Ratings: “The Big Bang Theory” Finale Draws Most Viewers Since Season 8 (Update)

The final “Big Bang Theory” was the most-watched installment since 2014.

Big Bang Theory Finale | Michael Yarish/CBS

Update: The series finale of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” received an upward adjustment in the final ratings report.

According to live+same-day data posted by Showbuzz, the broadcast actually drew a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating and averaged 18.52 million overall viewers.

The viewership figure ranks as the show’s best mark since the November 6, 2014 installment drew 18.56 million viewers. That broadcast was part of the show’s eighth season.

The demo rating meanwhile represents the show’s best since the fall of 2017.

The finale of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” drew predictably strong ratings Thursday night.

It fared particularly well from an overall viewership standpoint, drawing the show’s best number since the season nine premiere in September 2015.

Based on preliminary data, it posted the best adults 18-49 rating since January 2018.

According to fast national data posted by Showbuzz, Thursday’s hourlong “Big Bang” drew a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating and averaged 17.99 million overall viewers.

As noted, the demo number is the best in over a year. The viewership figure is the best in nearly four.

The numbers are particularly dominant in comparison to the show’s recent standard. No twelfth season episode had even reached 14 million in overall viewership. The previous season high in the demo was the 2.6.

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