If CBS is seriously considering moving “The Big Bang Theory” back to Monday nights while “Thursday Night Football” occupies its current night this fall, it might just be onto something.
Despite airing against “The Voice” and “Dancing with the Stars,” Monday’s re-run of “The Big Bang Theory” won its 8-8:30PM timeslot in adults 18-49.
Averaging a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating with 9.85 million viewers, “Big Bang” outrated competitive portions of NBC’s “The Voice” (2.9, 10.79 million) and ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” (1.9, 12.98 million).
For the night as a whole, “The Voice” averaged a 3.4 with 11.76 million viewers. “Dancing with the Stars” posted a 2.1 with 13.87 million.
While the 9PM broadcast of the NCAA Basketball Championship likely provided a “halo effect,” the fact that the 8:30PM pre-game show only drew a 2.1 rating suggests that the “Big Bang” re-run definitely attracted a specific audience. And if a re-run can draw well in that slot, original episodes should have no trouble reigning supreme next fall.
CBS has not yet confirmed that such a move will happen, but it did strongly suggest “Big Bang” will open its season away from its usual Thursday at 8PM timeslot. And insofar as the show already has history on Mondays and could be valuable in supporting CBS’ other Monday night comedies, the move certainly seems likely.