“The Big Bang Theory” pulled off a pretty rare feat during premiere week: Its season premiere had more viewers than “Sunday Night Football.”

The CBS comedy opened its 11th season with an audience of 17.66 million viewers, its highest viewership in two years. Spinoff “Young Sheldon” (17.22 million) also topped “Sunday Night Football” (16.73 million, down from 18.06 million the same week in 2016) in viewers.

“SNF” held onto its adults 18-49 crown with a 5.8 rating and led NBC to a premiere week victory in the demographic with a 2.1. A series-high mark from “This Is Us” (3.9) didn’t hurt either. CBS topped the week in viewers with 9.5 million.

“The Big Bang Theory” was the top non-sports show in the 18-49 demographic at 4.1.

Here are the network standings for the week of Sept. 25-Oct. 1.

Sept. 25-Oct. 1 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.3/5 (3) 1.9/7 (2) 0.2/1 (7) 1.0/4 (4) 2.1/8 (1) 0.6/2 (5) 0.5/2 (6)
Viewers in millions (rank) 5.80 (3) 9.50 (1) 0.90 (7) 3.14 (4) 7.78 (2) 1.40 (5) 1.38 (6)

Current week ratings are live + same-day. Season-to-date ratings are “most current,” a combination of Live +7 and same-day ratings.

Here are the program rankings:

Top 25 broadcast shows in adults 18-49 for Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – COLTS/SEAHAWKS NBC Sun. 8:31 PM 5.8 7,477
2 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – BEARS/PACKERS CBS Thurs. 8:29 PM 4.8 6,184
3 TNF WEATHER DELAY CBS Thurs. 9:16 PM 4.4 5,648
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY – P CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 4.1 5,272
5 THIS IS US – P NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3.9 5,033
6 YOUNG SHELDON – P CBS Mon. 8:30 PM 3.8 4,928
7 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:57 PM 3.2 4,163
8 WILL & GRACE – P NBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3.0 3,862
9 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 2.7 3,472
10 THE VOICE – P NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 2.6 3,389
11 EMPIRE – P FOX Weds. 8:00 PM 2.4 3,133
12 GREY’S ANATOMY – P ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2.3 3,019
KEVIN CAN WAIT – P CBS Mon. 9:00 PM 2.3 3,011
14 THE GOOD DOCTOR – P ABC Mon. 10:01 PM 2.2 2,823
15 MODERN FAMILY – P ABC Weds. 9:00 PM 2.1 2,726
FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 2 NBC Sun. 7:30 PM 2.1 2,717
60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:30 PM 2.1 2,687
18 THURSDAY NIGHT KICKOFF CBS Thurs. 7:57 PM 2.0 2,521
19 THE GOLDBERGS – P ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,347
SURVIVOR – P CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,268
STAR – P FOX Weds. 9:01 PM 1.8 2,263
22 LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME – P NBC Tues. 10:01 PM 1.6 2,113
ME, MYSELF & I – P CBS Mon. 9:30 PM 1.6 2,104
NCIS – P CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 1.6 2,067
AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE – P ABC Weds. 9:31 PM 1.6 2,064

 

Top 25 broadcast shows in viewers for Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY – P CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 17,657
2 YOUNG SHELDON – P CBS Mon. 8:30 PM 17,215
3 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – COLTS/SEAHAWKS NBC Sun. 8:31 PM 16,731
4 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – BEARS/PACKERS CBS Thurs. 8:29 PM 14,622
5 TNF WEATHER DELAY CBS Thurs. 9:16 PM 13,401
6 NCIS – P CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 13,291
7 THIS IS US – P NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 12,938
8 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:30 PM 12,459
9 THE GOOD DOCTOR – P ABC Mon. 10:01 PM 11,352
10 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 10,934
11 THE VOICE – P NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 10,570
12 KEVIN CAN WAIT – P CBS Mon. 9:00 PM 10,263
13 WILL & GRACE – P NBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 10,195
14 BULL – P CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 10,060
15 BLUE BLOODS – P CBS Fri. 10:00 PM 10,036
16 SEAL TEAM – P CBS Weds. 9:00 PM 9,875
17 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:57 PM 9,855
18 NCIS: LOS ANGELES – P CBS Sun. 9:30 PM 8,946
19 WISDOM OF THE CROWD – P CBS Sun. 8:30 PM 8,828
20 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – P CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 8,780
21 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 8,670
22 HAWAII FIVE-0 – P CBS Fri. 9:00 PM 8,640
23 SURVIVOR – P CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 8,337
24 GREY’S ANATOMY – P ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 8,079
25 THURSDAY NIGHT KICKOFF CBS Thurs. 7:57 PM 7,836

All program ratings are live + same-day. 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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