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TV Ratings: CBS’ ‘Young Sheldon’ Opens Strong Behind ‘Big Bang Theory’

CBS’ new comedy “Young Sheldon” retained nearly 100 percent of its lead in from the season premiere of “The Big Bang Theory,” according to Nielsen’s overnight ratings.

Young Sheldon”drew an impressive 3.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 16.6 million viewers. That is the biggest comedy premiere on any network in total viewers since the launch of fellow CBS series “2 Broke Girls” in 2011 (19.4 million).

“Big Bang Theory’s” Season 11 premiere drew a 3.9 and 17 million viewers, up slightly from the Season 10 premiere and the show’s best Live+Same Day ratings performance since Season 9. At 9 on CBS, the Season 2 premiere of “Kevin Can Wait” (2.3, 10.1 million) was down slightly from the Season 1 premiere in both measures. The series premiere of “Me Myself and I” pulled in a respectable 1.7 and 7.4 million viewers. The Season 4 premiere of “Scorpion” (1.0, 5.7 million) was down significantly in both measures from the Season 3 premiere.

ABC’s new medical drama “The Good Doctor,” airing at 10 p.m., opened with a 2.4 and 11.8 million viewers, building in both measures on its lead in from the season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars.”

“Dancing with the Stars” averaged a 1.5 and 9.1 million viewers in its Season 25 premiere, down in the demo compared to last season’s opener. It should be noted that the ABC affiliate in Dallas preempted prime programs for the Dallas/Arizona NFL game, meaning ABC’s numbers could be subject to greater adjustment later today.

On NBC, “The Voice” Season 13 premiere (2.6, 10.4 million) was down in both measures compared to last season’s debut. The series premiere of military drama “The Brave” at 10 drew a 1.4 and 6.2 million viewers.

On The CW, “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (0.2, 940,000) took a massive hit in both measures.

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