CBS’ Young Sheldon preview was Monday’s (very) big freshman on campus, delivering 17.2 million total viewers and a 3.8 demo rating (per finals) — retaining nearly all of its Big Bang Theory lead-in to mark the most-watched comedy launch since 2 Broke Girls (in September 2011) and the highest rated since The Crazy Ones (September 2013).
Young Sheldon, which TVLine readers gave an average grade of “B-,” doesn’t resume its run for five-plus weeks, until Thursday, Nov. 2 at 8:30/7:30c.
Big Bang meanwhile opened Season 11 with 17.7 mil and a 4.1 (average grade of “B+”), improving on its year-ago premiere (15.8 mil/3.8).
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Mourn Wait (10.3 mil/2.3, average grade “D-“) surged versus both its freshman average and finale; Me, Myself & I (7.5 mil/1.6, “B-” grade) improved the comparable year-ago time slot by about 50 percent; and Scorpion (5.8 mil/1.0, “B” grade) was down sharply from both Season 3’s finale (7.9 mil/1.2) and average (7.2 mil/1.2), matching its series low in the demo.
Over on NBC, The Voice (10.6 mil/2.6) was down sharply from its previous two premieres, hitting all-time lows for a season opener. The Brave‘s premiere (6 mil/1.3) demonstrated lower apres-Voice retention (50 percent) than dramas Timeless (63 percent), Blindspot (89 percent) and Blacklist (75 percent) before it.
With NFL bumps factored out, ABC’s Dancing With the Stars (8.7 mil/1.4) slipped two tenths from its opener while The Good Doctor (11.2 mil/2.2) more than doubled Conviction‘s year-ago numbers in the time slot (5.4 mil/1.0) to give ABC its most-watched Monday drama debut in 21 years (since Dangerous Minds) and its highest-rated since Castle circa March 2009.
Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (1.9 mil/0.5) dipped a tenth week-to-week and was down 28 percent from its previous finale.