May 17, 2019



Nothing was going to touch the finale of THE BIG BANG THEORY.

DEMOGRAPHIC DETAIL: For each broadcast program (or hour segment), the chart below displays preliminary live+same day key advertiser demographics (adult 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 ratings), audience skews (women 18-49, men 18-49 and adults 50+ shares) and total viewership (thousands of people over the age of 2).

Ratings analysis and comparisons follow the chart.

CBS:  THE BIG BANG THEORY ended its run at 3.1, up a huge 1.1 from last week.  It says something about network TV, though, that this was up only 0.2 from last year’s season finale.  The YOUNG SHELDON season finale jumped 0.7 from last week to 2.2, which was steady with the 2018 finale.  That was followed by a BIG BANG special UNRAVELING THE MYSTERY at 1.8.  The season finale of SWAT gained 0.2 from last week to 0.9, which was steady with last year’s finale.

ABC:  The GREY’S ANATOMY season finale was dented by BIG BANG, down 0.1 from last week (and 0.6 from 2018) to 1.3.  The STATION 19 season finale lost 0.1 from last week (and 0.2 from last year) to 0.8.  The FOR THE PEOPLE series finale was up 0.1 from last week to 0.5.

NBC:  Back-to-back season finale episodes of SUPERSTORE were at 0.6/0.6, down from last week’s 0.8/0.7 and from last season’s 0.8 finale.  BROOKLYN NINE-NINE had a similar format t 0.5/0.5, down 0.1 from last week and also down from 2018’s 0.8 (when it aired on FOX and on Sunday).  The SVU season finale was steady with last week’s 0.7, but down quite a bit from last season’s 1.1/1.3.

FOX:  PARADISE HOTEL dropped 0.2 to 0.3.

CW:  IZOMBIE held last week’s 0.2, and IN THE DARK was up 0.1 to 0.2.

Tonight’s season finales include CBS’s HAWAII 5-0 and NBC’s THE BLACKLIST. 

COMPARISONS TO SIMILAR NIGHTS: Preliminary adult 18-49 live+same day ratings versus the same night last year and same night last week.

CABLE RATINGS: Come back this afternoon for detailed demographic ratings for top cable programs from this day.




About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."