The popular show, which airs on CBS, has broken two records with its first episode of the new year after taking a three-week break for the holidays, reports the Hollywood Reporter.
The new episode which aired last Thursday attracted more than 19 million viewers and scored high in both the total viewers category as well as the adult bracket for ages 18-49 demographic.
‘The show has been consistently on top in recent months, having averaged 16.2 million among adults 18-49 and 20.3 million with seven days of DVR usage throughout the month of December,’ writes Nichole Hamilton for OntheRedCarpet.com.
The series, which started in 2007, follows the exploits of two nerdy roommates and their two nerdy friends, who befriend the usual (stupid) girl next door. Along their quirky way they make friends, partners, and problems. The newest additions to the shows main cast include Mayim Bialik as Sheldon’s love interest Amy Farrahfowler (for which she’s already earned an Emmy nod), Kevin Sussman as comic store owner Stuart, and Melissa Rauch as Bernadette, Howard’s wife.
Jim Parsons, who is the lead of the show and the most recognizable character, as the nerdy and anti-social Sheldon Cooper, has already won two Emmys and the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy. The series itself has been nominated for a total of 18 Emmies and 4 Golden Globes.
The series has already been renewed for three more seasons, and will air until at least 2014.
For more on the show, check out the IMDB page. And for more about the ratings, visit the OTRC article by Nichole Hamilton.