Sunday, April 8, 2012

Stephen Hawking a Hit in The Big Bang Theory, Pictures

Stephen Hawking leads ‘Big Bang Theory’ to ratings win over ‘American Idol’

Forget Katie Couric on "Good Morning America."

The week's real TV guest celebrity-power result is just in: Stephen Hawking propelled CBS's "The Big Bang Theory" to a victory Thursday night over "American Idol."

Actually, "Big Bang" had regularly been beating "Idol" anyway, but who's going to dismiss the Stephen Hawking factor?

"Big Bang" drew just over 13 million viewers, which is down from its season average. That meant "Idol" was also down near historic lows, though the early warm weather this spring has generally reduced audiences for early-evening prime time shows over the last several weeks.

CBS also had good news in the 9 p.m. hour, where "Person of Interest" beat ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" for the first time among 18- to 49-year-old viewers.

"Person" has quietly become one of the biggest rookie hits of the 2011-2012 season.

Thursday was a potentially mixed night in another way for Shonda Rimes, the creator of "Grey's Anatomy."

Rimes's new ABC drama "Scandal," which is slotted right after "Grey's," debuted with 7.45 million viewers. It lost 25% of its younger audience from the "Grey's" lead-in, however, and since shows tend to lose audience after the sampling of the first week, "Scandal" may need a boost.

On the other hand, it's doing better than NBC's 10 p.m. drama "Awake," which drew only 2.5 million viewers and very likely soon will be put to sleep.

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