'Big Bang Theory' Leads Pack of Critics' Choice Awards Nominees With Five

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Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:20 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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"The Big Bang Theory," the CBS comedy and ratings juggernaut, has been nominated for five Critics' Choice Television Awards, it was announced this week.

"The Big Bang Theory," which just finished its seventh season, tied for the most nominations at five, along with fellow CBS entrant "The Good Wife," FX's "Fargo," Showtime's "Masters of Sex," and HBO entrant "The Normal Heart," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association presents the annual Critics' Choice Awards, which will be aired from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 19 on The CW.

Four shows received four Critics' Choice nominations — "The Americans" on FX, AMC's "Breaking Bad," Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black," and PBS's hit "Sherlock."

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"The Hobbit's" Martin Freeman, who stars in "Fargo" and "Sherlock," managed to earn individual nominations for both shows. Walton Goggins did the same for "Justified" and "Sons of Anarchy," and so did Allison Janney for "Masters of Sex" and "Mom," stated The Reporter.

"The Big Bang Theory" will be vying for the coveted Best Comedy Series prize against "Broad City," "Louie," "Orange Is the New Black," "Silicon Valley," and "Veep." "Breaking Bad," which wrapped up its final season last summer, is nominated for Best Drama alongside "The Americans," "Game of Thrones," "The Good Wife," "Masters of Sex," and "True Detective."

FX topped all other networks with a total 19 nominations, edging out HBO, which pulled in 18, according to The Reporter.

Frontrunner "The Big Bang Theory" continues to generate gangbusters ratings. This week, Forbes reported that this year's ratings in the prized 18-49 category have catapulted the show to a spot on the list of top 10 most highly rated shows of the season. Others on that list include "NCIS," "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Person of Interest," and "Blue Bloods."

Deadline.com reported that only NFL's "Sunday Night Football" on NBC drew more viewers on average this year than "The Big Bang Theory," which had 19.96 million viewers, 7.88 million of which were in the 18-49 target demo. "Sunday Night Football" pulled 21.528 million and 9.971 million, respectively.

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