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'The Big Bang Theory' Beats 'American Idol' In Ratings Again And Has Best Thursday Ever (VIDEO)

Posted: 02/ 3/2012 2:04 am

"The Big Bang Theory" (Thu., 8 p.m. EST on CBS) is seriously threatening Fox's long-time ratings juggernaut "American Idol." For the third consecutive week, the sitcom beat out the reality series head-to-head, between 8 and 8:30 p.m, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Idol," which has seen a ratings dip in Season 11, still owned the hour after 8:30 when "Big Bang" was no longer competition. But the CBS show had its best Thursday night ratings to date with 16.4 million viewers, according to THR.

In that reportedly record-breaking Feb. 3 episode, Leonard finally reached his breaking point regarding that roommate agreement after all these years. Tired of running Sheldon all around the city on his errands, and exhausted from Sheldon's safety drill the night before, he just wanted to go home and nap. So he enacted a clause that turns them from friends into roommate acquaintances.

To Sheldon's horror, Leonard embraced the freedom the new arrangement allowed him. To Sheldon's greater horror, none of their friends seemed excited about the prospect of jumping up and filling in Leonard's place as his gopher. When the power went out, Sheldon pulled out his preparedness kit. But Penny showed up and told Leonard she had candles and wine.

Candles and wine with a hot girl in the dark, or Sheldon? It was a tough choice, and yet somehow Leonard made it easily enough, even though his choice confounded Sheldon. Unfortunately, he missed out on a chance to make Penny think there was a snail in her mouth -- ew! -- because she felt bad for Sheldon.

The compromise, such as it was, was that Leonard re-agreed to the roommate agreement, with one day per year designated as "Leonard Day." Don't worry, though, a card will suffice.

Catch "The Big Bang Theory" every Thursday at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.

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