The kid may be alright.
Young Sheldon — the much-anticipated spinoff of The Big Bang Theory on CBS — was Monday’s most-watched new show, according to very early ratings from Nielsen. The half-hour comedy that stars Iain Armitage in the title role averaged 16.5 million viewers and a 3.7 rating among adults 18-49. It was Monday’s highest-rated new show and second most-popular show among 18-49 behind The Big Bang Theory, which had a surprise of its own to reveal to fans.
Last season, TBBT ended with Sheldon (Jim Parsons) proposing to Amy (Mayim Bailik). The show returned with Amy’s reply — a big fat yes! — which translated into stellar ratings for the aging comedy: it averaged a 3.9 in 18-49 and was the night’s most-watched show with 16.9 million viewers, Nielsen says.
Each 18-49 ratings point represents 1.189 million viewers.
The prognosis may be good for The Good Doctor, ABC’s new drama that premiered after Dancing with the Stars. The new series starring Freddie Highmore as an M.D. with autism averaged 11.8 million and a 2.4 rating among 18-49, ABC’s highest-rated show of the night.
CBS’ other new comedy, Me, Myself and I, averaged 7.3 million viewers and a 1.7 million in 18-49.
The early numbers show that CBS squeaked out a win in 18-49 over NBC and The Voice. CBS also had the most viewers.
All these ratings will look a lot more impressive once those delayed-viewing reports are released.