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Big Bang Theory blasts into 20 millions views

Sports Reporter

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013

Updated: Thursday, January 24, 2013 16:01

Big Bang Theory cast

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The cast and crew of "The Big Bang Theory" accept the favorite network TV comedy award People’s Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday Jan. 9, 2013, in Los Angeles.

CBS's hit series The Big Bang Theory has crossed the threshold of 20 million viewers and takes it seat in the elite club alongside NCIS and NBC's Law and Order.

According to, the geeky sitcom can attribute it's success to syndication on TBS.

It's not a new trend: NBC's Law & Order and CBS' NCIS saw their ratings surge once syndicated episodes started blanketing cable channels. On CBS, Big Bang averaged 13.4 million viewers in season 4; but last year, after entering syndication, the show climbed to 16 million. So far this year, Big Bang is averaging a stunning 19 million.

The Big Bang Theory migrated to TBS's regular schedule in 2010 during its third year of production. Now during it's sixth season, the show continues to expand its viewership.

"When Big Bang joined NCIS in the elite 20 million-plus club in January, CBS became the first network to have two scripted series reach that large an audience in the same week since 2007. "Our economic model thrives on a show being exploited on different platforms," says CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler. "Obviously, the success it's having in syndication cycles back and gives us, I think, that bump in broadcast."

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