Big Bang Theory Ratings Season 10

Ratings: Big Bang Theory Premiere Down vs. Year Ago, But Tops Night

CBS’ The Big Bang Theory opened Season 10 on Monday night with 15.8 million total viewers and a 3.8 demo rating (per finals), down 13 and 19 percent from its year-ago opener. Those tallies mark the hitcom’s lowest premiere numbers since Season 6 and 2, respectively. TVLine readers gave it an average grade of “B.”

Leading out of that, Kevin Can Wait debuted to 11.1 mil and a 2.6 (and a “C” grade), matching Life in Pieces‘ year-ago post-Bang numbers, but demonstrating greater retention (70 vs. 55 percent) of its lead-in. The JonBenet Ramsey mini conclusion (8.2 mil/1.8) was down 19 and 14 percent from Part 1.

Elsewhere on Monday:

FOX | Gotham (3.9 mil/1.3, “B+” grade) slipped 17 and 19 percent from its sophomore premiere, but was up a tenth from its May finale. Lucifer (4.4 mil/1.3, “A-” grade) matched its freshman finale and (faint praise alert!) improved on Minority Report’s year-ago debut.

NBC | The Voice (12.1 mil/3.3, “B” grade) was down just a tenth from its previous premiere, hitting its best demo number since Feb. 29. The Good Place‘s double-episode preview did 9.1 mil/2.6 and then 7 mil/2.0 (while earning a “B+” grade), heading into its official Thursday premiere.

ABC | Facing stiffer competition, Dancing With the Stars (10.7 mil/1.7) slipped 13 and 19 percent. Match Game’s freshman finale (4.4 mil/0.9) matched its most recent Sunday numbers.

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