In an utterly unsurprising announcement, CBS revealed that it has ordered a second season of “Young Sheldon.”
“Young Sheldon,” which is a prequel to CBS’ flagship comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” has been a strong ratings performer this season. It is the #1 new comedy in adults 18-49 and overall viewership — and the #2 comedy on all of television (trailing only “Big Bang”).
While “Young Sheldon” is unquestionably benefiting from its “The Big Bang Theory” lead-in, it is worth noting that it has the best retention for any show to ever air out of the flagship CBS comedy. It is not simply performing well because it is airing after “The Big Bang Theory” — it is faring well because “The Big Bang Theory” audience is specifically interested in the show (with good reason, of course).
“YOUNG SHELDON has made a huge impact on our schedule in the short time it’s been on the air,” said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment. “While the show’s DNA is clearly rooted in THE BIG BANG THEORY, YOUNG SHELDON has staked out its own place in the TV universe with a unique creative tone, brilliant writing and a gifted multi-generational cast. We can’t wait to see Chuck, Steve, Jim and Todd’s vision for how the Cooper family deals with Sheldon growing a year older…and smarter.”
“Young Sheldon” is CBS’ first renewal for the 2018-19 season.