- Young Sheldon, the Big Bang Theory prequel series, will be ending after seven successful seasons with its final episode airing on May 16th, 2024.
- CBS Entertainment president, Amy Reisenbach, praised the remarkable cast and heartfelt stories of Young Sheldon, and thanked the executive producers for their six wonderful seasons.
- Despite a decrease in viewership over the seasons, Young Sheldon can be considered a success as it averaged around 11 million viewers per episode, showcasing its popularity as a spin-off series.
The Big Bang Theory prequel series, Young Sheldon, will be ending its impressive run after seven seasons, CBS confirmed today. The coming-of-age sitcom premiered on September 25th, 2017, and the final episode will air on May 16th, 2024.
As per Variety, Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment, commented:
“As a prequel to one of the biggest comedies, ‘Young Sheldon’ proved lightning can strike twice. It set itself apart with a remarkable cast that felt like a family from the first moment we saw them on screen and brought characters to life with unique heartfelt stories that drew audiences in from the start.”
She then went on to thank those responsible for the success of Young Sheldon, as well as adding that the final season will feature some of the best episodes of the long-running sitcom.
“We extend a sincere thank you to executive producers Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro and Steve Holland and the entire writing and producing teams for six wonderful seasons. We look forward to seeing their final season unfold and giving it a proper send off with the best episodes yet for their fans to enjoy.”
Executive producers Steve Holland, Steven Molaro and Chuck Lorre echoed Reisenbach’s sentiments.
“Being able to tell the origin of Sheldon Cooper, and expanding the story to include the entire Cooper family has been a wonderful experience. We are grateful to our fans for embracing this chapter of the Coopers these past six seasons, and on behalf of the entire ‘Young Sheldon’ family, we’re excited to share this final season with you.”
Young Sheldon Did Strong Ratings for CBS
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When Young Sheldon initially premiered, the first season averaged 16 million viewers per episode. Seasons two and three held strong, averaging 14 and 11 million respectively. Later seasons would see that number decrease, but hold steady at around 9 million viewers, bringing the average viewership to 11 million over the course of the six seasons that have aired. While those numbers are certainly smaller than what The Big Bang Theory brought in, for a spin-off series it can definitely be called a success.
Young Sheldon sees Iain Armitage star as Sheldon Cooper, a younger version of the Jim Parsons character on The Big Bang Theory. Zoe Perry stars as his mother, Mary, while Lance Barber portrays George Cooper Sr., the patriarch of the family who rounds out the main ensemble cast. Nominated for 17 awards from various organizations during its history, Young Sheldon has been the recipient of just two, including Best Comedy at the 2023 National Television Awards.
While season seven featured just 15 episodes compared to previous seasons, which showcased anywhere between 18 and 22 episodes, the final season will be even shorter thanks to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes that halted the production of many scripted shows this year. With the end of Young Sheldon, creator Chuck Lorre is now free to focus his attention on another spinoff of The Big Bang Theory, which he is developing for the streaming service, MAX. Plot details are still under wraps, but if it’s anything like its predecessors, expect the high-profile producer to have another hit on his hands.