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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27 Comments
  1. Kevin K says:

    Thumbs up on The Good Place but big thumbs down on Kevin Can Wait.

  2. kmw says:

    Even though both Gotham and Lucifer didnt do what they did when they premiered last season they still did reasonably well especially for FOX. TBBT was down but really lots of shows would love their numbers. We will see if Kevin Can Wait will keep those numbers. The Voice still doing good numbers and not surprising with more competition that DWTS was down. Nice start for Good Place but i dont expect those numbers to hold

  3. Brandon Dornheim says:

    Pretty sure it took a hit since Philly and Chicago played each other on Monday Night football

  4. Iris says:

    Wait, Lucifer actually improves on its lead-in? Yay!

  5. ChicagoDan says:

    Big drop off for TGP 2.8/2.0 in half hours. That doesn’t bode well at all for Thursday.

    • dan says:

      Although we aren’t a Nielsen household, my wife is one of those people that gave up on TGP just after Chapter 2 started (the second half of the show). She was very disappointed in a show she expected to like. I watched the whole thing, but I doubt I’ll watch on Thursday.

  6. TraciWallz says:

    Isn’t it time to stop using same day ratings as a benchmark in 2016. Who the heck watches live tv with commercials these days other than older folks. See NCIS ratings. Barely registers in the 18-49 demographic but is near the top in live viewers.

  7. mazel tov says:

    TBBT was just fine. Too many people vying for TV screen time. Penny, Leonard, Sheldon, Amy, Howard, Bernadette, Rajj, Sheldon’s mom, Judd Hirsch, Christine Baranski, Katy Segal, Keith Carradine, and Penny’s brother.

    They all held their own but still too many people in too small a space and with too little time.

    “The Good Place” will be an acquired taste. Ted Danson was marvelous. Got to giv it a few more episodes to give it a fair chance. One reviewer said he saw the first 5 episodes and they are quite good.

  8. Sean says:

    This is actually season 3 of Gotham, so wouldn’t it be “junior” premiere?

  9. Luis Roman says:

    Not the best start for TBBT cast salary negotiations.

  10. Eric says:

    Glad that The Good Place did well, but it’s hard not to with a Voice lead-in. Hope it can keep it up in its Thursday spot. Too bad that Gotham isn’t doing so hot, I’ve grown to really like the show. If it gets a fourth season (bla bla syndication), I doubt it’ll get a fifth.

  11. Belle says:

    OMGosh people, read the article thoroughly! Before you point out an error you need to comprehend the words…sorry Matt, I guess people don’t have enough time to do anything but skim through an article. Happy Tuesday all.

  12. Vanna says:

    The Good Place was soooo bad! I live Kristen Bell but this show sadly isn’t going to make it.

    • HAP says:

      I love Kristen Bell, too. I was somewhat disappoint in the , but I’ll give it another look. Not going back to Kevin. They should have tried a version of Paul Blart instead.

  13. Lou says:

    Kevin Can Wait was terrible.

  14. James D says:

    Not terrible numbers for Lucifer. I hope they don’t trail off too much. Not surprised about TBBT

  15. Lillian says:

    Life in Pieces is so much better than Kevin Can Wait, but I guess KCW has a familiar feel to it. I enjoyed The Big Bang Theory, but not Penny’s brother. That’s about all I watched live; have Gotham and Lucifer DVR’d. Watched the season finale of Major Crimes. That, was fantastic! Cliffhanger!!!

  16. Malissa R. says:

    I was disappointed with Penny’s family on TBBT. They were just dull. Sheldon’s mom and Leonard’s parents and their interaction was funny. It seems like their landmark episodes are falling flat, i.e. season premiers, significant numbered episodes. Just saying. Still love the show though.

  17. TV Gord says:

    I loved The Good Place, but Kevin James seems to be in a neck-and-neck race with Matt LeBlanc for the worst sitcom of the season.