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TV ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' wins night; 'Gotham' premieres strong
TV ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' wins night; 'Gotham' premieres strong

Season 8 of CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" kicked off with -- you guessed it -- a bang. Back-to-back episodes of the highly anticipated sitcom topped Monday night TV ratings and elevated CBS to the No. 1 most-watched network, according to Nielsen. The 8 p.m. season premiere drew in roughly 17.7 million viewers and earned a rating of 5.3 in the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic. A second original episode of the show, which aired at 8:30 p.m., posted slightly higher numbers, with roughly 17.9 million viewers and a rating of 5.4 in the key demo. Also on the network, the premiere of "Scorpion" was the third-most-watched program of the night overall. The lead-in...

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