The Big Bang Theory Is Having Ratings Problems

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The Big Bang Theory on CBS is one of the biggest shows on television, and it seems like one of the few that really doesn't need to worry about its ratings. Even after ten years on the air, the show still manages to get people talking on a weekly basis, whether because of pregnancy or cliffhangers or a surprisingly sweet sex scene between two terminally awkward characters. Now, however, The Big Bang Theory is quietly going through an ratings slump. In fact, the latest episode broke a Big Bang Theory ratings record... but not in a good way.

The March 30 episode of The Big Bang Theory scored a relatively unfortunate 2.5 in the key 18-49 age demographic and was only viewed by 12.6 million people, according to Live+same day ratings calculated by TV By The Numbers. The 2.5 in the 18-49 demo represents a Big Bang Theory series low and a 0.3 drop from the previous episode. Season 10 is currently averaging only a 3.23 in the key demo and 14.426 million viewers in Live+same day per episde, which is a marked drop from the Season 9 averages of 3.73 and 15.21 million.

Of course, even the series low demographic rating for The Big Bang Theory is still pretty phenomenal for television. Disappointing numbers for The Big Bang Theory tend to be numbers that other shows would kill for. Big Bang's closest competition on March 30 was Grey's Anatomy on ABC, which earned a 2.1 rating and 7.89 million viewers. Even with the drops from week to week, Big Bang is still a force to be reckoned with on the small screen. Besides, the show still does solidly with DVR viewers. While we can bet that that folks at CBS aren't thrilled that the show isn't breaking records for good reasons, we can also be pretty sure that nobody is panicking.

Fans really don't have to panic about Big Bang Theory ratings either. CBS recently renewed the show for two more seasons, meaning that we'll be watching the shenanigans of Sheldon, Leonard, and Co. through at least Seasons 11 and 12. There were some doubts about the future of the series for a while, for reasons ranging from syndication costs to cast salary negotiations. It clearly was a complicated process to iron out the deals for the two upcoming seasons, but given that The Big Bang Theory has been TV's #1 comedy for the past five years in key demographics, it's easy to see why CBS was willing to put in the work.

Hopefully the numbers for The Big Bang Theory pick up in the coming weeks. You can catch the rest of Season 10 on Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Check out our summer TV premiere schedule for a look at all your other viewing options, and don't forget to take a gander at our rundown of the 2017 TV shows that have been cancelled and renewed so far.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.