With the plot line revolving around Leonard and Penny's relationship heating up, The Big Bang Theory is soaring to new heights. "The Occupation Recalibration" episode of The Big Bang Theory, airing on this past Thursday night, scored the largest audience ever for a regularly scheduled episode.
The Big Bang Theory was first in viewers on Thursday night with 20.08 million viewers. In regards to adults 25-54, The Big Bang Theory scored a 7.5/20, and with adults 18-49, the show scored a 5.6/17. The Big Bang Theory posted its best adults 25-54 rating since February 7, 2013 and its best adults 18-49 rating since February 21, 2013.
The Big Bang Theory beat first-run competition on NBC and ABC combined by almost 12 million viewers (vs. 8.17m, +146%), by +4.5 rating points in adults 25-54 (vs. 3.0, +150%) and by +3.0 rating points in adults 18-49 (vs. 2.6, +115%) in the 8:00-8:30 PM half-hour. The Big Bang Theory also helped power CBS's entire Thursday lineup to larger audiences over last week's original episode.