You know youâ€™ve hit the big time when you open the New York Times, turn to the arts section and find a story about the surge in ratings for your red-hot TV show. This morningâ€™s piece, â€œThe Big Surprise of â€˜Big Bangâ€™: The Bigger Audienceâ€ is a wholly positive story about TVâ€™s â€œThe Big Bang Theory,â€ which features Jim Parsons â€™01 (MFA) as uber-geek/theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper.
The newspaper story relates that so far this fall, the show has â€œbecome the highest-rated live-action comedy among the sought-after young-adult demographic group.â€ In fact, itâ€™s hot on the heels of its lead-in, the wildly successful â€œTwo and a Half Men,â€ which until now has been CBSâ€™ highest rated comedy.
In conversationÂ in advance of a cover story in USD Magazine a few months ago, Parsons admitted that when he first read the script, he had no idea that the show would be a hit. â€œNot a clue! I donâ€™t feel like Iâ€™m a very accurate judge of what, necessarily, is a good script or bad script. There are things that Iâ€™ve enjoyed that arenâ€™t very good; there are things that I have not understood that have been just riveting once they were produced.â€
Clearly, something struck a chord, not just with Parsons but with his audience. According to the New York Times, last Mondayâ€™s episode drew nearly 13 million viewers, just 5 percent fewer than â€œTwo and a Half Men.â€ Of course, the publicity around Parsonsâ€™ recent Emmy nomination for best actor in a comedy doesnâ€™t hurt.
â€œItâ€™s fun,â€ Parsons said, when asked about making the show during that earlier interview. â€œWeâ€™re very fortunate with our writers; they do an excellent job of constructing an episode, and our editors have a really good rhythm. Whatâ€™s probably most fun is that it just zings along and then itâ€™s wrapped up and then itâ€™s over. Itâ€™s gratifying, but a little weird to see all those hours of work condensed into 22 minutes.â€
â€” Julene Snyder
â€œThe Big Bang Theoryâ€ airs on CBS Mondays at 9:30 p.m. Read the New York Times story about the show here.