While the Young Sheldon TV show didn’t beat out its parent-series, The Big Bang Theory, in the Nielsen ratings race, it was still a top-three performer during its freshman year on CBS. Now that the prequel is back for a second season, which coincides with Big Bang‘s final outing, can it pull in an even larger audience? Will Young Sheldon be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
A CBS single-camera comedy, Young Sheldon stars Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Annie Potts, Montana Jordan, and Raegan Revord, with Jim Parsons narrating. Season two of the sitcom unfolds in 1990 and centers on Sheldon Cooper (Armitage), as a 10-year-old boy. Surviving childhood in an East Texas outpost — one dedicated to all things faith and football — is no mean feat for this unique genius and his otherwise ordinary family.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — typically around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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For comparisons: The first season of Young Sheldon on CBS averaged a 2.21 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 12.515 viewers.
Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you like the Young Sheldon TV series? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a third season on CBS?
*2/22/19 update: CBS has renewed Young Sheldon for seasons three and four.