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Updated Thursday Ratings: ‘Big Bang Theory’ on CBS Reaches Best Total Viewer Mark in Almost Four Years with Series Finale

Most-Watched Episode Since its Ninth Season Premiere in September 2015

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Thursday, May 16. These results are time period based and are only approximate.

Total Viewers (in millions):
CBS: 12.24 million, ABC: 4.44, NBC: 2.45, Fox: 1.09, CW: 0.57

Adults 18-49 (rating / share):
CBS: 2.0 rating/10 share, ABC: 0.8/ 4, NBC: 0.6/ 3, Fox: 0.3/ 2, CW: 0.2/ 1

Adults 18-34 (rating / share):
CBS: 0.9 rating/ 6 share, ABC: 0.6/ 4, NBC: 0.4/ 3, Fox: 0.2/ 2, CW: 0.1/ 1

Adults 25-54 (rating / share):
CBS: 3.1 rating/12 share, ABC: 1.1/ 4, NBC: 0.8/ 3, Fox: 0.4/ 2, CW: 0.2/ 1

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8:00 PM

ABC – Grey’s Anatomy (season finale)
Viewers: 5.97 million (#2), Adults 18-49: 1.3/7 (#2),
Adults 18-34: 0.9/7 (#2), Adults 25-54: 1.6/7 (#2)

CBS – The Big Bang Theory (series finale)
Viewers: 17.58 million (#1), Adults 18-49: 3.0/16 (#1),
Adults 18-34: 1.4/10 (#1), Adults 25-54: 4.6/19 (#1)

NBC – Superstore (season finale)
Viewers: 2.41 million (#3), Adults 18-49: 0.6/3 (#3),
Adults 18-34: 0.3/3 (#3), Adults 25-54: 0.9/4 (#3)

Fox – Paradise Hotel
Viewers: 1.32 million (#4), Adults 18-49: 0.4/2 (#4),
Adults 18-34: 0.3/2 (#3), Adults 25-54: 0.5/2 (#4)

CW – iZombie
Viewers: 0.68 million (#5), Adults 18-49: 0.2/1 (#5),
Adults 18-34: 0.1/1 (#5), Adults 25-54: 0.3/1 (#5)

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8:30 PM

ABC – Grey’s Anatomy (season finale)
Viewers: 5.84 million (#2), Adults 18-49: 1.3/6 (#2),
Adults 18-34: 0.9/6 (#2), Adults 25-54: 1.7/7 (#2)

CBS – The Big Bang Theory (series finale)
Viewers: 18.41 million (#1), Adults 18-49: 3.2/16 (#1),
Adults 18-34: 1.5/11 (#1), Adults 25-54: 4.9/19 (#1)

NBC – Superstore (season finale)
Viewers: 2.02 million (#3), Adults 18-49: 0.6/3 (#3),
Adults 18-34: 0.3/2 (#3), Adults 25-54: 0.8/3 (#3)

Fox – Paradise Hotel
Viewers: 0.98 million (#4), Adults 18-49: 0.3/2 (#4),
Adults 18-34: 0.2/1 (#4), Adults 25-54: 0.4/1 (#4)

CW – iZombie
Viewers: 0.56 million (#5), Adults 18-49: 0.2/1 (#5),
Adults 18-34: 0.1/1 (#5), Adults 25-54: 0.2/1 (#5)

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9:00 PM

ABC – Station 19 (season finale)
Viewers: 4.91 million (#2), Adults 18-49: 0.8/4 (#2),
Adults 18-34: 0.6/4 (#2), Adults 25-54: 1.2/4 (#2)

CBS – Young Sheldon (season finale)
Viewers: 13.70 million (#1), Adults 18-49: 2.2/10 (#1),
Adults 18-34: 1.0/7 (#1), Adults 25-54: 3.4/13 (#1)

NBC – Brooklyn Nine-Nine (season finale)
Viewers: 1.70 million (#3), Adults 18-49: 0.5/3 (#3),
Adults 18-34: 0.4/3 (#3), Adults 25-54: 0.7/3 (#3)

Fox – Paradise Hotel
Viewers: 1.04 million (#4), Adults 18-49: 0.3/2 (#4),
Adults 18-34: 0.2/1 (#4), Adults 25-54: 0.4/1 (#4)

CW – In The Dark
Viewers: 0.50 million (#5), Adults 18-49: 0.2/1 (#5),
Adults 18-34: 0.1/0 (#5), Adults 25-54: 0.2/1 (#5)

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9:30 PM

ABC – Station 19 (season finale)
Viewers: 4.85 million (#2), Adults 18-49: 0.8/4 (#2),
Adults 18-34: 0.6/4 (#2), Adults 25-54: 1.1/4 (#2)

CBS – Unraveling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell (special)
Viewers: 11.76 million (#1), Adults 18-49: 1.8/8 (#1),
Adults 18-34: 0.8/5 (#1), Adults 25-54: 2.8/10 (#1)

NBC – Brooklyn Nine-Nine (season finale)
Viewers: 1.53 million (#3), Adults 18-49: 0.5/2 (#3),
Adults 18-34: 0.4/3 (#3), Adults 25-54: 0.6/2 (#3)

Fox – Paradise Hotel
Viewers: 1.04 million (#4), Adults 18-49: 0.3/2 (#4),
Adults 18-34: 0.2/1 (#4), Adults 25-54: 0.4/1 (#4)

CW – In The Dark
Viewers: 0.54 million (#5), Adults 18-49: 0.2/1 (#5),
Adults 18-34: 0.1/1 (#5), Adults 25-54: 0.2/1 (#5)

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10:00 PM

ABC – For the People (season finale)
Viewers: 2.66 million (#3), Adults 18-49: 0.5/2 (#3),
Adults 18-34: 0.3/2 (#3), Adults 25-54: 0.6/2 (#3)

CBS – S.W.A.T. (season finale)
Viewers: 6.45 million (#1), Adults 18-49: 1.0/5 (#1),
Adults 18-34: 0.5/3 (#1), Adults 25-54: 1.6/6 (#1)

NBC – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (season finale)
Viewers: 3.45 million (#2), Adults 18-49: 0.7/3 (#2),
Adults 18-34: 0.4/3 (#2), Adults 25-54: 1.0/4 (#2)

Fox – Local Programming
Viewers: 3.16 million, Adults 18-49: 0.6/3,
Adults 18-34: 0.3/2, Adults 25-54: 0.9/3

CW – Local Programming
Viewers: 1.09 million, Adults 18-49: 0.3/1,
Adults 18-34: 0.1/1, Adults 25-54: 0.4/1

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10:30 PM

ABC – For the People (season finale)
Viewers: 2.45 million (#3), Adults 18-49: 0.5/2 (#3),
Adults 18-34: 0.3/2 (#3), Adults 25-54: 0.6/2 (#3)

CBS – S.W.A.T. (season finale)
Viewers: 5.53 million (#1), Adults 18-49: 0.8/4 (#1),
Adults 18-34: 0.4/3 (#1), Adults 25-54: 1.3/5 (#1)

NBC – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (season finale)
Viewers: 3.61 million (#2), Adults 18-49: 0.8/4 (#1),
Adults 18-34: 0.4/3 (#1), Adults 25-54: 1.0/4 (#2)

Fox – Local Programming
Viewers: 2.72 million, Adults 18-49: 0.6/3,
Adults 18-34: 0.2/2, Adults 25-54: 0.9/3

CW – Local Programming
Viewers: 0.96 million, Adults 18-49: 0.2/1,
Adults 18-34: 0.1/1, Adults 25-54: 0.3/1

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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  1. Great total viewer number for BBT, but man did that skew OLD! TV has sure aged in the past few years. At one point, a show with 18 million viewers would easily pull a 4-5 demo on CBS. Still a great run for Sheldon and company. CBS will miss this show.

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