Spinoffs are a tricky business, while many fail, sometimes you get a “Frasier” and everyone is the better for it. CBS seems confident in the network’s newest “The Big Bang Theory” spinoff, having given the series a full season order this week. The series premiered Monday night, September 25th, and it was the most watched comedy premiere on any network since 2011. Getting a full-season order just two-days after the premiere is a rarity in the TV world, but the show certainly pulled-in the ratings to justify such a quick decision.
The show averaged 17.21M viewers, a staggering debut to say the least, and it is now the highest rated new comedy since 2013. In addition, it retained 98% of its “The Big Bang Theory” viewer lead-in, 93% in adults 18-49 and 95% in adults 25-54, the best retention percentages for any new comedy following an original episode of “The Big Bang Theory”. Following its special Monday night broadcast this week, “Young Sheldon” now moves to its regular time period on Thursday, November 2 at 8:30 PM. The show will once again be following “The Big Bang Theory“.
While the lead-in will certainly help the show, this will be a tougher test than it’s Monday night debut, going up against other network’s popular Thursday night offerings.
“Young Sheldon” stars Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Annie Potts, Montana Jordan, Raegan Revord and the voice of Jim Parsons. Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak are executive producers for Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc., in association with Warner Bros. Television.
CBS is also celebrating its success with its daytime TV lineup. CBS Daytime ended the full 52-week 2016-2017 broadcast year at #1 for the 31st consecutive year, one of the longest winning streaks in television history, which began in 1986. The Network’s daypart features a balance of dramas, game shows and talk, including network television’s #1 daytime program and longest-running game show “The Price is Right,” the #1 daytime drama “The Young and the Restless,” the Daytime Emmy Award-winning “The Talk, “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and “Let’s Make a Deal”.