'The Big Bang Theory' ends with a BANG; finale episode season's most watched non-sports show on any network or streaming platform
'The Big Bang Theory' sure did go out with a bang, breaking a record on its way out.
The final episode (279 for those of you who's interested in knowing the number) drew 23.44 million viewers, according to Nielsen’s live-plus-three ratings, which factors in three days of delayed viewing. According to The Wrap, this makes the show the most-watched non-sports program of the 2018-19 season on any network or streaming platform.
Three days of delayed viewing saw the show's rating soar from 3.2 to 4.6 overnight.
According to Deadline, the number is exclusive of viewing from Monday night's encore broadcast on CBS during primetime, which also saw close to six million viewers. The show has drawn a total of 17.99 million viewers on May 16.
The comedy show, which was the longest-running multi-camera series in U.S. Television history ended its 12-season run as the top entertainment series in its final year. The last show that boasted of a similar claim was NBC's 'Seinfeld'. It started off in 2007. 'The Big Bang Theory' has become one of the most successful comedies winning ten Emmy Awards in the last seven years.
In addition to the whopping views that the show's finale saw, the cast also appeared on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert', where they announced their characters' costumes would be heading to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
Sheldon Cooper's iconic Flash Tee and Leonard Hofstadter's Recycle signature tee will now be part of the museum's entertainment section.
The show originally centered on five characters living in Pasadena, California. Leonard Hofstadter (John Galecki) and Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), both physicists at Caltech, who share an apartment; Penny (Kaley Cuoco), a waitress and aspiring actress who lives across the hall; and Leonard and Sheldon's similarly geeky and socially awkward friends and co-workers, aerospace engineer Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) and astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar).
The show's spinoff, 'Young Sheldon' will occupy the Thursday 8 pm time slot in the next season.
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