Monday, June 17, 2024

“Young Sheldon” Ends with a Big Ratings Bang: Fourth Highest Night of Series Run


The series finale hour of “Young Sheldon” on Thursday night went out with a Big Bang.

The beloved comedy had its fourth highest night since the end of season 3, scoring an average of 9.2 million viewers. The first half hour was all about the funeral of Sheldon’s father, George.

The second half hour — with 9.3 million viewers — featured Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik of “The Big Bang Theory.” We learned that the couple named their son Leonard (which is weird — if it’s in tribute to their friend, is he dead?). Also they let Penny babysit him once.

Much has been made of the final episode explaining the whole series and cleaning up all the differences between the two shows. It turns out Sheldon was reading his memoir the whole time and now he’s finished it up. It was very clever, and tearful.

Today CBS says members of the “Young Sheldon” cast will make occasional visits to the spin off show, “Georgie and Mandy’s First Marriage.” Unfortunately, Sheldon himself won’t since — in their story — the two brothers don’t speak again for 10 years. But Sheldon’s mother and grandmother will. I guess Annie Potts’s laments about the series ending were heard.

Chuck Lorre had a great run with “Young Sheldon.” His final card at the end of the credits just read “grateful.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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