NEW YORK (AP) — CBS is getting a bigger bang out of its most popular comedy.
The Nielsen ratings company said Tuesday that "The Big Bang Theory" set a series record with 17.6 million viewers last week.
The Thursday night comedy is in its sixth year. It was second only to NBC's Sunday night football game in popularity for the week.
"The Big Bang Theory" is about geeky technology institute workers, an aspiring actress and their friends. Its reruns are very popular on TBS and appear to be fueling interest in original episodes.
It was a big CBS week in the ratings. Eight out of the top 10 scripted shows were on CBS, with ABC's "Modern Family" and "Castle" the only two exceptions.