Viewers can’t get enough of “The Big Bang Theory,” as they not only made the long-time scientific nerd hit the top show at the start of the new TV season, they almost all stayed around to watch a spinoff about the childhood of one of the “Big Bang” main characters.

CBS finished first among the four major broadcast networks on the opening night of the 2017-18 prime-time television season, thanks to a 1-2 finish by “The Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon,” according to live-plus-same-day figures released by Nielsen.

The “Big Bang Theory” was Tuesday night’s most-watched program, averaging 17.653 million version. The premiere of its prequel, “Young Sheldon” that followed averaged 17.209 million viewers, retaining 97.5 percent of “The Big Bang Theory’s” audience.

CBS’ other premiere, the comedy “Me, Myself & I,” averaged 7.455 million viewers, finishing third in its 9:30-10 p.m. time slot among broadcast programming. It retained 72.7 percent of the 10.259 million audience of “Kevin Can Wait” that preceded it.

The premiere of the ABC medical drama “The Good Doctor” won its 10-11 p.m. time slot among broadcast programming, averaging 11.216 million viewers.

Viewership for “The Good Doctor” was 29.4 percent higher than the 8.668-million average for two-hour “Dancing with the Stars” episode that preceded it.

The time slot’s other premiere, the NBC military drama “The Brave” was third in the time slot among broadcast programming, averaging 5.958 million viewers, retaining 56.4 percent of the 10.57 million average audience for “The Voice” that preceded it.

Ratings for premieres are often unrepresentative of how the series will fare due to the heavy promotion they receive and because viewers who are interested in the concept may not return for future episodes.

CBS averaged 10.68 million viewers to win the night among broadcast networks, with ABC second, averaging 9.503 million.

NBC averaged 9.058 million viewers to finish third among the major broadcast networks, after finishing first among the broadcast networks for two consecutives year.

Fox was fourth among the major broadcast networks, averaging 1.91 million for its two hours of prime-time programming. CBS, ABC and NBC each broadcast three hours of prime-time programming for ratings purposes.

CBS and ABC both averaged more viewers than they did on the opening night of the 2016-17 television season, which viewership dropped for NBC and Fox.

CBS also finished first among four major networks among viewers ages 18- 49, the group NBC, ABC and Fox target and advertisers covet because it watches less television and is harder to reach.

Complete viewership figures for cable networks was not available. ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” game between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals was the night’s most-watched cable program, averaging 13.8 million viewers.

—City News Service

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