.html

Stephen Hawking Corrects Sheldon On 'Big Bang'

Stephen Hawking has done several guest appearances on television shows over the years, but perhaps none of them felt quite as right as when he appeared as himself on " The Big Bang Theory " (Thu., 8 p.m. ET on CBS). After all, there is no bigger fan of the brilliant physicist than Sheldon Cooper, who considers himself Hawking's only equal. When he found out that Howard had been selected as the engineer to help keep Hawking's specialized wheelchair in tip top shape during his lecture stay, Sheldon was beside himself with jealousy. But realizing he had the upper hand for once, Howard first had him perform a series of humiliating stunts, before admitting that he'd already given Dr. Hawking Sheldon's paper. The doctor wanted to meet Sheldon to tell him it was impressive work, save for a miscalculation. Hawking insisted on doing the voice work himself for his guest spot, rather than let producers add in his signature mechanical voice later. And he proved quite adept, as Simon Helberg noted on his Twitter feed, at comedic timing. Watch "The Big Bang Theory" every Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser. //feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/8tIKHkQp7jI/stephen-hawking-corrects-sheldon-big-bang-theory-video_n_1407616.html

'Big Bang Theory' sneak peak: Sheldon meets his hero

It's not often (if ever) that Sheldon (Jim Parsons) grovels to anyone, much less Howard (Simon Helberg). But that's what's going to happen on Thursday's (April 5) episode of "The Big Bang Theory." In some sneak peak photos of the show, we see Dr. Cooper kissing a little butt in an effort to meet Wolowitz's co-worker, Stephen Hawking. It looks to be a success as we see photos of Parsons alongside the noted theoretical physicist.Parsons recently explains the whole experience of working with Hawking was "insane and intense." He adds that Hawking, despite his medical condition, was a complete pro on set and "demanded to control every take himself."The episode airs at 8 p.m. ET. on CBS.... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/04/big-bang-theory-sneak-peak-sheldon-meets-his-hero.html