big bang 1020 ratings TV ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' rises and leads Thursday, World Series steadyFast National ratings for Thursday, Oct. 20, 2010

“The Big Bang Theory” scored big ratings Thursday, matching its season high in adults 18-49 and providing a strong launchpad for the season premiere of “Rules of Engagement.” Game 2 of the World Series on FOX was right in line with Wednesday’s Game 1, at least as things stand now.

FOX averaged 12.9 million viewers and an 8.0 rating/13 share for the night, although those numbers will rise some when the live baseball telecast is taken into account. CBS was right behind in second with 12.6 million viewers and a 7.8/12. ABC (7.2 million, 4.8/8) was in line with its performance last week. NBC (2.7 million, 1.9/3) came in fourth overall with a night of reruns, while The CW drew 2.5 million viewers and a 1.6/3.

FOX also led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 3.7 rating. CBS grabbed second with a 3.2, followed by ABC at 2.4. The CW’s 1.1 edged NBC’s 1.0 for fourth.

]]>8 p.m. CBS: “The Big Bang Theory” (14.7 million viewers, 8.9/15 households)/”Rules of Engagement” season premiere (11.5 million, 6.8/11)
FOX: World Series Game 2 – Rangers/Cardinals (11.4 million, 7.2/12)
ABC: “Charlie’s Angels” (5.6 million, 3.7/6)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” (2.85 million, 1.8/3)
“Community” rerun (2.5 million, 1.8/3)/”Parks and Recreation” rerun (2.5 million, 1.7/3) 18-49 leader: “The Big Bang Theory” (4.9) 9 p.m. FOX: World Series Game 2 (13.1 million, 8.2/13)
CBS: “Person of Interest” (12.3 million, 7.6/12)
ABC: “Grey’s Anatomy” (9.4 million, 6.2/10)
NBC: “The Office” rerun (3.2 million, 2.0/3)/”Whitney” rerun (2.6 million, 1.7/3)
The CW: “The Secret Circle” (2.1 million, 1.4/2) 18-49 leader: World Series Game 2 (3.8) 10 p.m. FOX: World Series Game 2 (14.2 million, 8.7/14)
CBS: “The Mentalist” (12.5 million, 8.1/13)
ABC: “Private Practice” (6.55 million, 4.6/7)
NBC: “Prime Suspect” rerun (2.8 million, 2.0/3) 18-49 leader: World Series Game 2 (4.4)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable

Posted by:Rick Porter