“The Big Bang Theory” ended with, well, a bang Thursday night: The long-running CBS sitcom’s series finale scored a 3.1 rating in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic and 18 million viewers, according to overnight Nielsen data.
That key demo rating is the best the Chuck Lorre-created comedy has seen since it landed its last 3.1 in January 2018. The series finale’s total viewer tally marks more than a 3-year high in “BBT’s” overall-eyeballs count, with the previous winner being the Season 9premiere in 2015, which scored 18.2 million total viewers.
CBS won Thursday primetime outright, thanks to those gaudy numbers.
CBS was first in ratings with a 2.0 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 12 million, according to preliminary numbers. From 8-9 p.m., “The Big Bang Theory” series finale landed that previously mentioned 3.1 and 18 million viewers. At 9, the second season finale of “Young Sheldon” earned a 2.2 and 13.7 million viewers. At 9:30, the “Big Bang Farewell” special put up a 1.8 and 11.8 million viewers. The “S.W.A.T.” finale at 10 received a 0.9 and 6 million viewers.
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