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Thursday Overnights: CBS’ ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Closes Season 11 with a Big Bang

CBS' 'Young Sheldon' and 'Mom' and NBC's 'Chicago Fire' Also Conclude for the Season

THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 6.2/11, ABC and NBC: 3.4/ 6 each, Fox: 1.8/ 3, CW: 0.9/ 2

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS: +24, Fox: +12, NBC: + 3, CW: no change, ABC: -11

Ratings Breakdown:
CBS stood well above the competition on this second Thursday in May thanks to “The Big Bang Theory” season-ender, which rose to a 10.4 rating/19 share in the household overnights in the 8 p.m. half-hour. Comparably, this bested the year-ago season-finale (8.5/15 on 5.11/17) by 22 percent (which is unprecedented for an 11-year-old series). And it led into an 8.1/14 for prequel “Young Sheldon” at 8:30 p.m., which closed is rock-successful first season.

Next on the Eye net were two episodes of “Mom” (including the season-finale at 9:30 p.m.), which at an average 5.7/10 in the 9 p.m. hour benefited all season by the increased lead-in support for “Young Sheldon.”

At 10 p.m. “S.W.A.T.” on CBS finished second with a 3.7/ 7 in households, which trailed the season six ending episode of NBC’s “Chicago Fire” (#1: 4.4/ 8) by 16 percent. ABC could not compete with “Quantico” at a mere 1.5/ 3, which dipped from recently introduced lead-in “Station 19” (#3: 3.1/ 5 at 9 p.m.) by 52 percent.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was an encore telecast of just renewed “Law & Order: SVU” (#3: 1.9/ 3 at 8 p.m.) into a second-place 3.9/ 7 for a 9 p.m. edition of “Chicago Fire.”

ABC opened the evening, meanwhile, with veteran “Grey’s Anatomy” at a consistent (and second place) 5.7/10 from 8-9 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy” concludes for the season next week.

Elsewhere, Fox could not compete with its pairing of “Gotham” (#4: 1.7/ 3) and “Showtime at the Apollo” (#4: 1.8/ 3). And The CW featured “Supernatural” (#5: 1.0/ 2) and “Arrow” (#5: 0.9/ 2).

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Thursday, May 3 broken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.7/10 (#2)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (season finale): 10.4/19 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 1.8/ 3 (#3t)
Fox – “Gotham”: 1.8/ 3 (#3t)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.7/10 (#2)
CBS – “Young Sheldon” (season finale): 8.1/14 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 2.0/ 3 (#3)
Fox – “Gotham”: 1.7/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Station 19”: 3.2/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Mom”: 6.0/10 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 3.9/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo”: 1.7/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Arrow”: 0.9/ 2 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Station 19”: 3.1/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Mom” (season finale): 5.4/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 3.9/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo”: 1.9/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Arrow”: 0.9/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Quantico”: 1.6/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “S.W.A.T.: 3.8/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Fire” (season finale): 4.4/ 8 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Quantico”: 1.4/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “S.W.A.T.”: 3.5/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Fire” (season finale): 4.4/ 8 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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