won the Emmy for lead actor in a comedy series Sunday for playing ultra-geeky Sheldon Cooper on the huge CBS hit
Parsons beat ouf fellow nominees
It's Parsons' third Emmy win in the role. He also won back-to-back
The most recent season was its highest-rated yet, with an average viewership of 18.68 per episode.
"The Big Bang Theory" received a total of seven nominations this year, including one for outstanding comedy series and supporting actress Mayim Bialik.
The series is set to begin its seventh season this week, while the cast is reportedly negotiating a larger payday for a possible eighth season.