‘Big Bang’ does just that for CBS
CBS’ gutsy decision to open the night with a sitcom block paid big dividends Thursday as “The Big Bang Theory” — imported this season from its old Monday berth — rounded up 14 million viewers, dominating its 8 p.m. time slot, according to the Nielsen Co.
“Big Bang” in turn boosted the premiere of “$#*! My Dad Says,” the new William Shatner comedy, which likewise won the 8:30 block with 12.5 million viewers, although it won’t be clear for some weeks how audiences are responding to the series on its own merits.
The CBS comedy freight train left a layer of dust on everyone else. ABC’s new youth drama “My Generation” bombed in its premiere, connecting with just 5.2 million viewers. NBC’s rival comedy block was stymied: “Community” was held to just 5 million viewers and “30 Rock” suffered the worst opening in its five-year history (5.8 million).