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The Big Bang Theory: Season Six Ratings

Big Bang Theory season six ratingsEven if the ratings for The Big Bang Theory begin to fall, we already know it won’t be cancelled — because the TV show’s already been renewed for season seven. Still, it’s fun to track the Nielsen numbers for a sitcom about a bunch of underdog geeks and gals.

The sixth season of The Big Bang Theory typically airs on Thursday nights at 8pm on the CBS network. The cast includes Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch, Mayim Bialik, and Kevin Sussman.

Below are the TV show’s ratings for the 2012-13 season, usually the best way to tell if Big Bang Theory is going to be cancelled or renewed for another season.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Final season averages: 5.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 16.80 million total viewers.

Episode 06-24: Thursday, 05/16/13
4.8 in the demo (-2% change) with 15.48 million (-5% change).
Season averages: 5.25 in the demo with 16.80 million.

Episode 06-23: Thursday, 05/09/13
4.9 in the demo (0% change) with 16.30 million (0% change).
Season averages: 5.27 in the demo with 16.86 million.

Episode 06-22: Thursday, 05/02/13
4.9 in the demo (+9% change) with 16.29 million (+8% change).
Season averages: 5.29 in the demo with 16.88 million.

Episode 06-21: Thursday, 04/25/13
4.5 in the demo (-14% change) with 15.05 million (-13% change).
Season averages: 5.31 in the demo with 16.91 million.

Episode 06-20: Thursday, 04/04/13
5.2 in the demo (+8% change) with 17.24 million (+8% change).
Season averages: 5.35 in the demo with 17.00 million.

Episode 06-19: Thursday, 03/14/13
4.8 in the demo (-13% change) with 15.90 million (-10% change).
Season averages: 5.36 in the demo with 16.99 million.

Episode 06-18: Thursday, 03/07/13
5.5 in the demo (-2% change) with 17.63 million (0% change).
Season averages: 5.39 in the demo with 17.05 million.

Episode 06-17: Thursday, 02/21/13
5.6 in the demo (+2% change) with 17.62 million (-2% change).
Season averages: 5.38 in the demo with 17.02 million.

Episode 06-16: Thursday, 02/14/13
5.5 in the demo (-11% change) with 17.89 million (-6% change).
Season averages: 5.37 in the demo with 16.98 million.

Episode 06-15: Thursday, 02/07/13
6.2 in the demo (+15% change) with 18.98 million (+7% change).
Season averages: 5.36 in the demo with 16.92 million.

Episode 06-14: Thursday, 01/31/13
5.4 in the demo (-16% change) with 17.76 million(-11% change).
Season averages: 5.30 in the demo with 16.77 million.

Episode 06-13: Thursday, 01/10/13
6.4 in the demo (+5% change) with 20.00 million (+4% change).
Season averages: 5.29 in the demo with 16.70 million.

CBS TV show ratingsEpisode 06-12: Thursday, 01/03/13
6.1 in the demo (+13% change) with 19.25 million (+15% change).
Season averages: 5.20 in the demo with 16.42 million.

Episode 06-11: Thursday, 12/13/12
5.4 in the demo (+4% change) with 16.77 million (-1% change).
Season averages: 5.12 in the demo with 16.16 million.

Episode 06-10: Thursday, 12/06/12
5.2 in the demo (-6% change) with 16.94 million (-2% change).
Season averages: 5.09 in the demo with 16.10 million.

Episode 06-09: Thursday, 11/29/12
5.5 in the demo (-4% change) with 17.25 million (-2% change).
Season averages: 5.08 in the demo with 16.01 million.

Episode 06-08: Thursday, 11/15/12
5.7 in the demo (+12% change) with 17.63 million (+6% change).
Season averages: 5.03 in the demo with 15.85 million.

Episode 06-07: Thursday, 11/08/12
5.1 in the demo (-2% change) with 16.68 million (+5% change).
Season averages: 4.93 in the demo with 15.60 million.

Episode 06-06: Thursday, 11/01/12
5.2 in the demo (+4% change) with 15.90 million (+1% change).
Season averages: 4.90 in the demo with 15.42 million.

Episode 06-05: Thursday, 10/25/12
5.0 in the demo (+4% change) with 15.82 million (+1% change).
Season averages: 4.84 in the demo with 15.32 million.

Episode 06-04: Thursday, 10/18/12
4.8 in the demo (+7% change) with 15.73 million (+11% change).
Season averages: 4.80 in the demo with 15.20 million.

Episode 06-03: Thursday, 10/11/12
4.5 in the demo (-8% change) with 14.23 million (-6% change).
Season averages: 4.80 in the demo with 15.02 million.

Episode 06-02: Thursday, 10/04/12
4.9 in the demo (-2% change) with 15.18 million (-3% change).
Season averages: 4.95 in the demo with 15.42 million.

Episode 06-01: Thursday, 09/27/12
5.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 15.66 million total viewers.
Season averages: 5.00 in the demo with 15.66 million.

Compared to its season premiere a year ago, the show was up by 2% in the demo (vs a 4.9 rating) and up by 10% in viewers (vs 14.3 million).


Reference point: The fifth season of Big Bang Theory averaged a 5.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 14.88 million viewers.

Note: These ratings are collected by the Nielsen company and are the final national numbers. These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.

What do you think? Do you still like the Big Bang Theory TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for an eighth season?

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CarrieAnne February 26, 2013 at 8:14 pm

BEST show on TV!!

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Marsha February 18, 2013 at 6:07 pm

BIG BANG is the ONLY sitcom that makes me laugh! The writing is hilarious and the characters are fantastic. Please don’t take it off the air! What’s the big deal with Modern Family? BIG BANG is the best…… funniest show that’s been on TV for a long time! LOVE IT!

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Louise February 17, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Live in the uk which does not air the new episodes anymore, have been following the Big Bang theory since started and now have to wait until later this year to buy the DVD so pleeeeeeaaassseeeee keep this show running! Think both the writers and actors are absolutely brilliant! More Big Bang theory!!

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Brandy January 27, 2013 at 3:54 pm

I like BBT.Ita good and funny most of the time.I like Penny,Leonard,Raj but an not crazy about Amy,Bernadette,Suart.

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American January 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Love this show!! Have watched it since it was still on Mondays and it’s only gotten better. 10 SEASONS, CBS!!!

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tatiana December 16, 2012 at 1:03 am

best show ever i love it i never been so in to a show like i am now jim parson and the the cast is soo funny.

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SNAPPS December 8, 2012 at 12:22 pm

The Big Bang Theory’s going great and I’m loving this season. The show’s received some great ratings as of late, and I only see them getting better. Big Bang Theory’s one of my favorite primetime shows and I enjoy watching with my family. I love having the ability to record all four major networks every night since I work at that time. I always had a problem of timers and conflicts until my coworker at DISH told me about the DISH Hopper DVR. I used to have multiple receivers and tie up all the TV’s recording all my shows. I can tell you my families a lot happier now that everyone gets to watch TV. I found this to be one of my favorite features and I don’t know anyone who couldn’t agree more.

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matt November 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm

i love this show…i want to see this on for years only if it can stay as funny as it is

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Dee October 27, 2012 at 8:24 am

Even the worst episode is funnier than anything else on TV…there has been great, slow character development, they cant rush this, penny and leonard, and Sheldon and Amy still need to have their storylines come to a conclusion, not to mention Raj, who it seems might discover he is gay..lol…10 seasons, please!

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Pammiekmw October 15, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I discovered Big Bang during it’s fall third season. It was the Financial
Permeability episode (Penny borrows money from Sheldon). Hilarious! My Thursday nights now had a new meaning for me. I’ve now DVR’d every episode. (114 so far). It IS THE ONLY sitcom I watch!! So there you go! Thanks for renewing Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, Raj, Penny, Bernadette, Amy, Stuart and whoever gets to be Raj’s love someday.

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melissa October 2, 2012 at 10:47 pm

i love this show! sheldon makes me happy. i can see this show going for 10 seasons. :)

i mean if 2 and half men did then why not?

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Penny, Penny,Penny October 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Go all the way to 10th season…I MEAN it CBS!! [:@]

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melissa October 2, 2012 at 10:48 pm

YES! :D

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Walter October 1, 2012 at 7:23 am

First let me start by saying I love The Big Bang Theory. It is the best show on the air right now. However, the Season 6 opener was easily the worst episode of the series. If the opener is any indication of the season they might as well cancel it now.

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Anonymous October 1, 2012 at 7:46 am

i agree. have been a long time fan – actually from the beginning. this opener left a lot to be desired.

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GiGi October 1, 2012 at 4:55 am

You’ve gotta keep giving us the big bang!!!
I LOVE YOU JIM PARSONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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joe October 1, 2012 at 1:40 am

yes, please do an eight season

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