Live+7 Ratings for Week of May 13: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Finale Hits 24 Million Viewers

Will Thorne

The grand finale of “The Big Bang Theory” saw an even greater ratings explosion in delayed viewing.

Having registered a stellar 3.1 rating in the key 18-49 demographic in Live+Same Day, the finale grew by 56% to finish with a round 5.0 rating in Live+7. For comparison, “Big Bang” averaged a 3.8 in Live+7 throughout its 12th and final season.

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In terms of total viewership, the finale saw a 34% bump in delayed, finishing with 24.75 million viewers after it was watched by 18.5 during its live broadcast.

The finale’s initial rating was the show’s highest since January, 2018, while the total viewership figure was the highest it produced since September, 2015. “Big Bang Theory” is the first show to end its run as TV’s top series since the final season of “Seinfeld” aired in 1998.

With such a substantial lead-in, it’s hardly a surprise that “Big Bang” spinoff “Young Sheldon” came in a comfortable second place in the L+7 ratings for the week of May 13 with a 3.1 (up 48% from a 2.1 in live). “Young Sheldon” also impressively managed to beat out viewership juggernaut “NCIS” in total eyeballs. The Iain Armitage starrer was watched by 17.6 million viewers in delayed to 15.4 million for “NCIS.”

Read the full week’s rankings below.

Live+7 Adults 18-49

Telecast

Network

Broadcast Date

Live+SD A18-49

Live+7 A18-49

Actual Gain

% Gain

BIG BANG THEORY, THE

CBS

05/16/2019

3.2

5.0

+1.8

+56%

YOUNG SHELDON

CBS

05/16/2019

2.1

3.1

+1.0

+48%

GREY’S ANATOMY

ABC

05/16/2019

1.3

2.4

+1.1

+85%

BIG BANG FAREWELL, A

CBS

05/16/2019

1.7

2.3

+0.6

+35%

SURVIVOR

CBS

05/15/2019

1.5

2.2

+0.7

+47%

911

FOX

05/13/2019

1.3

2.1

+0.8

+62%

BACHELORETTE, THE

ABC

05/13/2019

1.4

2.0

+0.6

+43%

CHICAGO PD

NBC

05/15/2019

1.0

1.9

+0.9

+90%

NEW AMSTERDAM

NBC

05/14/2019

0.9

1.8

+0.9

+100%

NCIS

CBS

05/14/2019

1.1

1.8

+0.7

+64%

CHICAGO FIRE

NBC

05/15/2019

1.1

1.8

+0.7

+64%

CHICAGO MED

NBC

05/15/2019

1.1

1.7

+0.6

+55%

AMERICAN IDOL-SUN

ABC

05/19/2019

1.5

1.7

+0.2

+13%

LAW AND ORDER:SVU

NBC

05/16/2019

0.7

1.6

+0.9

+129%

STATION 19

ABC

05/16/2019

0.8

1.5

+0.7

+88%

S.W.A.T.

CBS

05/16/2019

0.9

1.5

+0.6

+67%

SURVIVOR REUNION

CBS

05/15/2019

0.9

1.5

+0.6

+67%

FBI

CBS

05/14/2019

0.8

1.4

+0.6

+75%

VOICE

NBC

05/13/2019

1.1

1.4

+0.3

+27%

VOICE-TUE

NBC

05/14/2019

1.0

1.3

+0.3

+30%

BLACKLIST

NBC

05/17/2019

0.6

1.2

+0.6

+100%

BULL

CBS

05/13/2019

0.7

1.2

+0.5

+71%

WHISKEY CAVALIER

ABC

05/15/2019

0.4

1.1

+0.7

+175%

GOOD GIRLS

NBC

05/19/2019

0.5

1.1

+0.6

+120%

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS

CBS

05/14/2019

0.6

1.1

+0.5

+83%

SUPERSTORE

NBC

05/16/2019

0.6

1.1

+0.5

+83%

SUPERSTORE 5/16

NBC

05/16/2019

0.6

1.1

+0.5

+83%

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE

ABC

05/14/2019

0.8

1.1

+0.3

+38%

HAWAII FIVE-0 10P-SPECIAL

CBS

05/17/2019

0.5

1.0

+0.5

+100%

NCIS: LOS ANGELES 10PM

CBS

05/19/2019

0.5

1.0

+0.5

+100%

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

NBC

05/16/2019

0.5

1.0

+0.5

+100%

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE 5/16

NBC

05/16/2019

0.5

1.0

+0.5

+100%

BLACK-ISH

ABC

05/14/2019

0.6

1.0

+0.4

+67%

FLASH

CW

05/14/2019

0.6

1.0

+0.4

+67%

ENEMY WITHIN

NBC

05/13/2019

0.6

1.0

+0.4

+67%

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR

FOX

05/14/2019

0.7

1.0

+0.3

+43%

BLESS THIS MESS

ABC

05/14/2019

0.6

0.9

+0.3

+50%

VILLAGE

NBC

05/14/2019

0.6

0.9

+0.3

+50%

DATELINE-SUN

NBC

05/19/2019

0.7

0.9

+0.2

+29%

FOR THE PEOPLE

ABC

05/16/2019

0.4

0.8

+0.4

+100%

MARVEL AGENTS S.H.I.E.L.D

ABC

05/17/2019

0.4

0.8

+0.4

+100%

DATELINE FRI

NBC

05/17/2019

0.5

0.8

+0.3

+60%

KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, THE

ABC

05/14/2019

0.6

0.8

+0.2

+33%

CODE, THE

CBS

05/13/2019

0.6

0.8

+0.2

+33%

60 MINUTES

CBS

05/19/2019

0.8

0.8

even

+0%

FIX, THE

ABC

05/13/2019

0.4

0.7

+0.3

+75%

JANE THE VIRGIN

CW

05/15/2019

0.2

0.6

+0.4

+200%

HUNDRED, THE

CW

05/14/2019

0.3

0.6

+0.3

+100%

SUPERGIRL

CW

05/19/2019

0.3

0.6

+0.3

+100%

20/20-FRI

ABC

05/17/2019

0.4

0.6

+0.2

+50%

PARADISE HOTEL-MON

FOX

05/13/2019

0.4

0.6

+0.2

+50%

MASTERCHEF FAM SHWDWN-1

FOX

05/15/2019

0.5

0.6

+0.1

+20%

AMER FUNN HM VIDEOS-7PM

ABC

05/19/2019

0.6

0.6

even

+0%

DCS LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

CW

05/13/2019

0.3

0.5

+0.2

+67%

RIVERDALE

CW

05/15/2019

0.3

0.5

+0.2

+67%

PARADISE HOTEL-WED

FOX

05/15/2019

0.3

0.5

+0.2

+67%

48 HOURS

CBS

05/18/2019

0.4

0.5

+0.1

+25%

FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL

FOX

05/18/2019

0.4

0.5

+0.1

+25%

PARADISE HOTEL

FOX

05/16/2019

0.4

0.5

+0.1

+25%

DATELINE MYSTERY-2

NBC

05/18/2019

0.4

0.5

+0.1

+25%

MEGHAN AND HARRY PLUS ONE

CBS

05/17/2019

0.5

0.5

even

+0%

ARROW

CW

05/13/2019

0.2

0.4

+0.2

+100%

CHARMED

CW

05/19/2019

0.2

0.4

+0.2

+100%

1969

ABC

05/14/2019

0.3

0.4

+0.1

+33%

CBS SUN MORN SPC:NO EXIT!

CBS

05/17/2019

0.3

0.4

+0.1

+33%

RED LINE, THE

CBS

05/19/2019

0.3

0.4

+0.1

+33%

FOX MOVIE-SUN SP 5/19

FOX

05/19/2019

0.4

0.4

even

+0%

MENTAL SAMURAI

FOX

05/14/2019

0.4

0.4

even

+0%

DATELINE MYSTERY-1

NBC

05/18/2019

0.4

0.4

even

+0%

RANSOM

CBS

05/18/2019

0.2

0.3

+0.1

+50%

IZOMBIE

CW

05/16/2019

0.2

0.3

+0.1

+50%

DYNASTY

CW

05/17/2019

0.1

0.2

+0.1

+100%

IN THE DARK

CW

05/16/2019

0.2

0.2

even

+0%

Live+7 Total Viewers

Telecast

Network

Broadcast Date

Live+SD Total Viewership (in millions)

Live+7 Total Viewership (in millions)

Actual Gain

% Gain

BIG BANG THEORY, THE

CBS

05/16/2019

18535

24755

+6220

+34%

YOUNG SHELDON

CBS

05/16/2019

13604

17594

+3990

+29%

NCIS

CBS

05/14/2019

11701

15449

+3748

+32%

BIG BANG FAREWELL, A

CBS

05/16/2019

11612

13884

+2272

+20%

FBI

CBS

05/14/2019

8562

12071

+3509

+41%

CHICAGO FIRE

NBC

05/15/2019

7960

11373

+3413

+43%

BULL

CBS

05/13/2019

7191

11183

+3992

+56%

CHICAGO PD

NBC

05/15/2019

6733

10816

+4083

+61%

CHICAGO MED

NBC

05/15/2019

7982

10813

+2831

+35%

NEW AMSTERDAM

NBC

05/14/2019

5544

10110

+4566

+82%

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS

CBS

05/14/2019

6934

10058

+3124

+45%

AMERICAN IDOL-SUN

ABC

05/19/2019

8745

9768

+1023

+12%

SURVIVOR

CBS

05/15/2019

7213

9440

+2227

+31%

911

FOX

05/13/2019

6447

9363

+2916

+45%

GREY’S ANATOMY

ABC

05/16/2019

5995

9110

+3115

+52%

S.W.A.T.

CBS

05/16/2019

5757

8975

+3218

+56%

VOICE

NBC

05/13/2019

7696

8946

+1250

+16%

60 MINUTES

CBS

05/19/2019

8426

8909

+483

+6%

NCIS: LOS ANGELES 10PM

CBS

05/19/2019

5279

8271

+2992

+57%

HAWAII FIVE-0 10P-SPECIAL

CBS

05/17/2019

5111

8198

+3087

+60%

VOICE-TUE

NBC

05/14/2019

6564

7855

+1291

+20%

CODE, THE

CBS

05/13/2019

5543

7332

+1789

+32%

BLACKLIST

NBC

05/17/2019

4513

7330

+2817

+62%

STATION 19

ABC

05/16/2019

4827

7249

+2422

+50%

LAW AND ORDER:SVU

NBC

05/16/2019

3582

6760

+3178

+89%

SURVIVOR REUNION

CBS

05/15/2019

4643

6472

+1829

+39%

BACHELORETTE, THE

ABC

05/13/2019

4784

6400

+1616

+34%

ENEMY WITHIN

NBC

05/13/2019

3675

6138

+2463

+67%

VILLAGE

NBC

05/14/2019

3811

5516

+1705

+45%

MEGHAN AND HARRY PLUS ONE

CBS

05/17/2019

4980

5407

+427

+9%

WHISKEY CAVALIER

ABC

05/15/2019

2541

5356

+2815

+111%

DATELINE-SUN

NBC

05/19/2019

4364

5268

+904

+21%

DATELINE FRI

NBC

05/17/2019

3964

4998

+1034

+26%

AMER FUNN HM VIDEOS-7PM

ABC

05/19/2019

4492

4861

+369

+8%

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE

ABC

05/14/2019

3668

4813

+1145

+31%

FIX, THE

ABC

05/13/2019

2419

4533

+2114

+87%

BLESS THIS MESS

ABC

05/14/2019

2659

4386

+1727

+65%

FOR THE PEOPLE

ABC

05/16/2019

2543

4136

+1593

+63%

RED LINE, THE

CBS

05/19/2019

3236

4125

+889

+27%

GOOD GIRLS

NBC

05/19/2019

2353

4058

+1705

+72%

48 HOURS

CBS

05/18/2019

3090

3900

+810

+26%

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR

FOX

05/14/2019

2837

3881

+1044

+37%

BLACK-ISH

ABC

05/14/2019

2770

3875

+1105

+40%

KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, THE

ABC

05/14/2019

2854

3851

+997

+35%

CBS SUN MORN SPC:NO EXIT!

CBS

05/17/2019

3273

3474

+201

+6%

MARVEL AGENTS S.H.I.E.L.D

ABC

05/17/2019

2183

3420

+1237

+57%

SUPERSTORE

NBC

05/16/2019

2341

3412

+1071

+46%

20/20-FRI

ABC

05/17/2019

2522

3187

+665

+26%

SUPERSTORE 5/16

NBC

05/16/2019

1952

3146

+1194

+61%

RANSOM

CBS

05/18/2019

2245

3058

+813

+36%

DATELINE MYSTERY-2

NBC

05/18/2019

2699

2970

+271

+10%

DATELINE MYSTERY-1

NBC

05/18/2019

2622

2829

+207

+8%

FLASH

CW

05/14/2019

1533

2693

+1160

+76%

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

NBC

05/16/2019

1629

2549

+920

+56%

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE 5/16

NBC

05/16/2019

1548

2457

+909

+59%

FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL

FOX

05/18/2019

2360

2382

+22

+1%

MASTERCHEF FAM SHWDWN-1

FOX

05/15/2019

2012

2282

+270

+13%

1969

ABC

05/14/2019

1802

2261

+459

+25%

SUPERGIRL

CW

05/19/2019

1075

1872

+797

+74%

MENTAL SAMURAI

FOX

05/14/2019

1388

1640

+252

+18%

PARADISE HOTEL-MON

FOX

05/13/2019

1191

1578

+387

+32%

HUNDRED, THE

CW

05/14/2019

819

1572

+753

+92%

DCS LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

CW

05/13/2019

987

1538

+551

+56%

ARROW

CW

05/13/2019

951

1509

+558

+59%

RIVERDALE

CW

05/15/2019

861

1472

+611

+71%

PARADISE HOTEL

FOX

05/16/2019

1111

1455

+344

+31%

PARADISE HOTEL-WED

FOX

05/15/2019

1092

1444

+352

+32%

JANE THE VIRGIN

CW

05/15/2019

616

1370

+754

+122%

FOX MOVIE-SUN SP 5/19

FOX

05/19/2019

1220

1366

+146

+12%

CHARMED

CW

05/19/2019

589

1221

+632

+107%

IZOMBIE

CW

05/16/2019

568

920

+352

+62%

IN THE DARK

CW

05/16/2019

524

847

+323

+62%

DYNASTY

CW

05/17/2019

493

686

+193

+39%

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