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Big Bang Theory audience 2007-2019, by season

The final season of the Big Bang Theory had an average viewership of 17.31 million people per episode, which was the show’s lowest average viewership since its fifth season. Despite the viewership decreases when compared to some of the show’s previous seasons, Big Bang remained one of the most watched shows on TV during the 2018/19 season alongside its spinoff series ‘Young Sheldon’.

Big Bang Theory

First aired on CBS in 2007, The Big Bang Theory lasted for an impressive 12 seasons, becoming one of the most watched shows in the United States during its run. In its final season, the cost of a 30 second advertisement spot amounted to over 285 thousand dollars, and its main stars, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Heldberg were the among the highest paid actors on TV, each earning tens of millions of dollars for their role on the sitcom. As evidenced by its viewership figures, advertising revenues, and actor salaries, the program’s unique brand of nerdy comedy proved to be massively appealing to fans all over the world.

Average number of the Big Bang Theory viewers in the United States as of May 2019, by season

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Release date

May 2019


United States

Survey time period

as of May 2019

Special properties

seven-day delayed viewing where available

Supplementary notes

Data prior to Season 12 comes from earlier articles.

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