Young Sheldon Just Got Some Great News From CBS

young sheldon cbs
(Image credit: CBS)

The Big Bang Theory may be coming to an end in the not-too-distant future, but Sheldon Cooper isn’t going anywhere. CBS has announced a big renewal order for Big Bang spinoff Young Sheldon, and it guarantees that Sheldon’s origin story will continue unfolding for another couple of seasons at least. Young Sheldon has been renewed for Seasons 3 and 4.

Young Sheldon has been a hit for CBS, so the renewal actually doesn’t come as a huge surprise. It currently ranks as the second most-watched comedy on TV this season, and CBS has no reason to be upset about the show that is currently beating it. Young Sheldon comes in behind only The Big Bang Theory, which is actually Young Sheldon’s lead-in. The Big Bang spinoff averages more than 14.5 million viewers per week. Big Bang has also scored a two-season renewal in the past.

Given that the decision to end The Big Bang Theory was reportedly settled by the actors rather than the network -- which understandably would have wanted to keep TV’s #1 comedy on the air for as long as it was delivering -- it makes sense that the network likely wants to lock in Young Sheldon for the foreseeable future. I do have to wonder if Young Sheldon’s ratings will be impacted by the end of Big Bang Theory.

Although Young Sheldon does stand on its own, the huge audience tuning into Big Bang Theory in the earlier slot probably has something to do with the sizable audience sticking around for Young Sheldon. Also, will be people be as invested in Sheldon if they don’t get to watch his story progress in the present as well as in his origin story?

On the flip side, the sudden absence of the Big Bang characters after more than a decade on the air could see viewers missing all things Sheldon Cooper and perhaps even grow Young Sheldon’s audience. They won’t be able to get a Big Bang universe fix anywhere else unless another spinoff comes together sooner rather than later. Young Sheldon could gain in appeal to Big Bang Theory viewers who maybe haven’t checked it out just yet.

Two more years of Young Sheldon could actually be great for some of CBS’ other shows as well. Just as Young Sheldon has undoubtedly benefited from The Big Bang Theory as a lead-in, whatever follows or even precedes Young Sheldon next season could get a boost. The Sheldon Cooper Bump, perhaps!

Alas, Young Sheldon presumably won’t be able to pack in guest stars like William Shatner and the other big names like those that just appeared on Big Bang, but why not more timeless guest stars like ALF? He was a fun -- if brief -- addition to Young Sheldon.

Tune in to CBS on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET for new episodes of Young Sheldon, following the final run of The Big Bang Theory’s new episodes. For some Sheldon-free viewing options, check out our midseason TV premiere schedule.

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 and can cite multiple TV shows to explain why. She does, however, want to believe that she can sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation (and author bios).