The season finale of “The Big Bang Theory” held onto its ratings lead in the week of May 7 after three days of delayed viewing — increased it a bit, in fact.

The CBS show has a 4.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 20.38 million viewers in the Live +3 ratings, up from 2.9 and 15.52 million for the night it aired. It also widened its lead in both measures.

In adults 18-49, “The Big Bang Theory” has a half-point lead over “Roseanne” (4.0), up from 0.3 in the same-day ratings. “Big Bang” increased its total-viewer margin over second-place “NCIS” from 483,000 in the same-day rankings to more than 2 million after three days.

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for May 7-13, 2018

Rank Show Net L+3 18-49 rating Gain vs. Live + SD
% gain vs. Live + SD
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY – F CBS 4.5 1.6 55%
2 ROSEANNE ABC 4.0 1.4 54%
3 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 3.0 1.1 58%
YOUNG SHELDON – F CBS 3.0 0.8 36%
5 NCIS CBS 2.2 0.6 38%
EMPIRE FOX 2.2 0.6 38%
7 MODERN FAMILY ABC 2.0 0.7 54%
MOM – 9 p.m. CBS 2.0 0.5 33%
SURVIVOR CBS 2.0 0.5 33%
AMERICAN IDOL ABC 2.0 0.3 18%
11 CHICAGO PD – F NBC 1.9 0.7 58%
THE MIDDLE ABC 1.9 0.4 27%
13 LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC 1.8 0.7 64%
14 CHICAGO FIRE – F NBC 1.7 0.7 70%
CHICAGO MED NBC 1.7 0.6 55%
THE GOLDBERGS ABC 1.7 0.5 42%
MOM – 9:30 p.m. – F CBS 1.7 0.4 31%
THE VOICE – MON. NBC 1.7 0.2 13%
19 STAR FOX 1.6 0.4 33%
BULL – F CBS 1.6 0.3 23%
21 STATION 19 ABC 1.5 0.6 67%
SWAT CBS 1.5 0.6 67%
AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE ABC 1.5 0.4 36%
BLACK-ISH ABC 1.5 0.3 25%
25 BLUE BLOODS – F CBS 1.4 0.5 56%
SEAL TEAM CBS 1.4 0.5 56%
SPLITTING UP TOGETHER ABC 1.4 0.4 40%
FAMILY GUY FOX 1.4 0.4 40%
THE VOICE – TUES. NBC 1.4 0.1 8%

 

Top 25 broadcast shows in Live +3 viewers for May 7-13, 2018

Rank Show Net L+3 viewers (000s) Gain vs. Live + SD (000s)
% gain vs. Live + SD
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY – F CBS 20,380 4,863 31%
2 NCIS CBS 18,027 2,941 19%
3 YOUNG SHELDON – F CBS 15,590 3,140 25%
4 BULL – F CBS 14,401 2,621 22%
5 ROSEANNE ABC 14,388 4,093 40%
6 BLUE BLOODS – F CBS 12,633 3,753 42%
7 MOM – 9 p.m. CBS 10,936 1,857 20%
8 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 10,613 2,475 30%
9 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 9,999 2,644 36%
10 AMERICAN IDOL ABC 9,757 1,228 14%
11 MOM – 9:30 p.m. – F CBS 9,727 1,740 22%
12 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 9,469 2,144 29%
13 THE VOICE – MON. NBC 9,409 1,025 12%
14 SURVIVOR CBS 9,308 1,560 20%
15 CHICAGO PD – F NBC 9,229 2,883 45%
16 HAWAII FIVE-0 CBS 9,212 2,121 30%
17 60 MINUTES – 7 p.m. CBS 8,941 286 3%
18 CHICAGO FIRE – F NBC 8,910 2,955 50%
19 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 8,762 1,031 13%
20 CHICAGO MED NBC 8,680 2,832 48%
21 SEAL TEAM CBS 8,256 2,099 34%
22 SWAT CBS 8,123 2,579 47%
23 THE VOICE – TUES. NBC 8,085 828 11%
24 MADAM SECRETARY CBS 8,061 2,163 37%
25 60 MINUTES – 8 p.m. CBS 7,822 395 5%

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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