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TV Ratings Thursday, May 16, 2024

TV Ratings Thursday, May 16, 2024

The final episodes of Young Sheldon drew a big crowd for CBS.

The comedy ended its seven-season fun Thursday night with 8.95 million viewers for its series finale, based on fast national ratings from Nielsen. That’s the biggest same-day audience for the show in four years — since its third season finale on April 30, 2020.

Young Sheldon ended with a pair of episodes, and the first drew almost as many viewers (8.82 million) at 8 p.m. ET/PT as the 8:30 p.m. finale. The two episodes rank second and third in same-day viewers among all scripted series this season, behind only the post-Super Bowl premiere of Tracker.

Young Sheldon came into Thursday averaging 7.03 million same-day viewers this season, making it the most-watched network comedy for the fifth straight season. Thursday’s episodes finished 25 percent and 27 percent above the same-day average.

CBS has an ongoing, 19-year run of having the most-watched comedy of the season on its airwaves. The streak began with the final season of Everybody Loves Raymond in 2004-05 and continued with Two and a Half Men and Young Sheldon’s predecessor, The Big Bang Theory. The latter three are all executive produced by Chuck Lorre.

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This story will be updated with final ratings figures for Thursday when they become available.

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