5.1 Million Viewers Tuned in to CTV’s “Big Bang” on December 17th

— January 7, 2016

– Among scripted series, the December 17 episode of THE BIG BANG THEORY on CTV becomes the fifth most-watched scripted broadcast ever on record –
– The episode is the fourth largest audience of 2015 –
– Episode becomes the third most-watched in series history –
– The episode is available on demand at CTV.ca and on the CTV GO app –
– All-new episode of THE BIG BANG THEORY airs tonight, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV –

“Amy’s birthday present will be my genitals.” -- Sheldon

TORONTO (January 7, 2016) – Looks like Amy had a good birthday! Final data from Numeris confirms that an average 5.1 million viewers tuned in to watch Sheldon forgo his Star Wars ticket to get busy with Amy in the bedroom – finally! – during CTV’s December 17th broadcast of THE BIG BANG THEORY. Among scripted series, the episode is the most-watched episode since the series own Season 7 premiere in September 2013 and the fifth most-watched scripted broadcast ever on record. The episode is also the third most-watched episode in series history and the fourth largest audience of 2015, behind only big ticket live events including SUPER BOWL XLIX, the IIHF World Junior Championship final, and THE 87th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS®. Big Bang, indeed! With a season average of 3.5 million viewers THE BIG BANG THEORY is Canada’s #1 series with total viewers and all key demos.

For viewers who missed the big episode, “The Opening Night Excitation is available on demand at CTV.ca and on the CTV GO app.

Fans have been waiting for the day that Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) consummated their relationship and it was certainly worth the wait! After more than five years of dating, the pair spend their first night together. Sheldon consults his Obi-Wan Kenobi (EMMY® Award-winner Bob Newhart) about his insecurities, before ultimately relinquishing his Star Wars ticket and taking the plunge. There’s no mistaking their chemistry, their “coitus” goes off without a hitch, leaving the pair committing to make it an annual event. Not to be overshadowed, Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Wolowitz (Simon Helberg), and Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) are also busy deciding who will take their extra Star Wars movie ticket. Viewers can also catch an all-new episode of THE BIG BANG THEORY tonight, entitled “The Sales Call Sublimation” (Thursday, Jan 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO). Penny (Kaley Cuoco) gets more than she bargained for when Leonard (Johnny Galecki) agrees to meet with a psychiatrist (Jane Kaczmarek, THE SIMPSONS) on her behalf. Meanwhile, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) collaborate on an astronomical discovery, and Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) can't believe what they are feeling after Stuart (Kevin Sussman) moves out.

About CTV

CTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 14 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.

Source: Numeris (BBM Canada), Sep. 21-Dec. 27, 2015, final data.
CTV electronic audience databases incorporate data beginning in 1994.
Audiences prior to August 31, 2009 based on BBM Nielsen Media Research Mark II meters.


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