HD Ratings: Professor Proton Back With a Bang

Bob Newhart’s reprisal of Professor Proton on Wednesday’s The Big Bang Theory propelled the HD sitcom to some of its highest ratings this season – which was bad news for TV One’s struggling House Husbands and the return of TV3’s 3rd Degree.

However, TV One would have been thrilled by the pulling power of The Inspectors, which averaged 6.0% – 12.1% of the major demographics opposite TV2’s Mom (10.0% – 12.6%) and TV3’s Destroyed in Seconds (1.7% – 3.0%).

Destroyed was a disastrous replacement for Troy, which was pulled after only two weeks, although HD stablemate Territory Cops rated slightly better (3.6% – 5.1%) against Two and a Half Men (8.4% – 10.3%).

But the night’s most watched show outside of Shortland Street (12.4% – 18.6%) was The Big Bang Theory.

It averaged 10.3% – 13.7%, and was most popular with TV2’s target audiences, adults 18-39 and 18-49.

Lead-out 2 Broke Girls was only a point behind in these demos and rated higher with household shoppers with kids, to average 11.3% – 15.0% overall.

The sitcom blitzkrieg left House Husbands with only 2.4% – 6.4% of the key demos, and while its biggest audience was far and away HHS, their viewership slipped from 8%, on the back of Fair Go’s 6.1% – 13.6%, to 5.6% by the end credits.

3rd Degree fared even worse, averaging merely 2.4% – 3.9%, which led to lead-out Sons of Anarchy (3.7% – 6.0%) losing to TV2’s Once Upon a Time (4.6% – 6.0%) but not TV One’s perennial ne’er-do-well, Hostages (0.8% – 2.3%).

Overall, TV2 posted the biggest gains over the previous Wednesday and TV3 the biggest losses while TV One largely improved.

Wednesday’s peak-hour HD channel ratings and shares were:

  • Adults 18-49: TV One, 5.5 rating/20.7 share; TV2, 9.4 rating/35.0 share; TV3, 4.1 rating/15.5 share
  • Adults 18-39: TV One, 4.3 rating/17.4 share; TV2, 8.9 rating/36.1 share; TV3, 3.9 rating/15.8 share
  • Adults 25-54: TV One, 6.9 rating/23.0 share; TV2, 9.2 rating/30.6 share; TV3, 5.8 rating/16.1 share
  • HHS: TV One, 9.4 rating/27.9 share; TV2, 11.5 rating/33.3 share; TV3, 5.5 rating/16.0 share.
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