To no one's surprise, following a huge premiere on Monday night, CBS has picked up The Big Bang Theory prequel series Young Sheldon for a full season order. The pickup extends the series's initial 13-episode order to 22 episodes, and makes it the first new series of the 2017-18 season to get a back-nine order.
CBS regularly schedules new shows after The Big Bang Theory, using the show as a ratings springboard for a freshman series; but none have yielded the retention rate that Young Sheldon demonstrated Monday night for The Eye Network.
Scoring a 3.8 Nielsen live-plus-same day rating in the key 18-49 demo and 17.21 million viewers, Young Sheldon was the highest rated broadcast comedy premiere since 2011's debut of CBS' Two Broke Girls. Even more impressive was the show's ability to retain 98% of The Big Bang Theory's lead-in audience.
Young Sheldon's official description reads:
"For 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper, it isn't easy growing up in East Texas. Being a once-in-a-generation mind capable of advanced mathematics and science isn't always helpful in a land where church and football are king. And while the vulnerable, gifted and somewhat naïve Sheldon deals with the world, his very normal family must find a way to deal with him.
His father, George, is struggling to find his way as a high school football coach and as father to a boy he doesn't understand. Sheldon's mother, Mary, fiercely protects and nurtures her son in a town where he just doesn't fit in. Sheldon's older brother, Georgie, does the best he can in high school, but it's tough to be cool when you're in the same classes with your odd 9-year-old brother. Finally, there's Sheldon's twin sister, Missy, who sometimes resents all the attention Sheldon gets, but also remains the one person who can reliably tell Sheldon the truth.
For 10 years on The Big Bang Theory, audiences have come to know the iconic, eccentric and extraordinary Sheldon Cooper. This single-camera, half-hour comedy gives us the chance to meet him in childhood, as he embarks on his innocent, awkward, and hopeful journey toward the man he will become."
Young Sheldon is a produced by Warner Bros. Television with Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Jim Parsons, and Todd Spiewak serving as executive producers for the series.
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