When The Big Bang Theory airs its series finale on May 16, it’s going to be accompanied by a special that effectively takes a look back.
Today, CBS confirmed that the hit comedy series is going to air the same day as the finale at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time (following the finale of Young Sheldon). Per the official synopsis released by CBS, “Galecki and Cuoco will lead fans on a trip down memory lane, sharing some of the best-kept backstage secrets and personal memories from the past 12 years. They will reveal their favorite moments playing beloved characters Leonard and Penny, and revisit some of the most memorable stories from “The Big Bang Theory Stage.” In addition, the special will feature a tour of the iconic sets, including Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment. This special farewell will include unforgettable clips and interviews to celebrate this beloved series.”
Overall, doesn’t this sound like a worthy way in which to celebrate the show’s legacy one final time? If nothing else, it marks a great opportunity for CBS to capitalize on some of the series finale’s ratings and offer up one last look back at what has to be considered a universal hit for them — basically, one of the most success shows of a generation. There is so much that goes into making it and, over the years, we know that Cuoco, Galecki, and the rest of the cast have formed an incredible bond. They’ve gone through a once-in-a-lifetime experience and while Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch joined during the series’ run, they’ve certainly found their place now.
So how big will the finale of The Big Bang Theory be? For us, we’re quite curious to learn if the sitcom can find a way to get past the 20 million viewer mark. It is still averaging 12.7 million for its final season but hasn’t topped that figure for an individual episode since 2014. Often, sitcoms do see extremely elevated ratings for final episodes because you don’t really need to understand what’s going on in order to properly enjoy what they bring to the table. There are probably a number of Big Bang Theory viewers who probably haven’t seen a single episode of the show on CBS at all. Instead, they’ve probably watched more via reruns on other networks, or streaming via CBS All Access. This is a sitcom that probably would’ve averaged close to twice its numbers in a different era; the fact that it is still able to bring in more than 20 is rather impressive in its own right.
There are still a few more episodes of The Big Bang Theory to go until we get around to the finale, so if you want to get some more news all about what lies ahead, just be sure to visit the link here now. We’ll have some other news coming up.
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