CBS Wins Premiere Week in Viewers

CBS Wins Premiere Week in Viewers


CBS Has 8 of the Week’s Top 10 Dramas, the Top Three Comedies…And 4 of the Top 5 New Series

“Young Sheldon” Is Television’s #1 New Show

“The Big Bang Theory” Is the #1 Scripted Show of the Week in Viewers and Adults 18-49

“SEAL Team” Premieres as Wednesday’s #1 Program

“Wisdom of the Crowd” Debuts as Sunday’s #1 New Series

CBS placed first in premiere week in viewers for the ninth consecutive season, led by television’s #1 new show, the #1 show of the week and two of the top three new dramas, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Sept. 25.

CBS had four of the week’s top five new series in viewers, including the #1 new program (YOUNG SHELDON), Wednesday’s #1 program (SEAL TEAM) and Sunday’s #1 new program (WISDOM OF THE CROWD). The Network’s other debuting series, the comedy ME, MYSELF & I, was the #2 new comedy.

CBS’ premiere week also featured the week’s top three comedies (THE BIG BANG THEORY, YOUNG SHELDON and KEVIN CAN WAIT) and eight of the top 10 dramas (NCIS, BULL, BLUE BLOODS, SEAL TEAM, NCIS: LOS ANGELES, WISDOM OF THE CROWD, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS and HAWAII FIVE-0).

CBS placed first in viewers with the #1 program of the night on Monday (THE BIG BANG THEORY), Tuesday (NCIS), Wednesday (SEAL TEAM), Thursday (THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL) and Friday (BLUE BLOODS).

CBS Broadcasts in the Top 20:

#1 – THE BIG BANG THEORY Season Premiere (17.65m) – most watched comedy during premiere week for the 6th consecutive season, adding +4.36m viewers (22.02m) with L+3 day lift.

#2 – YOUNG SHELDON Series Premiere (17.21m) – most watched new comedy series premiere on any network since 2011, adding +4.28m viewers (21.50m) with L+3 day lift.

#4 – CBS+NFLN THU NT FOOTBALL: CHICAGO/GREEN BAY Season Premiere (14.61m).


#6 – NCIS Season Premiere (13.29m) – most watched drama during premiere week for the 9th consecutive season, adding +3.01m (16.30m) with L+3 day lift.

#9 – 60 MINUTES (12.46m)

#10 – CBS+NFLN THU NT PRE-KICK (11.34m)

#14 – KEVIN CAN WAIT Season Premiere (10.26m), adding 1.77m viewers (12.03m) with L+3 day lift.

#16 – BULL Season Premiere (10.06m), adding +2.93m (12.99m) with L+3 day lift.

#17 – BLUE BLOODS Season Premiere (10.04m).

#18 – SEAL TEAM Series Premiere (9.87m) adding +3.28m (13.16m) with L+3 day lift.

#20 – NCIS: LOS ANGELES Season Premiere (8.95m).

CBS Weekly Highlights:

THE BIG BANG THEORY: THE BIG BANG THEORY (P) was Monday’s #1 broadcast in viewers (17.65m), adults 25-54 (5.8) and adults 18-49 (4.1). Compared to last season’s Monday premiere, it was up +7% in adults 25-54 (from 5.4/16), +8% in adults 18-49 (from 3.8/14) and added +1.83m viewers (from 15.82m, +7%).

YOUNG SHELDON: YOUNG SHELDON (P) posted the best premiere delivery for a comedy on any network since 2011 in both viewers (17.21m) and adults 25-54 (5.5) and best in adults 18-49 (3.8) since 2013. YOUNG SHELDON retained 95% of its THE BIG BANG THEORY lead in with adults 25-54, 93% with adults 18-49 and 98% of its lead in viewer total, the best retention percentage for any new comedy with a new THE BIG BANG THEORY episode as a lead-in.

SEAL TEAM: SEAL TEAM (P) was Wednesday’s #1 program in viewers (9.87m), posting the time period’s best delivery with a regularly scheduled program in viewers since March 23, 2016 (Shemar Moore’s final episode of CRIMINAL MINDS).

WISDOM OF THE CROWD: WISDOM OF THE CROWD (P) was Sunday’s #1 new series in viewers (8.83m) and adults 25-54 (1.9).

BLUE BLOODS: BLUE BLOODS (P) was Friday’s #1 program in viewers (10.04m), adults 18-49 (1.1) and adults 25-54 (1.8).