“The Big Bang Theory” series finale posted some massive gains in the broadcast live +7 ratings for the week of May 13.

The final episode of the long-running CBS comedy posted the week’s biggest gains in both the adults 18-49 demo and in total viewers, growing by 1.8 points (+56%) and by 6.22 million viewers (+34%). That brought its already impressive 3.2 L+SD rating and 18.53 million viewer L+SD audience up to a 5.0 rating with 24.75 million viewers.

The season finale of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” scored the week’s second-largest demo gain, growing from a 1.3 to a 2.4 (+1.1, +85%), while NBC’s “New Amsterdam” season finale came second in total viewer gains, drawing in an additional 4.57 million viewers (+82%) after one week of delayed viewing.

Here are the broadcast Live +7 rankings for May 13-19, 2019. They include only first-run series and specials, not repeats.

Adults 18-49 – Total gain

Rank Show Net L+SD L+7 7-day increase
7-day % increase
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY – F CBS 3.2 5.0 1.8 56%
2 GREY’S ANATOMY – F ABC 1.3 2.4 1.1 85%
3 YOUNG SHELDON – F CBS 2.1 3.1 1.0 48%
4 LAW AND ORDER: SVU – F NBC 0.7 1.6 0.9 129%
NEW AMSTERDAM – F NBC 0.9 1.8 0.9 100%
CHICAGO P.D. NBC 1.0 1.9 0.9 90%
7 911 – F FOX 1.3 2.1 0.8 62%
8 SURVIVOR – F CBS 1.5 2.2 0.7 47%
WHISKEY CAVALIER ABC 0.4 1.1 0.7 175%
NCIS CBS 1.1 1.8 0.7 64%
CHICAGO FIRE NBC 1.1 1.8 0.7 64%
STATION 19 – F ABC 0.8 1.5 0.7 88%
13 THE BACHELORETTE – P ABC 1.4 2.0 0.6 43%
GOOD GIRLS NBC 0.5 1.1 0.6 120%
SURVIVOR REUNION – S CBS 0.9 1.5 0.6 67%
S.W.A.T. – F CBS 0.9 1.5 0.6 67%
THE BLACKLIST – F NBC 0.6 1.2 0.6 100%
A BIG BANG FAREWELL – S CBS 1.7 2.3 0.6 35%
CHICAGO MED NBC 1.1 1.7 0.6 55%
FBI – F CBS 0.8 1.4 0.6 75%
21 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – F CBS 0.6 1.1 0.5 83%
SUPERSTORE – F NBC 0.6 1.1 0.5 83%
SUPERSTORE – S NBC 0.6 1.1 0.5 83%
BULL CBS 0.7 1.2 0.5 71%
HAWAII FIVE-0 – F CBS 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%
NCIS: LOS ANGELES – F CBS 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE – F NBC 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE – S NBC 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%

Adults 18-49 – Percentage gain

Rank Show Net L+SD L+7 7-day increase
7-day % increase
1 JANE THE VIRGIN CW 0.2 0.6 0.4 200%
2 WHISKEY CAVALIER ABC 0.4 1.1 0.7 175%
3 LAW AND ORDER: SVU – F NBC 0.7 1.6 0.9 129%
4 GOOD GIRLS NBC 0.5 1.1 0.6 120%
5 NEW AMSTERDAM – F NBC 0.9 1.8 0.9 100%
THE BLACKLIST – F NBC 0.6 1.2 0.6 100%
HAWAII FIVE-0 – F CBS 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%
NCIS: LOS ANGELES – F CBS 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE – F NBC 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE – S NBC 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%
FOR THE PEOPLE – F ABC 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D ABC 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
THE 100 CW 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
SUPERGIRL – F CW 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
ARROW – F CW 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
CHARMED – F CW 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
DYNASTY CW 0.1 0.2 0.1 100%
18 CHICAGO P.D. NBC 1.0 1.9 0.9 90%
19 STATION 19 – F ABC 0.8 1.5 0.7 88%
20 GREY’S ANATOMY – F ABC 1.3 2.4 1.1 85%
21 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – F CBS 0.6 1.1 0.5 83%
SUPERSTORE – F NBC 0.6 1.1 0.5 83%
SUPERSTORE – S NBC 0.6 1.1 0.5 83%
24 FBI – F CBS 0.8 1.4 0.6 75%
THE FIX ABC 0.4 0.7 0.3 75%

Viewers – Total gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-day increase
7-day % increase
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY – F CBS 18,534 24,753 6,219 34%
2 NEW AMSTERDAM – F NBC 5,544 10,109 4,565 82%
3 CHICAGO P.D. NBC 6,733 10,815 4,082 61%
4 BULL – F CBS 7,191 11,183 3,992 56%
5 YOUNG SHELDON – F CBS 13,604 17,593 3,989 29%
6 NCIS CBS 11,701 15,448 3,747 32%
7 FBI – F CBS 8,562 12,071 3,509 41%
8 CHICAGO FIRE NBC 7,960 11,372 3,412 43%
9 S.W.A.T. – F CBS 5,757 8,975 3,218 56%
10 LAW AND ORDER: SVU – F NBC 3,581 6,756 3,175 89%
11 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – F CBS 6,934 10,057 3,123 45%
12 GREY’S ANATOMY – F ABC 5,995 9,108 3,113 52%
13 HAWAII FIVE-0 – F CBS 5,111 8,197 3,086 60%
14 NCIS: LOS ANGELES – F CBS 5,279 8,271 2,992 57%
15 911 – F FOX 6,447 9,363 2,916 45%
16 CHICAGO MED NBC 7,982 10,812 2,830 35%
17 THE BLACKLIST – F NBC 4,513 7,328 2,815 62%
18 WHISKEY CAVALIER ABC 2,541 5,355 2,814 111%
19 THE ENEMY WITHIN NBC 3,675 6,137 2,462 67%
20 STATION 19 – F ABC 4,827 7,246 2,419 50%
21 A BIG BANG FAREWELL – S CBS 11,612 13,884 2,272 20%
22 SURVIVOR – F CBS 7,213 9,440 2,227 31%
23 THE FIX ABC 2,419 4,533 2,114 87%
24 SURVIVOR REUNION – S CBS 4,643 6,472 1,829 39%
25 THE CODE CBS 5,543 7,332 1,789 32%

Viewers – Percentage gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-day increase
7-day % increase
1 JANE THE VIRGIN CW 616 1,367 751 122%
2 WHISKEY CAVALIER ABC 2,541 5,355 2,814 111%
3 CHARMED – F CW 589 1,220 631 107%
4 THE 100 CW 819 1,571 752 92%
5 LAW AND ORDER: SVU – F NBC 3,581 6,756 3,175 89%
6 THE FIX ABC 2,419 4,533 2,114 87%
7 NEW AMSTERDAM – F NBC 5,544 10,109 4,565 82%
8 THE FLASH – F CW 1,533 2,691 1,158 76%
9 SUPERGIRL – F CW 1,075 1,872 797 74%
10 GOOD GIRLS NBC 2,353 4,056 1,703 72%
11 RIVERDALE – F CW 861 1,470 609 71%
12 THE ENEMY WITHIN NBC 3,675 6,137 2,462 67%
13 BLESS THIS MESS ABC 2,659 4,386 1,727 65%
14 FOR THE PEOPLE – F ABC 2,543 4,136 1,593 63%
15 THE BLACKLIST – F NBC 4,513 7,328 2,815 62%
IZOMBIE CW 568 920 352 62%
IN THE DARK CW 524 847 323 62%
18 SUPERSTORE – S NBC 1,952 3,145 1,193 61%
CHICAGO P.D. NBC 6,733 10,815 4,082 61%
20 HAWAII FIVE-0 – F CBS 5,111 8,197 3,086 60%
21 BROOKLYN NINE-NINE – S NBC 1,548 2,456 908 59%
ARROW – F CW 951 1,508 557 59%
23 NCIS: LOS ANGELES – F CBS 5,279 8,271 2,992 57%
MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D ABC 2,183 3,419 1,236 57%
25 BROOKLYN NINE-NINE – F NBC 1,629 2,548 919 56%
S.W.A.T. – F CBS 5,757 8,975 3,218 56%
DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW – F CW 987 1,537 550 56%
BULL – F CBS 7,191 11,183 3,992 56%

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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