Is Young Sheldon renewed for a second season? If you’ve been wondering the answer to this question, wonder no more!
Today, CBS confirmed that they are picking up the single-camera comedy, a prequel to The Big Bang Theory, for a second batch of new episodes premiering this fall. The show features the original Sheldon in Jim Parsons as both a narrator and an executive producer; beyond that, Iain Armitage of Big Little Lies stars as the title character.
Seeing this renewal news come out this weekend is hardly a surprise. Young Sheldon season 1 started off with incredible ratings, drawing a massive 3.8 in the 18-49 demographic for its premiere. That remains the best rating for a new series this season, and even though there were some ratings dips throughout the fall and the holiday season, Thursday night featured the series bouncing back up to a 2.6. With close to 14.7 million viewers, this also was the most-watched episode of the show since the premiere. These ratings proved that Young Sheldon wasn’t just an experiment viewers tried out for a few weeks and that there could be more long-term life to the series. It may have been the beneficiary of a few other things on Thursday, as well — this was one of the first times where it didn’t have to compete against NFL football, and to go along with that the weather’s been so bad in some of the country that live TV viewing tends to be a bit more commonplace.
In the end, the reasons for watching Young Sheldon don’t quite matter since viewers could’ve easily chosen to watch something else. Like we said earlier today in spotlighting the latest Hawaii Five-0 season 8 ratings, there are people out there who are specifically seeking out Young Sheldon and doing so live — that’s a big testament to what the producers and cast are bringing to the table. There are more TV options than ever before.
Here is what CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl had to say about bringing the show back:
“Young Sheldon has made a huge impact on our schedule in the short time it’s been on the air … While the show’s DNA is clearly rooted in The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon has staked out its own place in the TV universe with a unique creative tone, brilliant writing and a gifted multi-generational cast. We can’t wait to see [executive producers Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak]’s vision for how the Cooper family deals with Sheldon growing a year older… and smarter.”
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