By James Hibberd
Updated January 04, 2013 at 12:00 PM EST
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BIG BANG THEORY

Who’s afraid of a winter break?

Not Big Bang Theory which returned Thursday night after a three-week hiatus to its largest audience ever — 19 million viewers. We’ve all grown accustomed to Big Bang doing great numbers, but still … an 8 p.m. sitcom delivering nearly 20 million people in the year of our lord 2013 is just incredible.

Big Bang also matched its series high in the adults 18-49 demo with a 6.0 rating, then helped propel Two and a Half Men to season highs in viewers and the demo. Person of Interest matched its series high and at 10 p.m. Elementary matched its best numbers since its premiere.

Nearly everybody else aired repeats, which surely helped CBS. Here’s the full chart:

ADULT RANK IN DEMO

ADULTS 18-49

TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)

FOX

8-9P

MOBBED

S

#6

1.0

2,740

9-10P

MOBBED

S

#5

1.2

3,090

ABC

8-9P

NASHVILLE

RS

#12t

0.7

3,189

9-10P

SCANDAL

RS

#12t

0.7

2,908

10-11P

SCANDAL

R

#7t

0.9

3,653

CBS

8:00P

BIG BANG

#1

6.0

18,984

8:30P

TWO&MEN

#2

4.6

15,393

9-10P

PERSON INTEREST

#3

3.4

16,135

10-11P

ELEMENTARY

#4

2.5

11,363

NBC

8:00P

30 ROCK

R

#9t

0.8

2,465

8:30P

UP-NIGHT

R

#9t

0.8

1,962

9:00P

OFFICE

R

#7t

0.9

2,152

9:30P

PARK & REC

R

#12t

0.7

1,691

10-11P

ROCK-WILLIAMS

#9t

0.8

3,433

CW

8-9P

VAMPIRE DIARIES

R

#15

0.4

1,124

9-10P

BEAUTY&BEAST

R

#16

0.3

868

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