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It finally happened: Penny (Kaley Cuoco) told Leonard (Johnny Galecki) that she loved him on "The Big Bang Theory" (Thursdays at 8 p.m. Est on CBS).

And while it was an emotional scene for viewers, it wasn't easy for Cuoco either.

"I cried at the table read. I cried in the rehearsal. I cried in run-throughs," Cuoco told TVLine. "That’s why I had to take such a long beat, because I thought, 'If I close my eyes, tears are just going to come streaming down my face,' and I wanted it to look more pent-up. I thought, 'Oh, they’ll tighten that [in editing],' but they left it all in there. I guess they liked it."

There's no doubt that viewers liked it, especially because so many of them tuned in.

The show -- which is currently in its sixth season -- racked in 17.6 million viewers on November 15, making »


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