The Big Bang Theory TV series on CBS has set two new records, which also sets a higher standard among adults 18-49 with 19.25 million viewers, bringing in a 6.1 rating, according to Nielsen.

The two records were broken with it’s first episode of 2013, which aired last Thursday.

The 6.1 rating bests Thursday’s fast affiliate showing by a tenth of a point. The 6.0 adults record was set on Feb. 8, 2010, and matched the next month. It’s quite astonishing, since the show’s creator is Chuck Lorre, the same person who started Two and a Half Men.

One of the reasons for the record due to a lack of competition, and as a result, it’s been a stronger season than ever before.

The previous record for the Big Bang Theory was set on November 15 with 17.63 million viewers. Not too shabby, eh?

Through December, the sixth season of Big Bang Theory is averaging a 5.1 rating among adults 18-49 in Live+Same Day and a 7.1 rating with seven days of DVR usage. In total viewers, the numbers are 16.2 million and 20.3 million, respectively.

The show is centered on five intricate and masterfully intertwined friends who drive each other crazy with their geek intellect. Some fans claim that the characters resemble those from the “That 70s Show.”

The Big Bang Theory is definitely one of the best sitcoms of all time.

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