‘Community’ Wins Big Ratings: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Blackout to Thank?

PierceAs at least (almost) five million people are already aware, last night marked Community‘s triumphant return to NBC after an extended hiatus. The sitcom’s first new episode since December wasn’t only a victory in terms of quality, but also in terms of ratings. Community has been on the receiving end of meager ratings since the series’ inception, but last night delivered an unprecedented viewer intake: 4.9 million, with a 2.2 in the 18-49 demographic.

Clearly, the excitement over Community‘s return contributed significantly to the ratings. Since it was announced that the show would be suspended indefinitely back in the fall, a surge of support for the series manifested among the viewing public.
Beyond the revitalized passion of the fan base, however, there was another potential contributing factor to Community‘s high ratings last night. The CBS hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory, which shares an 8 p.m. ET/PT Thursday time slot with Community, did not air a new episode last night. This alone would not necessitate high ratings for Community. Even when TBBT was off before, its competitor has not fared nearly this well.
If this sort of ratings intake can continue steadily for the rest of Community‘s season, it might well result in the desired fourth season, which is still up in the air. Keep watching, Greendale fans!
Source: THR
Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.